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Do you change the marketing material you distribute each time or do you use the same piece?

Do you promote any discounts?
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Gracias for the tips, CKofOrlando!

Thinking about it, is just better to stick around your city, you know the roads and most of the streets, and people will know that you are local...

yes steve, we (Floridians) cut all year around, every other week in winter, and have plenty of palm trees to trim! lol

I should go with a plan like this:
Mid-Feb = Door hangers/Flyers [early spring clean ups specials]
Early-April = Brochures [get ready for summer, fert, sprinkler tune up specials]
May = Yard Signs [summer special]
June = ?????

any sugestions?.. is this overwhelming? too much? I really would like to put my name out there! ayuda!

ok, with this we cover the residential side, pero wat about Comercial Properties!

Gracias!
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I do offer coupons. 10% on design and install work. Maybe a free mulch up to a yard with a yearly deal. Mulch is done at the end of the year. Things like that. I did nothing but comercial work for 11 years. You make more off resi. Your capped at 35hr on comercial where I can bring 60hr on resi with good production.Plus on the comercial your numbers is all they care about. Resi wants service. Yard signs are good for install's but I dont know about maint. Unless you cleaned the prop up. I travel alot. I work in 3 counties. I'm not saying dont travel. But you dont want to flier in areas you dont work. So I might flier 2 or 3 places thats close to where I work and then move to the next spot. It's not bad to travel to an area, but once there, you dont want to be running all over the place. You want to drop your gate as little as you can.
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You make more off resi. Your capped at 35hr on comercial where I can bring 60hr on resi with good production.Plus on the comercial your numbers is all they care about. Resi wants service.
This is something most every new lawn care business owner does not realize. They look at the big number. They look at how much that commercial account will take in each month and not actually think about how much time it is taking!

How long do you feel it took you to realize that residential accounts make you more money? Did you initially think too that commercial accounts were where the money was at?

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I should go with a plan like this:
Mid-Feb = Door hangers/Flyers [early spring clean ups specials]
Early-April = Brochures [get ready for summer, fert, sprinkler tune up specials]
May = Yard Signs [summer special]
June = ?????

any sugestions?.. is this overwhelming? too much?
I think it is great! It doesn't seem like too much to me. As you get to the point of going out there and doing this, keep us posted on what you find you want to fine tune.
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Well I went after comercial because thats what I always did working for the big comps. It was'nt really a money thing. It dont take long to realize which pays better though. You get 8 houses in a row and knock them all down in 3.5hr. Even if your doing them at 25 your doing more than 50hr. I also feel that resi are much more loyal. I bill year round and in the winter there are weeks when I just dont have anything to do. They still pay. A comercial would have a fit. Plus if they like your quality then they dont care who's cheaper. On comercial the prop manger could love you, but if corp wants new bids your out. Theres plenty of money in comercial if your production is right. It's more the loyal thing that makes me gear towards high end resi. Last 2 years I got 600+ in xmas bonuses from resi clients. You wont get that doing comercial.
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Well I went after comercial because thats what I always did working for the big comps. It was'nt really a money thing. It dont take long to realize which pays better though. You get 8 houses in a row and knock them all down in 3.5hr. Even if your doing them at 25 your doing more than 50hr. I also feel that resi are much more loyal. I bill year round and in the winter there are weeks when I just dont have anything to do. They still pay. A comercial would have a fit. Plus if they like your quality then they dont care who's cheaper. On comercial the prop manger could love you, but if corp wants new bids your out. Theres plenty of money in comercial if your production is right. It's more the loyal thing that makes me gear towards high end resi. Last 2 years I got 600+ in xmas bonuses from resi clients. You wont get that doing comercial.
totally agree on this one...
I am loyal to my own customer too, like this holidays, i sent some gift cards to my best clients (the ones that have been with me since I started), that has to make them feel that they're arent just "another house" or "numbers". and guess wat?, Is like I didnt spend extra money cuz some send me bonuses too, lol.

Resi. can be a pain in the neck too, but after 2-3 weeks of service you know how they want the house to look like and they stick with you. Comer. dont feel the same way, if someone else do the same job, for less, youre out. on the other hand, residential can call you back the next month! cuz they were not happy with the other company...happend to me couple times.

is the more personal feeling i like!

PS: steve, i will keep you posted on my marketing. I used to do marketing just once in a neiborhood. I'ma gonna try this method, thanks CKofOrlando!
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Do you find commercial properties become a better choice when you get larger because you have higher overhead costs and you dont want to move them around as much or are residential customers always better if you can get them close together?
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I think that depends on the crew's you run. If you have really detailed guy's but not the fastest, do resi. If you got fast guy's that can keep it going all day, do big comercial. Down here your gonna bring in 5000 a month per guy on comercial if the guy's are top notch. Thats 1 apartment complex per day with a 3 man crew being around 3000 a month. Now those same 3 can do an easy 30 houses a day if next to each other if they have fences. So if you bill 25 a house thats 750 a day or 16250 a month. I know you could get more out of them in both situations but this is pretty close down here.
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I know this has come up in other posts, but what is your view on the best way to get the neighbors of your current customers to sign up for your services?
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I think it depends a bit. Most I get is just from doing good work. Then being able to talk better than who they now have. You have to know every plant you can, How they need to be maintained. Something as small as a tire pivot in the lawn is a selling point. Just point it out and tell them thats where the mower stops to make a sharp turn every week. Then explain how to help avoid this. Even if your no better, you need to sound better.

Or you can just flyer them every few weeks or offer your client a free month for every contract of equal or more value
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