New phone # for new service area???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by KrayzKajun, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    As some of you know from my other thread about marketing a new area, I'm expanding my business to a new area about 45mins from my current location. I'm moving To this area in the next few years and my brother already lives in this area.

    Thinking of getting a phone # with the area code of the new area, that way we don't come across as an outsider, and I'll know when that phone rings it's a potential client from that area. I'll put this # on all the direct mail material and any other marketing material for this area.

    Thoughts???
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  2. MowDayton

    MowDayton LawnSite Member
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    I agree. If you use gmail you can get a Google voice phone number for free and have it forward to your current phone number. I have my Google voice number forward to me cell when I'm in the field and to the office when I'm in the office.
     
  3. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    Definitely add a local number. Adds credibility and eliminates possible missed sales due to misdials. As MowDayton points out, GVoice is a powerful, free tool to use.
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thank Tony. I'll have to checkout Gvoice.
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  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    well Google Voice has now #s available for the area i want. i might just add a prepaid line to my at&t accnt.
     
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Since most people use cell phones now, it really might not make much difference.
     
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    the new area is about 60miles from my current location. separated by two area codes.
     
  8. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
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    True but it may still be best to have a local number.
     
  9. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    Krayz, another option would be to check out grasshopper.com. It's a premium, more full-featured service than GVoice.
     
  10. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well google voice still has no #s available for the area code I want. So I'm going to just ad a cheap go phone to my AT&T accnt. I can get the area code I want and have last four numbers spell LAWN.

    I'm going to use this number for all marketing material for the new area and put it on my trailers, hopefully a dedicated box truck for mowing.
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