General Marketing Questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by deitleman, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. deitleman

    deitleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Looking to start part-time business in spring. Where are most landscapers going to get a logo made, lettering on truck, or even business cards? Mostly local businesses, or particular websites anyone could recommend? Lastly, what's a reasonable price for any of these things? Thanks
  2. m&mmowing

    m&mmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    use search, but mostly free except for vinyl truck graphics, but if magnets are fine, and if you're ok with small, free too.
    sign up, and just wait for specials, almost everything you need becomes free or discounted every week.
  3. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    Just as you are a local business, you should check around and find if you can support a local print shop. The convenience can quickly outweigh any perceived cost saving on many of the internet printers.

    Your logo may evolve over time, so don't fret if it's not "perfect". Get it printed, get cards and letter your vehicle to commence brand recognition. have fliers made and distribute to potential clients at least 3 times. Before the season starts, just as the season is starting and at least one more time after the season starts.

    Your name, phone number and what you do are your most important assets for marketing. Use them to your advantage.

  4. deitleman

    deitleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Thanks guys, all good advice.
  5. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    If you use them.... read ALL the fine print. the entire Book of it...

    and then expect hidden charges.... fun ad, and fun times...

    If I remember right it will cost you 6 to 12 dollars a month...

    But not to worrie, it will be taken right out of your account, this way you dont have to remember to send them a check EVERY MONTH
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I looked into using vista print because of the prices but eventually decided not to. I signed up for it and always get deals on what they have but there is more to it than just the price you see. Shipping is where you really have to look at. Their standard shipping takes like 3-4 weeks to be delivered. It gets more expensive as you get faster shipping. I later decided to just go to my local staples and have them print up my stuff. Much better choice, I was able to get most of my stuff (business cards, flyers, stamps, etc) within 1 day, sometimes the same day.

    I also had my logo and everything designed prior to going to get everything printed. The logo was designed by a local graphic designer.
  7. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346 for printing.... many places to get a logo just google. making a simple logo yourself is easy if you are not a perfectionist. get a website also. logo not that important at beginning but you do want all your ads to be similar.
  8. Bryan B

    Bryan B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    i used vistaprint and even though it said 3-4 weeks shipping it arrived in less than 2 i think thats a just incase kinda thing. the free deals are worth it if your not in a hurry i get 250 bus. cards for like $5-6 they say free u pay the little shipping which is well worth the 250 cards to pass out. also got some decent t-shirts for $7.50 pretty good prices and the quality was what i expected it to be.....good stuff.
  9. BeSeenGraphics

    BeSeenGraphics LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82 can hit up a site sponsor like myself if you want some old school quality made with new school equipment by clicking that link in my sig below. I'd be glad to help.

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