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.

does anyone here use twitter or google adwords?


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 02-11-2013, 03:09 PM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default does anyone here use twitter or google adwords?

i was curious as to if anyone here uses twitter for their business and how it compares to facebook.
is it more of the same or is there distinct advantages with each one.

also, does anyone use the google adwords advertising?

i was gonna sign up for it because there are a couple guys here locally that use it and everywhere i go their ads pop up on my screen, even here.

seems like a pretty effective tool.
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 02-11-2013, 04:08 PM
patrick6411 patrick6411 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
Rep Power: 3
patrick6411 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I use adwords and bing. I don't use Facebook, yet. I plan on getting on there soon to try them. I like how I can target my area. It is very nice.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-12-2013, 06:36 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by patrick6411 View Post
I use adwords and bing. I don't use Facebook, yet. I plan on getting on there soon to try them. I like how I can target my area. It is very nice.

what kind of budget do you have for your adwords and do you find that you have to constantly raise your budget or is it pretty consistent?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-12-2013, 07:57 AM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

adword is the ONLY money I will spend online it works and is cheap. I only use it in spring and fall. i will spend upto $10 a day
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-12-2013, 08:19 AM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dpld View Post
i was curious as to if anyone here uses twitter for their business and how it compares to facebook.
is it more of the same or is there distinct advantages with each one.

also, does anyone use the google adwords advertising?

i was gonna sign up for it because there are a couple guys here locally that use it and everywhere i go their ads pop up on my screen, even here.

seems like a pretty effective tool.
we just set up facebook, twitter, linked in, and google + they are all free and you can configure one of them to update the others with a little work and the customer can pick how they get updates.
__________________
I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-12-2013, 09:50 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by willshome View Post
adword is the ONLY money I will spend online it works and is cheap. I only use it in spring and fall. i will spend upto $10 a day
thanks for the reply.
right now google was the only place i was interested in spending money with and any of the other places just don't seem worth it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-12-2013, 10:12 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by wandfsmall View Post
we just set up facebook, twitter, linked in, and google + they are all free and you can configure one of them to update the others with a little work and the customer can pick how they get updates.

i currently have the google+ and the facebook as well as made a few youtube vids and that has done a good job so far, especially considering what i have into it which is zero.

i been commercial for quite a few years now and i am trying to get back into the high end residential and i bought some extra equipment over the winter for a residential crew and i want to get the biggest bang that i can to get that off the ground as quickly as possible.

i have not had to do much marketing the last 8 years because of the type of work i did and how i got it through management co's but last year i started some traditional marketing in the beginning of the year and kept it going through out the year to get things going and it failed miserably and the cost was astronomical.
what i did last year worked very well back in the day when i started out in the 90's but today traditional means of marketing is a complete waste of time and money.

i started getting with the program on how to do these things today back in early January and i can not believe how well it has worked so far.

i eliminated all my print ads and the only thing left of what i would consider "traditional marketing" is my listing in the phone book which i will keep and everything else is now online and the last snowstorm we got on friday swamped me with phone calls and each and every person that called said they got my info online.

normally this time of year most of us don't get many calls except for something like plowing but i don't ever recall the amount of calls i got from that storm ever happening before in 23 years in business as well as i got about 10 times the calls in one day then i did last year for he whole year from my print ads.

i been scratching my head the last couple of years wondering what it was that i was doing wrong and now i know.
the saddest part is that it has been there waiting for me the whole time.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-12-2013, 11:19 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,277
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
normally this time of year most of us don't get many calls except for something like plowing but i don't ever recall the amount of calls i got from that storm ever happening before in 23 years in business as well as i got about 10 times the calls in one day then i did last year for he whole year from my print ads.
That is great news. Are you track which online marketing is working? Do you attribute it more to adwords than facebook, or the videos you made?
__________________
- 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
  #9  
Old 02-12-2013, 12:17 PM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That is great news. Are you track which online marketing is working? Do you attribute it more to adwords than facebook, or the videos you made?

at this point in time being it has only been a month and a half i would say it is a accumulative effect of all of the things i have been using.

i have watched over the last month after i added all these things and updated my information my listings going from the 3rd page to the first and it just boggles my mind and i have not even got to the meat on the bone of all the things i am working on implementing.

i would be the first to say that being in my mid 40's and being in business for 23 years that i was old school and did not buy into the " modern way " of doing things.
it was not that i was against it or felt it was not effective but after your business has grown over the course of 23 years and you have success you feel as if " what can this really do for me " and " do i really need to bother " and i am very happy to eat crow and admit how wrong i was.

