So you canvased that road did you?

Discussion in 'Advertising Offline/Online & Canvassing' started by Green Pro Clean Ltd, Aug 18, 2015.

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  1. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    #1 Green Pro Clean Ltd, Aug 18, 2015
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    So many on here talk about canvassing a road of houses but how many did you actually canvass?

    Did you do the ones with clean glass? Did you do the ones with 'NO DOOR KNOCKERS' on them? Did you do the ones that for some reason you just felt like not doing?

    Reason I reckon is if you knock on every door in a road with 100 houses you I reckon you could end up with at least 20 of them providing you spoke to all of them, if not more.

    You need 2 things, a spiral flip pad and a biro.

    Your canvassing pad should look something like this:

    HAPPY STREET SE15

    1: No
    2:
    3: Mrs Burger, 07581123654, Monthly, £10
    4: No
    5:
    6:
    7: Mr Longnose, Bi Monthly, 07914987654 Bi-Month £20 (Inc Conservatory)
    8:
    9: No
    10: Granny Smith, No windows, Gutters £120 - Tuesday


    This should be how the book looks after pass one, but tomorrow instead of trying to find another street go back and start filling in the blank spaces on the book.

    The window cleaners you see with really tight rounds are the ones that knock every door.

    This is my spiel, also posted on another thread so if you already read that apologies. Just remember the difference between you and the ones with loads of work is they aren't afraid to be told no thank you.

    KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK.

    Customer 'Yes hello'

    Me 'Hi there, sorry to disturb, I was just across the street doing a quote for your neighbor (point to random house across road) and I notice you don't appear to have a regular window cleaner and I was wondering if I could give you a quote for cleaning your windows?'.

    Also to aid and abet your endeavor it may help out if you have all your gear to hand in the motor so you can even offer to do the first clean there and then and then get them on the regular round from next month.
     
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  2. Must be nice to canvass rows of houses in a town, rather than drive to each one on a country lane.
     
  3. Jake

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    I built my round from canvassing on foot, from zero houses to a full blown round, me and my mate knocked on every house in any given road,

    We did alternate days for each other's rounds until we had £1000 a month on each round, it worked well having two people as you cover a much larger area in half the time,

    People make a big fuss about canvassing, there really is no need, just walk, knock, talk, repeat.

    There's no formula, just being polite and yourself works,

    Canvassing isn't half hyped up on these forums...
     
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  4. Green Pro Clean Ltd

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    So stop driving down country lanes and go to town. We all live near enough to an area with some density of residential property, we aren't getting about by horse and cart any more.
     
  5. Yeh, there's a town 12 miles away pop 50,000. I just hate going there. I plan to canvass the work there for an employee to do, when ive run out of barn conversions in the sticks, so I don't have to participate in the urban headache. It's not my tea.

    Canvassed the black mountains last week, first clean tomorrow. Pony trekking centre and cottages. Beautiful spot.
     
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    Confused; how can you say that you have done a quote for a neighbour and notice that the other house doesn't have a regular window cleaner? Are you saying they have minging windows in a round about way Green?
     
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    By 'claiming' you were across the street, down the road at a neighbor you give them the sense of 'Oh, why's that? I want some' (dirty trick learned in my double glazing sales days) and yes saying they don't 'seem' to have a regular cleaner is a round about way of saying their windows are dirty.

    I have even used those lines where you can obviously see they have a window cleaner whom for example does not do the frames or does them just not the top part of them for example, leaving me a door so when the customer replies:

    'Yes I do' I retort, 'really' as I wipe my finger round the frames and look shocked. You wold be amazed how many will switch as they suddenly feel short changed by their existing window cleaner.

    Before you all start on about touting on another cleaners patch, just remember your morals whilst he eats steaks for supper and you are having a pot noodle cause you know he would knock on your customers doors.

    (No I am not calling you a pot noodle eating peasant Tuffers, just a hypothetical point on the morals of canvassing)

    To summarize Tuffers I have always found it easier to get customers if you have a reason for being there (even if it is an imaginary neighbor across the street)
     
  8. Jake

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    Quite frankly Green that's really embarrassing to wipe your finger across a top frame and say something like 'really' as you do it, I mean come on, no ones gonna wanna do that! There's plenty of work out there without bothering with trying to get other windies work.

    I used to always say 'ok no worries at all' when a homeowner said 'sorry I've already got one thanks' no way am I going to undercut or try and steal the job just because they didn't clean the top frame, and I certainly wouldn't be seen wiling the frame with my finger!
     
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    I haven't had to canvass for years but when I first started out I use to say I'd been asked asked to come to the area to clean a current customers friends windows and because i don't want to let them down I'm trying to pick few more up in the area to make it worth while coming to the area
    Used to work a treat
    I always had my work uniform on and trad gear
     
  10. boarcity

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    #10 boarcity, Aug 19, 2015
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    once youve decided whats going to be your area its best to decline work thats outside of it ,even if only by a 1/4 mile . i find if i keep canvassing my area it always brings up new work, cos people move house,change jobs, one yr theyre out of work and say no, next yr theyre in a job that for next 10yrs good as gold etc . keep on canvassing the same area is the trick

    so i say decide on whats your area ,what you want and stick to it. in my own case i work in 4 different towns but i wont do work in any of the villages between them, i like to arrive in a town and stay there all day long, like a bird roosting on a rooftop. of which we all see plenty dont we !
     
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