Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHAT IS PlantFinderPro?
PlantFinderPro connects businesses seeking different types of plants, container design, Holiday décor and other horticultural services to the best interiorscaping professionals throughout North America. We enable you to make your office, lobby, hotel, or retail space a better place for your colleagues/customers by connecting you to the professionals that have the expertise to bring your plant designs and visions to life!
2. WHAT ARE PlantFinderPro’s MISSION, VISION AND VALUES?
Our mission is to connect people seeking plant services and high-end plant containers to interiorscapers that provide these services using PlantFinderPro to make this connection.
Our vision uses industry experience, fresh design, innovation, and technology to connect the interiorscaping industry with consumers looking to select and buy products and services digitally for their work, personal, or public spaces.
Our core values revolve around our love of plants, design, and the interiorscaping Industry. We are dedicated to our clients and customers. We believe in sharing what we know to help your business be more successful.
3. WHY WAS PlantFinderPro ESTABLISHED?
Construction rates are said to grow between 8% and 12% within the top 14 U.S. cities from 2016 to 2018. New construction means potential for growth within existing plant customers and new plant prospects. At PlantFinderPro, we saw a huge gap in the interiorscaping industry to service this potential growth in terms of customer digital buying habits and a lack in designer quality containers. We have interiorscaping industry experience and connections as well as the digital marketing proficiency to solve this problem.
4. WHO OWNS PlantFinderPro?
PlantFinderPro is owned and operated by Denise Carrozza (formally Denise Senior), who commands a background in sales and marketing, as well as over 15 years of interiorscaping industry experience both in Europe and the USA.
5. HOW DO I CONTACT PlantFinderPro BY PHONE/ONLINE?
PlantFinderPro can be contacted directly by phone at 847-774-8627 or via the Contact Us Form on the website.
6. WHAT IS THE PlantFinderPro NETWORK?
As a leading Interiorscaping professional, you can become part of the PlantFinderPro network and get access to:
- Sales inquiries from businesses looking for horticultural and holiday services in your city.
- Marketing literature and collateral you can use with your customers in your business.
- Access to trade pricing of the Couture Range of containers.
7. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A MEMBER OF THE PlantFinderPro NETWORK?
PlantFinderPro will generate sales inquiries from businesses looking for horticultural and holiday services in your city. PlantFinderPro will provide marketing literature and collateral you can use with your customers in your business. Being part of the PlantFinderPro network also allows access to trade pricing of the Couture Range of plant containers.
8. WHAT SERVICE CATEGORIES CAN PlantFinderPro CONNECT BUSINESSES WITH?
PlantFinderPro works within five service categories: live plant services, replica plant services, green walls, exterior plants, and holiday design. We are the exclusive distributors for the Couture Range of planters. Depending on what service category you have subscribed to as part of the PlantFinderPro network, you will receive sales inquiries we generate for that category solely in your city.
9. HOW DOES PlantFinderPro GENERATE SALES INQUIRIES?
PlantFinderPro fills a gap in the digital space for people searching online to acquire horticultural services, companies, and plant containers. Using advanced digital marketing techniques, SEO, and social media strategies; we capture these online searches, qualify the prospects needs, and then channel them as a sales inquiry to our network members. We use SEO techniques to drive traffic to our website by embedding our website with SEO rich keywords & backlinks; posting content on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram; e-blast campaigns sent directly to PlantFinderPro prospects across the key customer segments; and paid advertisements in key markets. Our dedicated Digital Marketing Specialist works on content creation for SEO performance and awareness to keep us at the forefront of online search locating.
10. WILL THE SALES INQUIRIES I RECEIVE BE QUALIFIED?
PlantFinderPro attracts interior designers, property, facility, and hotel managers from hundreds of different industries and brands. We show the design possibilities that you as an interiorscaper can create in a customer’s space. As an interiorscaper subscriber to the PlantFinderPro network, you receive these leads exclusively for the service categories you selected in your business geography. We ask key questions at the point of lead information entry to get the interiorscaper the best information possible to make contact and start the sales process. At PlantFinderPro, we only partner with one interiorscaper exclusively for a specific service category in each market.
