telmarketers for lawns

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by smarino21, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. smarino21

    smarino21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 345

    has anyone thought or tried doing telemarketing for lawns. I thought of looking in to companys that do telemarketing and try it for lawns? Just a thought
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    not once have i ever listened to what a telemarketer had to say.. it gets very annoying when they call, especially when the call later in the evening like they have been doing recently... IMO i would stick to regular advertising and word of mouth.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    ditto, you couldn't hook me into telemarketing my business if it was free.
    Too invasive, imo.
  4. smarino21

    smarino21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 345

    thanks guys
  5. TurfProSTL

    TurfProSTL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 693

    Back in the day, all the big LCOs used telemarketing. It was a cost effective way to solicit free estimates.

    With no-call lists, cell phones, caller ID, etc., I think telemarketing has gone the way of rotary phones.....
  6. Billz

    Billz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    A fert company here uses telemarketing....they have 2000 customers. Someone has to be listening to them, or they wouldn't keep doing it.
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    it all depends on how its set-up i guess? if its not forcing your service down their throat i would imagine it would be good for business.
  8. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Posts: 1,348

    worth it in my opinion if you can afford someone to do it or have time & personality to do it. If you can handle 99 "no's" to get to the one "yes" go for it. It's fairly easy to get the no call list. Just time consuming to compare your list to the no call list. Some companies sell shrubbed list I think.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    We have one here (a private) that does it, and he is just over 10,000 accounts, now. the vast majority of it came from telemarketing. He has marketers that are making close to $1000 some weeks. This last year, he bought a system called an auto-dialer for the marketers. When he first installed it, he heard alot of moaning and groaning from these people, because it kept them right on task (as soon as one call is complete, it is already dialing another). Well, after the first week, these people were DIGGIN' on it, because all they're sales were up.
  10. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    had a salesman for about 6 months this year guy was nuts out there all day and when it rained he got the phone book and called random people dont know how many jobs he got calling and got door to door but he did well the time he was with us

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