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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Tufa, May 30, 2010.

  1. Tufa

    Tufa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    We are a sculpting company that has a concentration in Millstones. How have you gotten your business noticed? Have you gone to shows? Rented property for displays? Gave away freebies? Thanks for your answers.

    www.R-U-Stoned.com
     
  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    Not an answer to your question, but I like your products, especially the leaf and acorns. Your millstones would make great Bubbler bases.
     
  3. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    Shoot, if you're offering freebies...

    Let me put you in touch with my brother, who has a water garden business in New England. He sells to contractors and homeowners through his retail store and definitely has a need for competitively priced natural stone products. You don't have enough posts to PM me, so shoot me an email at david [at] revolutionarygardens [d o t ] com and I'll do an email introduction.
     
  4. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    oh yeah, and to echo tadpole- nice pieces!
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    One way yto get noticed is to become a paying vender here at Lawnsite.


    For those of us with loved ones and friends with addiction problems - the "R U Stoned" phrase doesn't sit well, as we do not find that cute, clever, or funny in anyway.......





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  6. 2low4NH

    2low4NH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1,890

    Agreed its a "fun" name for say a teenager but it puts a label on the company right away. I can understand where you were going as we have a huge natural stone portfolio so to speak but not a name i would ever pick.
     
  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,576

    Mr/Ms Stoner -

    Ok, I'm meeting with a potential client in Potomac MD (google potomac MD to have an understanding of the demographics there). They say "oh, can you provide and install a millstone?"

    Well, as I'm sitting inside their 2.17 million dollar home, that is 3/4 of a mile away from Dan Snyder's estate - there is NO way I would say "oh, of course, go to R-U-Stoned dot com and pick out a millstone". Just imagine the look on their faces when they hear that.

    Lordy, I hope you're just jokin about that name...........

    First thing you need to do in relation to "exposure" is change that name.



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  8. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    I agree with 2low and DVS, but I think the "R U" part bothers me more. I hate text message type shorthand and intentional misspellings in company names and advertising.
    It gives a bad first impression, which is a shame because Tufa's company seems to do really nice, professional work.
    Reminds me of a few years ago when I was given a t-shirt from a Brickstop (I think) salesman. It had "We get laid in all the right places" printed on it. Kinda funny, but do you think I would wear that in front of a customer?
    Maybe I'm just old and grouchy beyond my years.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2010
  9. jabbo

    jabbo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    Your kidding right????
     
  10. Tufa

    Tufa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Our company's name is Muddle Sculpting Company. Our main website is Muddle Art dot com. We use the R U Stoned domain name for the marketing value. We had MuddleArt.com tshirts and had a trickle of visitors to our website. We changed the tshirts to R U Stoned and the website is swamped and we have received additional business. "stoned" is only used to drive people to the website and it works. I don't know anyone who hasn't been touched through friends or family in regards to someone dealing with an addiction. I personally have dealt with it. We discussed using this as a marketing tool and understood some people would react negatively.
     

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