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.

advertising ideas


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 04-16-2008, 10:25 PM
gmoney55 gmoney55 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: louisiana
Age: 49
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 9
gmoney55
Default

Hey i am just starting out and am looking at different ideas to help me advertise and market my business. I am trying to look out the box with advertising not just your normal flyers, door hangers etc. I go into a little convenience store by my house to buy my tobacco and the owner saw my trailer loaded with my equipment and started talking to me and asked me to leave him some business cards. He puts the cards on a spot on the counter for his regular customers. i left them yesterday and already got 3 calls for me to go and give estimates in one day. anybody have any more ideas for advertising that are not your normal types of advertising. i am interested to see if anyone uses any different types. thanks
__________________
Gerald T. Mullet
K & G LAWNCARE
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 04-17-2008, 06:24 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,951
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Gerald,

I like that idea because it's free and it hits the local market you are trying to reach out to.

Have you experimented much with craigslist? I bet that would help you get yourself some more customers.
__________________
- 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
  #3  
Old 04-17-2008, 09:36 PM
gmoney55 gmoney55 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: louisiana
Age: 49
Posts: 50
Rep Power: 9
gmoney55
Default

no i did not do craigs list yet. i was reading through the post i think it was fernando who started it about craigs list and i will try it. we also have a couple of louisiana hunting and fishing websites that let you post ads in their classifieds for free so i will try that also. i was just wondering if anyone else has tried any off the wall ideas other than the usual advertising ideas and did they work or not. I know each area is different but just looking for some more ideas to throw around. louisiana people are a trip i have seen some crazy advertising down here that has actually worked that i know would not work any place in the world but here. We are very unique down here but thats what i love about this place. Come on guys I know ya'll gotta have some ideas don't be afraid or embarrassed to share them. If they worked or not let's hear them
__________________
Gerald T. Mullet
K & G LAWNCARE
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-17-2008, 10:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,951
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]i have seen some crazy advertising down here that has actually worked that i know would not work any place in the world but here.
What kinds of things stand out that you have seen?
__________________
- 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 04-19-2008, 05:27 PM
alehandros_lilbreaker alehandros_lilbreaker is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: quebec
Posts: 22
Rep Power: 9
alehandros_lilbreaker
Default

I am also planing on opening a company up next year and are looking for some ideas. Here is one that i think will work. I plan to print my company name on a few of my t-shirts that i where to school. At school i probably come into contact with 100+ people per day, so by wearing it on you on a weekly basis people will remember your company.
They say that for a customer to remember your company, they need to have seen it 3-4 times until they will remember it, so a t-shirt that is worn to school will target alot of people and many times too.

I also thought about setting up a bbq after a some kids soccer games. Offering free hotdogs, it attracts everyone and you can give them your flyer at the same time. This allows you to come to contact with dozens of parents from different neighbourhoods. You can have small talk with some parents, offer some services, and they definitly won't forget you because something like this almost never happens. It may cost some money from you, but it shows alot. They might go home and tell their neighbours about their game, and a very nice lawn care company who hosted a bbq for them too.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-19-2008, 05:53 PM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Our owner came up with the idea the other day to place a lawn gnome holding one of our signs in the median of a busy intersection. Of course, you'd have to remove it every night to stop people from stealing/breaking it.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-20-2008, 02:56 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,951
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Our owner came up with the idea the other day to place a lawn gnome holding one of our signs in the median of a busy intersection. Of course, you'd have to remove it every night to stop people from stealing/breaking it.
I'd love to see a picture of that

__________________
- 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 04-20-2008, 08:58 AM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ April 20 2008,4:56)]
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Our owner came up with the idea the other day to place a lawn gnome holding one of our signs in the median of a busy intersection. Of course, you'd have to remove it every night to stop people from stealing/breaking it.
I'd love to see a picture of that

I should be doing it in the next two weeks or so...only 5 more days of final exams, then it's back to work!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-22-2008, 02:56 PM
LawncareMarketingMagic LawncareMarketingMagic is offline
Lawn Care Business Consultant
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Age: 41
Posts: 132
Rep Power: 0
LawncareMarketingMagic is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

gmoney55, the coupon in the convenience store is a GREAT idea. On the cards, be sure to include some type of offer to motivate the people to actually pick up the phone and call. Otherwise the card might end up in the garbage as soon as they get home.

