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commercial property advertising

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by GSS LLC, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. GSS LLC

    GSS LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    What methods have worked for commercial properties advertising? I'm thinking newspaper ad, cold mailing property management companies info packets. What really has proven results?
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I always do the cold calling method. Thats what seems to work in my area.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Yep,pick up the phone and find out who is in charge. Or send in a blind bid.I do that every year.
  4. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    When you do a blind bid what kind of service do you figure on? Seasonal? Salt included? I have wanted to send blind bids in before because property managers are more likely to take a look if they have an idea on price. What I'm running into is around me each client is so different on what they expect. The ones you expect to want zero tolerance want a three inch trigger ect. Just curious on how you decide what to include in your blind bid without getting the specs from the property manager.

  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    All my bids are the same.Seasonal contract,2 inch trigger and salt extra,with 5 equal payments. This way they ,as you said have a base to work with your numbers and theirs.Follow up phone call a few days later.
  6. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Thanks for the reply grandview. I think I'm going to try some of that this upcoming winter.
  7. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Any blind bids I send out, I like to put our per push and per application rates along with a seasonal option, this gives them the opportunity to maybe think about paying for service in a different way than they currently are.
    Bottom line if they are looking for a switch and may be interested in your service, they are going to have your contact information from your bid which is a step in the right direction.
    Typically the only places I send blind bids to are where I can't find a phone number of management, or management is off site. I always try first to get their specs or a specific persons name
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Don't forget.Some of these places ask for bids every year to see what is out there.Then if they get a few lower bids then what they are paying now,they'll use it to beat down the current plow company.
  9. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    If I send some blind bids out they will deffinitly have a per push and seasonal option. I'm not to worried about them using my princes to drive others down. I'm one of the higher guys around, but I get a lot of work from places who were not satisfied with the cheaper guy the year prior. I know what each piece of equipment must make me to stay profitable and that's how I bid.
  10. In&Out

    In&Out Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I have been calling chicago apartment management companies, condo management Chicago and chicago property management companies all summer and they seem to answer the phone quickly to talk to you. However gaining their Elmhurst Snow Removal and Lombard Snow Plowing has been difficult. We provide a number of references and that seems to help, but what they really like to hear is that we here at In & Out Maintenance Service had some of the most satisfied customers during the 2010 blizzard here in Chicago. Ask to show them what you can do in one season at their smallest lot and if they are satisfied they will keep calling.
  11. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    Makes sense to me! :help:
  12. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,793

    That has got to be some sort of Bot - but it is the best one I have ever seen.
  13. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    Whats Bot mean?
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609


  15. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,768

    Aw makes sense now! :drinkup: