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 > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Episode 2 of the Landscaper is now online


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-17-2005, 02:35 PM
UnitedEnvironment.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Episode #2 of the Landscaper
A Slice of Halloween is now officially online.
You can check it out by using the link below. The episode is divided into 4 parts to help those with slower internet.
Please let us know what you think, and if you would like to see more variety type episodes, or if you are more of a fan of the traditional strictly landscape project episodes

http://www.unitedenvironment.com/Landscaper.html
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 10-18-2005, 01:26 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I would say first off you all get an A+ for creativity. This entire project was creative from beginning to end. All 3 of your hosts seemed to really be into making the video. I really liked the end result. If the goal of the video is to try and spark that creative fire in those watching, I'd say this video did that. I applaud you all.

Here are some suggestions. I would really try to get companies who want to reach this target audience and sell nationwide to advertise in your videos. Even if you have to give them away for a few times. I think it would really fit in better and the company sponsoring the show could potentially also help you promote it by putting a link for the video on their site.
If you did this, I think it could help you then actually sell ad space in the future because then you would have a sample to show future advertisers and you could get testimonials from the advertisers who you gave a free spot too.

Keep up the great work!
__________________
- 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 10-18-2005, 05:45 PM
UnitedEnvironment.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

wow, thanks for the kind words. I truly felt this one came out pretty good, much better than the previous. But hay, I dont think I have ever really seen a great pilot episode. I just hope the viewers at this trade show feel the same way. We are already down a host due to apendicides (dont have a clue how to spell that). We are definately going to look into that avenue of marketing once we feel out the responses from the show this weekend. Again, thanks for the praise.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-19-2005, 02:21 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Could you tell us and others viewing your show, do you feel there is a market in creating such halloween displays as you have?

How many man hours would you say the display took to make?

How much could an LCO look to charge for creating such a display?
__________________
- 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 10-19-2005, 04:55 PM
UnitedEnvironment.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

well, if you go to the right crowd there is without a doubt a market for such displays, but from experience its tough to get into. The first job Environmental Design & Management ever did was a Halloween display. We price by time and Materials. $30.00 per man hour, all the decorations we price as rentals, and add a fee for taking it all down and storage for the year. I have found that although on a smaller scale, these displays can be marketed towards homeowners, however store fronts and commercial are definately the way to go. Its tough getting a homeowner to fork over $1500 for halloween decorations, because unfortunately it is very time consuming. We probably spent a total of 7 hours on site with three people putting it together, and then what we charge for materials, it racks up pretty quick for a fun day of work. Another draw for commercial businesses is that the displays do attract attention. For instance, Master Pizzas sales go up 35% the month of October, and he himself has stated that its because kids want to stop and see the display. Now homeowners cant make money off there house, so for businesses it can be viewed as an investment. But you need some kind of portfolio of a display in order to get paid well. Nobody will hand over that kind of money for a halloween display on good faith. We put up one for a family memebers business first for practically nothing. They paid for the materials and we worked practically for free.
We actually put a lot of time into this episode in editing as well.
The DVD has some decent bonus features as well, such as a history and timeline of the Guillotine,
The facts about the myth of people still remaining alive after having there head taken off.
Deleted scenes
and we threw the teaser on there as well cause we liked it so much
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-19-2005, 08:25 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Very interesting!

What price range would you suggest would best sell to home owners when creating holiday decorations?

For Halloween or Christmas?

What would this price include?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 10-20-2005, 08:37 AM
UnitedEnvironment.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

well the numbers are the same, its just the size of the job is much smaller scale, for instance. you saw how many things we had at master pizza, now at your average residential home, there not gonna have all of that on there lawn, or at least thee not gonna pay that amount, we did a few homes last year, and they averaged around $300 all together, its quick cash, but on a commercial account you could easily quadruple that.

I have to head to the show today, but after I get back I will get into christmas displays, and Ill let everyone know how we did with our live show
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-26-2005, 06:08 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How did the show go?
__________________
- 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 10-31-2005, 07:52 PM
UnitedEnvironment.com
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Well, in all honesty, the Home Design Show was a giant flop this year.

They estimated a minimum of like 25,000 people, I would be suprised if there where a maximum of 1,000 people coming through.

All the vendors where complaining like crazy.

Anyway, thats how the show itself was, as for us, we did well, we landed some Landscape work, the film department landed some commercials, and training videos. All in all business was great for how much came through.

Now as for our live episode of The Landscaper, where to start...
Well, for one they screwed up on the advertisements and called us a seminar for avoiding mistakes in landscaping, which wasnt too bad, but they advertised us to the papers and on the radio as a live episode of The Landscaper on building an arbor, so there was mass confusion at the ticket booths, and people did leave as a result, now if that wasnt bad enough, it was scheduled to begin at 4pm, and 15 minutes prior, they are supposed to make an announcement, never happened. The guy who was supposed to make the announcements was out to dinner, and so we had to delay the start time, more people left as a result. Then came the actual start of the show. Once the release forms came out, we lost a few more. So when the show began, the crowd was small, however, people began gathering as it went and we ended up with standing room only for a while, untill security actually made people leave because they where a so-called fire hazard. We had to cut it short because we blew an electrical fuse. (power in that place was a nightmare, and cost way too much to boot). But still, it all worked very well, we got about 25 minutes worth of footage out of it, and we sold a good amount of DVDs afterwards.

all in all, we sure as heck did not become millionares over night, but we did prove that there is a huge interest in our concepts. We know now, that with time this will be a popular thing, and we will push forward with our plans to keep bringing more shows and ideas to the table. Pictures will be on our site from the show within a week.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-01-2005, 09:50 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,343
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What a story! I agree there is interest in your concept and I can't wait to see what you all come up with next!
__________________
- 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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
Yesterday 11:23 PM
by biglee
13 280
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 417
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
Yesterday 04:40 PM
by mattthelawnguy
6 97
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
Yesterday 04:33 PM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by mattthelawnguy
0 30
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
Yesterday 03:07 PM
Yesterday 03:07 PM
by Just for Cuts
0 31
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
Yesterday 02:58 PM
by Just for Cuts
4 113
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
Yesterday 02:54 PM
by Just for Cuts
22 8,303
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
Yesterday 08:50 AM
by Chilehead
34 8,926
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,668
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 740
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 388,796
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 71
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 155
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 1,910
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 172
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 110
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 230
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 623
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,421
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 259
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 466
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 599
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 458
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
05-12-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
9 536
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,008
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 980
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,005
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 374
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 391
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 314
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 433
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 311
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 3,844
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 985
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 266
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 307
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,049
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 336
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 377
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 406
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 367
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 783
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 673
Anyone have a Lawn Care...
nishirandall
04-28-2015 08:45 PM
04-30-2015 12:00 AM
by Steve
1 447
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
04-29-2015 10:55 PM
by Steve
5 545
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
04-29-2015 10:47 PM
by Steve
4 444
Ford F250 Wheel loaders...
jrs.landscaping
04-28-2015 05:34 AM
04-29-2015 07:47 AM
by jrs.landscaping
2 409
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
04-26-2015 02:41 PM
04-28-2015 06:57 AM
by SGL1
12 561
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
04-27-2015 04:49 PM
04-27-2015 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 385
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
04-26-2015 04:46 PM
04-27-2015 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 455
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration design edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook ferris flyers foreman grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic landscape services lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded small engine repair sq ft square foot sulky toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape web design website website design winterization won't return wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:57 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:57 AM.

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