on my google places account i can go on and view my dashboard and see all the hits listed by category and this past snow storm i had 162 hits and inquiries into my services for snow removal and had at least 40 calls for plowing.
i will say that i am not so naive to think i am so special because with this storm i am sure many companies got a lot of calls but what stands out for me is that at the moment i have gave up on 99% of my print ads and the only way they could have found out about me was through a online search as well as i can only recall one other time that i had that many calls in one storm and the last time was back in 97 i believe.

i still have a ways to go to get the bugs out and take full advantage of it but for what i have into it thus far and what i have seen out of it really has me motivated to push it to the limit.
after 23 years it is almost like a rebirth and gives me a new way of connecting to people and as i said before the saddest part is it has been here the whole time but i failed to take advantage of it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-12-2013, 12:44 PM
LawnBoy0311 LawnBoy0311 is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Coast
Posts: 1,169
Rep Power: 0
LawnBoy0311 is on a distinguished road
Default

Not sure if this will help you out or not, but here it goes....


Years ago I ran an online tropical fish business. I sold tropical fish and food on the internet. It wasn't anything small by any means. I was doing runs to the airport to pick fish up from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and various breeding farms around the US. I shipped fish to nearly every state in the US and a few places in Canada.

I had to use online advertising, thats the only way it worked. I had to get my name out there. I had facebook, twitter, facebook ad's, youtube, google ad's and a few more.

Facebook and twitter I considered them the same. You can link your twitter to your facebook, which made it easy. Whatever I said on facebook would go to my twitter. This method was decent, but took up time trying to market to people. Some people think your spam and don't want to associate with you. Theres a large amount of spam going around on both of these. I'd say over time, it would be a useful tool, just keep updating it and always looking for new clients. If it's free, it wouldn't hurt to try it.

Facebook ad's....I pulled the plug on that before the big motor companies did the same. It generated NOTHING for me. Waste of $$$.

Google ad's was the best. I did a set daily budget. The CPC (cost per click) I found to be a waste. Obviously the more you pay the better placement you get. My competitors could sit there and click away driving my bill up. This way no one knows my daily budget but me. You can run your ad's at certain times, and market to a specific area. You can also look at a report to find out when the most activity is going on. Depending on the size of your area, between $5 and $20 a day should work. No need to keep it up all the time 24/7....run it a few weeks and stop a few weeks.

I didn't use youtube, but my customers did. I would give out sample bags of fish foods to try, and in return my customers would make youtube videos reviewing the product. This was a great/fast way to get my name out there. It worked out really well. Not to mention, the customers all speak for themselves.

With all the online advertising now, you can really get your name out there fast. As longas you maintain your facebook and are constantly networking, it will do great for you.
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
Google Adwords TheGoat Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 7 01-25-2011 08:57 AM
Are you on Twitter? Steve General Business Discussions 7 11-07-2009 09:50 AM
Google AdWords ritchiem Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 3 11-29-2007 05:22 PM
Google adwords Steve Search Engine Optimization and Website Design Discussions. 5 11-14-2007 02:33 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
Today 03:28 AM
by jrs.landscaping
19 334
How busy are you now?
Steve
Yesterday 01:10 PM
Yesterday 11:08 PM
by SGL1
3 70
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Yesterday 08:59 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
74 3,082
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
Yesterday 07:31 PM
by avetslawncare
34 1,323
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
Yesterday 06:00 PM
Yesterday 06:00 PM
by jcurr33
0 31
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
Yesterday 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 139
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
Yesterday 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 123
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 01:03 PM
by Steve
72 5,799
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 476
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 196
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 160
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 263
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
04-29-2015 10:51 PM
by Steve
14 444
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 199
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 151
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
04-28-2015 11:56 AM
by Steve
6 232
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 289
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
04-27-2015 06:57 PM
by SGL1
11 366
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
04-27-2015 04:49 PM
04-27-2015 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 142
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
04-27-2015 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 182
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
by Steve
4 255
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
04-27-2015 05:43 PM
by Steve
3 193
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
04-27-2015 05:36 PM
by Steve
1 185
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 337
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,749
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 216
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 304
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 516
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 572
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 638
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 458
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,136
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 278
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 376
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 610
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,809
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 742
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,138
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,198
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 646
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 561
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 692
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 309
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 697
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 712
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,536
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 371
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,194
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 350
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 393
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook ferris flyers foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hiring how to husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business mr dave mulch new business new mower per hour service pricing pto push versus ride running a business sell the vision shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns sulky theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:38 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:38 AM.

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