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email i got, enjoy:thumbup:

"Hi there. I live in Columbus, NJ in a new development of about 30 homes. Many of us are interested in getting decks this spring, however, my husband and I can't afford one. So, I thought I might contact companies to see if I could get a free deck for advertising your services. I would be willing to do car advertising ( I drive about 40,000 miles a year), lawn advertising, and hold an open house to neighbors once the deck is complete.

Let me know if interested. Thanks."
 

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Hey, my patio area is 60' x 20'. When you're done with theirs, stop on by and give me a multi-level Trex deck. In return, I'll pay for 1/2 your gas money coming here (getting home, you're on your own). I'll also become your friend on Facebook and if the job is done in a timely manner, say 2 days, I'll also use your Avatar for advertising on my other forum I visit, bestmicrochipsofthe80s.com

Deal?
 

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I don't like it.
A few questions:
1.Are you paying for material?
2.How many decks will you have to build to cover the cost of this Free Bee?
3.Of the 30 new homes, how many are ready to pay for a deck this season?

I would suggest you meet with the owners of the homes within the developement and propose a multi contract saving system.
If you nail enough contracts, then you might want to save the original homeowner a few bucks.
 

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Yeah vehicle advertising will create hundreds of leads... thats why many of us don't letter our vehicles, we can't handle all the calls it generates.

I would tell her you will pay a commission of $750 for every $50,000 project she brings you... You will hold it in an account for her and when she gets enough to pay for her project you will do it.
If she can get you every house in her subdivision she might get herself a starter deck.
 

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email i got, enjoy:thumbup:

"Hi there. I live in Columbus, NJ in a new development of about 30 homes. Many of us are interested in getting decks this spring, however, my husband and I can't afford one. So, I thought I might contact companies to see if I could get a free deck for advertising your services. I would be willing to do car advertising ( I drive about 40,000 miles a year), lawn advertising, and hold an open house to neighbors once the deck is complete.

Let me know if interested. Thanks."
That's awesome. Tell him you'll put him on commission and credit his account for every deal you land through him. $25.00 a sold deck, he should have a credit built up for his deck sometime by 2020.:laughing:
 

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Sounds a lot like that time proven line: "Give me a great deal and I'll get you tons of referals".
Or "All my friends want decks and I'll give them your name" Or "I know a lot of people who need decks".

Yeah, right!
 

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I got a call today from a husband and wife IN THE MIDDLE of demoing their kitchen telling me they found me on the internet and were wondering if I could tell them if the wall they were going to take down later in the day was LOAD BEARING.

I told the guy, sure, I'll charge $250 to come out and tell him if the wall was bearing or not.

That was, of course, immediately after I told him "if you have to ask, you are probably in over your head"

He told me I was insane for charging that much to tell him about the wall. What are people thinking?



The guy lived in my town. I cannot wait to talk to the BI on this one.
 

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Besides the obvious foolishness of this email, I have a couple of questions. If this is a new development what happened to the deck to begin with? Did the builder not install one? Is there a door opening out into nothing (mind that first step)? Is 30 homes a "big" development? Most of the subdivisions around here have a couple hundred at least with many in the 600-1100 range. If you could secure a large percentage of one of these subdivisions then things might be different. Of course, these already have decks so it is a mute point.



Of course I say this completely tongue in cheek...:shifty:
 

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All they did was ask.

I'm just sayin'.

Columbus is just down the road from me.

Shame I have a 0-radii free deck range . . . :shifty:
 

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Yeah vehicle advertising will create hundreds of leads... thats why many of us don't letter our vehicles, we can't handle all the calls it generates.
How true this statement is. Every job I've ever done has been by referral from previous customers, or repeat customers.
Imagine the first phone call from their referral. "Hello, my name is blah blah blah, I'm neighbors of yadda yadda yadda, you know, the one you built a deck for, free of charge? Well, I'm just wondering, if I tatoo your logo across my lower back, can you give me a deck too? I'm a professional dancer and the exposure to your company will be wide spread.:thumbsup:
 
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email i got, enjoy:thumbup:

"Hi there. I live in Columbus, NJ in a new development of about 30 homes. Many of us are interested in getting decks this spring, however, my husband and I can't afford one. So, I thought I might contact companies to see if I could get a free deck for advertising your services. I would be willing to do car advertising ( I drive about 40,000 miles a year), lawn advertising, and hold an open house to neighbors once the deck is complete.

Let me know if interested. Thanks."
A Possible Reply;

Dear home owner,

I am so glad you contacted me about this marketing concept. My partner and I have been discussing this type of marketing for over a month now, and he just says "No one would ever go for it!" Well, I showed him your e-mail and he can't stop talking about it. We have been discussing the possibility of building this free deck for you, since receiving your e-mail. We think this is the way of the future for the building industry in these tough economic times.

Because of your inquiry, we have expanded our free building marketing program discussions and now it includes building a garage, sun room, and in-ground pool, with patio/deck using this same marketing model. However we need a home owner to test this marketing method for us. Unfortunately you only wanted the deck, so we don't think you are a good fit for this new program. If you know of someone who is willing to allow us to build all of those structures for free on their home please let us know. I'm sure they would be very grateful, as we will be as well.

Thank you for your inquiry.
 

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A Possible Reply;

Dear home owner,

I am so glad you contacted me about this marketing concept. My partner and I have been discussing this type of marketing for over a month now, and he just says "No one would ever go for it!" Well, I showed him your e-mail and he can't stop talking about it. We have been discussing the possibility of building this free deck for you, since receiving your e-mail. We think this is the way of the future for the building industry in these tough economic times.

Because of your inquiry, we have expanded our free building marketing program discussions and now it includes building a garage, sun room, and in-ground pool, with patio/deck using this same marketing model. However we need a home owner to test this marketing method for us. Unfortunately you only wanted the deck, so we don't think you are a good fit for this new program. If you know of someone who is willing to allow us to build all of those structures for free on their home please let us know. I'm sure they would be very grateful, as we will be as well.

Thank you for your inquiry.
That'll be like throwing gas on fire hoping to put it out.
 
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