Anyone used to bring in potential clients

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wells, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Everytime I search the net for anything landscaping or lawn care I keep running into

    Apparently these guys link potential customers to service professionals in various industries.

    I decided to give these guys a call today to find out what there all about, and apparently you pay a one time setup fee of $99.00 and then as customers request service professionals in their area they send you the referral.

    At the time you receive the referral you have the option of accepting or denying the referral based on specific information that the customer is looking for. If you decide to accept the referral you are charged a $10.00 finders fee.
    (The fees vary depending on the type of service, but fertilizer apps were $8.00 and lawn care was $10.00 etc.)

    You are only charged one time per customer, so if the referral turns into a weekly account that you service year after year, then you're only into it for $10.00. (plus the original setup fee)

    So my question is: Has anyone used this type of service to bring in clients and what type of results did you have.

    For those of you that haven't used as service like this, would you consider doing it as a marketing option?
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    I tried the free demo they offered. None of the leads they sent were for lawn service. Most were for sprinkler repair and other odd services. I decided not to use the service.
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    The internet is huge, but when i need something done, i look in the yellow pages. Maybe its just me.
  4. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    we found it to be very expensive.. a lot of price shoppers. we have better luck on and its a lot cheaper...
  5. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I think that most people in any area usually consult the yellow pages or newspaper first. At least I do. Takes to long to try to find what exactly your looking for in the vast thousands of service directories on the net.
  6. Quality Lawn Care

    Quality Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Do not waste your money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I did, and got 1 lead in 6 months. Didn't get the though.
  7. 4-Leaf

    4-Leaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    I have run into service magic before while I was looking for other services. Seems like a never-ending process to fill in the forms etc .. they're asking you all kinds of questions to which you may not know the answers. I refer to things like that as a "snake handling." I'm just surprised they don't make you dance an Irish Jig in addition to all the forms etc.

    When I accidentally run into Service Magic now, I just start closing the windows. It's a joke.
  8. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    I like them. Very easy to work with and I have been geeting good leads. Every now and then I'll get a bad lead. Try them, not to expensive.
  9. edrenckh

    edrenckh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Depends on where you live. I have gotten 3-4 leads a year, cost was $8 per lead. Got to sell them your service. Sometimes I am the only bidder.

    Got one $100 a week commercial acct from it too. It's pretty cheap considering.

    (You guys from MN, don't do it. it will only mean more competing bidders with me)
  10. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi Wells,

    Here is a great post from Jim Lewis.

    "We get leads from all sorts of places. We don't advertise any more except flyers. But even flyers we do very rarely.

    We get a lot of calls off of our trucks. If you got a big maintenance business you better have some good lettering on them. Make sure the lettering and logo look the same on every truck and can be seen from a distance. It takes a while to establish a lot of name recognition but if you do it right it pays off.

    We also get a lot of leads from referrals - from someone we did an install for in the past, current lawn care clients, other LCOs, our landscape designer, nurseries, friends, other contractors, etc. It's helps to network a lot. This is probably our biggest source of leads these days.

    Finally, I really like ServiceMagic (.com) and They are producing some real good quality leads for us and the cost is affordable. We've landed some big jobs from each of those places."

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