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.

Landscape trailer marketing


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 09-21-2009, 05:15 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default Landscape trailer marketing

I saw a trailer today that was a flatbed with wood sides that were painted bright yellow. It was being pulled by a landscape truck.

On the trailer it said YOU FILL - WE HAUL

Then it had the phone number underneath it.

I thought that was an interesting way to promote trash hauling services.
__________________
- 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 09-22-2009, 05:39 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
I saw a trailer today that was a flatbed with wood sides that were painted bright yellow. It was being pulled by a landscape truck.

On the trailer it said YOU FILL - WE HAUL

Then it had the phone number underneath it.

I thought that was an interesting way to promote trash hauling services.
There is really good money in this, I have a neighbour that drives for Coke, super nice fellow, single income, four kids and they struggle. Anyhow I told him one day if he bought a dump trailer we could give him work, I think that was in June, he already had a 3/4 ton truck....long story short he now has three Junk removal trailers.

You see we are now allowed to bury stumps so we have to get them hauled away, the fine for burying is steep and these inspectors are around all the time, anyhow the only game in town around here was Junk Removers but the screwed me twice on quotes so I had to find an option.

I pay him $150.00 a load and we have been giving him 5 to 6 loads a week, I also give his name to customers that want to clean up yards, especially on new construction.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-22-2009, 01:59 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is fantastic!

Has he asked you for much business advice since then or has he seemed to do well picking it all up on his own?

What other things do you feel he could do to expand his operations?
__________________
- 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 09-22-2009, 07:26 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
That is fantastic!

Has he asked you for much business advice since then or has he seemed to do well picking it all up on his own?

What other things do you feel he could do to expand his operations?
Yes, I offer the advice freely, well most of the time. I did a job for a school teacher and her son wants to open a Chriopactic (sp??) clinic, anyhow I said I would help him with his business plan etc....and gave him a quote which he accepted, I have done this many times and it's very good money and something different for the Jan to March season.

I told Sean to go after roofers which he did and he has more work than he can handle at the moment, I have a job starting tomorrow and we need two trailers for two weeks, dumping each one every day, it's a hudge job for us, anyhow he wants to go at it full time and I suggested he stay with coke until spring, we alone can keep a trailer busy every day of the week.

He will do well, he has the work ethic and the personality, I helped him a bit financially and he has now paid me back and he is following my profit to the expansion account and I understand it's growing well.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-23-2009, 12:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
he is following my profit to the expansion account and I understand it's growing well.
We had talked about this in another post but I think it is very important. Could you explain to us what the expansion account is again? And at what point in their business life should they be thinking about implementing one?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 10-18-2009, 12:30 AM
bonanza_pilot bonanza_pilot is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
bonanza_pilot is on a distinguished road
Default

If you are thinking of starting a hauling business like that, you can pick up a good new trailer here for the same or less money that people on craig's list are selling used trailers for.

www.trailershowroom.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-18-2009, 02:00 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What kind of trailer do you recommend for such a business?

Is that your site?
__________________
- 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 10-21-2009, 04:57 PM
bonanza_pilot bonanza_pilot is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
bonanza_pilot is on a distinguished road
Default

Yes sir that is my website. I own 7 businesses located in 5 states. As you can tell from my user name, I love to fly my Beechcraft Bonanza airplane. Having businesses scattered across 5 states makes that a good hobby to have.


As for the trailer type that you need for such a business, there are a great many considerations to think about when making that decision.

- What type of hauling are you going to be doing?

- What will be the maximum cargo load that you will ever put onto the trailer?

- What type hitch assembly do you prefer (ball hitch, gooseneck, 5th wheel, pintle, adjustable)?

- Would you prefer a deck-over design, an equipment trailer design, a dump trailer design, or an enclosed trailer?

- If you want a dump trailer or a tilt deck trailer, do you need an electric over hydraulic system, or will a manual hydraulic system be good enough?

- Is there any special options that you need added to the trailer?


If you would like to speak with me, not necessarily to buy anything, but just to get some ideas or some questions answered, just give me a call on my personal cellular at 910-619-2875.

