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: 5
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: 5
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 online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
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: 5
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 online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
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
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
Today 08:09 AM
by another
23 8,330
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
Today 06:52 AM
by CurbAppeal1
35 8,957
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
Yesterday 11:23 PM
by biglee
13 292
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 427
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
Yesterday 04:40 PM
by mattthelawnguy
6 109
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
Yesterday 04:33 PM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by mattthelawnguy
0 35
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
Yesterday 03:07 PM
Yesterday 03:07 PM
by Just for Cuts
0 47
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
Yesterday 02:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 127
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,687
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 749
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 388,842
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 79
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 165
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 1,926
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 181
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 119
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 239
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 630
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,433
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 267
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 474
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 604
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 470
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
05-12-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
9 544
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,017
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 988
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,015
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 381
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 399
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 320
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 439
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 318
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 3,856
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 996
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 274
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 314
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,057
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 345
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 385
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 414
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 377
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 794
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 681
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 455
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 554
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 452
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 415
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 570
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
04-27-2015 04:49 PM
04-27-2015 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 389
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
04-27-2015 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 460
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter bob villa bush commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers edging employee problems estimate foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new business new mower ordinance patio install per hour service profit on employee scag scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns swzt theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website website design winterization won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:33 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:33 AM.

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