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.

having problem picking up more customers


Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review!

Lawn Care Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations Discussion.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-14-2011, 07:45 PM
redrddvl redrddvl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 15
Rep Power: 4
redrddvl is on a distinguished road
Default having problem picking up more customers

Hi ive been having trouble getting new customers. I've passed out flyers and business cards and have only gotten a couple of calls also been using Craigslist but only one or 2 hits. Any suggestions
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 04-14-2011, 08:13 PM
poolplayer poolplayer is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 16
Rep Power: 5
poolplayer is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
im in the same position as you. i think this is going to be a bad year for some of us. im actually thinking of selling my equipment. ive only sold 1 customer this year and unless i can pick up atleast 50 more in the next week ( not likely ) i will be shutting down and looking for a job with someone else. best of luck to you.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-15-2011, 10:23 AM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 73
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by redrddvl View Post
Hi ive been having trouble getting new customers. I've passed out flyers and business cards and have only gotten a couple of calls also been using Craigslist but only one or 2 hits. Any suggestions

Don't worry, most of your customers will come while the season has already started.


Expect to double your customers in June. People who decided to cut their own lawn this year will realize how annoying it can be - and they will be looking. Happens every year.



Suggestions

Ask family and friends to refer you.

Take a drive around, as you see people out on their yards or working in their garage - feel free to introduce yourself and talk to them about your service. I've gotten quite a few customers by showing my face - instead of relying on a piece of paper.



Own the city you are in by being known as the friendly freak who has nothing negative about him. Become Mr. Popular when possible.

When you speak to people, don't start off by mentioning your service;


If I see someone washing their vehicle, I'll say, "You wanna do mine next?" along with a compliment of their choice in vehicle, color/model, etc.

If I see someone working on something in their garage, i'll say,
"Whatcha workin on?" and take interest.

A wife told me she has all the tools to cut her own lawn and that she will be doing it herself, i said, "You're Hired!" to brighten up the mood and leave without feeling disappointed.
Making a customer laugh might make him/her consider helping you out and referring you to a friend. After all, you were very friendly.

I passed an elderly man walking on the street and said, "You look like your in better shape than I am!" as I was handing out flyers.


The trick is to show interest, show that you are friendly and have character. Make the customer feel special, and impressive. Then say, "I thought i'd come and bug you for a little bit about something you might be interested in"



It helps if you are Irish or Newfie, as we can get away with being intrusive and still remain friendly in the eyes of potential customers. lol. It's like being a cartoon character in real life.

Last edited by CHEESE2009; 04-15-2011 at 10:32 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-15-2011, 03:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I've passed out flyers and business cards and have only gotten a couple of calls also been using Craigslist but only one or 2 hits.
Give us some insight as to how you have been passing out flyers and how many you passed out.

Also, how often are you posting on craigslist? Do you experiment with different offers?

Are you looking at other ads to compare and contrast how your ad compares?
__________________
- 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 04-16-2011, 09:17 AM
redrddvl redrddvl is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 15
Rep Power: 4
redrddvl is on a distinguished road
Default

I usually walk down 2 streets in a neighborhood and put a flyer on everybody probably about 100 flyers. On Craigslist I'm doing it every 2 to 3 days because there so many people posting lawncare. I have been comparing to other ads but try to switch it up.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-17-2011, 12:18 PM
JP Landscaping JP Landscaping is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 213
Rep Power: 5
JP Landscaping is on a distinguished road
Default Try this:

pass out 1000 fliers and wait for some calls

keep posting on craigslist as you are now or switch up your offers there

build a website. You can go to www.webs.com and build a free one. pretty easy.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-18-2011, 10:31 AM
Convenient Lawn Care Convenient Lawn Care is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
Convenient Lawn Care is on a distinguished road
Default

100 flyers is not going to do it. I have passed out 1000's of them, it works, just have to give it time. If you are doing nothing else on a given day, go advertise, if you have a trailer or a truck with your bussiness on it then use it every time you go to the store or do any kind of running. The more people see your name, the more you will start to stand out.

In my exp, the 3 main things you have to do to be successfull, not the only things but the main...

1. Do quility work and do it EVERYTIME
2. Price your work fair
3. Advertise, advertise advertise advertise.....
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-19-2011, 06:09 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,307
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
100 flyers is not going to do it. I have passed out 1000's of them
That is a very good point. If we in general see a 1 - 2 % response rate from flyers, you might only get 1 call per 100 you distribute. Knowing that, it shows you how important it is to get a lot more out.
__________________
- 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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Leaf Picking Up rwmorton2004 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 17 09-28-2013 11:55 AM
Dealing with problem customers - GopherHaul 51 Steve GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 0 12-16-2009 09:58 AM
Picking up leaves BladeRunnerLC04 General Business Discussions 8 11-10-2009 07:46 PM
What to do with problem customers? b52 Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 10 04-17-2009 02:05 PM
Picking up my trailer ritchiem Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 2 01-25-2008 09:29 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 10:06 AM
by stevef1201
7 199
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Yesterday 10:17 AM
Today 08:32 AM
by kslawn
2 100
snowplowing
jshak40
Yesterday 07:20 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by kslawn
6 160
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Today 07:29 AM
by grassdoctore
4 150
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 276
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
08-31-2014 04:48 PM
by avetslawncare
6 249
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
by Lsmain
0 103
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
08-30-2014 07:00 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
2 193
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
08-30-2014 05:04 PM
by stevef1201
1 136
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 433
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
08-29-2014 05:39 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 152
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 575
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
by jawnebgoode
0 90
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
by kurtwin
0 114
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 655
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
08-28-2014 11:58 AM
by Steve
5 257
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,317
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,717
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 559
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 236
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,892
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 325
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 398
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 270
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 244
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 285
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 530
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 783
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 251
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 582
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 555
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 296
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 410
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 320
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,154
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 615
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,731
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 787
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 1,985
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 414
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 539
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 373
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 642
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 519
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 617
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 667
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 925
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 455
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 525
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 412
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark fall ferris first truck franchise gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate new buisness new mower patio install podcast promotion pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business steve stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:06 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:06 PM.

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