I normally answer that number from around Noon until at least midnight.


Rick
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-22-2009, 02:35 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,395
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Rick,

It sounds like you got a lot going on!

You must interact with a lot of newer start up businesses through all your interactions, do you see common reasons why some businesses fail while others are able to succeed?

Do you have any advice for the newer start up businesses on what they should do and what they should avoid?
__________________
- 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 10-25-2009, 07:46 PM
bonanza_pilot bonanza_pilot is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 5
bonanza_pilot is on a distinguished road
Default

I do indeed have a lot on my plate.

I do interact with a great many start up businesses. The biggest reason that I normally see for start up business failures is the business owner trying to treat a start up business like an established multi-million dollar corporation. By that I mean that some owners think that they absolutely must have all the trappings of a corporate executive. They go out and rent or buy a building to locate their office in. They then buy a high dollar desk and enough electronics to run NASA just so that they look important when people visit. While all of that looks nice, it doesn't contribute one dime to the bottom line. For my part of their spending, some will buy a completely decked out trailer and spend $15K to $30K on it when they could have gotten by just as well with a $4K trailer until their company was healthy enough for something bigger and flashier. Though I love the business, I don't need the money badly enough to try to talk a customer into buying more trailer than they really need.

When I started my first business, I was on a shoe string budget. I never bought anything that I didn't absolutely have to have for the business. Don't get me wrong, I didn't scrimp to the point that the customers looked at the business and thought "This guy will just waste my time", but I didn't try to look like the CEO of Microsoft either.

The single biggest pitfall in my opinion is getting to the point that you hire people to take care of every aspect of your business. As they say, nobody will run your business like you will run your business. Nobody else, no matter how much you pay them, has the same amount of incentive to make your business flourish. Never let go of the reins. Always pay attention to the way that your company funds are being spent. Don't trust your managers to do it all.

Customer service is another HUGE thing to keep up with......especially in the "good times". People tend to be less customer service oriented in the "good times" because they get comfortable with the large amount of business that they are doing and think to themselves, "what the hell.....I don't need to bother myself with this problem customer. He's only one person. I don't really even need his business." That's the WRONG ANSWER. You may not need his business today, but the "good times" will eventually go away and you'll wish that you had that customer back. No matter how good the times are, EVERY BUSINESS experiences "bad times" too. Besides that, most people are the same when it comes to their customer experience. If you treat them well, they will probably tell a couple of people. If you treat them badly, they will tell a couple of thousand people. Do yourself a favor and treat your customers the way that you would want to be treated.

It seems that the guy buying the least expensive product will inevitably be the guy who causes you the most problems and has the most complaints. The guy who buys the $45K trailer from us will be thrilled with it and we will never hear from him again until he's ready to buy another one. The guy who buys the $850 open deck utility trailer will complain about any and everything. He will demand that you give him this or that for free. He will stand upon your very last nerve. When this happens (and it will) just keep in mind that the guy who bought the $45K trailer obviously has enough money that he doesn't worry so much about every dollar that he spends. The guy who bought the $850 trailer may have had to save for a year to buy that trailer. His dollar probably means a lot more to him than the guy who bought the $45K trailer. He will therefore be much more "picky" about every little thing. The little utility trailer that he just bought probably means infinitely more to him than the $45K trailer means to the other guy. Keep that in mind when you're dealing with the guy who bought the cheap product and then proceeded to "pick it apart". You never can tell......that guy may be the next Sam Walton and if you give his problems (whether real or perceived) the same importance as the guy who bought the $45K trailer's issues, he may one day be your biggest customer. Even if he never buys another product from you, he will probably send other business your way because you cared about his problems and concerns.

NEVER NEVER NEVER try to push your customer into buying. People HATE the high pressure sales tactic. I forbid my employees from ever being "high pressure". I also forbid them from hounding the customer. Call the customer back maybe once just so that they don't think that you're not interested in their business, but let that be all. Calling the customer every day and hounding them will hardly ever be of any benefit to your company. It will turn more customers away than it gets for you. People do not like to be harassed.

