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Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by bmwsmity, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    I have found out more than once prequalifying via demographics is a no no. We have done over 50 fixtures for some clients you guys would never market to. Take the calls as they come Chris. It keeps your name out there. At least the phone is ringing. In the last 3 days we have gotten more inquiries than we have in the last 3 months.
  2. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 960

    To steal a line from one of my favorite Tv programs in the 70's- Get Smart

    I find that very hard to believe.
  3. sprinkler guy

    sprinkler guy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    Something I've done couple of times, back when I did demos, was leave the lights up for 3 nights, then come back in the middle of the day and remove everything. Don't tell the client that they were going to be removed, just come and take them out. The minute they get home you'll get a phone call asking when the lights can be put back in.

    I haven't needed to do a demo for the last year or so, but I will get right back out there with the old kit the minute work starts to slow down.

    For you newer guys, Joey is offering a great resource. Talk with your local supplier, or manufacturers sales rep about helping you with a demo or two. These guys can offer you many years of experience to help get the ball rolling. Some suplliers might even have a demo kit that they rent out. This can help minimize some of your early costs as you grow your business.
  4. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
    from usa
    Posts: 1,946

    The gears have been spinning since you guys started talking about multiple day demo's. I'm putting a portable weather-tight kit together. Thanks for the tips.
  5. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    Mike you dont need to worry about putting the kit togeather. My kit is exactly that. The units take the weather abuse and when they start to show signs of failure at the quick connects I can supply more or refurbish the unit. Mind you this will take years to happen. You can customize the kit for the fixtures you want but my Demo Kit is a great starting point. It is everything you need. I will start a thread over in my Unique forum that posts the flyer. I will also try and make a video of the demo kit so you guys can better see how it works.

    Our sales reps have demo kits that they can loan and assist with setting up demos.
  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    Pete, knowing James as I do, he's not really one to boast or inflate the truth... I take what he says at face value...

    And so what if it was only 90%?

    I get the feeling that he is well prepared for any potential sales opportunity that comes his way. He does his homework, prequalifies his prospects in some fashion, and most of his work is from referrals...

    James has a passion for this stuff that might even surpass that of our old buddy Mike G. :laugh:
  7. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

  8. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    You gotta have PASSION for what you do man! Without it you are just another tin-man selling your wares in a cluttered marketplace.

    An aside: Earlier this year my Wife and I were hosting some clients to a rather special dining experience.... I had stepped away from the table for a few minutes to speak with another client who was there... as I returned to the room and towards our table, Our guest (the Mrs.) leaned over to my Wife, touched her arm and whispered into her ear: "You just have to love the passion that James brings into the room."

    It's all about the Passion!

    Do you find yourself discretely walking around your friends homes during parties adjusting their dimmers, lights, lamps, shades? Then you just might have the passion.

    Do you find yourself re-aiming light fixtures at public monuments? Then you might have the passion.

    Have a GREAT day!

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  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    James, you are unbelievable!

    What is that a Canadian Stop Sign??

  10. bmwsmity

    bmwsmity LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Ohio
    Posts: 276

    It's funny. I offer free demos online and in the yellow pages, but I've never had anyone ask for one.

    Also, to date I've only lost one job to another contractor...any other estimates that didn't get sold were due to lack of financial ability on the customer's part.

    Even the best demo can't sell someone that doesn't have the money, so that's wasted time.

    In the case of the one job I lost to another contractor, it was because the other contractor came up with the idea of lighting the driveway from the trees, and I'm not gonna set up demo lights in trees, especially when that design idea wasn't prudent to begin with - the contractor was just a pure salesman.

    I can see how a demo MAY sell someone on more lights, but I'm still leaning toward sticking with my current approach.

    I should also add that I take good pics of all of my work, so I have a strong portfolio that usually hits all the design elements that the customer wants to see beforehand.

    With that said, one thing I do believe in is showing customers the fixtures I will use in person. Nothing quite illustrates the quality of my products like personally handing a customer a Malibu accent and then a Unique solid brass accent.

    Thanks for everyone's input thus far. Much appreciated.

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