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Advertising W/lawn Signs

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by milsaps118, May 12, 2006.

  1. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 559

    For those of you who use lawn signs (plastic, metal, home made) as a part of advertising what kind of success rate have you had with them? How many of them have mysteriously disappeared? For the price to get them made would you recommend it? Their fairly cheap.80% of my leads come from "word of mouth" and the rest come from a one line phone book add in the Yellow Pages. I'm looking to get more exposure in certain areas to tighten my routes and thought this would be the way to go.
  2. GrassQuester

    GrassQuester LawnSite Member
    Posts: 122

    Signs on my truck really never did anything for me, well one time a branch flew off and hit a ladies car she called me and was right beside me driving down th highway :hammerhead: Flyers are better in my opinion yellow pages seem like you would get to spread out of a client base meening your blades are not spinning.Not saying signs are bad but didnt work to great for me,Id actually try it again on my enclosed trailer but I park it at my apartments and they wont let you keep a company name on your truck/trailer.
  3. SuperiorLandscapeMgmt.

    SuperiorLandscapeMgmt. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Word of mouth is everything! Its also a good idea to let your accts. know that if you can get other accts. in the neighborhood you can give them all a discount. We still make our money W/ less drive time.Talk to HOAs sometimes they will post adds in their news letters $25 lawn mows can go a long way if they are next door to each other. Mow three an hr. thats $75.
  4. Natural Impressions

    Natural Impressions LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    I would recommend buying signs....just for the write off at the end of the year. LOL:laugh: I buy signs about every 2 years to put on a few properties, but I have never really had many calls...I have had some...you know....the ones you want the estimate right over the phone. I wouldn't expect much......Word of mouth works the best. But with the signs you at least give a little less back to uncle sam:usflag: :clapping:
  5. cessnasovereign

    cessnasovereign LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 292

    I'm been thinking about getting a two sided folding sign that reads "This property maintained by xxx xxx lawn service 555-555-5555" to put out behind the trailer, only while at a house..
  6. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 470

    I think they are a bad idea. First, they are too small to read from any distance. Second, they end up blowing down, or falling down and looking like trash in the customers yard, that ain't what they are paying for. Better idea, just offer an inventive plan to customers that refer people to you. Works great.
  7. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,064

    For me:

    1. Flyers
    2. referals
    3. decals.

    My decals must have paid for them selves every single month I would NEVER consider NOT having them. Go Big or go home.
  8. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    we post large signs at all of our design/install sites. we post weed control and fertilizer signs with a list of services on the back. Have recieved quite a bit of business from both.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    Can you tell me what you mean by decals? How do you get and use them? How big are they?
  10. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,064

    Well my phone number is about 4.5 feetx11"'s on both sides of my truck box and my name is on the doors fairly large, services are displayed under the extended cab window but smaller and website (even though I don't have it up and running) is over the front wheel well, a very fine font.

    Mainly its the phone number, for power raking they see us working and its easily legilble to neighbours. I don't have pictures just digits and letters so its very cheap, $180 cnd for the entire job...

    just a hint, I more or less designed my truck decal layout and if you use 11" letters they can cut it out of their 24" rolls with little waste therefore cheaper and I used the 3 year vinyl which is also cheaper than the long term stuff. I think I will put prices on the side of my truck soon. "Lawns Cut $15 bucks and up" something like that.

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