Marketing & Sales Insight for the Lawn & Landscape Industry

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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10 Recruiting Must-Haves for Your Lawn Care or Landscaping Website (w/ Examples)

Chad Diller

On one thing we can all agree: Good help is hard to find. Whether it’s field labor, salespeople, or managers, recruiting is one of the toughest parts of running a lawn care or landscaping business.

This frustration often results in restless nights and a general sense of daytime anxiety. Whether you have a full pipeline of sold work or aggressive growth goals, the question of, “Who is going to do all of this work?”, may haunt you.

But ask yourself a really important question and be honest… “What’s so special about your company?”

Seriously...one of the reasons recruiting is so difficult is that most lawn and landscape companies aren’t truly distinguishing themselves.

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40 Ways to Use Lawn Care & Landscaping Videos (So They Actually Get Noticed)

Chad Diller


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...

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14 Examples of Landscaping & Lawn Care Videos for Marketing or Recruiting

Chad Diller

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…

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Build a Great Lawn Care Sales Team (Recruiting Tips from a $8M Company)

Chad Diller

What does it take to find a great lawn care salesperson? Well, that's a loaded question...

Seriously though, how do you build a great lawn care sales team? If you have all of the organizational pieces in place, where do you find these people?

Luckily for you, I know a guy...

Adam Zellner is the VP of Sales for Oasis Turf & Tree, an $8M lawn care company in the Cincinnati area which services over 13,000 customers! 

Adam and I often have great, candid conversations about how to sell lawn care. Today, he shares some of his sales recruiting tips to help you find salespeople to grow your lawn care business.

Stay tuned...

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Expert Interview: Using Team Members in Landscaping & Lawn Care Photography

Chad Diller

When a homeowner, property manager, or business owner hires your lawn care or landscaping business, they may be hiring a company, but ultimately what they are doing is hiring your people.

So when it comes to representing your company well, including those team members in your images is extremely powerful.

These images can not only promote your business to find the ideal customers, but also great team members. But how do you get really great images? Which team members are best and how do you direct them? That's what we're covering today.

Stay tuned.

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Filling a Marketing Position:  Hiring from Within or Looking Outside?

Chad Diller

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

I’ll admit it. I didn’t go to school for marketing, but somehow after many years in the green industry, I became a marketing manager for a lawn and landscape company. It was a thrilling ride that led to many successes, transitioning later to my current position with a green industry marketing agency.

But I’m realizing my story is a bit of an anomaly. The more common story I hear from my green industry peers is how they were either shoehorned into a marketing position or have to manage marketing tasks on top of other organizational responsibilities. It wasn’t their idea and they’re just being a team player.

The divided attention and heart, along with a less than ideal skillset, often leads to mediocre results and just another pile of tasks that have to get done each week.  

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