Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by millenium_123, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. millenium_123

    millenium_123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to advertise. How effective are door hangers? Has anyone done this? How did it work for you? Where did you get your door hangers?
    I'm also looking at money mailer, if anyone is familiar with this. It's a packet of coupons that comes in the mail. It would go to about 40000 homes one time for a price of $1275.
    Comments? Other ideas?
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  2. cooperthumb

    cooperthumb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I have always found doorhanging to be effective about 4-5 weeks before you start cutting
    If your gonna do direct mail I would do alone and not included in a mailer
    I would hire a marketing company to put a direct mail together for you they will
    send it to specific houses Kinda like Aim small Miss small
  3. Set Apart Lawn Care

    Set Apart Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 189

    Door Hangers have been my best form of advertising. Google adds and pay for leads from internet sites have all been terrible return for me dollar. Mailers have worked ok, I dont get quite the response as I do with door hangers, but the trade off is I dont have to spend time passing them out. We typically get 5 or so calls out of every 100 door hangers, 1 or 2 will not work out, 1 or 2 will use us for a one time job, and usually we get 1 permanent client for every 100 door hangers.

    I use for the printing and what not, but I hired a graphic design artist to design them. Otherwise you'll get a very run of the mill flyer that looks like everyone elses. I've actually had customers tell me they called me because of my flyer. One wasnt even interested in lawn service but wanted to know who designed the door hangers.

    Also, a 40,000 coupon mailing thing isnt something I personally would do. It seems your leads would be to spread out and you'd spend a lot of time driving to things that may not work out, and even if they did your still all over the place. Direct Mail companies will give you the avg age, income, home value, etc. of mail carrier routes in specific zip codes so you can have focus areas in places you really want to work.

    Also truck signs give bad leads, my truck signs are more for being recognized in the neighborhoods I want to be in. Not for the calls I get from the random person seeing me drive down the freeway.
  4. millenium_123

    millenium_123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    Thanks guys. I think I will go with the door hangers.

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