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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

What do you think?


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 12-16-2010, 12:21 PM
Local Edge Lawn Care Local Edge Lawn Care is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: sandy utah
Posts: 55
Rep Power: 6
Local Edge Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

This is a great thread, But in my state as well we have a ton of snow and no one is thinking any sorts of lawn care or landscaping. But with the coupon idea whats your suggestions on doing a coupon even though we are two months from even thinking about their grass or even for a friend or family member? I'm wondering if that would only work in certain states?.
__________________
Justin

http://www.localedgelawncare.com
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


  #12  
Old 01-06-2011, 12:47 PM
jgontarek jgontarek is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Warwick,RI
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 6
jgontarek is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I always start around this time of year. I start to target my big contracts, Banks, commerical properties etc. I try to lock them in by February/March. I also find that most of them are excited to get all the paperwork off their desk and worry about running day to day business.

I usually start my commercial accounts with a nice sales kit that usually cost 5.00 or 6.00 per mailer, it usually contains a nice letter with interest in the new year bid, a flyer with services, business card, and a freebie this year i made mouse pads with our logo on them, and then i package them in a nice folder with matching envelopes. They are expensive but worth it in the end.

As far as Homeowners go I usually send an email and sometimes snail mail to my previous clients in march when the snow is starting to go away.

I start my general advertising(craigslist,internet,google, ads, etc.) the 3rd week in January to try and capture some new businesses looking for services.

this menthod isn't for everyone I used to run a management company and we followed this model and then i opened my own business and tried this method and it seems to be working.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-06-2011, 04:58 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,009
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
this year i made mouse pads with our logo on them
That is very creative! What other items did you send in the past?

Quote:
I always start around this time of year. I start to target my big contracts, Banks, commerical properties etc. I try to lock them in by February/March.
Are these customers you had from last year or new potential customers you are trying to target for this upcoming year?
__________________
- 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
  #14  
Old 01-07-2011, 08:35 AM
jgontarek jgontarek is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Warwick,RI
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 6
jgontarek is on a distinguished road
Default

Steve,

Freebies all depend on the client, in my other life lol, we did hats,t-shirts,mouse pads, tote bags, flashlights, note books, calenders, and those sticky mats you use in your car for cell phones.

I would recommend staying away from pens & pencils, markers, etc. They got lost in the shuffle and aren't as effective as the other things. Try google'n business promotional materials.

At the end of spring time when i send out my snow plow bids/RFPs, I am going to do Tote bags, I have a few women that are approving the bids, and Im going to go to a local craft store and buy canvas tote bags, they are like 1.50 a piece and then I am going to buy "iron heat press sheets" print my logo on them and then Iron them on the bags. If you take your time doing this you can get them looking perfectly, I did all my company Shirts and Hats and they look professionally silk screened and they are just as good as a professional product that can cost triple what you can make them at home for.

The customers i sent them to where Snow customers that pay me a sesaonal rate vs per storm. I am trying to secure the landscaping portion of their business. All these are commercial accounts, a few banks, Dr offices and 3 dentist offices. I got the clients from working with them at a previous job and when they found out i opened my own Property managment company they wanted to use our services based on our outstanding relationship.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-07-2011, 06:22 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,009
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is very interesting!

Quote:
I am going to do Tote bags, I have a few women that are approving the bids, and Im going to go to a local craft store and buy canvas tote bags
So do you feel a key to the success of this is to understand who the decision makers are and then offer them something they could use?

What about things like flowers or maybe even pizza or cookies?
__________________
- 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

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
Today 04:16 PM
by Lori22
24 5,985
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
Today 11:38 AM
Today 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 10
Hi from Long Island NY
Lori22
07-18-2016 02:01 PM
Yesterday 11:22 PM
by Chilehead
11 235
Hi everyone!
greenwavemedia
07-25-2016 03:22 PM
Yesterday 11:21 AM
by Lawnline
2 50
Hi! I'm Tony from Tampa
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:47 PM
Yesterday 11:12 AM
by Lawnline
6 652
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
Yesterday 10:30 AM
by Lawnline
16 18,558
Z246 Deck change question
JohnsLawnCare
07-25-2016 01:47 PM
07-25-2016 06:38 PM
by Steve
1 42
DIY Sprayer
acrajchel
07-25-2016 09:13 AM
07-25-2016 06:36 PM
by Steve
1 42
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
07-25-2016 06:20 PM
by Steve
15 566
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
07-25-2016 03:06 PM
by greenwavemedia
5 10,505
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
07-25-2016 02:49 PM
by greenwavemedia
9 1,484
New Business Owner
danesdanglas87
07-20-2016 12:31 PM
07-21-2016 05:04 PM
by Steve
2 115
Question about...
Bradcook21
07-18-2016 05:22 PM
07-19-2016 04:38 PM
by Steve
2 139
Hello from Watertown New...
lawnmanrick81
07-19-2016 03:57 PM
07-19-2016 04:11 PM
by Steve
1 83
Gutter Cleaning Tool
DanielThomas
07-18-2016 08:23 AM
07-18-2016 04:36 PM
by Steve
1 111
Starting on a lawn care...
Coco3465
07-16-2016 11:26 AM
07-17-2016 09:20 AM
by Steve
1 137
Aspiring Company Owner
TJ136
07-12-2016 05:12 AM
07-15-2016 02:52 PM
by SC93
6 239
Hi Everyone
JavelinaLawn
07-10-2016 07:29 PM
07-13-2016 02:01 PM
by Chilehead
5 773
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
by Lawnline
0 409
Custom Canopies
JohnsLawnCare
07-12-2016 08:38 AM
07-12-2016 04:14 PM
by Steve
1 285
Spot checked by...
Just for Cuts
06-28-2016 02:34 PM
07-11-2016 03:53 PM
by Steve
4 299
John Deere JS40 issues
Mr. Mow
07-06-2016 01:28 PM
07-11-2016 03:52 PM
by Steve
3 228
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
07-11-2016 11:18 AM
by DanielThomas
15 1,784
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
07-11-2016 09:11 AM
by Chilehead
9 3,314
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
07-07-2016 05:07 PM
by Steve
11 10,562
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
07-07-2016 05:00 PM
by Steve
4 272
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
07-07-2016 04:53 PM
by Steve
24 1,284
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
07-05-2016 12:38 PM
by Chilehead
6 387
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
07-05-2016 11:54 AM
by Steve
14 889
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
07-04-2016 09:19 AM
by LawnPerfection
9 1,715
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
07-02-2016 03:41 AM
by markty
27 1,957
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-28-2016 08:04 PM
by mowandblow1980
11 706
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
06-28-2016 02:11 PM
by Chilehead
2 280
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
06-28-2016 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 440,402
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:16 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:16 PM.

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