Marketing & Sales Insight for the Lawn & Landscape Industry

Finding Models & Actors for Lawn or Landscaping Photo or Video Shoots

Lindsey Getz

Your prospective client needs help visualizing their own success. Don’t just show the product or service you sell. Show how your clients use the product or service. The most successful brands do this and people are conditioned to respond positively to it.

Models or actors are wearing the clothing. They eat the food. They drive the vehicles. They use the devices. They enjoy lives that are a direct result of the product or service. 

One of the most powerful ways to have maximum marketing impact is to have your landscaping or lawn care customers appear in your marketing images and videos.

There’s just one big problem. That’s often easier said than done. How do you get customers to help? What do you do when they’re camera shy? Are there other alternatives?

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QR Codes 101: Measuring Marketing and Optimizing the Prospect Experience

Lindsey Getz

In a previous article, we talked about call tracking and how it can play an important role in keeping tabs on your marketing campaigns. In this follow-up article, we’ll talk about QR codes, which can be an additional useful tool in your marketing toolbox.

If you were to take a guess when QR codes first came out, what would you say? Five years ago? Maybe ten? 

If you guessed anywhere in that vicinity of time, you might be shocked QR codes were actually invented in 1994. They’ve been around much longer than most people realize. But it’s true that they didn’t become much more widespread in use until the last decade or so. 

In fact, since the pandemic has driven us into a more “contact-less” environment, you might be seeing QR codes more than ever. Restaurants started using them for menus and many retailers for checking out at the register. You might even remember an ad from Super Bowl LVI that featured a bouncing QR code for Coinbase, a cryptocurrency company. That ad was so popular it actually crashed the app.

One reason why QR codes have recently seen more widespread adoption is improved ease of use. While users previously needed a special reader app in order to scan a QR code, today a phone camera will open them quickly and easily for anyone.

Though there are many clever ways to use QR codes, they were invented for the purpose of tracking and when it comes to your lawn or landscape marketing efforts, that’s why you might want to consider using them.

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Call Tracking 101: How to Measure the ROI of Your Offline Marketing

Lindsey Getz

This article is the first in a two-part series diving deep into how to better track your offline marketing efforts. Next week's article will focus on the use of QR codes.

While your website can be a top generator of online leads, most lawn and landscape companies also get plenty of business over the phone. Accurately tracking what led that prospect to call you (whether it was a postcard mailer, a newspaper ad, or somewhere else) can be really challenging.

You have to remember to ask how they heard about you—and frankly, that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, prospects have seen your company name in more than one location before they actually pick up the phone and call and you’re left to rely on what they recall in the moment, versus what actually prompted their call.

Asking, “How did you hear about us?”, is not a reliable tracking method.

The answer to this challenge is call tracking. Call tracking is exactly what it sounds like—it’s the process of using software to track which marketing campaign led to the phone call. If you’re not using call tracking, you’re probably having a really difficult time making marketing decisions—such as whether that $10,000 postcard mailer last season was really worth it or not.

In this article, we’ll discuss call tracking in more depth including why it’s important for lawn and landscape companies and how you can get the most out of it.

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Understanding Lawn & Landscaping Website Costs

Lindsey Getz

Your lawn or landscape company’s website is arguably the most important tool that you have to promote and support your business. A great website can do a tremendous amount of legwork in leading prospective clients to choose your business. And, let’s not underestimate your website as an effective recruiting platform.

Are you frustrated that your website doesn’t look as appealing as your competitors’ websites? Are you worried its poor performance warrants a redesign?

Of course, if you’ve started looking into website design costs, you might be a bit overwhelmed by what you see. The cost range appears to run the gamut. There are companies out there promising to build a website for just a couple of thousand dollars—and some that want you to set up a monthly subscription service with them.

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Multi-Location Marketing Strategy for Landscaping and Lawn Care Businesses

Lindsey Getz

Developing an effective marketing strategy that helps your company to connect with prospects in a meaningful way can be challenging enough on its own. But when you start adding in the fact that your landscaping or lawn care business is growing into multiple locations, it can become downright daunting.

For many, the fear is that your messaging will become diluted as it spreads. How can you ensure that you’re able to achieve optimal coverage with consistency—plus effectively use your budget to market all locations?

We understand how challenging it can become to feel that you’re maintaining consistency and implementing highly effective marketing strategies as your business grows. Everything from budgets to brand guidelines to the need for additional technology and people can seem to muddy the waters.

However, it really doesn’t have to be as overwhelming or stressful as it feels. With the right multi-location marketing strategy for your landscaping or lawn care business, you can approach your growth with confidence that everything is under control.

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How to Present Your Landscaping Photos in a Website Image Gallery

Lindsey Getz

If you invest in professional photography for your landscaping company then you want to make sure you get the most possible value out of the photos that you have taken. After all, the images won’t mean much to your prospective clients if they never get viewed.

That’s why an image gallery on your website is so important. But in order to maximize the value of that image gallery, there are some important factors you should be paying attention to.

In this article, we’ll talk about the different ways to organize a landscaping photo gallery and some of the best practices that you should be implementing to truly get the most traction out of what you share on your website.

While you probably want the process to be as simple as just uploading all your beautiful photos, the truth is, there needs to be some forethought and planning as to how this is done.

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Making the Case for Case Studies (and How Your Landscaping Company Can Leverage Them for Marketing and Sales)

Lindsey Getz

 

One of the most powerful sales tools that you already have available to you is completed projects. But if you’re like a lot of landscape business owners, you might not be taking full advantage of this.

There’s no question that having photos of finished jobs on your website in the form of a portfolio is important. But when it comes to leveraging the power of successful projects, you also want to tell the story behind the project.

The story is where people find connections and relatability—and that is powerful.

In this article, we’ll talk more about why case studies are so important as well as how you can create a great one to help you qualify potential leads.

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