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Coroplast signs - What to expect?


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Anybody have experience with putting out these signs @ exit ramps and busy intersections to attract business?

If so, what are some things I may need to know? What kind of return should I expect from my advertising dollars if I go this route?

I'm asking this because I'm not at all satisfied with my return on the door hangers that I have been using.

I need more business. I feel like I'm getting left behind and only getting occasional customers that other Lawn Care guys don't want.

I DONT' WANT THESE PROBLEM CUSTOMERS!!!

I want regular customers that keep me busy and don't cause problems.
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here's some info on these signs. I used them alot as a health/life insurance agent years ago....
1)In most counties they restrict or forbid temporary signage without a permit, Now your not going to pull a permit for every sign (or any sign for that matter) so every now & then I'd get a call from the county saying these are illegal signs & that they removed some & those will be destroyed & that they recorded where others were. If I didn't remove them they would collect them & fine me per sign. (sometimes I went & got them, other times I did not) I never did get fined though. But the county will often pull them in a couple days so, I advise you to put them up on a friday night & at least then they'll typically be up til sometime monday or tuesday.
2) a bit of advise. have the signs made proffesionally but don't spend a ton on them. If possible keep it a simple one color design. Don't buy the stands.
Go to home depot & buy ladder wire. It will look like this http://www.h-b.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6 and will typically come in 12' peices, It's metal stuff typically used in bettween courses of cinderblock when building homes to add reinforcement so it will be in the construction supply isle (all the way to the left in most home depot stores). Get a cheap pair of bolt cutters & cut the ladders into smaller sections to use as your stands. You can usually get about 4 stands per 12' section. They are stronger & cheaper that way. And cheap is good since they will be removed by the county sometimes, others will be taken by jerks who want to cover your sign to make a yard sale sign! I had some sucess with them back then but have never used them for my lawn service company.
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So how do you attract business and what are some other suggestions as far as lawn service is concerned.

I don't wanna be going blind doing this if you haven't done it for lawn service before.

I did the door hangers, I got cards made. I have t-shirts I wear everyday. I can't afford the signs for my truck yet.
I been getting calls, but very slow and not consistent.


I also need a pitch when people call me so they are not so afraid to get into a contract with me. Whether verbal or written.

HELP
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FASt Signs quoted me @ about $5.75 per sign. That's 1 color 1 side 12" x 18".

Is that Good? If not, where can I get 'em cheaper?
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I did a 10 second websearch & found this http://www.supercheapsigns.com/price...?category_id=1
Prices look much better but I have never used them.....
I'll get into some details & tips tommorrow.... I'm tired man, going to bed. Sorry!
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I did a 10 second websearch & found this http://www.supercheapsigns.com/price...?category_id=1
Prices look much better but I have never used them.....
I'll get into some details & tips tommorrow.... I'm tired man, going to bed. Sorry!
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Go to www.AGEGraphics.com

Best prices I could find.

I ordered 50 18"x24" 1 color 2 sides with 50 stakes for $150.00.

I also had them make me 2 16"x 22" truck magnets to match for one of my trucks.(2 for $35.00)

The coroplast signs made excellent signs for my open trailer.
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I'm going to wait before I get these signs made until after I get my website up and running.

That way I can put my site on the signs and any other form of advertising I spend money on.
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I'm going to wait before I get these signs made until after I get my website up and running.

That way I can put my site on the signs and any other form of advertising I spend money on.
I do like yard signs , but you need to know how to use them.

I use them every weekend but I work close with code enforcment and find out were to put them and what days they work. If fined the fee could be $500 per sign. But most of the time its a smack on the hand.

Keep trying you will find something that works well for you!

One of the biggest and best advertising I have done was that I went out to all business owner in the area and talked to them about my business and put a stack of my Business card on thier counter with holder.
You will be suprised on how many people wants to help and pass on referals.

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