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I think every area is totally different. You really have to play around with some different options to see what works.
 

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Referals!.... Your best advertising is a happy customer! Other than that, I agree with Nathan. Every area is different.
 

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Yeah, I don't think it is possible for us to tell you an answer here. Every place is different....

for example, I've never cold called anyone, nor will I
and have never gotten cold called from a local tradesman, nor would I want to
but for some it may work

I get most of my jobs from business cards in the paint store, people seeing my yard signs/truck logos, and referrals

Hope this has helped
 

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thanks for the advise.. I got some shirts made today with my Logo and Phone number ...and getting some yard signs made also... I think im gonna go with a brochure full color details on what kind of work that I specialize in with some color photos of some work front and back.. some EYECANDY and place some in the paint store and go to some job sites .. Nobody here does any brochures on painting I think that will open the interest to customers also make a myspace page ...thanks guys!!:thumbup:
 

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Thats some sight you have there :thumbsup:

you ever have someone make you wash the house again? (referring to your guarantee)
 

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Thats some sight you have there :thumbsup:

you ever have someone make you wash the house again? (referring to your guarantee)
No never. Even if it did happen, it still wouldn't out weigh the benefits of having such a powerful guarantee. It helps to lower the hurdle for those that are on the fence about making a decision, it shows them I have nothing to hide and that I do good work.

So... I wonder how much the response increases with Jumbo cards verses regular post cards?

Mailman... got any input?
I have found that people will hang on to a nice looking jumbo card much longer than the standard sized ones. I've had people call from cards I've sent out months earlier. It also separates you from all the other junk mail.
 

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Junkmail is the most cost-effective advertising.

But I would think it best to combine all methods, for results.

First, start calling everyone on your phone list.
Ask them, then ask for referral.
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I have been doing direct mail for over a year, monthly. Although I have let it drop off in the last two months, too many leads.

I started seeing results, for most of my campaigns, instantly. I could expect a call a day, at least, for a few weeks. Then there is always the people who hang on to them forever.

There were a couple of experimental campaigns we did that, after they hit mailboxes, we waited a while before we saw results. I think it was the nature of the campaign.

I don't do direct mail to get fast results and fast jobs. I do it, in conjunction with all my other advertising, to help me build a brand.
 

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cost effective

What would be the most cost effective way to advertise!!
hi nuview

one of the things we did about 3 yrs ago after painting a huge factory overlooking highway #1 in Vancouver was to put up a banner of our company with just the name and number on the side of the building closest to the highway.... you could see this banner in plain view...completely unobstructed..from both directions of traffic...i had my foreman put it up the day before we got the boom off site and told him to put so many nails around the perimeter of the vinyl banner that it would never come down..

it stayed up for 3 yrs in full view of 100's of thousands of people every day..day after day...rain or shine...with no cost except for the banner itself

i kept expecting the company we did the work for to call me and ask us to take it down but they never did

it only came down when an advertising agency specializing in banner advertising started using that premium spot as a paid spot...

virtually every other customer we get mentions that they saw that banner..

rick
 
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