11. WILL ANOTHER INTERIORSCAPER RECEIVE SALES INQUIRIES IN MY CITY FROM PlantFinderPro?
If you have subscribed to the PlantFinderPro network for a certain service category within a particular city, any sales leads generated by PlantFinderPro will be sent you as an exclusive sales inquiry. If you have no subscription, we may send the sales inquiry to you and your competitor until the open city and service category is subscribed to.
12. WHAT IF AN EXISTING CUSTOMER MAKES AN INQUIRY THROUGH PlantFinderPro?
We will not know who is or is not your customer; but if we send you a sales inquiry for one of your current customers, it serves you as a ‘heads up’ that you need to contact them. This can help with customer retention and service or as an additional selling opportunity.
13. WHAT IF I RECEIVE A SALES INQUIRY FROM PlantFinderPro FOR MY SERVICE CATEGORY AND THE CUSTOMER REQUIRES ADDITIONAL SERVICES?
We intend the sales inquiries PlantFinderPro generates for you to be as successful as possible with as much quoting opportunity across different service categories that you can offer. PlantFinderPro’s role is to generate the opportunity via a sales inquiry; your task is to maximize the sales potential by showing all your company can offer, regardless of what the original service category sales inquiry was.
14. WHAT IF MY COMPETITOR HAS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE SALES INQUIRIES FOR A SERVICE CATERORY THAT I WOULD LIKE?
Subscription to the PlantFinderPro network is made upon an annual basis. As the renewal date nears, the existing owner of the service category in a particular city will be given the opportunity to renew their exclusive rights to the sales inquiries for the service categories to which they are subscribed. If a subscriber decides not to renew, the opportunity will be open to other interiorscapers to purchase a subscription in that geographic location. In tier one markets with high lead activity, the PlantFinderPro network membership may go out to bid annually.
15. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T GET ANY LEADS?
PlantFinderPro cannot guarantee the number or validity of leads you receive. Because of our activity within the digital space, we are at the forefront of online searches for horticultural services and companies. By using advanced digital marketing techniques, SEO, and social media strategies; we capture these online searches, qualify the prospects needs, and then channel them as a sales inquiry to our network members.
16. WHAT MARKETING LITERATURE IS AVAILABLE IN THE PlantFinderPro MARKETING LIBRARY?
PlantFinderPro provides case studies and customer examples of how indoor and outdoor plants have made a space a better place! As a member of our national interiorschaping network, you can download and use these materials in your business to explain the benefits of your services to either an existing, or new customer.
***CHECK OUT OUR MARKETING LIBRARY for a preview of available literature. ***
17. HOW DO I GET ACCESS TO DOWNLOAD THE MARKETING LITERATURE WITHIN THE PlantFinderPro MARKETING LIBRARY?
By becoming a member of The PlantFinderPro network, you get access to case studies and customer examples of how plants have made a space a better place! As a member of the network, you can download and use these materials for your business to explain the benefits your service offers to either an existing or new customer. Additionally, an unbranded brochure of the Couture Range is available to download too.
***CHECK OUT OUR MARKETING LIBRARY for a preview of available literature. ***
18. CAN I FOLLOW AND GET UPDATES ON PlantFinderPro ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for regular updates, articles, and plant container showcases. You can also keep up with recent design trends.
19. WHAT IS THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONTAINERS?
The Couture Range is a high-end design range of plant containers, with influences from trends in European interior design. By providing unique sizes, forms, textures, colors and finishes, the Couture Range makes a bold, memorable, and unique statement in any space.
20. IS THERE A BROCHURE/CATALOGUE AVAILABLE FOR THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONTAINERS?
Download a full brochure by clicking the link here. As a member of The PlantFinderPro Network, you get access to non-branded brochures to use with your customers.
21. WHAT ARE THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONTAINERS MADE FROM?
Each container is made from our own formulation of fiberglass and plastic resin (GRP) which we describe as Advanced Composite (AC) due to the additions and alterations we make to the raw material in order to achieve the strength, quality, and finish that is the hallmark of our brand. Very similar to the composites now used to manufacture race cars, airliners, and wind turbines; AC is lightweight, super-strong, and capable of being formed into almost any shape – the perfect material for plant container manufacturing. Using our unique AC formulation, we can make striking designs of outstanding quality. The secret? Using fiberglass as a base and adding modern materials/manufacturing techniques, we create AC planters that are the perfect solution to every situation.
