Referral Program?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ALarsh, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    I was thinking about a referral program to get more jobs in the neighborhood. The main reason I would do this is because I will be limited to the 200 houses in the neighborhood to service until August of 2005. What if I would tell my current 6 customers that if they give 5 referrals that sign up for yearly lawn service, I will give them 1 month of free lawn service (limited to 4 cuts). The person signing up must state who ever gave them the referral. How does it sound?
     
  2. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    I think I would offer savings for each referral. That way the customer gets a reward for every referral that signs up. If they have to sign 4,5 or 6 before they benefit, might not be worth the hassle for your customers. Might offer a little discount for the new customer as well, like a sign up bonus or a %discount on any add on service.
     
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    i actually tried paying cash for referels. it seemed to have such a negative impact, and to this day i can't figure out why. i got ZERO referels from the cash referel program i offered. i don't know if your idea will work better
     
  4. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    You and your work are the best advertising available. If you show up regularly, do good work, and look and act professional, you will find that people are interested in your work. Take a little time to talk to these people and you will find there is more work than you can handle. I have never needed to offer a discount to get referrals. Just ask for them. In neighborhoods that i've worked for a few years, I now do 5-10 places in one stop. When I get that many together I give them all a cheaper quote because I save so much time loading and driving.
     
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Five referrals for one month of free cutting seems like you are asking them for a lot .If you have to stay with in a 200 house radius,you might be better off giving them a free cut for every new customer they bring in and if they get to 5 then give them 2 free cuts but in that small area of houses it will not be easy.
     
  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I offer 1 free cut for every referal. There are stipulations though. Must be on my route, must be signed up by May 15th, must be weekly service and must stay with me all year. The free cut will be the last cut of the season. I have been running all kinds of specials and offers to get new business. I have only had a couple people take adavantage of them. I am offering 3 free cuts for all new customers this year. Last year I offered free winterizing with yearly service....it might of drawn some of them in orginally, but none actually mentioned it though.
     
  7. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Matt --How are you giving away the 3 free cuts this year?
     
  8. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    sign up weekly service by May 15th and you will get the last 3 cuts for free......that is if you stay with me all season. Hopefully I will be able to sell some extras to absorb the some cost. This will also be for new customers only.
     
  9. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Last year I put on my flyer free fall aeration or free fall fertilizer to make them stick around all year.Don't want to give someting away free right away and then have them cancel on you.
    How late does your season go?
     
  10. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Last year I put on my flyer free fall aeration or free fall fertilizer to make them stick around all year.Don't want to give someting away free right away and then have them cancel on you.
    How late does your season go?
     

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