i passed out 1000 flyers, NO RESPONSE, or calls!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bradluvsjesus, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. bradluvsjesus

    bradluvsjesus LawnSite Member
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    i put roughly 1000 of these in mailboxes, beginning over a month ago, up until now, not one call, i'm really scared..:cry:
     

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  2. joshlawn

    joshlawn LawnSite Member
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    Don't feel too bad, last year I put out over a 1000 flyer's promoting free pizza with service. Of course, not a single call either. I was sure that would be a hit, but it's all about timing. I had some luck with both the "Bargain Mart" classifieds, and the "Knoxville News Sentinel". Haven't tried the phone book yet, but that's on my to-do list. In my experience, I've noticed that flyer's with simple designs seem to get more business than flyer's that look great.

    Hang in there, it's a slow road to success. This is my second year, and I'm still having to keep a second job to make it but I'm making more than 3 times this year than what I made last year.
     
  3. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 342

    Maybe you should quit your whining and change a couple of things. Like this....

    This is how I would have done it.
     

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  4. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    PLus just 1000 flyers? My first year I put out at least 2500. You gotta remember a lot of people have not got "spring fever" yet.
     
  5. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I wouldn't be too concerned there Brad. Would have been nice to get a few cleanups or mulch jobs, but, as far as mowing goes most people just wait until the grass has started growing. I remember when I started I had 2,000 flyers put out in mid-March...the voice mail was empty as well as the e-mail. I was getting nervous by the end of March, but as soon as April hit the calls started coming in.
     
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    April 1st, I always say.

    That flyer looks decent...
    Why not put out another 1,000 between now and then?
    hint: It's easier if you got someone along :) Yes, even if they do nothing (just moral support).
     
  7. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    all the information on this site, and you havent seen that it is a federal offence to put anything in, on, or affixed to the mailbox......ill bet some of them know it and throw your flyers away thinking if he doesnt know the rules, we really dont want him as a service provider....

    :hammerhead: :hammerhead: :hammerhead:
     
  8. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
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    well to be honest flyers dont work all that well. every tom dick and harry that dont want to advertise properly, stuff em in your mailbox, door and wherever. I never liked flyers, i hate people stuffing them in my door. im constantly picking them up off my lawn. We just put 2400 out in 2 newsletters that came out yesterday and i have 20 calls already. Our 1st year asdvertising we mailed out 30,000 or so thru the post office and recieved 200-400 calls a week for quotes. We had to put in a 2nd line. You might get a better response trying to be a lil different than the the flyer guy and get more proffessional with legit advertising. In the long run its much more beneficial i believe. The majority of flyers put out are by smaller no noame companies kids college students and many even advertise low ball prices. Flyer customers go for the bottom dollar. whoever is cheapest gets the job. Ive had friends in the buisines complai all the time about it. Try some legit advertising. IT TAKES MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. We are in 2 papers news letters 2 yellow Pages ads. I just dont think flyers work all that well.
     
  9. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
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    Just keep passing out flyers till end of April. Once the first week of warm weather hits the calls roll in.

    We have snow falling here this morning, so no use in passing out flyers on a day like this.
     
  10. Watkinslawnservice

    Watkinslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    What do you mean by "Newsletters"?
     

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