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Do you hang a flyer on a door with a No Solicitation sign?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Damian, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    I've been putting out flyers for the past couple of days for my dad's company.

    Last year, the service we used, put flyers on doors with No Solicitation signs. My mother received a a few irate calls and so we decided this year, we would not, even though, honestly, we don't view putting a flyer on a door or gate as solicitation.

    You know what? It seems the yards that need mowing the most are yards with No Solicitation signs posted! We're starting to have second thoughts. At least on the *$*#! ones that look like they're cut out of newspaper print and pasted on the door just the the ******** can scream at the poor guy that rings the doorbell.

    So, what do you guys do? Does your definition of solicitation include posting flyers or is it limited to making actual contact with a resident?
  2. LTDLawnCare

    LTDLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I have been going from neighborhood to neighborhood the past couple of days handing out flyers. I dont really care all that much about the no solicitation signs, if the nieghborhood looks like it could use a lawnmower i hang flyer anyway.
  3. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995


    I am not soliciting in the sense that angers most people. walk up hang a sign and leave.
    total time 4 seconds.

    they see the ad, pick up the ad, review it and make a decision
    total time 10 seconds.

    solicitors are Jehova's witnesses, and high pressure salesman which unless you are going door to door with a presentation, is not you.
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    What about if they have a sign that says No Flyers?

    (I do)
  5. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242


    We're thinking of getting a sign that says "No solicitors, but flyers are okay".
  6. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    why deal with the headache, if it says no soliciting don't hang one, if you really want to give them your biz than mail it to them.
  7. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    You cant be serious. What kind of freak are you?
  8. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 450

    You guys are unbelievable!! You are trying to sell a service door to door, hence, a solicitation!!!!!! If they have gone thru the trouble of posting their door with a NO SOLICITATION sign, then, respect that. Talk about giving yourself a bad name.

    I'm curious, what is your return rate on the "No Solicitation" properties???
  9. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    I learned to read in grade school .... so the answer is NO ... thou the word does refer to an "oral" contact

    Hey John .... have a great Spring this year ;-) ....
  10. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    As always, topics here seem to bring up differing opinions expressed in varying strengths...

    I used to work for an organization that would ring/knock on doors in hopes of establishing a one-to-one relationship that would result in our coming away with a donation. To me, that was solicitation, and I can see how, even if the resident ignored our action and did not answer the door, a disturbance was caused on some level and that people could object to that. If a No Solicitation sign was posted, we did not knock/ring.

    However, I am not selling a service. I am making a posible future customer aware of an offer in a manner that is not intrusive.

    To answer your last question though: 100% success :laugh:

    I saw a woman raking leaves in her yard today and as I've decided to do when people are out in front, I make contact with the person instead of just blindly going about my business of leavinge a flyer. We talked a bit, they were interested in how we do business, and we set up an estimate. It was then that I noticed there was a No Solicitation sign posted on the door.

    If she hadn't been outside, I wouldn't have left the flyer and we wouldn't have gotten the sale (yes, we did get it and start next week).

    I guess the real point here is that No Solicitation means different things to different people. Personally, I hate being disturbed and getting out of bed/easy chair to answer the door for someone offering services. On the other hand, I - well, not love, but enjoy - finding flyers that give me discounts for services that I might want, such as pizza.

    The first time I see one of these people come out of their houses, I intend to ask them how they define No Solicitation. I don't think it will really matter, because again, different people are different...

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