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Old 09-16-2012, 10:47 PM
David Gretzmier David Gretzmier is offline
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we start hanging tomorrow !

looks like pending weather we will start hanging lights tomorrow. we are booked for september and over half for October, and hoping to fill in the dates for October to make November a bit easier. Just a reminder guys, Thanksgiving is crazy early this year, November 22.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:58 PM
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How do you get your customers to agree to install so early?
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:06 PM
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how are you convincing people to hang lights already? I was at the beach yesterday getting a tan!
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:20 PM
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What they said ^^^ Its still 85 here, and I ahvent even started halloween deco yet, much less Christmas.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:26 PM
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Why not leave them up year round at that rate?
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:48 AM
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Yall have to realize that Dave has hundreds of rehangs and wont get them up with his 3 crews unless he starts in September.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:06 AM
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I understand that David operates on a scale much, much larger than most of us, but the question is very relevant regardless of size. Even us smaller operations will greatly benefit from installing returning customers early to free up prime time in November for new sales and growth.

Do you ask your customers to install early and/or offer incentives to do so? Will enough customers agree to early installation? Or do you simply make your schedule and tell the customer when their intall will be?
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:58 PM
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We start early, no this much, but early. Dave is 100 times larger than I am or think I wanna be really. I generally make out the schedule according to the contracts I have back. First come, first serve sort of thing.
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:53 PM
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Damn that is awesome..I'm working on getting my re-installs up by the end of October..
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:53 AM
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I was hoping you were going to be in NE so I could meet you this year. This was my first year going. I told Mike the hotel might as well have been in BFE. There was nothing close by you could walk to. Being an married guys with kids I made the mistake of crashing out for an hour in the bar area comfy chairs only to find my self tagged by the gay chick from OH when I woke up. Both knee caps had smiley faces drawn on them and something else drawn on my arms in eye liner. The bar was closed before midnight and the party was over. Yawn.

Went to the Texas Expo the following month in Houston and it was party central. Partied way too hard with some FL guys until about 2 am. Had a great time and got me ceu's for my pesticide license. Christmas Decor, Christmas Designers, and Novelty all had booths at the show. I did not see Lite Source there this year but I may have missed them. I told Mike he needs to invade Decors home turf and put some pressure on them. The Expo is a great place to try to pickup some market share.

David do you know the deal on Lite Source and Decor both being from Lubbock of all places? There must be some sort of correlation and I figure if anyone would know it would be you.
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