Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-05-2013, 09:33 AM
brentstreeservice's Avatar
brentstreeservice brentstreeservice is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 36
Brents Tree Service Pictures

I've taken the advice of some of the members on here and learned how to have one main thread for my photos meaning I'll use this page as my page to add our Austin Tree Service pictures to on an ongoing basis.
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-07-2013, 12:40 AM
Tyler259 Tyler259 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 100
Cool, that's good to hear.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-07-2013, 02:32 AM
PlantscapeSolutions's Avatar
PlantscapeSolutions PlantscapeSolutions is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Buda,Texas
Posts: 2,589
I'm surprised your not posting on the tree section. You need to start a before and after picture gallery on your website. Talk is talk but nothing speaks to potential customers better then showing some dramatic before and after pictures. Every job will not be picture worthy but some will really stand out.

Idea Labs had contacted me as well cold calling but I was leery and put them off. The guy seemed nice on the phone but I hate cold call sales calls in general. They also had no reviews or track record that I could find online.

I'm working on a website make over and I don't want to spend money on a boring template that does little to jump out at customers. You'd think they could have found you a better template that doesn't look like it's from ten years ago. I got an error message trying to play one of your videos. The other video had no sound and it should play in a larger format by default. Not just the tiny screen.
__________________
Market- Austin Texas Area
Employees- 3
Sales $300K+

Services-AutoCAD Landscape Design & Install, Maintenance, Landscape Lighting, HD Holiday Lighting, Masonry (Stone, Block, Brick, and Stucco), & Arborist Work

Accreditations & Memberships- BBB, TNLA, TPCL 611373, & Class 1 Nurserymen.

Market Niche- High end residential.

-http://plantscapesolutions.net/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-07-2013, 12:33 PM
brentstreeservice's Avatar
brentstreeservice brentstreeservice is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 36
Plantscape solutions, thanks for the feedback on our website. Our website may not be the most beautiful but it is very effective. We actually don't do business with Idea Labs as we are handling our marketing in house as of 3 months ago. Idea Labs was not responsible for our website design nor were they responsible for any errors on the site itself.

Idea Labs is a great company and one of the few honest online marketing services that we've ever worked with. We decided that our company was at the point where we needed a full time marketing team in house to manage all marketing aspects

Thanks for pointing the video errors on our website. Those have been fixed so we appreciate you helping us out with that. We haven't "modernized" our site because it is a very effective site in its current state. There is more downside risk to changing the website template then there is potential gain, considering our dominant Organic placement on ALL major keywords in our category. Our site gets over 2500 visitors a month and has a 7.8% conversion rate as of last month. To us, the aesthetic of a website is secondary to its effectiveness. Idea Labs gets some of the credit for that so definitely that when making your decision to hire them.

As for the before and after gallery, we have deliberately not shown that on our site. We are working on more of a real time before/after that are sales reps will show potential customers during their assessments. New technology that allows customers to envision their trees after our tree service is performed.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-07-2013, 06:43 PM
PlantscapeSolutions's Avatar
PlantscapeSolutions PlantscapeSolutions is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Buda,Texas
Posts: 2,589
A lot of people like to use a companies website to feel out the company before they make actual contact. Things like showing a picture of the owner and employees standing in front of your truck can give your site more of a warm and inviting feel instead of just showing an inanimate truck and clip art tree picture on the home page.

I would want a tree gallery showing all the tree types commonly found here and tell about some of the common problems more to show you an expert. People see their tree type on your site and they identify with it. I would write the pros and cons of the various tree types.

Things like Post Oaks & fungal infections, Bradfords & Cotton Root Rot, and the slew of Red Oaks being brought into central Texas that are not alkaline tolerant and are doomed the day they are planted. I would dare to say an easy 20% of the Red Oaks being planted are grown from acorns from tree's not native to alkaline areas.

I have even seen a small percentage of Live Oaks brought in from else where that were alkaline intolerant. The amount of quality material an arborist or horticulturalist should be able to add to a tree site can really make you stand out as an expert and not just another tree company.

Most people probably don't even realize the native Texana version of the Red Oak we have here is not the great long lived version and instead succumbs to mistletoe and borers by age 30 most of the time. Then you get basic things like grading changes and excess mulch around tree trunks that causes fungal infections that probably kills thousands of tree's in central Texas every year.

To me showcasing knowledge and expertise is a great to to raise your customers confidence level. Once you get a clients confidence level up you can win more bids on expertise and less on being the low bidder. I know your company was well known originally for being a low bidder focused company and less of one that had an extreme level of expertise like say the Tree Clinic or Austin Tree Specialists. I could talk all day with Chris Poth or Patrick Wentworth about tree’s.

I suspect you have worked away from being the cheap company by hiring a real arborist to have on staff. I would really work hard to try to focus more on expertise through your website and you will see your profit margins increase as a result. Don't ever get too content or complacent that your website is good enough.

I only dabble in tree's and do not advertise the service. I have all the tree saddles and ropes to do tree work but prefer to do other work instead. Even if I only dabble in a service I try to make sure my level of expertise is where it needs to be. We have way too many of those guys running around with a pickup, trailer, and chain saw that think they know what they are doing. Tim's Tree's is the prime example of a company that should not be in business. That guy should be in jail.
__________________
Market- Austin Texas Area
Employees- 3
Sales $300K+

Services-AutoCAD Landscape Design & Install, Maintenance, Landscape Lighting, HD Holiday Lighting, Masonry (Stone, Block, Brick, and Stucco), & Arborist Work

Accreditations & Memberships- BBB, TNLA, TPCL 611373, & Class 1 Nurserymen.

Market Niche- High end residential.

-http://plantscapesolutions.net/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-08-2013, 01:11 AM
brentstreeservice's Avatar
brentstreeservice brentstreeservice is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 36
Another photo of our guys working away

Here is another photo of us performing cedar tree removal on a large parcel of land outside of Austin, TX.
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-16-2013, 10:39 AM
brentstreeservice's Avatar
brentstreeservice brentstreeservice is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 36
ANy suggestions on how we can improve our Google+ Page ?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-25-2013, 09:36 AM
brentstreeservice's Avatar
brentstreeservice brentstreeservice is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 36
Have you seen what Hypoxylon Canker Fungus looks like?

Here is a picture of the fungus that is becoming more prevalent on our customers' properties because of the drought. It is something that slowly kills the tree. We also had a blog recently posted on our website about Tree Removal for Hypoxylon Canker Fungus
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-27-2013, 11:32 PM
Outdoors_Unlimited's Avatar
Outdoors_Unlimited Outdoors_Unlimited is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oxford, Michigan
Posts: 449
Very cool, subscribed.

Check out my thread, though it still needs to be moved here to the pic section, it is in the introduction section. I also do tree service when it falls in my lap.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-09-2013, 01:41 PM
brentstreeservice's Avatar
brentstreeservice brentstreeservice is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 36
Brents Tree Service Chipper Truck

Take a look at our Austin Tree Service truck and chipper.
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tree removal austin , tree removal company , tree service austin , tree trimming austin , tree trimming company

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.com™ - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:06 PM.

Page generated in 0.07770 seconds with 10 queries