Using Door Hangers To Grow Your Lawn Care Business

by Nate on January 6, 2011

Using Door Hangers To Grow Your Lawn Care Business

Spring is almost here and many of our regular lawn service customers are getting ready to distribute door hangers in their local neighborhoods. Door Hanger Advertising is a great method to use for growing your lawn care business. If you are considering door hanger distribution, here are a few things you should consider.

1- Divide Your Market Into Groups

Group A: Homes in the neighborhood that already have a lawn service. Within this group are: 

Customers that are happy with their lawn service
Customers that are unhappy with their lawn service
Customers that consider their lawn service “just ok”, or nothing special

Group B: Homes that do not have a lawn service. Within this group are:

Potential customers that think they can’t afford a lawn service 
Potential customers that no longer want to mow their own lawn due to age or health
Potential customers that might need work done occasionally

2 – Create A Special Offer For Each Group

When creating a special offer, be aggressive. It’s hard to get potential customers to change their habits. Whether you are trying to get them to fire their current lawn company and hire yours, or to stop doing the work themselves, you’ve got to give them a strong enough incentive to get them out of their “comfort zone”.

Here is an example of a strong offer that has been used successfully by lawn services. Headline – “NEW CUSTOMER INVITATION: FREE LAWN SERVICE! Details in smaller type – Pay For 2 Cuts At Our Regular Low Price and Your 3rd Cut Is FREE!” 

That works out to be a 33% discount on the first three cuts. After 3 cuts, if they like your work, you’ve probably got a regular customer.

Don’t make the mistake of evaluating the success of your door hanger advertising campaign by considering only the first purchase a customer makes. Look at the lifetime value of a customer. Here is a link to an easy to use calculator that can help you determine the lifetime value of a customer. 

Remember that the purpose of your door hanger is to generate a lead. You’ve still got to make the sale. So be prepared. Answer the phone live if you can and if you must use a recorded message, let the caller know that you will return the call quickly (the quicker the better).

Don’t worry about having the lowest prices and don’t get annoyed if the prospect seems to focus on price. The reason most callers start off with price questions is because they don’t know enough about the lawn service business to ask other questions. So, be prepared to defend your prices by describing the differences between you and your competitors.

When you give a price, look for a reaction from the prospect. Some potential clients may be embarrassed to question your prices. This is a “hidden objection” that you can dispose of by addressing it head on. For example you might say, “if you are shopping for price, you will find that the rates of most of the qualified lawn service companies in town are within a few dollars of each other. We not the highest or the lowest, however our service is way above average. Here’s why…..”

Keep close track of which offers are working best and then fine tune your door hanger before mailing again. Door Hanger Advertising is an on-going process. You’ve got to distribute, track response, fine tune and then distibute again. After awhile your response rates will become predictable and your business will be growing along the way.

Jim Negron is the founder of located in Hollywood, Florida. The company has been providing direct marketing solutions for small businesses nationwide for over 20 years. Read our blog at

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