Inbound Marketing & Sales Insight for Green Industry Companies

10 Least Expensive But Effective Marketing Tactics for Landscaping and Lawn Care Companies

Chad Diller

This article was originally published in Turf Magazine, where Chad writes a monthly column about sales and marketing tips for landscaping and lawn care companies.

 

As the keystone business principle states, “You gotta’ spend money to make money.” Savvy business owners of lawn care and landscaping companies plan ahead and make sure a portion of their annual revenue gets allocated to their marketing budget.

Aggressive budgeting along with smart initiatives that can be measured are common traits you’ll find when looking to our industry’s leaders.

But what happens when you “gotta spend money”, and don’t “gotta” lot to work with? Some marketing initiatives come at a premium price and you have to be careful not to waste those dollars you and your team works so hard to bring in.

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Customer Referral Programs: Tips & Examples for Landscaping, Lawn Care and Tree Service Companies

Chad Diller

There’s no sense arguing the point: Customer referrals are one of the best sources to grow your lawn care, landscaping or tree service company.

Industry peers concur that referrals close at a higher rate than most other marketing mediums and the customers that result also are more easy to retain.

I’ve been in the green industry for about 20 years now and have personally had the opportunity to take a referral program delivering mediocre results and see it become a business development powerhouse for a sales team.

I’ve also seen my share of what companies offer up for their customer referral programs and had a little glimpse into what they do to promote them.

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How to Get More Positive Online Reviews For Your Green Industry Company

Chad Diller

Getting lots of good online reviews for your landscaping, lawn care or tree service company will absolutely affect your company’s bottom line. It means more website traffic, more leads and more sales.

Reviews are not only extremely important to your prospective customers and your company’s success, but also to search engines.

But just how important?

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How to Start a Blog For Your Landscaping, Lawn Care or Tree Service Company

Chad Diller

This article was originally published in the January 2017 edition of Turf Magazine, where Chad writes a monthly feature about sales and marketing for green industry companies.

 

Blogging for business is an essential marketing strategy that the majority of lawn and landscaping companies have not only put on the back burner, but took off and stowed away in the back corner of the warehouse behind that skid of old grass seed.

There may be some early adopters in the crowd, some late to the party, and others still honestly confused about why on Earth anyone would take the time to write blog articles on a continuous basis.

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7 Lessons I Learned in My First 5 Months with a Marketing Agency

Chad Diller

Being in the green industry wasn’t my original plan, even though I was shoving around a wheelbarrow at a young age.

However, after about 20 years I’ll have to admit, it’s worked out pretty well for me. Who would have known when I was spraying lawns in 1998, I’d find a career I love, decades later.

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Online Reviews for Landscaping Companies, Lawn and Tree Care Services

Chad Diller

Certain marketing experiences are etched into my brain. One such story is a tale of an industry pal, Butch. He owns a lawn care company in the midwest and I’ve gotten to know him over a number of years, hanging out at industry conferences and swapping war stories and marketing tips. He loves his business and team and truly cares about his customers.

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5 Practical and Effective Cross-Selling Strategies to Earn More Revenue From Your Current Customer Base

Chad Diller

It takes more time, energy, and marketing dollars to find a new customer than to sell more work to an existing customer who is already sold on how great your landscaping, lawn care, or tree care services are. But yet, winning new customers is what seems to get a ton of attention when green industry companies empty their marketing wallet.

While it is true that your business needs to keep aggressively pursuing new customers, it’s just as important to make sure you’re not missing easy cross-selling opportunities with your existing customers.

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Wrapping Landscaping & Lawn Care Vehicles: Ideas, Examples & Cost Considerations

Chad Diller

Whether you’re just starting a landscaping company, purchasing enclosed trailers for your lawn care outfit, or looking for a fresh way to re-brand your tree service, vehicle wraps are one of the most cost-effective ways to get exposure.

This mobile signage has the potential to reach thousands of people in your local community each and every day.

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Hiring a Freelance Writer for Your Landscaping Blog: Cost and Other Considerations

Chad Diller

The pathway to revenue-decline hell is paved with good intentions. You’ve known your landscaping company should be blogging because it’s one of the best things you can do to get quality sales leads through your website. Heck, you may have even put a few articles on there but just can’t seem to find the time or resources to keep it going.

You’d love to hire an agency to rebuild your landscaping website and blog about topics people love, but the cost just simply isn’t in your budget yet. Do you put the company blog on the back burner until then? Should you get your busy sales team to write blog articles for you? Is there anything you can do? Anyone to help?

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