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What do you guys think?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by Bossman 92, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    4-5 years ago I sent out letters in late summer looking for snow removal customers, I received a ton of calls and landed quite a few accounts the first year. The last few years I have done the same thing and only receive a few calls, I changed the letter a few times then last year I used the same one as the first time with limited results. I have done a new letter this year and just wandered if it would be a good idea to send an estimate with the letter? I know it would be a lot of work, but I think it might be worth it.

    Thanks BOSSMAN
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,604

    That's what I do and it works okay. I get nervous when I get a call right away and the customer wants to use me. I think to myself, "Oh great, how much money did I just leave on the table?". I guess that's the risk you take in sending out letters like that.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    A signed contract is better than holding your stick in your hand!payup
  4. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Do you guys offer any "early bird" discounts, or somthing to make them call or at least hold on to it? It seems that around here everyone waits untill the last mineute to call.

  5. GL&M

    GL&M Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 223

    I tell them the "early bird" gets the service. I only do a limited amount of accounts. If they want the service they need to contact me before the slots are filled.