ADVERTISING...........You can have the greatest product or service in the history of man, but if nobody knows about it, they can't buy it. Advertising is the key to business growth. My advertising budget is in the neighborhood of $10K to $15K per month and I wish that I could afford to spend more on it. I will eventually pour more into it, but that will require not only spending more on the advertising itself, but also on hiring more personnel. When you expand your advertising campaign, you must have the necessary personnel in place to handle the increased calls and work load. It's always hard to let go of the money to pay for the advertising, especially when you're a start up company with limited funds, but if you are careful about where you spend your advertising dollars it will repay you a thousand times over. Beofre you say it, I know that a start up company can't spend $10K or $15K a month on advertising. I started out spending $50 or $100 per month on advertising. You need to start small and as the business picks up steam, then increase the advertising budget to match the business increases. Your hardest decision about advertising will come when those "hard times" that we talked about come (and they will). It's almost a paradox........business is down and you're making less money, but you're still spending the same anount on your advertising. You WILL want to slash your advertising budget. Try to avoid that if at all possible. As I said earlier, if nobody knows about your product or service, they can't pay you to provide it to them. If your profits are down and you cut your advertising budget, then your profits are probably going to shrink even more because your company name isn't getting to as many people who want your service. In times like this, we are forced to spend a great deal of time studying where our advertising dollars are going, and trying to formulate a more cost effective way to get our company name out to more people for the same dollar.

Those are just a few of the literally hundreds of things that people need to think about when trying to get their company off the ground.

I hope that at least a line or two of this post helps a little.


Have a great week,

Rick McKeithan
President,
A1A2Z, Inc.
910-619-2875
www.trailershowroom.com

Last edited by bonanza_pilot; 10-25-2009 at 08:00 PM.
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Trailer marketing/advertising justin_time Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 10 12-06-2008 03:30 PM
Trailer tomcat172002 General Talk 6 05-31-2008 09:03 PM
Enclosed trailer or Open trailer? jeffslawnservice Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 11 01-05-2008 06:21 AM
Trailer Set up KimKriel Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 5 01-23-2007 08:05 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
30 Inch Push Mowers Pros...
Billy Goat
06-27-2013 08:07 PM
Yesterday 09:41 PM
by SGL1
24 6,384
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
Yesterday 08:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
122 8,517
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
Yesterday 08:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
11 558
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 09:07 PM
Yesterday 07:35 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 177
Hello from CNY
arazucontracting
Yesterday 06:07 PM
Yesterday 06:07 PM
by arazucontracting
0 45
Kohler command carb...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 03:09 PM
Yesterday 04:52 PM
by Steve
4 206
Not sure, but anyone do...
SnowRemoval2k14
Yesterday 12:10 AM
Yesterday 04:49 PM
by Steve
1 154
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
Yesterday 04:45 PM
by Steve
9 618
Mulching beds
Bradcook21
09-21-2014 07:43 AM
Yesterday 04:43 PM
by Steve
3 230
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
Yesterday 04:36 PM
by Steve
3 620
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
Yesterday 04:35 PM
by Steve
12 981
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
09-21-2014 09:23 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 953
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-19-2014 03:29 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,165
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
09-19-2014 11:49 AM
by Steve
23 1,553
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
09-19-2014 08:17 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 560
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
09-18-2014 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,956
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
09-18-2014 11:19 AM
09-18-2014 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 412
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
09-18-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 670
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 1,063
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 486
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 826
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 613
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,346
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 5,055
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,261
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 938
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 520
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 626
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 539
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,265
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 1,030
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 1,149
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 512
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 527
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,942
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 771
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,434
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,428
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 940
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,705
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 1,195
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,761
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 637
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,387
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,478
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 856
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,157
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,924
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,246
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 829
» Popular Tags
2wd apartment complex article marketing bid blades charge christmas lighting collections collections subcontractor commercial customers decorating ditches employee problems exmark ferris fundraiser georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes holiday lighting how much to charge installation kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo leaf lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mow mulch new buisness past due podcast promotion pto redmax running a business savannah scag schedule seo small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steep lawns stihl sulky theft of services top dresser toro trimmer rack truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:56 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:56 AM.

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