Quote[/b] ]I just have to send one more thanks out to TeamGopher for all of the support and ideas. I just love my banner that someone from your team*not sure who to give credit too* made for me.
You asked me in another post what elements I thought should a LCO include on a myspace...
Some of the things I have added which I think are very important:
Contact info *make sure it is listed several times*
Pictures of us/employees if you have them *we don't except for my 19 year old son*
Any helpful industry links - For example Angieslist.com has been a very powerful marketing resource that has helped us gain several customers this year. I have their link posted. If a person joins Angies List or is already a member they can read several great reviews written about our company from current happy customers.
Before and after pictures and pictures of properties you maintain or jobs that you have done.
I also put the following in blogs:
Fall Specials *you will recognise the flier =)*
Additional Service Offers
Our Premium Lawn and Ornamental Service
Our Standard Lawn Service
All of these except for the fall flier I already have posted on our website www.theothersidelawncompany.com
so all I had to do is copy and paste =)
Now the idea I have is this...
While my personal myspace only has people I know personally or dailydrool.com friends and a handful of other basset owners I have met online....I want my lawn and landscape company to have many friends. The more the better!
I figure that I get so many basset friend request with my personal myspace without even trying *so many that I have turned down some because I do not want that many on my personal myspace* that if I put a little effort into it I can do the same when it comes to folks that are in the green industry, or into gardening, landscaping, etc. etc.
I want to join some networking groups and put an add in the free classified area that myspace provides.
Anyways I am going to spend the winter months filling it up with friends. I want all kinds of comments about how nice our lawns look, what a good job we do, what good people we are etc. etc.
Then right about when we gear up to start the next season...*probably in January* I am going to start putting out a monthly lawn and landscaping tip bulletin. Then around March when we really start gearing up for the season I am going to do a search for folks in a 25 mile radius of us *I have already done one and there are over 3000* and I am going to go down the list and request an add from those myspaces that look like they may be potential customers.
I figure I get an average of 3 bogus friendship request a day...come see my pictures that myspace won't let me post and you can be a millionair or get a free ipod etc etc...so why can't I market my lawn and landscape myspace in the same fashion.
If I get just one customer from it then I have paid for the time I put into it...so what do I have to loose...right =)
Again I really do appreciate having TeamGopher as a resource. You guys have been so helpful to me over the years. I could never thank you enough!