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Old 07-10-2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Does anybody actually get leads from business signs? I see tons of people putting them at corners of busy intersections. I was looking into getting a few made, because I think the handwritten ones with "free estimates, call ***" looks tacky.

I've been getting quotes for $12-$15 per sign. That sounds quite expensive when you're looking to get 50+. Chances are they're going to blow away, get torn up by the weather, maybe even tossed out by the city.

Does anybody make them personally? If so, how? ...or do you just pay the piper?

Also, before anybody mentions the legalities of posting business signs, I've already looked into it. All feedback/thoughts are appreciated.
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I paid right around $15, but I have 5 colors. Never got any work just cold calls I never should have looked at. I did get a lot of referrals say "I saw you guys on such and such rd, nice job".

Lettered truck is all I need. I find people who can't get a referral from friends/family you don't generally want to work for. If your low price high volume I could see the value.
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Get some work from mine. Always think when I get to leave one at a perfect location the phone is gonna ring like crazy. But dosnt really happen.

More about being able to leave a chit load of them all over. I don't. Too expensive to just toss and don't feel like driving all over to pick them up. The guys who have the cheap no frills looking signs that they just leave I think do better as far getting calls.


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That was the first place i've checked. They want $15 each with a 40% off promo code, for one sided signs. Not including shipping.
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Are you referring to yard signs? A large window replacement company that i sub for (masonry work) always places disposable yard signs in the customers yard and offers a $150 if they leave it in their yard for a month...its an honor system though the customer could remove the sign the next day and still get the money


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Are you referring to yard signs? A large window replacement company that i sub for (masonry work) always places disposable yard signs in the customers yard and offers a $150 if they leave it in their yard for a month...its an honor system though the customer could remove the sign the next day and still get the money


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Yes. That's a nice idea. If I was planning on doing that, $15 on a yard sign isn't much money because you already had the job. I'm referring to placing yard signs to help draw in more business.
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Yes. That's a nice idea. If I was planning on doing that, $15 on a yard sign isn't much money because you already had the job. I'm referring to placing yard signs to help draw in more business.


Oh i see, yea $15 for each sign to place around the neighborhood would be a little steep IMO


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Any advertising, yard sign, biz card, hats, T shirts should be professionally done.

Many people I worked for required complete anonymity....

NO signs. lettered trucks, t shirts etc....

Job site signs can work....

Never tried to advertise but the most recognition i got was sponsoring softball teams....

A huge plus to this was when i needed man power me or someone on the crew started calling team members.....hell of a response!!!!
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I'm not okay with yard signs. It's not something I would ask my customers. Not saying yard signs are bad, just not something I'd do.


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Don't waste your time and money putting them on the street corner the city will just come around and remove it free of charge.

Google around you should be able to find them cheaper then $15 a piece I will look to see if I can dig up where I got mine.

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The guy that prints my yard signs gives me the following prices. The more you buy the lower the price per sign.



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We get premium signs with the heavy-duty stakes for about $15 a piece buying in quantities of around 30 at a time.

We actually do get a fair amount of work(2-3 jobs a month) where the signs are credited as the source. I think that's true for certain services but not so much for others. We perform 10-30 projects a day so we benefit a lot from having 20-30 signs out, at completed projects, in our area. Most of them are >$500 jobs but we do pick up some larger projects due to brand awareness related to a neighbor having a sign or something similar.

I'm not a big fan of just sticking them at random intersections(a lot of people feel that's like littering) but I know a landscaper and a painter that both do it and they are very happy with the results. I don't think it would be nearly as effective for a GC or carpenter.
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Don't waste your time and money putting them on the street corner the city will just come around and remove it free of charge.

Google around you should be able to find them cheaper then $15 a piece I will look to see if I can dig up where I got mine.

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Wow thanks! That would be great.
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We get premium signs with the heavy-duty stakes for about $15 a piece buying in quantities of around 30 at a time.

We actually do get a fair amount of work(2-3 jobs a month) where the signs are credited as the source. I think that's true for certain services but not so much for others. We perform 10-30 projects a day so we benefit a lot from having 20-30 signs out, at completed projects, in our area. Most of them are >$500 jobs but we do pick up some larger projects due to brand awareness related to a neighbor having a sign or something similar.

I'm not a big fan of just sticking them at random intersections(a lot of people feel that's like littering) but I know a landscaper and a painter that both do it and they are very happy with the results. I don't think it would be nearly as effective for a GC or carpenter.
Thanks for the information!
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Not sure if this is what you are looking for but for 100 with stake these guys are under 6$ a piece.

https://eprintfast.com/ca_en/menu/si...awn-signs.html

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Not sure if this is what you are looking for but for 100 with stake these guys are under 6$ a piece.

https://eprintfast.com/ca_en/menu/si...awn-signs.html

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This is exactly what I'm looking for. The prices are perfectly reasonable. Much appreciated, sir!
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We use this Ebay seller for all of our printing needs. Excellent quality work and usually arrives within 1 week.

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Check with your local code enforcement about these types of signs. I have a friend who was in a historic district of town and had three signs stolen from in front of his business because the land development code didn't allow temporary signs. After the third one was "stolen" he caught the perp stealing them. It was code enforcement. Haha. Kinda stupid they didn't just call the number and tell my friend you can't do that here. He said well if I can't post them here and you took all of them can I get them back? You have about $100 worth of my signs.


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