I own a landscaping business and I need a website built that offers the following features: |
high res before/after lawn picture gallery (pics provided by me)
Map showing which areas we service
full list of services and qualifications
general business info
clean and professional looking
Please be as detailed as possible in your email regarding your previous experiences and what platform you plan on using to complete this project.
I received 12 emails in the first hour, and another 8 in the second hour. Most of the responses fit a very standard "this is my name, here are some website urls that ive done, this is my price" format.
Price ranges varied from $200 to $12,000. I'm not kidding, someone quoted me 12 grand for a Drupal site on a gig that needs at most 5 pages.
Only a few people replied with emails that followed most of the principles I've learned from lurking around here. These guys didn't give a price in the initial email and went straight to trying to get me on the phone.
Here's the best reply I received in those first 2 hours, with the info removed of course.
My name is XXXXXX and I'm the Senior Project Manager at a boutique full service marketing and design company called XXXXXXX Marketing Group.
I know you will probably get a lot of emails from overseas companies but we're a U.S. company so we will be available to you during normal business hours.
Anyway, I saw you were looking for some assistance on a web project so I thought I'd shoot you a quick email and see if I can help.
We specialize in design, development, and implementation for both desktop and mobile web projects.
If you want to know a little more about our app services just go here real quick:
OR you can check out our website so you can see our portfolio and what we're all about: xxxx.com
I'd like to learn more about your ideas. What would be a good day/time/phone to reach you on for a quick 5 min chat?
Senior Project Manager, Web Design
P.S. We also do Mobile Apps, Social Media, SEO and Consulting in case you have a need for any of those services as well.
I learn a lot from secret shopping the competition and finding out what I can do better and what will make me stand out. What other ways do you guys stay ahead of the competition, and how do you make yourself stand out from the crowd?