Door Hangers

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BCarlson, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. BCarlson

    BCarlson LawnSite Member
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    Ok I know this is pretty redundant. Only getting about 1 call a week, Ads in stores, newspaper, nickel and craigslist. Was thinking of driving down streets (thursday/friday) and look for houses that need to be mowed and trimmed then go back through on Monday and place a door hanger with quote on the ones that weren't mowed/trimmed on the weekend. Anybody else use this kind of tactic rather than place a door hanger on every door? Thought about doing the mow and trim then leave a business card and quote; but most houses in this area have at least one dog usually more.
     
  2. LBLC_LCO

    LBLC_LCO LawnSite Senior Member
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    Are you saying you will mow and trim a house that needs it and leave a card with a quote? Hoping that they will call?

    Maybe I am mis-reading that, but I wouldn't do it.
     
  3. BCarlson

    BCarlson LawnSite Member
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    I've seen that idea on here, yes. I can't do it because just about everyone has at least one dog. The idea I had was to canvass an area and record addresses where lawns need to be mowed and trimmed on a Thursday/Friday then go back on Monday and the ones that still need to be mowed and trimmed leave a door hanger with quote on it.
     
  4. LBLC_LCO

    LBLC_LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 402

    The idea of seeing who hasn't been mowed over the weekend and then putting a door hanger on is ok. I've never heard of anyone just mowing someones property and leaving a card/quote though. No way I would do it.
     
  5. BCarlson

    BCarlson LawnSite Member
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    I would probably do the one free lawn mow and trim if no clean-up was involved in town (if it weren't for the dogs) just because 90% of the lawns are under 1500 sq/ft. It would be just another marketing gimmic only with more of an upfront cost.
     
  6. JohnnyCuts

    JohnnyCuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Posts: 256

    If you have existing clients go through thier neighborhoods 1-2 days before you mow and leave a note/card on their door stating something like "We will be mowing your neighbor, Bill Smith's, yard at 101 Park Dr tomorrow. If you would like us to mow your lawn while we are here we can do that for you for $35 since we will already be in the area. If you are looking for a lawn service we can mow your lawn weekly for $32 if you sign up for the season. If you would like a reference from Bill let us know as I'm sure he would be happy to oblige. Call/email us at...."

    This is what I'm planning on doing during the season to fill a route. In neighborhoods where I dont have a customer close I just wont be specific with names/addresses etc
     
  7. BCarlson

    BCarlson LawnSite Member
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    I thought about that too in the neighborhoods where I have clients. But the I am canvaassing and then going back with flyers on monday. Really need to pick up the cliential.
     
  8. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    What happens if you break something on their property??? You WOULD be trespassing. Don't do that free mow w/o asking.
     
  9. BCarlson

    BCarlson LawnSite Member
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    That's a really good point. This point wasn't even brought up when I first saw that idea of the mow and leave a card with quote. But also I just thought of doing that..not going to do it because of the dog situation.
     
  10. BCarlson

    BCarlson LawnSite Member
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    Well it started to work, drove down streets in sections of the town to write down addresses on Thursday and picked up 3 new clients on Friday. Now on Monday when I recieve the door hangers I can go out tuesday and put those out.
     

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