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Old 09-14-2011, 01:47 PM
David Gretzmier David Gretzmier is offline
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I use the bows from HBL, they are rermarkably similar to the ones from several Christmas light wholesalers you'll find on the internet. they are UV coated, have a steel mesh inside to keep them from drooping, and 95% of the folks love the dark cherry red with the gold trim. They do fade after 4-5 seasons to a pinkish red, so we replace typically in year 5 or 6. I believe they have 18", 24", 36" and 48". those sizes fit all the wreaths we sell, pertty much 3 foot to 7 foot. I have also seen 60" on other sites, which would be more for a 8 foot to 10 foot wreath.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:28 AM
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how is the hbl direct mail campaigns?...I am trying to get that lined up...get it's time to start going full steam on the material...
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:37 AM
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Found a guy in my areathe is selling his landscape and irrigation business and also his lighting business talked to him Friday and have a meeting with him this week he has 46 lighting accounts. I've bought mowing accounts before but never lighting. Anyone ever done this? Bryan? Dave?
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:18 AM
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There is a golf magazine trying to sell me a full page add in a golf magazine/service/tip thing ..500 for a full page..it looks like a nice mag..and it goes to the top private golf clubs in my area...and there is big big money in there...and it would run all year..I can do a half for lighting and half for landscaping...
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:14 AM
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That seems extraordinarily cheap. I can not run an add with the Chambers of Commerce here for less than 2500 and I have to provide an insert. Last year was a total bust with each chamber, so needless to say I have set my sights elsewhere.

As for the Direct mail with HBL, I use it every year. I usually average $2500, and I have had very good luck. Like every other form of advertising it is percentage. Once I stopped pushing the light links last year, I went to a 100% close ratio. Again, as I have mentioned numerous times here, prior to 3 years ago, this service was really never offered here. There is a CD guy about an hour North of me, however, you can not find a damn thing about him on the net. So I am still dealing with the "you do what" situation. All in all I would say the HBL program is fantastic. I do know that Dave has a different system he uses.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:07 AM
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We hang our Halloween lights next week!!!! I have never been more ready for lighting than this year!!!! I just signed one of the nicest shopping centers in Louisville. Can't wait for that one!!!

We have already done our first mailing...

Just a matter of time - will be here before we know it!!!!
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:32 AM
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Hanging our Halloween lights tomorrow!! Time to gear up!
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