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 > Business > Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.

Craigs list Advertising (scam?)


Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #21  
Old 08-01-2010, 12:32 AM
mburse1977's Avatar
mburse1977 mburse1977 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 67
Rep Power: 6
mburse1977 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by aduttonater View Post
There is somebody calling to have people mow yards for $15 a lawn. The thing thats strange is that they want about 60 pictures on each spot. Why not just one to four before and after photos? It seems kind of strange. A guy that I work with within my business, told me that they don't pay you until the end of the month. They do give you a lot of yards I think like 20 a day and your only at one spot for about 10 minuets. The only reason why he's working for me and not them is because he can't afford to spend a ton of money on gas to get these jobs done and not be able to get paid until the end of the month.
It is called working for a company that dose reo's and hud homes. They pay 40 for the first cut and 35 for recuts. You have to have one mill in insurance min and take 8 before 8 after and one of the street sign and house number.

Max allowed grass height is 8 in and lot size is 100 x 150 with are with out a house on it. Any thing over that and you bid are cut then bid per work order.

If the house has some one in it you take pics to prove it and move on and get 15 for the visit. taking pics and measuring the lot is time consuming so this is only good for a starter business.If you have a real company and crews you will lose money in the long run as if the pics are not done right you will not get paid and they pay on a net 30 for the first week and net 15 after that. they set the rates not you so your not in control of the pricing.but it is not bad for a start up company with no employees to do to get things going for a while.
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


  #22  
Old 01-18-2011, 12:35 AM
afleck31 afleck31 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
afleck31 is on a distinguished road
Default got same message

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I got a message from britney jerome asking me to downgrade computer operating systems in 10 computers now wat i dont get is is britney jerome the one scamming or the one being scammed?
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 01-18-2011, 06:54 AM
shahoo80 shahoo80 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 45
Rep Power: 7
shahoo80 is on a distinguished road
Default I use Craigslist- but limit information..

I use Craigslist alot but in my ad I do not use a link to email address, and I put my website address but not as a link to let the actual people contact me. This is not to say that I dont get spam but it cut down alot and just delete the ones that look fishy.
What I think is funny about Craigslist is that most of the ads listed looks like someone posted them while texting all the missed spelled words and just look like crap. Here is one of my listing ads that I use. It's the only one listed around me that looks half way decent.




Join us in paradise with Paradise Landscaping





Images Hosted by Use.com


With Paradise Landscaping of Kansas you cannot go wrong, We are Licensed and Insured and a company that you can trust. Satisfaction Guaranteed.


Other great services available and more specials on our website.


 


Personal Garden Assistant


Garden Tilling: Starts @$15


Power Washing


Full Service Landscaping


Mowing: starts at $20 most under $30


Fertilizing: Starts@$35


Storm and Regular Clean Up


Snow Removal


Mulch Install


 


We are booking now, so call us today and get your personal Free Estimate. Paradise Landscaping of Kansas services most of the Kansas side to Lawrence, North to Leavenworth, South to Olathe.


 


Online Payments and Invoicing available.


Licensed and insured for your protection


References available


 


Call, Text or Email now,


(913) 755-8274




www.paradiselandscapingks.com


Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 01-19-2011, 12:31 AM
aduttonater aduttonater is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posts: 92
Rep Power: 7
aduttonater is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shahoo80 View Post
I use Craigslist alot but in my ad I do not use a link to email address, and I put my website address but not as a link to let the actual people contact me. This is not to say that I dont get spam but it cut down alot and just delete the ones that look fishy.
What I think is funny about Craigslist is that most of the ads listed looks like someone posted them while texting all the missed spelled words and just look like crap. Here is one of my listing ads that I use. It's the only one listed around me that looks half way decent.




Join us in paradise with Paradise Landscaping





Images Hosted by Use.com


With Paradise Landscaping of Kansas you cannot go wrong, We are Licensed and Insured and a company that you can trust. Satisfaction Guaranteed.


Other great services available and more specials on our website.


 


Personal Garden Assistant


Garden Tilling: Starts @$15


Power Washing


Full Service Landscaping


Mowing: starts at $20 most under $30


Fertilizing: Starts@$35


Storm and Regular Clean Up


Snow Removal


Mulch Install


 


We are booking now, so call us today and get your personal Free Estimate. Paradise Landscaping of Kansas services most of the Kansas side to Lawrence, North to Leavenworth, South to Olathe.


 


Online Payments and Invoicing available.


Licensed and insured for your protection


References available


 


Call, Text or Email now,


(913) 755-8274




www.paradiselandscapingks.com


Awesome! Every bodies using that new graphical design advertisement template generator. It's already generated me a few leads, that resulted in new customers that turned into monthly maintenance customers as well. How well is it working for everybody else who's using it?
__________________
It takes at least two steps to be 3 steps ahead!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 01-20-2011, 01:58 PM
tricountylawncare tricountylawncare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 19
Rep Power: 6
tricountylawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

I have had good success so far with Craigslist. I post my lawn care ad in the "farm and garden services" section. I do not put my e-mail address in there so I have not had any spammers. I do put a link to my website and the only problem I have had with that is that some guy from another lawn company around me goes to my blog and posts how much of an *ss I am and that I'm taking his business. Luckily I have to approve the post before it gets posted on my site so I just delete it.

