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The Greenskeep
05-19-2004, 09:52 AM
Looking into getting a 800 and,or vanity number and was wondering if those that already have one found that they worth it compared to a regular number?

Also, could you ballbark your monthly expense for this service? I have gotten a couple of quotes ranginng from $16.00/mo and 8.75 cents a minute to $25.00/mo and 4.25 cents a minute.

Any help would be appreciated,

The Greenskeep

eshreve1234
05-19-2004, 10:29 AM
I have an 800 number through Sprint. Its 12/mth. + calls. I am still on the fence about it. My yellow page ads cover 3 counties, so I did not want to lose a customer over a toll call. I think it has generated some new biz for me, but at the same time my a few of my local people use it to call me, which wastes some money. Also, do not let them talk you into taking 5 numbers like they did me. All the numbers have been in service at one time or another and the phone company only waits 45 days to re-issue the numbers. So I pay for a hand full of calls every month on the 4 numbers I have but do not use. My primary number is averaging 40-60 mins. a month in calls to a help line that not longer exists. Sprint waived the fees the first time but the next bill they would not.

Canadian GreenScape
05-19-2004, 08:29 PM
I have a vanity number I guess (###-GROW) It has worked well for me although I cant put any kind of monetary figure on it. Its just simply easier for people to remember when they see the sign or an ad. The only problem that I can think of is some older people "dont know how to dial the letters" :p Ive had to educate some of them. There was a thread on this not long ago, within th last few weeks. Cant help you with the 800 numbers my area is all local.

ExecutiveLawns
03-26-2008, 09:45 PM
I just purchased a 1 800 vanity number today. the way it works is you purchase the territory that you want if its available. the territories that i picked consist of 12 different area codes with a total of 55,539 owner occupied dwellings. that will cost me a little over $200 a month, but there is a marketing firm behind it all that will help us with all of our marketing materials. with that you get unlimited amount of incoming minutes. the firm i purchased this from has numbers like 1-800-Lawn Care, 1-800-Lawn Cut, 1-800-Curb Appeal and so on. email me if any of you would like the sales reps name if you would like to talk to him for your area.

davedealer
03-26-2008, 10:04 PM
My vanity # works great! People remember my number and it makes it easier for them to refer people to me. I use phonefusion.com for my 800 #. This service had revolutionized my business. Aside from a great price on my 800# they also allow me to receive faxes to that number, and it gets emailed to me as a PDF...I also have all my calls recorded and emailed as an attachment...that way when someone asks me for something and I am on the road I can replay the conversation when I get home and write it all down. It's also good for those he-said she-said situations. Plus I can screen my voicemails as they are being left for me ON MY CELL PHONE! I don't knwo how they do it but I went from being a one man joe shmo to sounding as professional as the big boys.

LIBERTYLANDSCAPING
03-26-2008, 10:36 PM
I have a one. 877-###-LAWN All it has done is cause confusion. If you are marketing in a small area, I'd say try to get a local vanity number (555-LAWN etc.) Many people want t know if I am local, because of the 877 number, or they will find someone else if they think you are not local. Now I use my local number, but have to keep the toll free one, because some people use it & it's in my brochures, biz cards, postcards, etc.

Wish I would have got a local one.

ponyboy
03-27-2008, 12:09 AM
i got 845-xxx-0000 it was $6 a month with verizon then i switched to cablevision phone and it is now free people always ask how did i get that number and say it is a great number. i used to have a 800 number was not worth the money i found a local exchanged workrd better for me but most on my work is in one county

JohnnyRoyale
03-27-2008, 12:43 AM
I just purchased a 1 800 vanity number today. the way it works is you purchase the territory that you want if its available. the territories that i picked consist of 12 different area codes with a total of 55,539 owner occupied dwellings. that will cost me a little over $200 a month, but there is a marketing firm behind it all that will help us with all of our marketing materials. with that you get unlimited amount of incoming minutes. the firm i purchased this from has numbers like 1-800-Lawn Care, 1-800-Lawn Cut, 1-800-Curb Appeal and so on. email me if any of you would like the sales reps name if you would like to talk to him for your area.

200 bucks a month is steep, my phone company charges me nothing but the minutes on our number, and it just so conveniently happens that our company name is 7 digits too. I also still have the original numbers, both phone and fax from our old location, as we moved out of the city a year ago into a new area code and we still work down near our old shop. Those numbers are forwarded automatically to our new numbers, and that costs us $20 a month for each.

jdmcat
03-27-2008, 01:14 AM
I don't know about an 800 number because the area I service is all local numbers but I think a vanity number would be great because it would be easy to remember if you saw a truck driving down the road with a 555-LAWN or 555-2MOW or similar. Now I want one...

DaveinSWFL
03-27-2008, 08:33 AM
My number is ###-YARD (9273). Its is on all my ads and on my trailer. I don't know if it has brought me additional customers but it is easy to remember. As far as 800 numbers, I also think that they assume that you are out of the area and would perfer to have someone close by.

colawn
03-27-2008, 05:50 PM
I just purchased a 1 800 vanity number today. the way it works is you purchase the territory that you want if its available. the territories that i picked consist of 12 different area codes with a total of 55,539 owner occupied dwellings. that will cost me a little over $200 a month, but there is a marketing firm behind it all that will help us with all of our marketing materials. with that you get unlimited amount of incoming minutes. the firm i purchased this from has numbers like 1-800-Lawn Care, 1-800-Lawn Cut, 1-800-Curb Appeal and so on. email me if any of you would like the sales reps name if you would like to talk to him for your area.

Good luck with them. Hopefully they work out better for you than they did for me and others. We'll see if it is worth the money in 2 years. You also have to pay for marketing on top of the number. Your effectively selling someone else's business in my opinion.:hammerhead: We had a horrible experience with these people if you could not figure it out. Make sure you keep all records of and conversations, payments, etc. Good Luck

americanlawn
04-01-2008, 06:12 PM
We used to have XXX-USA1, but we moved & had to change numbers. We have 5 lines.....4 local numbers including line one: XXX-1000 (had to pay extra to get that number). Our 800 number is 800-700-6330....it was the best we could get without paying extra.

KeystoneLawn&Landscaping
04-01-2008, 06:36 PM
I have a toll free....being a start up to full time three years ago, I thought it would give me a larger company look, marketing & branding advantages. It has helped land customers. I have on the truck which counties I serve also to help people realize I'm not from out of the area.