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Service Magic, Craigslist, Angies list.. yellow pages..

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by DLC0806, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. DLC0806

    DLC0806 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
    Messages: 47

    i see tons of people asking about all of these and more.. dont use them.. everyone says.. door hangers.. waste of time everyone says.. direct mail.. too expensive.. everyone says..

    Is there anyone on this site that can sticky or give good marketing advice.. other than good SEO for google on a website.. Any help?

    Is there a good marketing camplain for lawn care??
  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I had service magic last year..... long story short they suck. They nickle and dime ya for everything. Do you really wanna pay for a
    LEAD? I had alot of crapy leads last year and was out quite bit of money.

    Craigslist is full of white trash people trying to get everything for free. Yeah you will find one or two good clients, but nothing worth it.

    Angie list.... I have it and I havent as so much heard from anyone by using that site!!!

    Yellow pages.... does everyone use the phone book anymore? Yellow pages on the internet is good. expensive but good.
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    Not sure on how long you have been in Business.

    Just keep getting your name out there.

    We have pulled all Of our advertising, and were Growing like mad. This week alone I have turned down 5.

    this is all due to having my name out there and word of mouth.
    do a GRET job. spend time talking to your Customers, MAKE THEM LIKE YOU.
    and it will spread like wildfire.
    it doesn't happen over night.
  4. DLC0806

    DLC0806 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
    Messages: 47

    been back in buiness now for a year.. as i still have a full time job, and one employee that works for me, and one part job haha.. yea im real busy.

    thanks for your replies..

    im looking at email and direct mail marketing right now, so confused on all the companies out there and how to tackle it.. :confused:
  5. DLC0806

    DLC0806 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Pittsburgh, PA
    Messages: 47

    and Glen.. im not going with service magic now, too many bad word of mouths haha..

    searching for info on angies list now.. still to new i think..

    here is my website.. let me know what you think.. thanks guys again for your replies

  6. mnglocker

    mnglocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 758

    My best advertising has been word of mouth, yard signs on landscape projects, truck graphics, 15-20 business cards handed out per day and the local chamber of commerce.
  7. slimart01

    slimart01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    I have good results with angieslist.com. I created my company account (no charge) and after getting my first review, the calls started coming in. Most calls come from individuals whom moved from out of town and don't have any friends or relatives to recommend a contractor. Once again it's free to join for contractors and home owners pay a small annual fee. Mention the site to your current customers and have them write you up a review. It will help grow your business.
  8. TheC-Master

    TheC-Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    Looks quite similar to mine in fact...
  9. wbw

    wbw LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,994

    My business model demands continuous growth. Since the beginning of last summer I have grown by @80 accounts. 50+ of those have been through ServiceMagic. My average cost of acquisition through ServiceMagic has been $48 per customer. Next year I intend to grow by over 100 accounts. Sure, a few of those will be by word of mouth, but, more than half will be from ServiceMagic. I get crappy leads sometimes just like everybody else, but, what I concentrate on is the ones I get and the total $ spent on all the leads. They have an excellent system IF YOU WORK IT PROPERLY.

    I have to drive my business growth, not wait for it to come to me.
  10. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    dont forget to put your name on your truck too

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