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I recently (about 2 months ago) started down this path of low moisture carpet cleaning. I have the Challenger, the HOS Orbot with a tile brush, a Desiderio Vapor steam machine, the Cyclo, so I am set up...just no business. I have been trying to get some business but have had absolutely no luck at all. My wife and I both teach school and have left flyers, business cards, etc. Again, no luck. We even posted an ad on a website that every employee of our school district can see (12,000 employees). Again, not one single call. I have a van that is professionally wrapped, business cards, flyers, etc.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get some business? Any help at all will be greatly appreciated. My special right now is $89 for 3 rooms and a hall, so I'm pretty sure it's not a price problem.
I forgot to mention that I did not buy my package from Mark, so this is in no way a reflection on his package. It seems that most people on here who bought his package are having a lot more success than I am...that's why I posted my question here. I wish I would have bought from him.
You have mentioned a number of marketing methods you are using, but didn't mention a website. While I continue to benefit from 20+ years in this business via repeat business and referrals, my website is responsible for just about all of my new business. I also have to give credit to the natural products I use, because many new customers describe their web search as including one or more key words that relate to being "green", such as, well, green, natural, chemical-free, sustainable, environmentally friendly, etc.
I deliberately avoid the use of the word "organic", as I really don't know if the plant-based products in my products were actually grown in a certified organic manner. Probably not. While I do not use any of the coupon-based programs out there, you might try one or two, if only to generate SOME income as opposed to NO income. Offer to do some work for friends and - if you have any in your area - relatives, if only to get them to talk about your wonderful service. Are there any business or civic organizations in your community that you could join and become active in? People like to do business with people they know & socialize with.
I appreciate the response Mark. I do have a website: drigreen.com with pictures and even some you tube videos on there. I also advertise with the theme that the products I use are environmentally safe. I currently use Vacaway's Intensity Green and Spot N Boost Green. I have cleaned a couple of friends and neighbors houses for free with these products.
I know it seems like a no brainer, Try a newspaper ad.Alot of my customers dont even use the internet. I would try a small weekly paper instead of the bigger ones. The ad rates seem to be a bit cheaper and more localized. Just my 02
I also struggled in the beginning, and still do, but I will tell you to get your name out there quickly is to do the coupon offers, like amazonlocal, livingsocial, any local tv stations have deals, there is no up front costs, the only thing is you split profits, but I have had over 100 clients where I was struggling to get 1, I've been in business almost 1 year. I've just put my first ad in local newspaper. I've had some repeat business and when I get a day off, gonna start calling on some of my past clients. I have a website and I am on Facebook. So keep plugging your business name. Hang in there.
Kevin, you mentioned you had a website, the real question is which section of the first page on the major search engines are you on? I try to be in as many areas as possible on the front page and that alone will get you a lot of business, you just have to decide how and what you are willing to spend to get there. Feel free to contact me, I am no expert, but have had many talks with many companies on search and can give you the rundown on options to be listed, if I had not started doing internet marketing I would be in another business by now.