Home & Garden Expo both?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sodzilla, Dec 5, 2003.

  1. sodzilla

    sodzilla LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    Our local Home Builder Association is having a Home Show in March. And our local PBS station has a Garden Expo in February. I didn't ask what the Home Show's attendance was, but the lady from the Garden Expo said last year was around 17,000 people. I know the Home Show is a bigger show but don't know how much bigger though.

    I was wondering if anyone has ever had a both at a show like this and if so was it worth your time and money.

    Thanks for your info,

  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Brian-One word , yes. You can really set yourself apart from your competition at shows like this.Usually the bigger LCO's will do these shows here.Our biggest is in April, at the Morgantown Mall.I think there were around 20,000 people thru in two days. Booth space was 10 x 10' .I had two 24 x 24" signs and a 12" x 6' banner made for 225.00(which we will re-use again and again)Also had information packs ready to hand out with flyer,brochure,card, and spring specials page.We set up a small 3' wall w/ different types of stone(pisa,keystone,omni), bark selection area,fabric display,hydroseeding supplies display,portfolios, and used the laptop for slideshows of before ,during ,and after pics. Also did a free drawing to win a gardening kit valued at $ 75.00. Had over 45 solid leads that produced 6 install sales and 12 maint. sales. I couldn't have got that much exposure anywhere else for $ 250.00:D BTW-Sometimes the local news and newspapers come through to do bits for the gardening section in our paper.Never hurts to get free publicity.Good luck:waving:
  3. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    We did the local show for two years and had a lot of traffic. Problem was that we had a lot of traffic. Had so many requests for estimates and people wanting work done that we couldn't get to them all. It did get our name out and we received excellent publicity. For the price it is a good deal.
  4. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi Sodzilla,

    Here is a quote from this post.

    "I have a lot of experience with these shows both as an exibator and the fact that I worked in an arena for 14 years that held the "Home Lawn and Garden Show" annually. I didn't have the traffic I was hoping for but did get enough leads to pay for the booth price many times over . I will let you in on a few tricks to picking a good booth. Try not to be on Isles that will be the last seen as they walk through the show as by the time the've seen most of the show there moving faster and ready to go home. When you talk to a rep for the show don't be afraid to ask Questions like door numbers and peek times on certain days.I live in a town with a population around 90,000 with a lot of smaller tows around it and the door#s for the weekend would usually run around 12,000. Iknow some of the stuff I've said sounds dumb but there really is a science to it . If you have more questions please post again and I will answer all I can."
  5. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    Try to get an attendee list. Ive been to shows before where there are 25-30 paver contractors...:eek: :eek:
  6. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,807

    for you guys that had great success how many other landscapers also had booths. I too have seen a lot of shows around here where there are another 20 landscapers as well....
  7. bluemoon7

    bluemoon7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I have done 2 shows and did not get hardly any leads. The ones I did were people in the crappy part of town who couldn't afford anything even if they wanted it. I do wish you luck though as it sounds as if others have had good luck with this.
  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    About 8 landscape contractors and 2 nurseries at our show ...expecting more than 15 for 2004's show. It's all about how you market your company rather than trying to be the stand out in the crowd.<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/900.gif' border=0></a>

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