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.

Seasonal Displays


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-25-2006, 02:11 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,458
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]I wanted to get into the seasonal displays last year with a company sign in threeor four of the yards we placed them in. I anticipated giving this product/service to the top three or four of my customers in return for the signage next to the display, these customers are in high traffic areas as well.
Very fascinating.
When you say seasonal displays, what would this consist of?
How would you charge for this?

Let me know and maybe we could help create more ideas on this.
__________________
- 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

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 01-25-2006, 03:53 PM
Two_Dogs Two_Dogs is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 23
Rep Power: 10
Two_Dogs
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Well we have the fall and summer/fourth of July displays worked out, we at the very least need a spring display to, at a minimum round out the seasons that are primary focus to us. The fall display consists of straw bales, gourds, pumpkins, stalks of dried corn, etc. while the summer/Fourth of July one will be a patriotic themed one. We take into account material costs plus markup and an estimate of manhours to deliver, assemble, dis-assemble and deliver and or dispose of. There will be some items that we will be able to re-use and will therefore store. This would all be calculated in a single price for simplicities sake.

We could use some ideas for a spring display and perhaps some ideas for an envelope stuffer for current clients and a flier to post/distribute.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-25-2006, 04:09 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,458
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Would any of these displays include such items as holiday lighting, or inflatable decorations?

Such as items like this?



or this?

__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 01-25-2006, 07:13 PM
Two_Dogs Two_Dogs is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 23
Rep Power: 10
Two_Dogs
Default

I want to try and stay away from lighting and inflatables. We had in mind more of the craft and nature type feel. In my neck of the woods women are the major decision makers when it comes to decorating inside and outside of the home, on a national level this somewhat dated article backs this up to some extent. http://www.icsc.org/srch/sct/current/page47.html Although the article is a few years old I believe this to be the same case today as then.

I feel that in order to tap into this as far as seasonal displays we need to put a product out that the majority of women in the residential setting will find appealing. Thinking like a rustic style small piece of picket fence (half scale or smaller) painted with an distressed paint look (patriotic theme), maybe a small scale wooden wheelbarrow with a planter inside it, I don't know what else at this point still trying to add to this theme. Spring seems a bit tougher theme to nail down, I've loked on the web for ideas and really haven't hit on anything that makes me say WOW!! that's it! We are putting togethor some planters that we will maintain, I'm going to pick up the containers (large) Thursday. The plan is to target primarily our commercial accounts with these, but I can easily see this as an offering for residential clients as well.

Thanks for the ideas though TG lots of guys get involved with lighting, I just don't really get warm to that one though.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-25-2006, 07:51 PM
kc2006 kc2006 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 424
Rep Power: 11
kc2006
Default

Just a thought I'm going to toss out there for you.

Spring means flowers, sun, birds, new colors after a dull winter. What if you just went with planting "displays" of seasonal flowers? Get a few flats of annuals, maybe a bird bath, "cute" little bird feeders.....

Just a thought
__________________
\"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run\"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-25-2006, 09:50 PM
Two_Dogs Two_Dogs is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 23
Rep Power: 10
Two_Dogs
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (kc2006 @ Jan. 25 2006,8:51)]Just a thought I'm going to toss out there for you.

Spring means flowers, sun, birds, new colors after a dull winter. What if you just went with planting "displays" of seasonal flowers? Get a few flats of annuals, maybe a bird bath, "cute" little bird feeders.....

Just a thought
This is a possibility we have been giving thought to, thanks for the suggestion. Like I said we want to stick with the rustic/ natural/ craft type looks. Flats of annuals are for the most part inexpensive which is kind of what we are shooting for. Thats to say if it is an item for any display that carries an expense we would try and make that an item we could store and thereby re-use. Again this to me anyway, kind of ties in with our maintained planters offering for commercial clients. We IMO would simply be extending this service to our residential accounts, with a bit more expression.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-26-2006, 06:37 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,458
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How about including in a package, a seasonal banner that you will hang and later take down. Such as this one which could be a part of a Mother's Day Package.



