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Rollacosta
08-10-2004, 09:29 AM
how many of you guys have a website for your business??..do they work /get you more work??i have a website i get plenty of hits but not many new clients from it :cry: w

Tonyr
08-10-2004, 09:44 AM
Same story here....

http://www.indmowing.com.au/perfectcut/

Rollacosta
08-10-2004, 09:52 AM
hi tonyr .i think most of my hits are from other firms lol..take look what do ya think

www.countywidetreecompany.co.uk

Tonyr
08-10-2004, 10:39 AM
I like it, loads fast, good clear info, very easy to navigate, easy to contact, no b.s, very explanatory, I'd hire you!

marketing is soo hard, we really need to put our businesses in our clients faces now, just newspaper and yellow pages isn't enough, websites need lots of traffic to usually generate sales, so to use this tool to it's best every potential client needs to know about your website....

the trick is...what is the best way?

The only thing I have never tried is flyers, traditional advertising simply doesn't work enough, I am at the same cross roads as you are....clients won't look for us anymore, we need acceptable, successful ways of getting the client's attention, looking in newspapers or expensive yellow pages ads nowadays is not the thing for todays client, too lazy to look for us...

sorry I can't help....I find marketing the hardest part of this biz, yet to find out the best system...expense stops some methods e.g tv, radio, and flyers etc are done by everyone and considered junk mail by many. dunno...

Rollacosta
08-10-2004, 05:06 PM
iv'e done the flyers i put them out myself a lot of hard work ! but beleive it or not there as good as yellow pages..but to time consuming , overhere if you get the flyers sent out by a specialist firm it gets very exspensive

marketing is one of my biggest problems ,i average 7-12 quotes a week . very rarely does the amount change so i can't exspand

ive tried papers ,yellow pages,flyers,signs on truck,direct mailing for commercial work dissapointed with them all..next thing i may try is a once a week little club [breakfast club ] aparently its all about net working ie not what you know but who you know.load of small business men go to a small **** for breakfast and swap cards lol

Rollacosta
08-10-2004, 05:10 PM
Tonyr sorry to go over the same old thing ,but ive been checking out USA prices for kit ,and it leaves a real sour taste in my mouth just how much cheaper there stuff is compared to OZ and the UK

tiedeman
08-10-2004, 05:47 PM
I used to have a web site through Verisign. Very nice setup, let me update it all the time. I could just jump on the internet and update with whatever I wanted. Cost me $24.95 a month for the service. But after I did a lot of research with new customers and current customers, like nobody used it or looked at it at all. So I shut it down. Heck it saved me $300 per year by shutting it down.

Rollacosta
08-10-2004, 06:06 PM
TIEDMAN i often wonder was my website worth it ..but now its paid for all i have to do is pay for thew yearly hosting..so i guess i will keep it

Rollacosta
08-10-2004, 06:07 PM
TIEDEMAN i often wonder was my website worth it ..but now its paid for all i have to do is pay for thew yearly hosting..so i guess i will keep it

Team Gopher
08-11-2004, 11:47 AM
Hi Rollacosta,

I think your site looks nice. Do you track your sales to find out if your customers have seen your website or if that effected their decision to choose you?

Rollacosta
08-11-2004, 11:52 AM
hi gopher ,yes i track and moniter all my leads so far yellow pages are the best followed by customer reccomendations

Rollacosta
08-11-2004, 11:55 AM
gopher i think my website does help a customers decision either way ie to give me a call or not..usualy if they dont call but look at the site i think they beleive we are going to be to exspensive :mad:

mdvaden
08-12-2004, 09:32 PM
As I mentioned on the other post - not only have one site, but 2 now. The second is http://www.askanarborist.com

This is almost hilarious. I'm having flashbacks of what it was like with my first website in the beginning - you could not trace the URL to any directories - 2 visitors per day - a rank on Google Pagerank meter of "0".

But now, the first website is the highest ranking site in Portland for almost every relevant keyword search for designer, landscape, tree service and Certified Arborist. We nailed every catergory in 2 years, and the Google meter is at 5.

So I figure with patience, we can take the other site to at least a 4 if not 5, and cross link them. Each a higher rank pointing to each other.

And really, there is a 3rd source - not a site - but it's my separate photo album - no ads that's the good part. The first site links to it, and the other site utiilizes it.

All my articles go on the second site, which is user friendly and I don't need the webmaster to add material that way. So the extra $70 cost per year will really save a $1000 per year.

Rollacosta
08-14-2004, 03:35 PM
M.D nice site unusual ..differant ..interesting

mdvaden
08-16-2004, 12:26 AM
I think it depends on how you want to use it. My site is okay. It gets hoards of hits, and about 150 actual visitors. Now those are world wide we must remember.

I'll take a wild stab that 30 locals reach my pages each day.

I get about 4 calls or email from the site per week, and I aim for about 2 of them for customers. I don't like everyone that contacts. It's not like referrals. This web source needs screening to avoid the unclear thinkers.

But, even if no hits came from searches, its a great backup for a flyer or ads. It's like a credential in a way these days.

With all of us on the bandwagon, we all can't be the top search results. In 30 years, it will be even harder to reach the top. That's why I'm glad I did it already and just need to maintain that position with tweaking now and then.

But I found good use for the site even when I was not in the upper results. It's a good place for a portfolio and information for customers.

Rex Mann
08-16-2004, 01:03 AM
Our web site

PAVERSINSTALLED.COM (http://paversinstalled.com)

helps people find a paver installer within thier market. And, it shows and tells about our corporate philosphy and craftsmanship we provide. I get at least 5 calls a week from the site.

The best part is...............it did not cost me anything, nada , zilch, freebie and, it costs me nothing for the hosting.

Peace,

Rex


PHOENIXPAVERS.COM (http://PHOENIXPAVERS.COM)