22. ARE THERE ANY ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONTAINERS?
By choosing the Couture Range of containers, you are making a sound environmental and an ethical choice.
Other planters use materials such as plastic, ceramics, metals, and wood; however, Advance Composite (AC) offers many environmental advantages because it is constructed from a composite of plastic resins and fiberglass. The fiberglass is made from silica (one of the most common minerals on Earth), which can be sourced from raw or recycled materials to provide an environmentally sustainable product.
Typically, an AC planter is only 2-3mm thick, with the plastic element only one-third of this. Compare this to an injection molded plastic product, which needs to be double-walled; and you will realize that AC planters contain, at most, a tenth of the plastic of the injection-molded option.
AC planters are made by hand at room temperature using a chemical process; the only machinery required are hand tools for the finishing process. Conversely, plastics and metals require massive amounts of heat and machinery; even ceramics container manufacturing needs machinery to extract clay and huge furnaces to power the kilns. You easily see the energy inputs for AC planter production are significantly less demanding.
Additionally, the Couture Range is fully recyclable. Glass fibers can be reclaimed chemically from discarded containers and reused in insulation products. Also, at the end of the product’s “life cycle”, it can be ground down and commercially used as either an element of new road construction or in industrial roofing products. It’s worth pointing out that much of the glass fiber matting used in production of AC planters is itself made from recycled glass!
23. CAN I GET DESIGN SUPPORT FROM PlantFinderPro WHEN SPECIFYING/SELECTING CONTAINERS?
Contact us either by phone at 847-774-8627 or via email so we can help you with the size, finish, and color availability, as well as any other design questions you might have. If you don’t see what you are looking for, or need something designed for a specific large project/intricate design, we can help you with special requests.
24. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN LIST RATHER THAN TRADE PRICING?
As a member of the PlantFinderPro network, you will be set up with an account to channel sales inquiries we receive to you and receive access to trade pricing for the Couture Range of containers (only available to PlantFinderPro interiorscaping members). Price negotiations outside of the trade pricing are available on request, based upon higher purchasing volumes.
25. WHAT IF I AM NOT A MEMBER OF THE PlantFinderPro NETWORK BUT WANT TO PURCHASE THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONTAINERS?
Pricing and size information of the Couture Range is available on the Couture Range of planters landing page, and you can build your selection there. Once we receive this selection information, we will confirm receipt of your order and give a delivery timeframe. If you wish to purchase containers upon a regular basis, please contact us so we can set up an account for you.
26. IS THERE DIFFERENT PRICING FOR VOLUME PURCHASING?
As a member of the PlantFinderPro network, once you have an account set up, you get access to your individual trade pricing based upon your annual order volumes. Once you have built your order selection online and we receive your request, we will provide shipping costs and delivery times. These will also be relative to volumes.
27. IF I AM AN INTERIOR DESIGNER, CAN I GET ACCESS TO TRADE PRICING OF THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONATINERS?
As an interior designer, you can set up an account which will give you access to your individual trade pricing, based upon your annual order volumes. Once you have built your order selection online and we receive your request, we will provide shipping costs and delivery times. These will also be relative to volumes.
28. DOES PlantFinderPro RETAIL THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONATINERS DIRECT TO THE PUBLIC?
We would love for you to welcome the Couture Range of plant containers into your home, so the range is available to the public by clicking on the Couture Range of planters landing page on the PlantFinderPro website. Once the order selection is built online and we receive your request, we will confirm delivery times relating to your selection.
29. HOW DO I PURCHASE THE COUTURE RANGE OF CONTAINERS?
Once you have built your order selection online and we receive your request we will provide delivery times.
30. HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE TO THE PlantFinderPro NETWORK?
Follow the “I’m a Designer” link from the Homepage and then select Subscribe. You will then be asked what city and service category you would like to start receiving sales inquiries for. You will then be informed if your selection is available. If available, you can then set up an account online.
31. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMER OF THE PlantFinderPro NETWORK?
The annual fee is $2000 per service category, per city.