car advertising tacky or not

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what do you all think about advertising on your car for your business? i live in meridian idaho and here just about everyone dose it for there business. When i lived in california i thought it was tacky for some businesses but not for others. i am in the car a lot having 3 kids to shuttle around and business. Does any one out there do it and get business from it? it would be great to have some comments before i make the investment to put The Added Touch home staging across expidition/ taxi cab.

Maria lechner

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Hi Maria, ABSOLUTELY advertise on your car.  If nothing else you will get some kind of recognition.  I was in a furniture rental store the other day and the salesperson said he had seen my car around town.  Do anything and everything you can do to get your name out there.

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

Apr 12, 2007 09:42 PM #1
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Val Allocco
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Maria,

I agree with Terry - advertising on your automobile is a great way to have many people see what you are selling.  Just think of all the places that you drive to and through!

Go for it!

VAL

Apr 12, 2007 10:27 PM #2
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Maureen Graziano
Third Eye Home Staging - West Islip, NY

Hi Maria - Personally, I do not want to advertise on my car.  I don't know if that is the most effective way to get the word out.  And yes, I find it a bit tacky.  Another thing that I don't like about the idea is that it can be a way for strange characters to corner you in parking lots, etc.  For example, someone such as a mugger/rapist can engage you in what you think might be a business conversation, they really are just getting you to let your guard down and then move in for the attack.  Not to be paranoid but why invite strangers into your space in this way.

For those who use the car advertisement, good for you if you find it effective.  However, be careful of those who might engage you in conversation as their intentions may not be what you think.  I really think other forms of advertisement are more effective and give you more protection, as you will be better able to screen out the individuals you will be dealing with.

One more reason I would not do this, my two teenage daughters would die of embarrasment!!! (lol).

Apr 13, 2007 08:03 AM #3
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Yvonne Root
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Maria, for more information look here.
Apr 13, 2007 08:20 AM #4
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Eva Rivera
Decorating Flavor - Fairfield, CA

Funny that this subject came up.  I just decided this week to get advertising put on the windows of my SUV.  I already have the car magnets but they were starting to feel a little tacky to me. I am having my logo, tagline, website and telephone number put on my windows in a pretty silver color to match my silver car color. With the windows being dark, I figure the silver will stand out nicely without being too bright or tacky.

I decided to do this because as I visit with Realtors or attend their meetings I really want to stand out.  The Realtors meet weekly for tours here and there are at least 50 cars in the lot. They all walk out to their cars to leave, and my SUV will be there with my logo!  While they might not call me immediately, after time my logo and name will be in their head after seeing it repeatedly.

I agree with the safety issue but we must always take day to day precautions, whether our cars are advertising for us or not. My teenage daughter would not be thrilled about having the advertising on her car either but surprisingly she was wearing one of my shirts w/logo last week, and is ok with advertising on my car.  The perk to this is that neither one of my kids will be asking to borrow my car!!

Apr 13, 2007 10:30 AM #5
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Maria: I wholeheartly AGREE with Terry and Val!  I have my logo and business advertisement on the back windshield of my van. It looks very professional and trust me, if I thought for one moment it looked TACKY....it wouldn't be there.:)  I can tell you that the first thing I noticed was that the hits on my website DOUBLED!!! within days of driving around.   I have gotten several HUGE jobs...in the thousands...because of my van advertisement. One job came as a result of the wife of a Realtor saw my van at my kids school.....how cool is that? :)   

Maureen: I also agree that there are safety issues to consider and you need to be constantly aware of your surroundings. That also goes for having your picture and phone number on your website.....someone creepy can find you there just as well, call you, and set up a meeting at a house.  I don't particularly think advertising on my van increases my chances of attracting weirdos.    

As far as TACKINESS goes.. as a HOME STAGER....we are ALL about First Impressions. Regardless if you have an advertisement on your van/SUV or not, wouldn't you run the risk of LOOKING TACKY like the BEVERLY HILLBILLIES with a carload of pillows, greenery, chair legs, and all sorts of other odds and ends stacked clear to the ceiling and not being able to look out your rear window when you are driving to your staging job? (I'm sure most can relate!)                  For ME....At least cars going past have read my sign and understand why it looks this way.  :) LOL!!  :)

Apr 13, 2007 01:25 PM #6
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Sandi Gerrard
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There was a lot of discussion on this under another posting, as well.  Click here if interested in more comments: 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/71205/Magnetic-Car-Signs

 

 

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