Unethical--or Intelligent?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutnedge, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. cutnedge

    cutnedge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I personally know another LCO in a larger surrounding community that has generated customers by using the Obituaries from the local newspaper. His method? He'll make a list of deceased males and see if he is survived by a wife. Next, he will look in the phone book and get the address to where this man lived. He'll then get a flier to that address ASAP knowing that the widower will probably need a LCO in the near future--if one is not already being used. Fortunately, I have been able to avoid this tactic but his responses have been favorable.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Actually its a pretty good idea. If the man dies and the widow needs somebody she will be looking soon enough. Why not be the first person in the door to get the biz? I don't think I would do it, but it seems like an interesting plan.
  3. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    If the widow is going to need someone anyway, it might as well be him. With that being said, I wouldn't do it.
  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    That business tactic has been used for a long time. I don't think it's unethical, just very opportunistic. The big advertising companies refer to those tactics as "targeting a prospective buyer" of goods or services.
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Not unethical, might not work in all cases as some people will have unpublished numbers and or addresses.
  6. JustMowIt

    JustMowIt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 367

    Who wants a bunch of old lady customers? Most of ours are always home watching the crews out the window, then calling to tell us that our crews mow the lawn too fast! I always have to remind those people that our crews cannot be slow & still only charge our very low rates!
  7. cutnedge

    cutnedge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Who said anything about a bunch of old ladies? I would rather have the older one's anyway--they can't see my work. :laugh:
  8. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    In my limited experience, most of the old ladies may complain some about how I do my work once in a while, but I have not had one complaint about my prices.
  9. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I don't want to waste my time looking through the paper daily, doing searches, and mailing a few flyers. Good idea, just not for me though.
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,042

    I do, they give me tons of work and are ALWAYS the first to pay their bill.

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