anyone had success at home shows?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Efficiency, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    It's not even tire kickers. With trade shows you have people coming from a distance, so if your area is limited and someone wants a service from you and they are to far ,your wasting time and money that way.
     
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    I would agree with you on this.

    If you have a small marketing are its NOT a good idea.
    If you only plan on one show a year...too much money to spend.

    We are in a large market area and we still have people stop outside of our area. We then take their name and tell them that if we make our circle bigger we will notify them.

    The other thing is we found is...you also get a lot of referrals from the people you get at shows.

    For us its working great!
     
  3. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    These are not real clear pics...but give you and idea of how our booth looks.

    I would also say that for us IT IS about branding!!!! We are all about brand and even if worse case I break even at a show I have a smile on my face.

    But from what we have found its a lot better then that!

    :)

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  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    So can you offer a free lawn analysis and estimate...and...if the prospect drops his name on a card into the bin--you have a drawing for a free lawn service for the year--to one lucky prospect. (limit value of $500. )

    Can you give away a free gardening calender? Free rain gauge with your name on it? Free mole chasing propeller? Grass seed? Gladiola bulb...all these with a prospects name and address usually (Or at least stop to talk for a few minutes). Free small bag of grass seed if prospect can stop and identify 5 weeds--real and in flower pots, (photos if necessary). Its all about trading a freebie for permission to give them an estimate.
     
  5. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Efficiencys mention of giving estimates on the spot at the show through an internet measuring tool is such an awesome idea and thing to do it makes me reconsider the entire home show forum for generating business.

    You could even flash it on a big 48" screen as you are discussing the lawn with the prospect to generate interest of passers by.

    I bet it would make every other vendor jealous as hell. No one else has that opportunity to bid on the spot and actually point fingers at the jobsite from the venue floor.

    Wow.
     
  6. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    If you read my first post that is what we do but we dont have a big screen.

    It's great!
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  7. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rod, thx. Ill pm you when im on a real computer
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  8. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thats awesome. I just think a big screen would drive some more "curiosity" interest as people walk by but the ability to look at and price properties on the spot rules.
     
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
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    Here is a little better view of our layout.

    Weather is in the mid 60's and we thought attendance would be up...but actually less people are coming out it seems.

    Still having a good show but surprised attendance isn't as good. Could be the economy too...dunno.

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  10. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lookin good!

    Sign me up! lol

    You did this show this weekend? Wow with the weather I would have expected more traffic too.
     

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