Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

Trade Show?


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-16-2009, 10:13 AM
grasshopper fl's Avatar
grasshopper fl grasshopper fl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Daytona Beach, Fl
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 7
grasshopper fl is on a distinguished road
Default Trade Show?

I am entering in a King of the Wing competion/trade show.(i cook wings and have them judged) It is being held in a gated community at the community pool and many residents are being encouraged to attend. Basically 300-400 people are expected to show up. And each person goes booth to booth trying chicken wings. I am going to have a booth with my banner, tent, table, flyers and wings. How do i get them 300-400 people to remember my both and company? Flyers is all i can think of. And i don't have a huge budget for fancy little give aways with my name on it.

Does anybody have any suggestions? Like should i offer specials? Give a door prize away? If so what should i give away?

I think this is a great oppourtunity to get alot of leads in a high end neighborhood. I just want to do it right.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 06-16-2009, 02:37 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,945
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
That is a very interesting question!

Could you create some marketing material for you and your booth that might say The Grasshopper Lawn Care Cooking Team? Or something like that? Could you wear tshirts and then have a banner that promoted that?

What about fabricating a grill from part of a mower or tractor? So like you need to raise the hood to cook the food. That could really get others talking too!

If you enjoyed this, maybe you could do this more often to meet more people. In fact maybe you could create a catering team where the main goal of it was to help market your lawn care business?

Here are some pictures that might get you thinking.

Tell me what you think.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg cookoff.jpg (120.3 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg cook-off-grill.jpg (36.5 KB, 55 views)
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-16-2009, 06:32 PM
grasshopper fl's Avatar
grasshopper fl grasshopper fl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Daytona Beach, Fl
Posts: 6
Rep Power: 7
grasshopper fl is on a distinguished road
Default great stuff

That grill wont just get people talking. i think they would hang around the booth alot too. Bad news is that it is this Sat June 21. So i don't have much time to do alot. I do have a 3x8 banner just like in the picture. i didn't get any shirts made up because of costs. but the is an annual event, so next year i can hit it harder.

Should i put any thing special on my flyers or print outs that i hand out. Because every person that walks in goes booth to booth trying chicken wings, jsut like a chilli cook off. So 300-400 people, thats a TON of advertising right there. And what is the percent i should expect for leads and landing jobs? Cause thats the whole point of this.

Matt

thats an AWSOME grill. i wounder if they can mow with it and come lunch time flop on a few burgers for the crew. haha.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-16-2009, 07:29 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,945
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I'd say have a stack of business cards there.

Take some pictures! I can't wait to see how all this looks.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-17-2009, 12:53 AM
Little's's Avatar
Little's Little's is offline
Brandon
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Shasta Lake CA.
Posts: 814
Rep Power: 9
Little's is on a distinguished road
Default

I would wear a business shirt and/or put up a sign that says "ASK ME ABOUT MY BUSINESS!"
And have a stack of business cards out.
__________________
Northern California
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-17-2009, 04:39 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Personally I would give away one free mow and trim, have a large banner done up for across the front of the table, give out free water bottles, what I have seen done is you can get something like 1,000 of those paper rings that fit around the water bottle with your company name and contact, what happens is most will want water, your name is everywhere at the event, cheap on the $$$ side, makes your company look massive.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-14-2009, 06:27 PM
GopherHunting
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

hey grasshopper,
I'm a little later for this year's show but you said you would be doing it again next year...
The first thing I would suggest is make the BEST wings there, win the contest, and have everyone talking about you...
Seriously though, it sounds like you have a limited budget and it's an outdoor event, so I wouldn't recommend any of our trade show booths, but how about a big sign that says,
"WIN A FREE PARIS HILTON LAWN MAKEOVER"
"LET US PAMPER YOUR LAWN FOR THE DAY AND MAKE IT THE STAR OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD"
"ENTER HERE"

The best ways to get leads is to try to get everyone to fill out a form to win the lawn makeover. Of course, only one person will win, and then you need to call everyone else and offer to do a trial "makeover" for half price and then amaze them and sign them up...
You can decide if the Paris Hilton thing is a good idea or not...
~ Steve, seller of trade show booths and amateur gopher hunter

PS. How did the show go? Did you win the wings cook off???
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-15-2009, 11:03 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,945
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
The best ways to get leads is to try to get everyone to fill out a form to win the lawn makeover.
That is a great idea! What kinds of things would you include in your makeover if you were to do this?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
community, event, trade show

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Another Trade With Another Business landonkade Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 13 11-07-2008 02:36 PM
Working for trade Steve General Business Discussions 3 09-04-2007 06:33 PM
Trade Magazine tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 13 11-24-2006 08:57 AM
Trade Secrets tiedeman General Business Discussions 5 11-20-2006 09:20 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
Yesterday 10:07 AM
Yesterday 08:41 PM
by Steve
1 25
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
Yesterday 09:06 AM
by Daveylawns
10 3,725
Hello from Centreville!
Daveylawns
Yesterday 09:04 AM
Yesterday 09:04 AM
by Daveylawns
0 25
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
05-22-2016 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
8 238
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
05-21-2016 06:36 PM
by rmccutchan
2 47
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
05-20-2016 07:08 PM
by Stevenor92
8 160
Intro
LaraRahmani
05-18-2016 02:54 PM
05-19-2016 02:43 PM
by Steve
2 83
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
05-18-2016 07:34 PM
by Stevenor92
4 151
New mower!!!!
Stevenor92
05-18-2016 03:46 AM
05-18-2016 06:39 PM
by Stevenor92
2 86
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-18-2016 02:59 PM
by LaraRahmani
1,249 434,378
Stupid idea?
hopolb33
05-13-2016 11:25 AM
05-16-2016 11:22 AM
by Steve
1 120
Planting SKYBOUND CEDARS
FrankieeLawnz
05-13-2016 03:59 PM
05-16-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 106
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
05-15-2016 11:12 PM
by Tree geek
2 155
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-13-2016 11:15 AM
by Steve
11 342
Hello from great state...
Cel1980
05-11-2016 09:00 AM
05-13-2016 11:07 AM
by Steve
2 131
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
05-11-2016 03:54 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
10 387
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-09-2016 07:08 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
16 5,478
Echo SRM 230 trouble.
Jack Rabbit
05-08-2016 06:16 PM
05-08-2016 11:22 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 131
Toro ZTR Issues
rsanchez1203
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-07-2016 10:26 AM
by Steve
2 148
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
05-03-2016 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 253
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 271
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 309
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 291
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 02:38 PM
by Steve
1 255
» Popular Tags
advertising become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates free lawn care fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro increase customers jjandm lawncare landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:14 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:14 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy