If you were in my position would you? -marketing- - Posted by Joshua

Posted by michaela-ATL on May 02, 2005 at 09:43:01:

I have limegreen dreadlocks right now :wink:

Michaela

If you were in my position would you? -marketing- - Posted by Joshua

Posted by Joshua on April 29, 2005 at 21:51:32:

I have a truck worth around 12,000. I am going to decide if I will sell it and purchase one of these a cargo van, a bronco, or other similar vehicle so I can plaster my message on the side of it. And I also have an enclosed trailer that I could plaster my message on the side of too. Now secondary is that I want a small car that gets great gas mileage and voila the classic mini cooper with 30mpg. I am trying to decide if I should sell my truck and purchase the bronco and mini cooper or not. The only reason I need the bronco is for the 4 wheel drive and it’s ability to tow a trailer.

My plan would be to put the message on the sides and rear of my bronco and plaster all four corners of my trailer and then tow it from one end of my city to the other during rush hour and morning traffic everyday. It should take half an hour round trip, probably longer. I’ll alternate from morning one day to rush hour the next day. Also I would leave the bronco and trailer connected parked over night where it could get more exposure, but I’m sure the city would catch on and start hassling me.

Lastly, the great thing is that the car will fit in the trailer so that I could park the bronco trailer combo overnight somewhere and back my car out of the trailer and drive home. HA

I just need to make up my mind on what to do and would like to hear from people that have like minds as mine instead of people that I know who don’t have the same ambitions as mine.

Cost for my bronco and getting the bronco/trailer covered would be around 5,000. The car would be right around that amount too. Plus I have enough money set aside that I can mail to all the NOD’s in my area every week for the next six months.

If someone has done something similar I would like to hear it. Because if it doesn’t pull any more calls than I would get just by purchasing magnetic signs for my truck then it’ll just be a waste of money.

Joshua

Lets hear the input

Re: If you were in my position - Posted by michaela-ATL

Posted by michaela-ATL on April 30, 2005 at 12:38:31:

Joshus,
I don’t know, if it’s the area, my car or myself, but I have never received even 1 valid call on my magnetic signs. I get calls from Sub-contractors, looking for work, wholesalers wanting to put me on their fax lists and guys looking for a date. I have received 1 or 2 calls for properties for sale, but they wanted full market prices.

So, if I were you, I would not spend that much money on something, that may or may not work for you

Michaela

Too much of a good thing… - Posted by Mike-OH

Posted by Mike-OH on April 30, 2005 at 07:16:59:

Joshua,

I believe that you’re overthinking the marketing issue. The deals are just not that hard to find and your time would be better spent actually doing deals or working on houses. I’d suggest keeping your truck (to haul building supplies in) and putting magnetic signs on it. Then, everytime you drive to or from a house you’ll be advertising AND you’ll have a vehicle that can be used in cleaning/rehabbing houses. I couldn’t do business without my pickup and certainly wouldn’t want a minicooper or small economy car to rehab houses.

Once you get a little experience, you’ll probably find that the hard part of REI isn’t finding enough deals but rather finding the money to buy them and finding the time to get them all rehabbed.

So, my suggestion is to keep your truck and go do some deals.

Mike

Re: If you were in my position would you? - Posted by Jonathan

Posted by Jonathan on April 30, 2005 at 01:36:35:

Well, my goal in marketing and advertising is to do as little as possible. Leave more time for yourself to actually make deals. Instead of investing almost an hour a day including the headache of deciding which car to keep and sell, fork out some cash and make a half dozen magnetic signs for cars that say, “fast cash” or “we buy houses”. Now find a couple buddys that are willing to slap those suckers on their cars. Pick the people who drive the most. Heck, your parents will probably do it no questions asked-free. Now, promise your buddys a piece of the action or a few bucks a month for keeping those signs magnetised to their cars. In my opinion its more important for you to pay others to advertise for you so you can devote your time and energy into making deals! Good luck.
one more thing; “Do what your best at and trade for the rest.”

Re: If you were in my position - Posted by Cletus

Posted by Cletus on April 30, 2005 at 22:08:46:

What a great visual, a 460 pound blonde in a Mini Cooper. I’m calling that # for sure. I have a cousin who sells tires and shocks. I get refferal fees.

:o)

Re: Too much of a good thing… - Posted by ski

Posted by ski on April 30, 2005 at 19:00:42:

I live in a small town in sunny SWFLA. about 80% of my calls come from the magnetic signs on my car, truck, daughters car, son in laws car, friends cars. etc. I get a lot of exposure and most people recognise the signs.

Re: Too much of a good thing… - Posted by ski

Posted by ski on April 30, 2005 at 18:58:54:

I live in a small town in sunny SWFLA. about 80% of my calls come from the magnetic signs on my car, truck, daughters car, son in laws car, friends cars. etc. I get a lot of exposure and most people recognise the signs.