Your Opinions Appreciated

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Sean Adams, May 9, 2003.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    I want to thank everyone for taking the time to post their opinions about the Membership Benefits program we are offering here at LawnSite.com.

    After giving this much thought, we have decided to eliminate the idea of the private or "exclusive" forums. There will still be a private forum for Benefit Members to access - but only one forum, instead of the same kinds of forums we have in the existing public forum.

    Also, several people have stated that they do not "gamble" or "play the lottery". The membership benefits program is not merely a lottery. You can read the announcement at the top of the forum to see what else is involved.

    Also, membership is going to include a lot more than currently listed. Therefore, those who have become members will certainly receive everything else we add. And those skeptical will see in time that what we are offering is worth every bit of $60.00.

    But I also need to address another issue. It has been stated by several people that this site should remain free and it is not right or proper for us to develop opportunities that cost something. It has also been stated that this site exists because of the members, and the exchange of information is not something that should be charged for.

    First, I must say that LawnSite.com, just like your company, is a business. We are offering a service. This service helps you improve and grow your service. This site would not exist without the members - true. However, this site is a gateway for communication and education. How else would you be able to communicate and share ideas with colleagues from Australia, Canada, Kansas, California, Texas, New York, and Nebraska?

    What would your phone bill look like?

    Yes, the sponsors do pay money to be seen at this site. However, the internet and the Green Industry are still getting accustomed to one another. Look in the magazines - how many sponsors do they have - hundreds. How many do we have - a dozen maybe. How much more useful is this site in regard to communicating with companies like eXmark and Great Dane versus a magazine? Considerably...

    Members at this very site many times have posted that they have learned more from LawnSite.com than 4 years in college. How much does a 4 year degree run these days?

    The point is, LawnSite.com does not just magically appear on the internet. It takes a lot of time and money to run, maintain, and grow this site. It isn't cheap to be found at the top of nearly every search engine on the internet. With nearly 11,000 members, our server fees are considerable. This doesn't even include the people working here at LawnSite.com.

    If the exchange of ideas is all that was needed, there would not be a need for many of the features we have at the site, that cost us money to include - such as avatars, signatures, private messaging, e-mail, weather, spell check, quizzes, polls, and most importantly - the search feature.

    How much is the search feature worth? I don't know how many times I myself went to the search to get information from professionals at the site.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not pleading my case or trying to justify everyone sending us $60.00. I just want everyone to understand that we are offering benefits for the $60. If you aren't interested, that's not a problem.

    But please do not assume that there are green industry internet fairies floating around making LawnSite.com magically appear and operate.

    If anyone would understand that we are running a business, it should be the members at this site.

    I ask for your patience while we continue to develop our Membership Benefits Program. As I stated earlier, in time you will see that the value far outweighs the price tag.

    If anyone has any questions, as always, feel free to email me at sean@lawnsite.com.

    Thanks again for taking the time to read this.
     
  2. lrose2

    lrose2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    Sean,

    As a business owner I know that it takes money to make money and that things, as you said, are not free. I love this site and had no problem promptly plucking down (don't try to say that too fast) my sixty bucks for whatever the group is being called at this time. There were a lot of people that asked for a pay site. Did they come thru when it counted? Some professionals wanted a place to post things that they didn't want everybody to have access to (homeowners, etc.), to see how we run our businesses and why we do the things we do. Did those people come thru when the opportunity arose?

    As you can see from my number of posts, I don't post just to be posting. I post only when I need answers that I can't find by searching or when I have something to say that I believe will benefit someone on this site. I think this site is awesome. Please, don't get frustrated and keep up the good work!
     
  3. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    Thanks Larry. I appreciate your support and understanding. I know you will be excited to see what we are working on to add to these benefits. I spoke to a few manufacturers today and they love the idea and are excited to be a part of it. More to come....
     
  4. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    Sean I am NOT an exclusive member but, however if I did have the money I would become one.

    I do agree with you 100% These people need to stop griping about the prices and that what they are getting isn't enough. I think if every member even paid $2 a month that would be at least $22,000 a month and you could at least pay for the hosting that u do each month. I would be glad to pay each month if I could send ca$h.

    Sean, THANK YOU so much for letting us all have a place where we feel welcome.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  5. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    This isnt about the Exclusive member stuff, but, how hard would it be to put a thingie under the repliers name in a post that says whether hes on Lawnsite or not (Online/Offline)?
     
  6. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    We have that feature already.
    It's the checkmark in the left hand of the corner of the members post.
    If it is green, the member is offline. If it is yellow, the member is online.


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  7. walker-talker

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

    WOW!!! I never new that. Thanks for the info Jodi!!!

    MATT
     
  8. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    i never new that either jodi how long has it been on here???
     
  9. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    $60 a year for membership is not that much. If you skipped eating out for lunch a few days a month you will have plenty to help keep Lawnsite what it has become today. Lawnsite has givien us so many things its about time we try to give something back to Lawnsite.
     

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