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Leave a price per cut? Or no....

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Killswitch, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    On a professional postcard flyer that will be hand delivered.

    Whats you guys experience.....quote em a weekly cut price at that time or wait for a call?

    Ive seen it done both ways of course.....whats the school of thought here.

    Discuss!
     
  2. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,413

    i meet with them and ask if i can give them an estimate 90% will accept it.
     
  3. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Yes but Im talking about a flyer that will be delivered without door knocking. Is it a good or bad idea to leave weekly cut and trim price?

    Or,not.
     
  4. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,413

    uummm . i did that when i first got started and i think it hendered alot of calls you just want them to call you to go out there .once there you can start your " why you need me " speach .but if you give them a price before speaking with them you might turn them off.
     
  5. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 342

    If you are gonna go door to door then for go the flyer and let your words do the talkin. People like to be talked to not just here ya go. You would leave a better impression that way.
     
  6. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    See thats what Im thinking too, and I can sell once I get them in a face to face or on the phone. Been in the industry for 22 years, know the product and have the technique. Just starting out my own small outfit....above board and legit as well.

    But yeah.....I need to make a decision very soon as I need to order my piece.

    I may just do it without a price.
     
  7. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438


    Yeah but people dont like being bothered unsolicited. Ill wait for calls.

    I've found cold knocking uncomfortable for me and the person answering the door.

    Not only that a lot of the cities here are going the way of permits required if you knock.
     
  8. B&D Lawn Care

    B&D Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 342

    You could leave the area for price blank and pencil it in if they are not available.
    As far as the phone call goes I would just say

    hello, I'm ....., are you happy w/ your current LCO? May I come out and give you an estimate. Ok thanks.
     
  9. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    I am not knocking on doors and or cold calling B/D.

    This is an upscale two side postcard that will be bagged, and hand delivered to limited areas repeatedly combined with some political signage at appropriate entrances and such.

    I may knock on some doors and certainly will speak to any people I run into but I dont have the time to knock on em all and that pisses people off more than anything.

    If they need the service theyll call because theyll be impressed with the flyer on THAT day....because I know theyll get five more that week.

    Im hoping for a closing rate of maybe 4 to 6 new clients per 1000.

    Frankly Im hoping the phone rings at all!

    Ya never know
     
  10. WarEagleCRL

    WarEagleCRL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Big Mistake! Put the price on there! People are much more likely to call when they see the price. Think about it, you're one step closer to getting their business the first time they see your flyer/card. Not saying you should under cut anyone's prices, but if they get your flyer without a price and they already have a service, they'll throw yours away without thinking twice. If the price is on there already, and yours is close, the same or lower, they'll at least hang on to it and see if there service comes up short in the future. I've tried a lot of soliciting, everyway I can think of. The best way is knocking on doors, but you are very limited to how many you can reach per day. If youre doing door hangers and not knocking, much higher productivity. It's always a numbers game, with a price on it they're much more likely to call or at least hang on to it. You're giving them another option without ever talking to them. Ive even had people call from neighborhoods I hadn't bid in two yrs! And I've never had anyone complain if the first time I showed up I had to charge more for the initial visit, or $5-10 more per visit. Worked wonders for me.
     

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