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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....

Getting My Truck Lettered, Check It Out...


Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-09-2012, 04:59 PM
IVPropertyMaintenance's Avatar
IVPropertyMaintenance IVPropertyMaintenance is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cave Junction, OR
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 3
IVPropertyMaintenance is on a distinguished road
Default Getting My Truck Lettered, Check It Out...

Alright so I attached a picture of the rendering that was e-mailed to me for my truck lettering. I just wanted to let everyone know that it is possible to look like a pro with a custom logo and customer lettering for less than $100.

I know it doesn't exactly have the WOW factor, but it's clean and easy to read. I got to custom design my logo for FREE (yes free) on logosnap.com which actually gives you all the formats including vector for FREE. They appreciate a donation but it is not mandatory. Anyways, I made a pretty simple logo, e-mailed it off to the local vinyl printers and got this photo back. I think it looks pretty dang nice if I do say so myself.

Obviously you could go into a lot more detail, but with that comes a lot more cost. This is my second year in business and is a big step up from the faded and peeling magnetic signs from last year. Plus, the vinyl is only costing me $90.00 which means I have to put it on. I've applied vinyl before and as long as you take your time and have a partner help you if possible, it's pretty quick and easy (especially with an easy logo like mine).

Anyways, let me know what you think. Any advice? I was thinking that later on I could ad a sort of bullet list of featured services on the panel of the half door. Thanks for any input!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IVPMTruck.jpg (91.3 KB, 111 views)
__________________
IV Property Maintenance
Providing Quality and Reliability
www.ivpropertymaintenance.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


  #2  
Old 03-10-2012, 08:28 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
i think it is very simple and to the point and looks good.

the only thing i would change is the web address on the bed, i would have been more inclined to use the line for services like:

" FOUR SEASON PROPERTY CARE "

or " WEEKLY SERVICE - SHRUB TRIMMING - MULCHING "

visual advertiseing is just like the internet and you have to use key words,
instead they are called trigger words.

for example their lawn may be fine but they might be thinking about those shrubs that need trimming or mulching that they keep putting off and it gets more of a stir out of them when they see reminders.

just my two cents because phone numbers are shorter and easier to remember then web addresses and your truck needs to make a specific impact very quickly to be effective and useing the valuble limited space on your truck for multiple ways to contact you is reduntant.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-10-2012, 02:26 PM
IVPropertyMaintenance's Avatar
IVPropertyMaintenance IVPropertyMaintenance is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cave Junction, OR
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 3
IVPropertyMaintenance is on a distinguished road
Default

Very good points... I agree about listing services, thats what I was saying about putting a list on the back door where it is blank now. I was also thinking that you could still add additional services below the website. Call me crazy but I have heard a lot of people say that it's nice to browse my website and get an idea of some of the services I offer without having to call and give me the 'ol "Do you do this? What about that?" phone call. Then they feel more prepared when they call. If more people started using my website, I could expand it by putting more money into it and utilizing it better. Just a shot in the dark I guess, still I think theres plenty of room to list services.

Eventually my plan is to pay a professional to spruce up the logo, but by then hopefully I'll be driving truck number two. I can learn from this one to make the next even better. One step at a time...
__________________
IV Property Maintenance
Providing Quality and Reliability
www.ivpropertymaintenance.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-10-2012, 05:15 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

Another tip:

WORDS ARE NOT AS EASILY READ WHEN USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERING.


If possible, ask if they can show you the web address with the words capitalized, as it may break it up into a more readable line of text.

I ran into an issue with my website, in that at a quick glance, "flawn" jumps out at you, and it just seems "weird".
I now capitalize each word to make it easier to read.

www.oakleaflawn.com

WWW.OAKLEAFLAWN.COM

www.OakLeafLawn.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-10-2012, 06:13 PM
IVPropertyMaintenance's Avatar
IVPropertyMaintenance IVPropertyMaintenance is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cave Junction, OR
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 3
IVPropertyMaintenance is on a distinguished road
Default

I kinda like the capital letters because they match the logo. I know exactly what you mean though. I was even thinking that because I'm going to have to cut the website into more manageable pieces than the 7ft long piece it comes in, I would put an ever so small space between each of the words to let the eyes show a natural break in the wording. I think that will work without having to lose the capitalized look I like... I really appreciate the words of advice everyone, I know it seems like I may just be contradicting everything your saying with a "yeah but..." but I want you to know that I have already though of a couple ways to tweak it because of your tips. Thanks again!
__________________
IV Property Maintenance
Providing Quality and Reliability
www.ivpropertymaintenance.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-10-2012, 07:14 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 4
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

I hate to use my truck as the right way but it the only one I have pictures of.
I had it done a Major Sign Shop here in town.



