Amount of Time to Pass out Hangers....

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by dklawncare, Mar 8, 2003.

  1. dklawncare

    dklawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I have about 3500 door hangers coming on Monday. I have 2 people helping me so that is three total... I know different neighborhoods are bigger than others, but can anyone give me an estimate as to how much time it would take to pass out hangers on, lets say, a neighborhood with medium sized yards. Also, does anyone stick their hangers on mailboxes if the yard is pretty big with a long driveway. Thanks for the input.
  2. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    As you said, every area will be different depending on size and layout of properties, but I'll tell you my experience for reference.

    I was averaging 1 house per minute per person, so only about 60 fliers per hour. These are properties ranging from 10K - 13K sq.ft. and I was walking up the driveway to the door, not across the lawns.

    I expect to be putting alot more out this year and am considering crossing the lawns to save time. Wonder what others think on this?
    Mailmen do it, meter readers do it, etc.
    Could probably double the amount of fliers I could get out in an hour. Just don't want to piss off some overly sensitive homeowner.
    Then again, I could do it at 4am, like the paperboy does.

    Anyway, that's my experience and thoughts.
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    if you are passing them out during the week most people are at work.
  4. dklawncare

    dklawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I think i am going to cut through yards as well, it will probably increase your effectiveness by at least three fold. Plus, like Harry said, most people are at work, and anyone who is gonna complain about walkin on their yard would not be a good potential customer anyway, know what im saying?
  5. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    I put out 500 door hangers in 8 hours last week (over a 3 day period). I walked fast,sometimes ran, and cut across the yards. I am getting a pretty good response so far, and its still early....
  6. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    just curious as to how many calls you have gotten from 500
  7. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    As far as crossing the lawn goes, ya gotta step on it to mow it, so what's wrong with stepping on it to give out a flyer? I passed out flyers last week, and used driveways for, oh, I guess the first three houses. After that I figured I would never get any of them passed out if I didn't cross a few yards.
    I'm still waiting for the phone to start ringing. Any minute now....
  8. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    So far only about 6 or 7, which 4 of these were interested in weed control and fert. I expect the maintenance calls to be coming in next week or so. Its only been 5 days now since the campaign. I have 500 more to go.......its alot of work and it doesn't go as fast as you suspect.
  9. walker-talker

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

    I have a friend going to pass mine out. He is going to work on a commission basis. I originally told him not to cross the lawns unless he does them after the people go to bed (he normally works 3rd shift anyways). After hearing some of these testimonials, I might tell him to go ahead and cross the lawns. It may look tacky, but really does no damage to the lawns.

  10. bushwoods1

    bushwoods1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    We cross the lawns when we hand out our hangers. Cuts down on time BIG TIME. The mail man does it every day to get to their mailbox, so what's the difference if your doing it handing out your hangers? :confused:

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