Maybe you could also include a door design as well.



Would you also want to include wood working crafts into your residential displays? Such as something like this? Along with some potted plants?



What kind of price would you be shooting for to sell? Or would you have multiple packages?

What amount of profit would you want to make on the displays?
__________________
- 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 01-26-2006, 08:16 AM
Two_Dogs Two_Dogs is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 23
Rep Power: 10
Two_Dogs
Default

Wood crafts are an item we thought would be popular and we could re-use, store when not in use. I want to stay away from items that need to be mounted such as flags, although the doorhangers are an idea worth exploring.
I want one good, solid display to work with for starters, if this is an item that goes over well I would expand it with more variations. Really each one should contain the same basic "ingredients" how you use them will be dependent upon the property IMO thus giving the appearance/opportunity to create differing displays.

Our typical pricing structure for something like this would be a 100% markup in materials cost so if, for example a bale of straw,our cost, is $3 we would charge $6 this would cover our cost and delivery, this markup would be similar for re-usable items as we would need to take into account storage and eventual replacement. We charge an hourly rate of $45 p.m.h. so if two people take 1.5 hours to set up: 1.5 x $45 x 2 I would expect the tear down to be a bit quicker than the setup but this would be included in the price also, i.e. 1 x $45 x 2.
The better idea I have for materials the more concrete the pricing will be, but invoicing will be billed out as a total package not individual charges. I have a $ amount for flats of plants and large containers, but still need to locate some other items that would be popular, this is something as I said, for spring, I am still looking for.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-26-2006, 10:47 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,458
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Something else I was thinking of was maybe offering three different packages maybe? Where say a basic package would just include a specific number of potted plants to put along a walkway or on the edge of a house's front stairs?
__________________
- 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
  #10  
Old 01-26-2006, 11:25 AM
Two_Dogs Two_Dogs is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 23
Rep Power: 10
Two_Dogs
Default

