lookin' good..

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ToG, Mar 13, 2003.

  1. ToG

    ToG LawnSite Member
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    went out today to hang doorknobs and everywhere we went we found that another guy had already been there, putting flyers in newspaper boxes. he was advertising that the average 9,000 square foot lawn only costs $20 to mow, and $58 to areate. seems like some stiff competition, that's ok with me 'cause everywhere we went it seems like his flyers were blown around and laying in puddles in front of the home owners driveways, bleeding ink. instead of leaving them lay on the ground (which would of made him look bad), i decided to pick them up as i walked which made me look good. quite a few people saw me doing this, so i feel it was good PR. BTW, this was my first time running doorknob hangers, felt kind of strange at first but got a little easier as the day went on. we only got about 300 out and had to stop due to some very cold rain, there's alway tommorow....
     
  2. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, I went to do some this p.m. and it started to rain. I'm ready to do some hiking and get more customers!

    What part of central PA?
     
  3. ToG

    ToG LawnSite Member
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    the heart of happy valley. state college. i'm in bellefonte, but will be primarily serving s.college/boalsburg areas.
     
  4. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
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    To me that says something about your professionalism as well as being a good person. Too bad the other LCO doesn't know what you did for him.
     
  5. Jon99

    Jon99 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am glad I am not the only one that feels funny hanging stuff from peoples doors, this is my first time and I was scared to death I was going to have some irate person complaining that they wanted me off their property!!!!
     
  6. Casey

    Casey LawnSite Member
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    Well they can't eat you and if they have that type of attitude just apologize and walk away, not a time to argue about your "rights" to advertise.
     
  7. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
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    It usually takes me an hour or so to shake the heebie jeebies of door hanging but to be honest nobody ever complained. In my neighborhood last summer there was a guy walking around on the nicest Saturday in the spring when everybody was outside, passing out flyers on replacement windows, he wasn't with a chain outfit, just an independent. When he stopped at my yard I asked him if he was getting any flack for approaching people in their yards. He said people are nicer to him on a nice saturday than during the week and he ge ts better responses. His outlook was different from mine, I see it as a nessacary evil, he actually enjoyed it.

    I guess your attitude is everything.
     
  8. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have never hung flyers from doors. I just put them in newspaper boxes or on the side of the mailboxs. It seems like this would take wayyyyyyy too much time going from door to door.
     
  9. millerjjr

    millerjjr LawnSite Member
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    It does take up ALOT of time but you have an opportunity to meet people face-to-face and answer any questions they may have and you can "sell yourself" to them. Whereas, fliers mailboxes they are clueless as to who you actually are.
     
  10. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
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    Miller

    I see your point. Maybe ill give it a try this spring when the weather heats up a bit. I honestly cant knock it until i try it.
     

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