Alehandro, I think the t-shirt idea at school is a great idea, but my concern is that I don't know many students in the market for lawn care services. However, if you do decide to do it, don't just put your company name on the t-shirt. I'd print some type of offer such as 'I'll Give You This T-Shirt When I Cut Your Lawn. (Don't Worry, I'll Give You A Clean One!)". Then be sure to include your phone number or URL so they can contact you. Doing something like this will be much more effective than just hoping they remember your company name later on.

As far as the BBQ goes, I think that's a GREAT idea. You're right in thinking your target market will be present and offering something like this is a good way to build some goodwill. One way to make it even more effective would be to print out flyers, give them to the players, and have them take them home to their parents letting them know about the free hot dogs. That way they'll be looking for you and you'll get even more people at the game.

Now, as you're handing out hot dogs, I'd also hand out flyers making them a killer offer for your services. Again, make it something that motivates them to pick up the phone and call as soon as they get home. Better yet, make them an offer that is valid ONLY IF they schedule an estimate or service visit AT the baseball game.

The whole idea is to create marketing that produces results RIGHT NOW, not down the road. As a small business, we need new business now and the money we invest today needs to come ASAP with friends.
__________________
Chestin
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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
Today 01:19 PM
by Cpadgett
3 62
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
Today 01:12 PM
Today 01:12 PM
by yourtimelawncare
0 15
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
Today 11:36 AM
by Steve
5 97
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
Today 11:32 AM
by Steve
8 9,714
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
05-27-2016 12:20 PM
by Wolf4dk
3 9,431
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
05-26-2016 04:45 PM
by lawngawd7
9 365
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
05-26-2016 04:34 PM
by Crossett73
91 33,751
Hello from Alabama
pruzilla
05-25-2016 01:20 PM
05-26-2016 08:14 AM
by pruzilla
2 70
Hello from Centreville!
Daveylawns
05-23-2016 09:04 AM
05-24-2016 04:08 PM
by Steve
1 89
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
05-23-2016 08:41 PM
by Steve
1 81
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
05-23-2016 09:06 AM
by Daveylawns
10 3,801
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
05-21-2016 06:36 PM
by rmccutchan
2 97
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
05-20-2016 07:08 PM
by Stevenor92
8 235
Intro
LaraRahmani
05-18-2016 02:54 PM
05-19-2016 02:43 PM
by Steve
2 129
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
05-18-2016 07:34 PM
by Stevenor92
4 208
New mower!!!!
Stevenor92
05-18-2016 03:46 AM
05-18-2016 06:39 PM
by Stevenor92
2 134
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-18-2016 02:59 PM
by LaraRahmani
1,249 435,234
Stupid idea?
hopolb33
05-13-2016 11:25 AM
05-16-2016 11:22 AM
by Steve
1 176
Planting SKYBOUND CEDARS
FrankieeLawnz
05-13-2016 03:59 PM
05-16-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 162
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
05-15-2016 11:12 PM
by Tree geek
2 211
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-13-2016 11:15 AM
by Steve
11 422
Hello from great state...
Cel1980
05-11-2016 09:00 AM
05-13-2016 11:07 AM
by Steve
2 182
Did this job free to...
JJand M Lawncare
05-02-2016 02:33 PM
05-11-2016 03:54 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
10 461
How to tell Cust. to...
GeeGood
04-09-2008 09:55 PM
05-09-2016 07:08 PM
by JJand M Lawncare
16 5,555
Echo SRM 230 trouble.
Jack Rabbit
05-08-2016 06:16 PM
05-08-2016 11:22 PM
by Just for Cuts
1 169
Toro ZTR Issues
rsanchez1203
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
05-07-2016 10:26 AM
by Steve
2 191
Correct way to quote a...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-02-2016 11:52 AM
05-03-2016 10:59 AM
by Steve
1 317
» Popular Tags
advertising become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss break business education business help business management contractor hacks deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimates free lawn care fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade hydro increase customers jjandm lawncare landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawncare lawn mowing lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch new business planting plowing raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care roundup safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel solo solo backpack sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up swzt toro timecutter tree tree pics tree service video walk behind what to charge work from home
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:03 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:03 PM.

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