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Starting a lawn care business.

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Old 01-11-2009, 11:41 AM
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We put out just under 2k fliers Fri/Sat with a killer offer.

It is central florida and the grass slows down but keeps growing some.

We offered a killer deal (PM me for details) and as of yet have had zero calls.

Might be too early to say but I did expect 1-3 calls at least.

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I would post the idea but if you recall, I posted the idea elsewhere. I will link a few my website if wished.

Am I just too anxious?
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have you put out flyers before and what was the success? It is winter here now and we are under 3 feet of snow so I really have no experience in putting out flyers during the down season.
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Hi Phil,

I'd like to hear what the offer was. Maybe that effected the results and we can help you analyze it more.
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Don't sweat it. The grass grows slower now & it's not really a priority for people, Some may hold onto the flyer & call you in the spring. I've found I rarely pick up new clientel this time of year. If you do it usually because their current provider did something to really piss them off so they fired him. Even then, they ussually wait til the lawn really needs it bad to hire a new guy so you get alot of calls & overgrown lawns in like april, may, & june.
During those months just before it gets hot (to get your info infront of the snowbirds before they leave) & during growing season is really when advertising is much more effective. During the growing months I ramp up my advertising by over 400%. Right now I just pay the monthly dues for the phone books & keep the website up & running.
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Phil, dont be discouraged. I hand out fliers all year long here in Wichita, Kansas. Only on warmer days in the winter though. Normally my response rate is 1-2 percent. However in the winter it decreases dramatically. I still hand out the fliers though, because even though they are not responding they are still seeing your company name, which is never a bad thing. So keep on truckin and they will call. Like Chuck said, some also hold on to the flyers and call in in the spring
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What have you found to be the best offers to make in flyers during the winter months?
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Yea man don't get down. Its hit and miss with flyers and doorhangers. I handed out 5000 this fall and got 5 calls. Got every job and paid for it but was hoping for more. The funnything was one of the areas I handed out to my brother-in-law went through and went door to door and got a dozen jobs a couple weeks after i had handed them out. You just got to keep with it and it will get better. Once the ball starts moving its hard to stop. But just keep it going forward.
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the areas I handed out to my brother-in-law went through and went door to door and got a dozen jobs a couple weeks after
Did you get a chance to see his flyer? How did it compare / contrast with yours? What was different that could have made such different results or do you feel this was all just a matter of timing?
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No Steve I didn't see his flyer. Sometimes its how the flyer grabs your attention or doesnt but I've found that its normally a matter of timing
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Do you think you will time your marketing differently this year than you did last year? If so, what would you change?
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