The trick to posting craigslist ads is knowing how to do html coding. With this you can make your ad like Paradise Landscapings. Everyone else's ads are just plain type and black and white. With html coding you can add logos and color type and pictures. I am one of the only ones in my area doing this and there are about 10 lawn care companies posting on there everyday, but mine stands out and looks professional so I am probably getting more calls which is why that guy keeps posting in my blog.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 01-21-2011, 01:48 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,925
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I do not put my e-mail address in there so I have not had any spammers. I do put a link to my website
What about your phone number? Do you include that on your craigslist ad or is it just easier to funnel would be customers to your website first?
__________________
- 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
  #27  
Old 01-21-2011, 08:20 AM
shahoo80 shahoo80 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 45
Rep Power: 7
shahoo80 is on a distinguished road
Default

I wish I did not have to put my phone number in the ad because of the sales calls, but atleast this tells the possible customers that I am local and not a scammer myself. I have had alot better responses and feedback because of the better ads.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 01-21-2011, 08:38 AM
aduttonater aduttonater is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Posts: 92
Rep Power: 7
aduttonater is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shahoo80 View Post
I wish I did not have to put my phone number in the ad because of the sales calls, but atleast this tells the possible customers that I am local and not a scammer myself. I have had alot better responses and feedback because of the better ads.
Yea Craigslist is Awesome, I've completely developed my landscaping business based on calls that turned into customers over the past year. Some of these customers for long term monthly maintenance.
__________________
It takes at least two steps to be 3 steps ahead!
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 01-21-2011, 03:17 PM
tricountylawncare tricountylawncare is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 19
Rep Power: 6
tricountylawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

I put my phone number and also a clickable link to my website which I can tell people are using by the number of visits I get each day to my website. Craigslist is the best free advertising you can get!
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 01-21-2011, 06:18 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Question:

Is there anything to be concerned with in regards to having my phone number listed in a Craigslist ad?

I'm already hesitant due to the amount of spam that comes in to an e-mail, but do you get "phone spam" as well?

At least with e-mail spam, you just delete it, but I don't want to be answering half a dozen calls a day for no reason.


I want to place a Craigslist ad next week, so I'd like to minimize the CRAP, while maximizing my exposure to real customers.
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Making money online, not always a scam mhoward92 General Business Discussions 9 03-14-2009 11:20 PM
Brian's craigs list ad. Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 3 12-10-2007 06:54 PM
Lawn Mowing is a scam???? Steve General Talk 4 06-12-2007 07:15 PM
Beware of this business scam Steve General Business Discussions 0 08-08-2005 03:30 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Having an issue with...
Mr. Mow
04-27-2016 03:58 PM
04-28-2016 05:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 84
Hello From Virginia
JJand M Lawncare
04-25-2016 01:02 PM
04-27-2016 05:20 PM
by Steve
5 113
Hello from Calgary
Freshcut
04-22-2016 06:10 PM
04-25-2016 05:46 PM
by Freshcut
2 103
knowledge is Key
Greg'slawnandlandscape
04-23-2016 02:23 AM
04-25-2016 02:40 PM
by Steve
2 104
Echo Bed Redefiner...
NPM_LLC
04-12-2016 10:54 AM
04-22-2016 06:15 PM
by Freshcut
4 301
Has anyone done a garden?
Brian3137
03-28-2016 10:42 AM
04-22-2016 04:42 PM
by biglee
13 9,728
What would you charge?
markty
04-18-2016 03:28 PM
04-22-2016 09:01 AM
by chris2500hd
6 259
Replaced Mower Engine
Sprinkler Buddy
04-15-2016 06:21 AM
04-19-2016 11:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
6 244
Hello from Oklahoma
Ron Hall
03-24-2016 06:59 PM
04-16-2016 03:51 AM
by Ron Hall
9 9,451
Laying down some stripes
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:55 PM
04-14-2016 11:55 PM
by Steve
3 319
Find out what business...
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:58 PM
04-13-2016 12:32 PM
by MATTNAPIER89
2 277
Hello my name is Matt
MATTNAPIER89
04-11-2016 09:46 PM
04-13-2016 12:58 AM
by Steve
1 224
How to drop some...
nickeckes
04-11-2016 01:07 AM
04-12-2016 05:22 PM
by Steve
4 306
Trash Receptacle for a...
tannerduncan
04-12-2016 05:02 PM
04-12-2016 05:19 PM
by Steve
1 204
Small Project Lawn
tannerduncan
03-31-2016 08:21 PM
04-12-2016 05:16 PM
by Steve
7 9,334
Please Help! Bidding...
Dorali
02-15-2016 12:02 PM
04-06-2016 01:08 AM
by Steve
36 12,999
Hello
pbcleff
04-05-2016 07:45 PM
04-06-2016 12:35 AM
by Steve
1 397
Hello
llewelwa
03-18-2016 12:47 AM
04-05-2016 12:14 AM
by Steve
3 9,318
Poop and Scooping
llewelwa
04-01-2016 05:48 PM
04-05-2016 12:08 AM
by Steve
1 9,109
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
04-04-2016 05:33 PM
by WarriorLandscapingCAN
2 9,272
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:00 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:00 PM.

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