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 offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,222
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 offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,222
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
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
Today 03:31 PM
Today 05:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
2 28
trimming back shrubs
WesleySnips
Yesterday 06:14 AM
Today 05:36 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 104
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Today 04:24 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
88 4,944
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 03:34 PM
by Shady Grady
1,185 322,680
Echo Edger 'Neutral'
WesleySnips
07-25-2014 05:28 PM
Today 01:50 PM
by stevef1201
7 238
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
Yesterday 06:13 PM
Today 01:47 PM
by stevef1201
2 60
Buy a good company at a...
Steve
03-12-2011 06:38 AM
Today 01:44 PM
by Steve
2 1,692
Building credit
Matther777
07-27-2014 05:20 PM
Today 10:29 AM
by Greg'slawnandlandscape
13 314
Employee wont return...
Prolawnofchatt
06-13-2014 03:12 PM
Yesterday 09:59 PM
by WesleySnips
5 568
Mow and leaf cleanup bid
SGL1
07-29-2014 07:28 PM
Yesterday 07:14 PM
by SGL1
23 336
Late charge
Simon Abousaada
07-30-2014 07:23 PM
Yesterday 12:41 PM
by Steve
2 97
Need input on a bid
phlawncare
07-28-2014 08:51 PM
Yesterday 05:08 AM
by kslawn
7 222
New from Texas
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:17 AM
07-30-2014 01:03 PM
by Steve
5 228
Single tree, mow customer
WesleySnips
06-27-2014 10:12 AM
07-30-2014 12:31 PM
by Steve
17 763
Formulas Used
BaileynSamsMum
07-29-2014 06:40 AM
07-30-2014 12:19 PM
by Steve
3 165
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
07-30-2014 06:29 AM
by kslawn
5 202
Will summer ever come
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-29-2014 08:27 AM
07-29-2014 08:29 PM
by SGL1
5 153
From Concord NC
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:34 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
3 163
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
07-29-2014 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 217
Left handed edging with...
SGL1
07-23-2014 08:59 PM
07-28-2014 07:39 AM
by SGL1
15 406
Echo PE 266 edger
stevef1201
07-01-2014 01:28 PM
07-27-2014 10:14 PM
by WesleySnips
5 406
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
07-27-2014 08:16 AM
by Just for Cuts
7 244
need some help geting...
dalvan0
07-13-2014 09:28 PM
07-26-2014 04:39 PM
by BLC7
7 392
new trailer help
mattthelawnguy
07-11-2014 08:21 PM
07-25-2014 06:31 PM
by mattthelawnguy
13 597
You know it;s gonna be a...
stevef1201
07-25-2014 08:50 AM
07-25-2014 01:34 PM
by Steve
1 156
Customer letters
kslawn
07-23-2014 06:17 AM
07-25-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
5 288
Got my first lawn job...
SGL1
06-11-2014 09:19 PM
07-24-2014 07:09 PM
by SGL1
29 1,385
Need help determining...
Jbss861
07-20-2014 02:33 PM
07-24-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
13 477
Should I ?
googus
07-22-2014 04:06 PM
07-24-2014 12:10 PM
by Steve
4 310
My First Apartment...
SSLCtn
05-26-2014 10:17 PM
07-24-2014 06:46 AM
by kslawn
15 997
Crop Rotation Techniques...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:47 PM
07-24-2014 06:38 AM
by kslawn
3 283
Selling lawns like...
eastsidelandcare
07-17-2014 03:51 PM
07-24-2014 06:28 AM
by kslawn
3 343
Scag new "Eliminator"......
ExtremeLawncareServices
07-20-2014 10:45 AM
07-23-2014 05:37 PM
by Just for Cuts
9 409
need professional advice...
Fiddlers_green
07-20-2014 07:21 PM
07-23-2014 12:42 PM
by Steve
3 287
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 10:20 PM
07-23-2014 12:40 PM
by Steve
15 1,530
Lawn Service back in...
LawnCareMan280
07-18-2014 09:00 PM
07-23-2014 11:48 AM
by Steve
4 321
Overspray?
stevef1201
07-21-2014 04:20 PM
07-23-2014 11:39 AM
by Steve
3 225
Hello Everyone! Newbie...
SLKlawn
07-17-2014 06:22 PM
07-22-2014 01:53 PM
by Steve
6 369
Proper height for lawn
rob lederhilger
05-26-2014 08:01 AM
07-21-2014 02:53 PM
by LawnDoctor
9 734
Blade sharpener
Just for Cuts
07-04-2014 12:31 PM
07-21-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
9 601
What's my business worth?
Chaz
07-16-2014 01:35 PM
07-21-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
4 379
1.5 Acre Jungle
WesleySnips
07-15-2014 05:57 PM
07-20-2014 11:31 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
21 727
Gopher schedule software
Ray
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
07-18-2014 04:13 PM
by Ray
0 280
2006 Chevy fuel pump...
KevinsLawns
07-17-2014 08:39 PM
07-18-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
1 260
Halfway point of year!
Steve
07-01-2014 12:08 PM
07-18-2014 11:38 AM
by Steve
14 836
I got told to leave and...
gwilson98
06-16-2014 02:07 PM
07-17-2014 11:43 AM
by Steve
16 1,160
Hey guys this is the...
prmenter@gmail.com
07-07-2014 08:23 PM
07-16-2014 08:10 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
28 894
Mowing the hills
prmenter@gmail.com
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
07-16-2014 05:00 PM
by Just for Cuts
18 810
Classified Ad Template...
bcfb
06-05-2013 02:40 AM
07-15-2014 11:16 AM
by Steve
15 3,847
Husqvarna pz 60
CDLAWNCARE
07-06-2014 06:50 PM
07-15-2014 08:53 AM
by kslawn
10 551
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 ads apartment lawn care estimate birdscaping care charge collections subcontractor commercial craigslist customers ecosymbiosis employee problems exmark ferris four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely holiday honda how much to charge how to bid hydraulic installation invoice kawasaki labor cost late lawn 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 marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness office management online classifieds podcast promotion rotating scag scag v-ride season seo sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services tips toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape upsell walk behind walker winter money making ideas won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:14 PM.

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