Marketing & Sales Insight for the Lawn & Landscape Industry
About 15 years ago, a “RotoZip” saw was on my Christmas wishlist. I just had to have it.
As of today, I have yet to use it.
The tool, itself, is fantastic. I can think of many practical uses. Ironically, the RotoZip would have been perfect for cutting a hole in my drywall, just a month ago.
But...I forgot all about it. It has been collecting dust in my tool cabinet.
At one point, video production may have found its way onto your wishlist.
Maybe you spent a ton of time creating your own videos.
Maybe you paid a videographer a few (or tens of ) thousands of dollars...
Big investment...and yet there the videos sit...Read More
“They had no clue how much a patio/lawn program costs.”
“We don’t even do [insert service]!”
“Ugh! They’re not even the decision-maker!”
Sound familiar? Do you ever get the feeling that your lawn care or landscaping prospects are clueless tire-kickers that just eat up all of your precious time?
Maybe the problem isn’t your prospect. Maybe your website does a lousy job of disqualifying bad-fit leads.Read More
(Here's a teaser video with 1 example of each of the 10 tips mentioned below. Read on for 30 more tips.)
Over the past two years I’ve spent a lot of time scouring YouTube and the Internet. I’ve wanted to get a really good sense of what kind of marketing tips are out there for lawn and landscape companies.
I’ve made a few general observations…
- The large majority of content addressing marketing for landscapers is geared towards entrepreneurs and businesses under $2 million in annual revenue.
- Most of the people offering these tips are either A) well-intentioned small business owners sharing their personal advice or, B) landscaping marketing agencies that specialize in small businesses.
- And lastly, most of the popular "influencers" make money by producing videos (ads on YouTube, product endorsements, selling software, franchises, or courses for startup businesses).
None of these things are bad. However, these landscaping marketing strategies may not apply for companies with an annual revenue of over $2M or for companies pursuing aggressive growth goals. These tips are aimed at the bulk of the landscape industry, small startup businesses.
Just like you don’t want to be Just Another Landscaper, I don’t want this to be just another article about marketing for landscapers. These are not basic tips. They are specifically for companies that plan on surpassing $2M in annual revenue (or are well past it already).
Videos are one of the most impactful marketing and recruiting assets in the green industry.
They can make your landscaping or lawn care company appear to be on a whole other level than your competitors.
The right video can make job seekers excited about a rewarding career with your organization.
Or, if the videos aren’t great...they can have a very unfortunate effect.
Prospective customers can raise their critical eyebrows and wonder why you would ever create a video so cringe-worthy.
Job seekers can be unimpressed and turned off.
In the mind of that ideal prospect or job recruit, you’ve suddenly lost all credibility.
Maybe you are remembering some examples right now. Maybe they’re on your website….ouch…Read More
In the past 20+ years that I’ve been in the lawn and landscape industry, I’ve noticed a growing trend in which many lawn care companies and even some landscapers are adding pest control services to their offerings.
After all, if you are already maintaining your customer’s property as a trusted partner, why not offer them more ways you can help them while growing your lawn care or landscape business with a highly-profitable new service line?
Personally, I worked at a full-service firm that added, inside-out pest control services. It was so successful that it grew to about $1.2 million in annual revenue in just about seven years. It was also one of our most profitable departments with the lowest cancellation rates.Read More
Marketing problems at your lawn or landscaping company...they are plenty...
Lack of brand awareness...
Advertising/marketing campaigns that fall flat on their face.
Frustrating relationships with marketing agencies...
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Now before you spiral into depression, take solace in one reality.Read More