door to door advertising ?anybody tried this?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by jerryo, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. jerryo

    jerryo LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 18

  2. deyoe1118

    deyoe1118 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I tried it, with my ads in hand just to show what I offer. I am no salesman for sure, but I got some jobs. I would say 10% of what I did on a Saturday (did it on a rainy day too, found more people to be home). You will get a lot of weird looks and some are downright rude, but hey, gotta take the good with the bad.

    Good Luck!
  3. PR Fect

    PR Fect LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,076

    Better have a dam good handout to show them, if you look anything like me!
  4. Wayne's Lawn Service

    Wayne's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    This is becoming a very popular method of residential solicitation again.

    With the telephone out of play, companies can not call as in the past. You may have read in Landscape Management Magazine (I think) about the numbers of companies going back to cold call door to door selling. A result by Tru-Green was in the thousands of new accounts going door to door. I realize none of us are that size, but if it works for them, it will work for us in a smaller scale.

    Keep up the hard work. Selling is not easy in any form. Best thing is to role play with someone prior to going out and just knocking the door not being prepared. Always remember, Value sell - not cost sell your service!
  5. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    Just make sure that the township, etc. that you are soliciting in does not require a permit to do so. There are many places that require a permit to go door to door. Many will not say anything if you are just hanging a door hanger, but may enforce it if you are actually knocking on doors. In fact, in may places there are even restrictions on when you may go to a door. example: between 9a and 5p monday thru friday.

    Some do some don't. It is different every where you go.
  6. daysel

    daysel LawnSite Member
    from TEXAS
    Messages: 140

    Knocking on doors isn't a good idea here.
  7. gbrandlein

    gbrandlein LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Knocking on doors is NOT the answer. Here are a few suggestions if I may...

    1- Make up a flyer with a strong headline and then add the benefits that the potential customer will receive from your service business. Kinko's or Office Depot will print your flyers for a song!

    2- If your budget allows create a postcard, again selling the benefits that you potential customer will get from your service.

    Hope this helps.
  8. TurfGuysInc.

    TurfGuysInc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    recieved 75% of my residential accounts from flyers, the other 25% from word of mouth, neighbors seeing the quality of work we do
  9. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    I did door to door sales and got some new customers but they were few and far between.

    All I can tell you is, don't hang anything on mailboxes (even on the outside). I knew not to put anything on the inside of the box, but I didn't know you could get warned for putting something on the outside.

    Just wanted to let you know just in case!
  10. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 908

    my experience with door to door was far from sucessful. most ppl wont deal with someone going door to door or wont take you seriously.

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