Marketing your Business for the one truck o/o

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Shotgun94, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Shotgun94

    Shotgun94 Medium Load Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    Is it worth it to invest money in advertising or trying to promote your business as a one truck show?
    Say a website or facebook, linkedin and so forth? Or does this work only when you start adding on multiple trucks?
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  2. Collie

    Collie Guest

    What type of truck and what do you plan to haul?
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  3. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

    Mar 25, 2014
    In short, No. But go after everything that is free. Free linkedin, free google site so people can search for you. I do these and see very little response from it. Now will I buy or donate something at a local charity auction. Yep and let the business buy it. But never spend too much.
  4. Shotgun94

    Shotgun94 Medium Load Member

    Sep 24, 2017
    I’ve seen it like they don’t really care who hauls it just who does it the cheapest or if your in the right place at right time
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  5. Tug Toy

    Tug Toy Road Train Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Corn field
    My feeling is the only thing you can do as a one truck guy is network in your local area.

    Your trying to find someone that appreciates local one on one service. That is done on a face to face basis.

    Other than that they just want easy and cheap.

    Or is that cheap and easy?

    Because you know, quitting time is 3:00 and payday is on Friday.
  6. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

    Nov 10, 2015
    A simple one page web site is cheap and the best way to get clients. There are ways to load the page with the name of your competitors so when somebody searches on them, your web page comes up in the search results.
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    The best Luck I’ve had, is simply staying in touch with the loads that work for Me. Always looking for more Contacts. Just made a new one, last week. I’ve hauled plenty for them ( Broker) in the past. And hauled the same load years ago, for someone else. Things change so fast, I try to haul a load or two each month, with Whoever has the Freight. Keeping in contact, I can always find something.Ive often thought about sending out emails with attention Shipping, I know it’s out there, just don’t really want the commitment of a Customer.
  8. HopeOverMope

    HopeOverMope Road Train Member

    Feb 25, 2016
    Starting out, it may have helped to have a website. It looks official when included in your signature of each email. The same way you look at new brokerages they may look at us. So when you fill out the carrier pack, and your website pops up in your info page and signature it’s reassuring to them.

    even from the first email reply it says, I’m a real company. Just a simple website.
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  9. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2019
    Contact and doing what you say you dispatcher called me said a guy had a load & wanted to talk to the driver first. My dispatcher said he thought the guy was full of it. The guy called me we talked I told him I would do the load. After all said & done with that 1st load he put 5 trucks to work. They are still hauling for him.
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  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    You'll have to be reliable if it's steady freight.

    One member on here said it best.

    When you're one truck breaks down. You're entire business is down.

    I know a couple of direct shippers. Anybody can sign on. They both probably send out over 100 loads each day. But they require 2 trucks at least.
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