does door to door work

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scaglawnsnj, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 435

    hello,
    i need to extend my buisness w/ about 50 more weeklys for 2005.. how does the door to door thing work..i'll do this in upper middle class neibor hoods. last year i went around tapeing my cards door to door..is it better to chat with them and talk my services..last year taped 2000 cards and got 30% feedback..basicly jus clean-ups and mulch..5new customers. i wont jus pick a random spot i'll got door to door in areas i mow, like cova sacks. were people seen gmj work..what do some of you do for more.........bucks payup
     
  2. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    Mostly word of mouth. I am going to put out about 500 door hangers here in a month or so (when weather permits), I've heard somewhere on this site the average is something like a 3% sales rate on flyers. That 3% will undoubtedly lead to more though, just do quality work, sounds like you do, and it will be your best advertisement. :) :) :)
     
  3. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 471

    Ohh, one more thing. When I sent out my renewal letter's for this year I enclosed a card and offered 50% off their next service with each annual mowing account they refer. It's easier and less expensive to upsell existing customers that acquiring new ones.
     
  4. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 435

    i send my customers a 10% off coupon with the date i'll be their to mow. if the customer gets me more mows. i set them up with a few free flowers in their beds..and bring their trash cans back..they love me for that
     
  5. Mowerboy04

    Mowerboy04 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,434

    i go door to door it works great. i went to about 10 houses and got 6 accounts. i found if u go in the evening and just introduce your self and tell them about your self and company. i found it effective
     
  6. greendave

    greendave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219

    I have one account that has trash pickup the morning I mow. I always carry the cans back up and put them away for them while I'm blowing, no loss of time or productivity, and she thinks I'm a god for doing it for her!

    Generally speaking, any type of direct marketing will usually bring about a 3% return. If you do better than that, you're definitely doing something right!
     
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    gm, i have a question for you. this is not a setup, and i'm not going to say anything stupid. i'm just curious because i had a friend, we worked together, he moved to toms river. anyhow, he basically said there is no work down that way (he was a printer, as was i) and that the wages down that way were real real low. are you able to charge the same fees down there as we do in central/northern jersey? the magic number here seems to be $25-$30 for a home with 3k-10k worth of grass. same there, or lower?
     
  8. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    The best way to get new business is by using your reputation. I have found that word of mouth is better than newspaper, flyers, cards, etc.
     
  9. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 435

    BOBBY There Are 100,000 Lawns In Toms River, Starving For Work Here Is Lack Of Advertizment..in Fact The Common Price For Lawn Maint For Me 35.00 For A 3000 Sqr Ft Property..i Really Dont Cut For Under 30.00....even If The Lawn Takes 3 Passes With A 21' Mower The Price Is 30.00..and Do They Pay That Here Damn Right..i Started This Buisness Because Their Hardly Any Buisness Owers Who Will Pay You Over 9.00 An Hour **** Accountants Make 15.00-25 An Hour
    There Is Alot Of Landscapers Out Here Though I Would Say 20,000
    But 100,000 Lawns Do The Math!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 435



    I DID SOMETHING LIKE THAT ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY BEST CUSTOMER I KNOCKED ON THEIR DOOR AND ASKED I THEY WERE INTERESTED IN A DETHATCH AND SEEDING, THEY WERE EXZILORATED TO HAVE ME DO IT IN THE FRONT YARD..I MADE A QUICK 300.00 AND THIS YEAR IM BUILDING THEM A FRENCH DRAIN AND A 12" REATIANING WALL AND 10 TONS OF SOIL WOW JUST FROM KNOCKING I LOVE IT AND THEY HAVE MONEY TO BLOW
     

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