Do you have a website?

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Jmill88, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. Jmill88

    Jmill88 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    How many of you have a website? If so, when you added it, did it seem like it made a big difference? Thinking about creating one, but don't want to if it won't bring in more business. Thanks
     
  2. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    I have a website. It's not quite done yet. I have seen some leads come from it. Once it is finished I'm going to promote it like crazy.
     
  3. WebMan

    WebMan LawnSite Member
    from D/FW TX
    Posts: 11

    The biggest mistake people make in creating web sites is making something (or having it done) that THEY like instead of looking at it from the customer's point of view. Then they post here "what do you think" and other landscapers say "looks great" but landscapers don't buy landscaping!

    Your web site needs to "SELL" the customer on why they should click the button to e-mail you or call you or whatever. I can count on my hands the "selling" web sites I have seen here. Usually a guy gets what looks good to him,he posts "what do you think?" Other landscape people say "looks great" and it never sells... because landscape people don't buy landscape services.

    A well built, properly used web site should bring you far more jobs than it costs for the site (at least 5 to 10x more) and in this day and time if you don't have a web site people don't think you are a real business... especially if your competitors do.

    And the absolute WORST thing you can do is answer a business e-mail with an address that ends in @hotmail or @gmail or @aol or similar. Most property managers will just blow you off as being a "nobody" as soon as they see that as will many homeowners.
     
  4. B & B Yardscape

    B & B Yardscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    DLawns: Went to your site. Put your logo at the top and the links below that. I would remove the italic from the wording. I know you didn't ask, but I thought you would like to know.
     
  5. B & B Yardscape

    B & B Yardscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    Webman, doesn't that blow your mind when you see "bestlawncompany@yahoo.com." when they are paying for "theirname@bestlawncompany.com" ? It is such a simple thing and people don't do it.
     
  6. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    working on getting up sometime over the winter
     
  7. B & B Yardscape

    B & B Yardscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    What "something" are you trying to "get up" over the winter? LOL
     
  8. WebMan

    WebMan LawnSite Member
    from D/FW TX
    Posts: 11

    You would not BELIEVE how many of my customers I have tried to "push" into using the mail included with their hosting (and we have all the features--anti spam/anti-virus so no reason not to) and they will still either keep their "free-mail" or say "can't I just forward it to may "hotmail?" or whatever (which they will then do (if they do anything) even after we explain why that's a bad option also)

    You are right it blows my mind, I'm glad to know it isn't just me, I presume from your post many hosts have the same ratio of customers who don't use their included "real" e-mail accounts and wonder why customers don't take them seriously....Duh :hammerhead:
     
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    Well I tell you guys what...

    I do agree you should have a good email address but since ASV measures make
    the nomenclature purely administrative anyhow it really makes little difference.

    Fact is you let the world know your email address and I guarantee you'll soon
    find it difficult to distinguish legitimate communication from the resulting SPAM.

    It's only a matter of time before the rotten bots find it, weeks, months, but it usually happens sooner rather than later.
    There are but two ways about it, either nobody knows what it is, or you rely on someone else's spam control such as Yahoo!
    Then Yahoo didn't exactly make it easy to use a domain-named address with their latest upgrade.

    Last but not least I have never gotten email from a customer direct, it's always been via forms.

    So who cares, nobody ever sees it anyway.
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2008
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    There are ways to combat this.
     

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