Calling up businesses

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The landscaper, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Whats a good way to approach companies by phone without coming off as a telemarketer? What do you guys use or do you go after businesses with a different approach?
  2. gmlcinc

    gmlcinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    I have never tried cold calling businesses, but I have tried mailing. Didn't have great results with that, though. I think the best way is approach the targeted customers in person, then they can't ignore you. However, if you use this approach you should definitely look professional and be prepared to answer some questions. Just be careful no to solicit to res. customers as you may need a permit.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    In your greeting, let then KNOW that you are the owner...not just some schmuck in a cubicle. (Don't mention the second part,...just a figure of speech).
  4. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    If you were to call and ask for owner or manager that would probably come off as being a telemarketer right?

    I'm not going to be selling them much over the phone. Basically just trying to get a meeting with them to come out and analyze there property.
  5. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    Someone must have a good line to get in or a pitch for these guys.
  6. cmfpi

    cmfpi LawnSite Member
    from 41011
    Messages: 5

    How I do it is I call up the business and explain who you are and ask to talk to the property manager. That's the most honest approach. If you get a voicemail just leave your information. That's how I do it.
  7. MOTES

    MOTES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I agree with this 100%:clapping:
  8. mwoltje

    mwoltje LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I just call up the businesses and tell them who i am and i was wondering who i need to talk to about bidding this years lawn care. It has worked really well so far. Last week i called twenty apartments and i now have twelve to bid next week. thanks.
  9. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 845

    We'll see how that works out for me on Monday. Good luck with all the apartments.
  10. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    Just call and ask if they are accepting bids. If they are then go out and assess the property yourself. If you have questions about property line or anything just go in and ask. It's not that big of a deal. Most property managers don't have time to meet you to go over the property, some will some won't. They usually just get their bids faxed to them anyway. It's not usually as big of a priority for them as it is for us. Which kinda sucks.

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