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Old 05-01-2013, 11:40 AM
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I do landscape design, which isn't part of the craigslist cheap market. The first few ads I did sucked the life out of me with stupid, dead-end calls.

So I put my pricing IN THE AD. I'd rather get three calls ready to pay for my services than three hundred who think I'll come do a free design. Why are we all so afraid of putting our pricing out there? Most of us haven't figured out some awesome trade secret. If you want to screen out people who won't pay your prices, advertise with your prices.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:01 PM
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I do landscape design, which isn't part of the craigslist cheap market. The first few ads I did sucked the life out of me with stupid, dead-end calls.

So I put my pricing IN THE AD. I'd rather get three calls ready to pay for my services than three hundred who think I'll come do a free design. Why are we all so afraid of putting our pricing out there? Most of us haven't figured out some awesome trade secret. If you want to screen out people who won't pay your prices, advertise with your prices.
I agree with that. I put in my c-list ads "if you do not care about the quality of work and only want a cheap price, please do not contact us" , weeda out the cheapa$$es
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:37 PM
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Great advice guys. for me it's been working. But I'll reconsider it.
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***WOW, THAT IS THE CHEESIEST AND SPAMMIEST LOOKING CL AD I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

Bro, it's not hard to get customers from CL. I really don't think it is your ad design that is doing it. You are simply in the right place at the right time. As soon as the page opened it looked like spam with the guy sitting in the chair (i.e. stock photo). Then at the bottom, the stock photos of people wearing your logo also seems kinda spam-cheese flavored.

The layout of the text on the advert. is horrendously bad. It made me want to get away from it ASAP. You have text going across the ladies face

It doesn't require a genius to mow a yard but if I were looking for lawn care on CL, I would avoid you guys at all costs. Your whole vibe is CHEESY and DISTASTEFUL and you have taken it to such an extent that I would have to believe that it would also carry over to your work .

Sorry for the brutal honesty but that ad is probably hurting you more than it is helping you and you are attributing the leads to the wrong thing.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:03 PM
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^ tell us what you really think LOL
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:41 PM
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Stickle, you say the CL ads have been working for you, but I'm seeing several of your CL ad history titles start off with "$19 & UP LAWN CARE MOW, EDGE, BLOW" (your ad posted today, for instance). The $19 price title seems to go against the branding efforts you've been putting a lot of good, solid, effort in to. Are you converting the calls based on those ads or the ones where you don't start off with the $19 rate? I'm always interested in people's varied ad campaign efforts, so I'm interested in how it's been working for you.

Also, re: the giant QR ad that loads at the top of your ad, I'm curious as to what the point is? QR Codes that just lead to the home page don't have a payoff for those scanning. This is especially true given that people visiting the ad are already in a web browser and can just click your link. QR Codes are intriguing and usually have a payoff. It's counterproductive to disappoint people who expect otherwise.

edit/addition: Noticed on my phone that your site does a full load of the slideshow, which takes a bit of time, and only the bottom 1/4 is viewable due to the menu DIV covering it. I thought you fixed them, but I'm seeing the slideshow pics as massive (800k?)
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:43 PM
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I run a bunch of various Titles/Advertisements and see what works best and what kind of customers i get from them. here's the latest one geared more towards customer satisfaction. http://norfolk.craigslist.org/fgs/3816352371.html
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Modified the Title of this one to emphasize more of my company's offerings http://norfolk.craigslist.org/fgs/3818219164.html
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:27 PM
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It's better than the first ad, but still obvious that a professional did not put it together.
Low res/grainy looking, body text too big and too close to the edges, sentences that end in odd places...

I'll give you an "A" for effort though.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:03 PM
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Besides craigslist, what other types of advertising do you do that works?

I have only used craigslist and am busy enough with it.
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