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Old 03-15-2001, 08:40 AM
John Allin John Allin is offline
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I'll bet you got a buck two ninety eight in THAT lettering.....
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Old 03-15-2001, 08:45 AM
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$500 for the vynyl lettering and $800 for the green paint
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Old 03-15-2001, 10:01 AM
Kent Lawns Kent Lawns is offline
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What truck lettering DOES do is augment other advertising.

People get a flyer/phone call/see ad and think "Oh, I've seen them around".

This is possibly a greater value than the truck letting being a direct advertisement vehicle.
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Old 03-15-2001, 10:33 AM
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That's my thinking Kent.

Repetition......
A person may see my van "all over the place!"
It's hard to get that kind of coverage w/ flyers w/o getting fined for littering and!LOL!
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Old 03-15-2001, 11:45 AM
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Okay, Island.

Now I'm going to give you one of my free marketing tips. Wherever you drive with this thing, especially if there's no trailer behind it, park it where it can be seen by the most people.

In a parking lot, park close to the street, and pull far enough that passersby can see the logo. Do this always. It sounds like a little thing, but I can't tell you the number of times I had people say "I've seen your trucks around," back when I had a single pickup.

Make yourself VISIBLE.
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Old 03-15-2001, 11:57 AM
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We've done this in a couple of wys. First we have one 1ton dump, in school bus yellow. Lettering in vinyl. This is an attention getter. Second a 6x12 trailer professionally screened on all 4 sides. Trailer is black with yellow and green lettering. Can be seen from a mile away. Park it on the street in front of your jobs. That lettering cost me $500 and got me a $20K job the second week I had it. Magnetic signs are a testament to the permanence and commitment to your business.
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Old 03-15-2001, 12:02 PM
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Back when we only had 3 or 4 trucks, we used to repaint the wheel rims every 4 months. Changed the colors slightly. Couple years later, we heard people say that we had several dozen trucks. We also numbered the trucks. No single digits, and none were consecutive (example: 11, 16, 24, 33).

Perception is reality.
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Old 03-15-2001, 12:42 PM
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Perception BECAME reality.
LOL That one is funny to me. Stonehenge was going to be in those parking lots anyway, so parking strategically was an easily done marketing strategy. But taking the time to paint rims different colors & thinking about & taking time to manipulate public perception, that's thinking outside of the box. You didn't have a choice but to grow into your perceived size. Wow.
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Old 03-15-2001, 03:09 PM
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JAA -

I had thought of doing the same thing, but I had pangs of guilt that stopped me. Barely.

I had even come up with a numbering 'system' so that if anyone ever asked - "why do you have trucks with numbers much higher than the # of trucks you have", I would have a logical explanation.

For example:

First digit is vehicle type:

1 = pickup
2 = small dump
3 = large dump
4 = skid loader
5...
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Second digit identifies the number of the vehicle in that category

1 = First vehicle in that category
2 = Second...
3 = 3rd...
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So your first pickup would be numbered '11'

Still might do it. JAA hit the nail squarely on the head. Perception is reality.

Here's another freebie tip - wear a hat. Not a ball cap. Check out my website, the planting page. I'm the one in the Panama Jack style hat.

You don't even know how many people have seen me or my guys so many places that we've never been, because they saw the hat. And then said "There's that Stonehenge guy."

Cheap marketing, but it keeps your company in their heads.
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Old 03-15-2001, 04:07 PM
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Another thing to think about when you have your vehicles lettered is to drive like a complete gentleman. It is funny how much of a better driver you become when your name and phone number is in big bold writing right there on the side of your truck. Always remind your employees to drive decent because they are representing you. Potential clients WILL remembver your name if your trucks are being driven aggressivly, but NOT in a good way.
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