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Choice In Ads. For A New Guy

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by N.H.BOY, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,604

    New guy here! Hope some of you can help. If you had a choice in ads., what would be the best, in getting new accounts?
    3-----ADS ON STORES(flyers tack up)
    4-----LAWN SIGNS

    Thanks. I really would like more accounts for next year and I would like to have them in the spring to add to my lists of accounts.
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,041

    Hi N.H.BOY,

    For the most immediate results and low dollar approach I would think this would be the best order.

    2-----ADS ON STORES(flyers tack up)
    3-----LAWN SIGNS
  3. GrassMasterNC

    GrassMasterNC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 119

    1. Door hangars (& put the price quote for your standard service on them)
    2. Tri-fold color brochures (high quality)
    - commercial version & residential version
    3. high quality signs for your truck & trailer
    4. clean equipment
    5. magnetic business cards (always on the fridge in view)
    6. business card sized newspaper ads
    7. just a basic local phone book listing
    8. clean cut crew (as best as possible) with clean & appealing colored uniform shirts (mandatory with fresh shirts in the truck)
    9. Be licensed and Insured and advertise yourself as such.

    there are a lot of rough looking outfits mowing lawns around here with 3x5 index cards for ads - so the more profesisonal we look, and when they see our prices, although maybe a wee-bit higher, (about 10%) they'll want us servicing their property.

    10. If a property elects to have routine service, & after I calculate my estimates with all the services they want (chosen from our brochures and free consultation), I type up a proposal business letter, proposal, contract, and customized service calendar specifically for them. This blows them away! Even if it is just for a weekly mow, edge, trim, and blow package.

    These are the measures we take to get the highest quality customers - we keep them happy - they talk...and thus, keep us happy. For the folks too cheap to go with us - we don't want them & let the fly-by-night crews get them. There are a few really professional crews working here too, but plenty of good props to get.

    Now, I am still new to this business...but I found that working my ass off and making the best possible product in town goes a long way. Can't wait until next season!

    Hope this helps - new guy to new guy.
  4. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,604

    Thank grasmasternc, very good advice. Much thank you. Hope you being new yourself will make you lots of $$$$$$$$$$
  5. justinL110

    justinL110 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Yeh, I would have to agree with your ways of advertising. I would say try to stay on the cheap side if possible all though sometimes if you spend the extra it may be worth it. I have been thinking of putting a sign on the back of my drop-down-gate on my trailer. Do you think this is a good idea? Or is this something you want to stay away from.

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