If anyone else has some pic of their trucks post them so we can see what is working out there.
I too agree the capitals is to much beside I have never seen a web address that was done in caps on a computer. You also need to list your services as well,
not all lawn care and landscape companies do the same things people will appreciate know if they should call you or not.
__________________
Ducke's lawn Care and Introducing Duck's Seasonal Decor.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-12-2012, 02:34 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,511
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

For those that switched from magnetic signs to vinyl lettering, what was the point where you decided, I am going to do this?

What is your view on why so many seem to shy away from vinyl lettering? Is it they don't know how long their business will be around for? Or are they concerned with their truck's paint job or what is it?

And how once you got the vinyl lettering did things change for you?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 03-12-2012, 08:20 PM
Cashin H&P Cashin H&P is offline
new member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bedford NH
Posts: 409
Rep Power: 0
Cashin H&P is on a distinguished road
Default

I had the magnetic signs on my old 1994 f150 but when I baught my new truck a 2004 chevy 1500 z71 I wanted every thing to look professional so I did it. It cost me $530 but i had some signs made to so thats why it was so high. I cant say if it has given me work but I can say it gets you noticed.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-12-2012, 11:14 PM
IVPropertyMaintenance's Avatar
IVPropertyMaintenance IVPropertyMaintenance is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cave Junction, OR
Posts: 26
Rep Power: 3
IVPropertyMaintenance is on a distinguished road
Default

The ultimate goal for me is to get noticed. I live in a small town where a lot of people have their own "small businesses" complete with magnetic door signs for their cars. More and more people are driving around with them and I noticed that I rarely read them because I don't find most of them to be a service or product I want or need. If a sign goes "outside the box" of a vinyl sign, it gets noticed (at least by me).

Not only is it NOT a vinyl sign, but it's way bigger and bolder than anything I could squeeze onto a magnet. People who need yard services provided for them will not call you if you don't catch their eye.

I also feel that the customer looks at a magnetic sign as easily disposed of. They want to know that their yard care provider isn't going to wake up one morning and pull his magnets off just before selling his equipment on craigslist and never coming to mow their yard again. Not that a decal proves anything, just that you mean business....

All in all, to each their own...
__________________
IV Property Maintenance
Providing Quality and Reliability
www.ivpropertymaintenance.com
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-12-2012, 11:48 PM
avetslawncare's Avatar
avetslawncare avetslawncare is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 4
avetslawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

I do magnetic signs because my HOA, I have to take them off everynight.... i wish I could do lettering or even a wrap but that isn't possible unless i store my truck somewhere else....

btw, i got a job for a church today, 4100...about 2500 in profit.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
truck, vinyl sign

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
New truck lettered wdcutter Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 7 08-12-2010 04:54 AM
Check Her Out? SlappingGrass SNM Lawns Starting a lawn care business. 5 03-24-2010 08:05 PM
Charles needs his truck lettered Steve Truck & Trailer Sign Design, silk screened apparel & uniform discussion 1 05-04-2008 04:44 PM
Please check this out UnitedEnvironment.com General Business Discussions 15 12-09-2006 09:35 AM
Always Check!!!! tiedeman General Business Discussions 5 04-06-2006 04:11 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
hey everyone
robert8509
Today 08:16 PM
Today 08:16 PM
by robert8509
0 1
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:20 AM
Today 06:51 PM
by Matther777
4 163
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Today 04:49 PM
by WesleySnips
3 266
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Today 01:47 PM
by The Hunter
3 421
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 01:41 PM
Today 01:39 PM
by Steve
5 170
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Today 01:33 PM
by Steve
9 731
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
Today 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 357
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
Today 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 328
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
Yesterday 01:59 PM
Today 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 105
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Today 01:17 PM
by Steve
9 269
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
Today 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,466
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
Today 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,290
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 614
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
Yesterday 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 462
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,314
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
Yesterday 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 224
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,771
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,278
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 189
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 260
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 705
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,151
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 441
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 279
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 626
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 926
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,281
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 658
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,039
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 373
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,467
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,486
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,568
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 511
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 672
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 507
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 860
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,491
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 820
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,633
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,048
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 953
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 596
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 584
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,119
Mowing the hills
EyeCatchersNow
07-08-2014 12:22 PM
10-09-2014 04:19 PM
by Just for Cuts
25 2,994
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
10-09-2014 02:21 PM
by Steve
25 3,631
Changing Scag Freedom Z...
maggiedavidson
10-06-2014 12:24 PM
10-08-2014 06:34 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 836
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 02:45 PM
10-07-2014 04:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 815
Good Mower
jack2048
10-04-2014 05:34 PM
10-07-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
7 896
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying billy goat brushcutter bush charge christmas deliquentaccounts exmark ferris foreman georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hills holiday how much to charge how to how to bid hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic mowing mulch mulch estimate new buisness new business ordinance podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride scripts seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business stihl sulky theft toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree walk behind walker wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:31 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:31 PM.

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