Do you tell your immediate competition about Lawnsite.com?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doster's L & L, Mar 6, 2004.

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Do you tell your immediate competition about Lawnsite? Be honest!!

  1. I tell my competition about lawnsite to improve the image of this industry.

    34 vote(s)
    33.0%
  2. I dont tell my competition about lawnsite cause i want to keep the upper hand on them.

    25 vote(s)
    24.3%
  3. I've never had the opportunity to tell my competition, but i would tell my competition for the benef

    21 vote(s)
    20.4%
  4. I've never had the opportunity to tell my competition, but that doesn't matter, cause i probably wou

    23 vote(s)
    22.3%
  1. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 616

    I was just curious to see how many of us on here tell our competition about this educational forum. I'm not talking about friends that also do lawn care in another part of the state/country, just your closest competition.
    I've gotta admit it, if i told the guys in my area and they signed on, they wouldn't be able to handle the "S" word. :rolleyes:
     
  2. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    no, to do so would be to dig your own grave. the best thing we have going for us, is that the new guys flop and go under, as a result of not being able to manage their business properly. to show them this site, would eliminate 90% of the development pains, and as a result, we would all be working for minimum wage(some of u guys already do) the answer is NO, a thousand times no
     
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    First I find out if they have a computer.
    If they say no, then I tell them about lawnsite.com If they say yes, then I don't tell them. :laugh:
    just kidding

    We never really have the opportunity to tell direct competitors about this site. We have told dealers about it though.
     
  4. Navig8r

    Navig8r LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 477

    I cant answer the poll... because my answer would be "Sometimes".

    If I meet someone who is professional, polite and respectful... YES I tell them about LS..... on the other hand, if they are scrubbish.. HE** NO...... Note that by scrubbish, I mean sloppy looking (personnell, equipment & work), unprofessional, and just overall not concerned with quality of work or satisfaction of their customers.

    I have learned tons here, but even without the knowledge I've gained on LS, I knew that professional appearance and concern for the satisfaction of my customers was important.
     
  5. J&R

    J&R LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    I tell then were it might help them know how to charge and from becoming lowballers.
     
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I'm with Navigator. It depends on who they are...
     
  7. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    I've told quite a few here in Spartanburg, because i knew i'd be moving in May. I'm not telling any of the LCO's in the area where i'll be moving, because IT'S MINE..... ALL MINE! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    Quite the diabolical scheme uh?:D
     
  8. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 616

    I don't tell them either. This is MY little gold mine so i'm not telling anyone!! However, if i meet someone at another part of the state where i'm gaining cert points, then i might mention it to them, but first i make sure they live no where near me!

    I wonder how many of the members that answered, "yes i tell my comp..." is really truthful. :rolleyes:
     
  9. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,939

    I tell them where I get my blades for five bucks each.......after the place is sold out of them.
    Crawdad
     
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,411

    I try to avoid knowing them I am friendly and honest so knowing them would put me in a position where if one of their customers were to come to me I would let them know. Since I do want to grow and I do want to take large market share I think its better not to know the people you are beating on the estimates and who’s lawns you just took. Some times you do get a client that has never had a lawn service but the vast majority of the time that was some one else’s account. I don’t know why they lost it and I don’t care this is business and for me its simpler if the competition doesn’t exist some preach here that competition doesn’t matter well I take it a step further in my eyes there is none and if they now grew a face it gets more difficult to do my job and build my company.
     

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