Marketing & Sales Insight for the Lawn & Landscape Industry

Video: How to Handle Good, Bad, & Ugly Google Reviews for Your Lawn Care or Landscaping Business

Chad Diller

Well, it happened..."Oh cool. I got to review...Huh? That's nice." (puts phone away and forgets about it)...

Or maybe it went a little something like this..."Oh No, you didn't Mr. Jones!" (furiously typing)...

Reviews on Google. You're going to get them. Good, bad and UGLY. Today I am going to break down how you should respond in every situation. Stay tuned.

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Video: How to Get Google Reviews for Your Lawn Care or Landscaping Company

Chad Diller

Are you frustrated because you don't have enough good Google reviews for your business? You have hundreds, maybe thousands of happy lawn care and landscaping customers, but where are their reviews? 

Today I'm going to show you a proven method to get hundreds of great Google reviews for your lawn care landscaping business. Stay tuned.

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What Makes You So Unique??

Chris Heiler

What makes your company unique? If I asked you to list a handful of traits that, in total, truly differentiated you from your competitors, what would you write down?

I would guess that your list of traits would be very similar to those of our clients we've taken through this same exercise. It might look like this:

  • The quality of our work is better
  • Our customer service is better
  • We offer better pricing
  • We are more dependable
  • We are more professional
  • Our staff is more educated
  • Our staff has more experience
  • We have better relationships with our vendors
  • We have more personal relationships with our clients

"Better" is subjective.

And "more better" is never a sound business strategy.1

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The Right and Wrong Way to Diversify Your Landscaping Services

Chris Heiler

In my last article, "Squashing the Full Service Myth", I called bull shit on this idea that your customers want a one-stop shop for all their outdoor needs.

I can summarize it like this:

If "full service" is your company's calling card then you are undifferentiated to the point you are easily replaceable by any competitor claiming the same.

"Full service" is not a strategy, my friends. I think of it more as a "happy accident" you've either intentionally or unintentionally grown into.

While offering every service under the sun may seem like an ideal way to grow top line revenue (spoiler: it's not), this approach to diversification will undoubtedly limit your profit potential.

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A Candid Look at the Risks Associated with Creating Another Brand for Your Green Industry Company

Chris Heiler

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Have you considered spinning off one of your service offerings or divisions into a separate company and brand?

This is not an uncommon strategy in the lawn and landscape industry. We've worked with numerous companies who have attempted this.

Here are a couple off the top of my head:

Kingstowne Lawn & Landscape -->

-> Kingstowne Pest Defense

-> Kingstowne Home Services

Neave Group Outdoor Solutions -->

-> Neave Pools

-> Neave Decor

-> Neave Masonry

-> and others

This is exactly what Archie and the Greenbelt team are scheming about in our Green Ways comic.

Greenbelt Outdoor Services -->

-> Greenbelt Pools

-> Greenbelt Lawn Care

-> Greenbelt Tree Care

In the branding world this strategy is referred to as "brand extension".

Let me be clear: I'm not endorsing this strategy. I'm simply calling it out for what it is and offering an honest assessment of the opportunities and risks in this article.

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3 Ingredients for a Perfect Lawn Care or Landscaping Photography Shoot

Chad Diller

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Just as photography has the potential for a positive reaction, it also carries the tremendous capacity to leave a very bad taste in your mouth. As our friends at Greenbelt Outdoor Services in this week’s Green Ways comic are realizing, what they expected is not what they got. It’s like when a cook substitutes, miscalculates or completely omits an ingredient. Yuck!

The old saying of, “A picture’s worth a thousand words”, definitely holds true. If you’ve been following our content for some time, you’ve heard us advocating for the value of professional photography for marketing landscaping, lawn care, and tree services.

But your picture’s “thousand words” are going to come across as  bitter, dry, flat chocolate cake if you leave out the necessary ingredients or don’t execute them in a specific manner.

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Positioning and the Fear of Missing Out

Chris Heiler

Positioning is an exercise in exclusion.1

And this can be scary.

I find most of you understand the reasoning behind a thoughtful positioning strategy for your business; you even recognize and admire other companies who have sound positioning of their own.

Yet, you rationalize away a more narrow positioning for your own company.

You won’t commit.

Until recently I’ve believed it to be a fear of commitment that separates Just Another Landscaper from the well-positioned companies.

Digging deeper, I now believe it is really a fear of missing out (FOMO).

I don’t want to box myself in,” a client shared with me recently.

Translation: Limiting who he chooses to work with and what he offers will thus limit his ability to grow his business.

This is a myth.

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