Good idea TG this is what I'm leaning to for a spring display possibly an added expense to our maintenance plans, i.e. $x per week for maintaining the potted plants, fertilizing, watering, keeping weeds out, etc. What do you think?
__________________
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
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
Yesterday 12:40 PM
Yesterday 03:53 PM
by GreenWorx
1 44
Before & After tree...
COREtreeservice
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
07-01-2015 09:20 PM
by COREtreeservice
0 59
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-01-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
6 1,811
Ready to learn and get...
Koley Lawn & Landscape
06-28-2015 05:16 AM
07-01-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
8 1,813
Three Stripe Land Care...
hammr04
06-30-2015 07:19 PM
07-01-2015 11:24 AM
by Steve
1 59
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
06-30-2015 07:41 PM
by hammr04
5 1,875
Country Life Lawn Care
darleneh
06-29-2015 11:24 AM
06-30-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
3 1,716
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-29-2015 09:23 PM
by Chilehead
6 1,829
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
06-29-2015 02:30 PM
by Mr. Mow
11 2,076
Marketing ideas
xandrew245x
04-29-2014 06:35 AM
06-25-2015 07:11 PM
by GreenWorx
34 5,682
Never ending sod jobs
avetslawncare
06-05-2015 09:46 PM
06-25-2015 11:42 AM
by Steve
11 2,314
Weed and Feed Service...
mike94740
06-23-2015 05:50 PM
06-24-2015 09:56 PM
by avetslawncare
2 1,775
Trimming hedges / trees,...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
06-23-2015 07:08 PM
06-24-2015 09:59 AM
by Steve
1 1,775
Hi Everyone from Arkansas
KellyMarie
06-04-2015 04:16 PM
06-23-2015 01:34 PM
by KellyMarie
4 2,047
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
06-23-2015 06:36 AM
by GreenWorx
7 2,276
problems with a customer...
LawnCareMan280
06-16-2015 10:26 PM
06-22-2015 11:11 AM
by Steve
6 2,045
Please review this FREE...
markty
06-21-2015 07:42 AM
06-22-2015 11:00 AM
by Steve
1 1,799
A good commercial bid...
burtle
06-20-2015 09:09 PM
06-22-2015 10:56 AM
by Steve
1 1,856
What would you do with...
holymoly
06-20-2015 06:48 PM
06-22-2015 10:48 AM
by Steve
1 1,800
New Member just joined...
vgoleco@hotmail.com
06-19-2015 03:49 PM
06-22-2015 10:42 AM
by Steve
2 1,830
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 03:04 PM
06-21-2015 07:24 PM
by Chilehead
4 1,920
Blade usage
Wolf4dk
06-16-2015 12:18 AM
06-21-2015 05:35 PM
by kslawn
4 1,936
Hello, I am new to the...
adamslawnservices
06-17-2015 08:06 PM
06-19-2015 10:28 AM
by Steve
3 1,863
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
06-19-2015 10:22 AM
by Steve
4 1,932
First commercial bid
SGL1
06-12-2015 08:57 PM
06-18-2015 05:04 PM
by SGL1
9 2,294
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
06-18-2015 11:02 AM
by Steve
7 2,006
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
06-18-2015 10:46 AM
by Steve
10 2,093
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
06-17-2015 08:38 AM
by burtle
9 3,180
Customer keeps adding...
Mr. Mow
06-13-2015 06:22 AM
06-16-2015 10:23 AM
by Steve
11 2,185
Pass discounts onto...
burnell76
06-03-2015 06:33 PM
06-16-2015 10:02 AM
by burnell76
3 2,027
burned grass only where...
nhauto
06-15-2015 05:28 PM
06-16-2015 09:45 AM
by Steve
2 1,899
Half year mark review.
Steve
06-02-2015 11:24 AM
06-15-2015 01:04 PM
by Steve
18 2,613
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
06-15-2015 01:01 PM
by Steve
86 9,666
New Member
Bruce Fehr
06-05-2015 07:13 PM
06-15-2015 12:53 PM
by Steve
6 2,035
New to the business,...
CarefreeMowing
06-12-2015 02:36 PM
06-15-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
1 1,914
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
06-13-2015 08:48 AM
by holymoly
45 11,995
New to the forum, new to...
CarefreeMowing
06-11-2015 12:35 PM
06-12-2015 10:44 AM
by Steve
2 1,833
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
06-11-2015 10:50 PM
by stallman419
8 2,378
Website Review
Outdoordesignsknox
06-08-2015 08:44 PM
06-11-2015 09:48 PM
by Just for Cuts
13 2,262
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
06-11-2015 10:05 AM
by Steve
8 2,066
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
06-10-2015 01:45 PM
by holymoly
15 2,968
Hello from the GREAT...
gbfarmsllc
06-09-2015 11:10 AM
06-10-2015 01:29 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 1,902
Hey guys and gals, I'm...
Joeyhall
06-03-2015 03:54 PM
06-08-2015 02:15 PM
by chris2500hd
8 2,145
Mowing Bermuda...
Mr. Mow
06-02-2015 12:45 PM
06-08-2015 12:45 PM
by Steve
12 2,298
Hey Guys
PrattLandscaping
06-07-2015 06:37 PM
06-08-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
2 1,916
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
06-08-2015 11:54 AM
by Steve
25 2,849
Hello there My name is...
zwalk1839
06-04-2015 11:10 PM
06-08-2015 11:52 AM
by Steve
4 2,030
Laid off oil field...
Mr. Mow
05-30-2015 09:03 AM
06-08-2015 06:20 AM
by Mr. Mow
4 2,135
How do you find one time...
Greg'slawnandlandscape
06-02-2015 09:57 PM
06-05-2015 09:49 PM
by avetslawncare
4 2,062
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
06-04-2015 05:24 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 2,359
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa collections commercial curb appeal services demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook foreman free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills how to husqvarna increase customers jobs landscape landscape services landscaping lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour service plowing pricing push versus ride scripts secrets to landscaping shell shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft square foot trailer trailer mate pro tree tree pics trimmer rack up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16 AM.

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