3 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Be More Attractive to Prospects

Finding new prospects for your business is similar to dating. At the first encounter there is a level of attraction that causes a person to want to get know more about the individual who has caught their attention. After learning more about this attention grabbing person, a decision is made as to whether or not it is even worth pursuing a deeper relationship.

Your prospective clients are looking for solutions to their problems. Are you making sure that you are presenting your solutions in a way that not only attracts them to your offerings, but also lets them know that you are the BEST option for them?

Here are 3 things that you can do right now to be more attractive to your prospects. Read more about 3 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Be More Attractive to Prospects

Local Networking Secrets: How to Greet Your Way to New Clients

Do you attend local networking events? Being part of formal referral and networking groups has been a big part of my success in growing two successful businesses in the past 6 years. Keep in mind that your networking doesn’t have to be limited to official events. I’ve used a terrific technique lately that is low-stress, low-pressure and very effective for connecting with new prospects.

Here’s what I do:

• I create a list of businesses in the area that would be a good fit for my services.
• After researching them (and noting what’s wrong with their marketing presence), I stop by casually while I’m out running errands or volunteering.
• During this meeting, I introduce myself, have a brief chat to gather some details, schedule a follow up meeting and leave my business card.
• During the follow-up appointment we discuss their needs, challenges and I propose a few solutions. This leads to a conversation about how we can work together and grow their business.
• They choose one of my consulting packages and we get started!

Meeting potential clients this way is effective because it’s very personal. It doesn’t feel pushy for the business owners or the staff. They get to meet me face to face and as a result they are more inclined to meet with me for the follow up appointment. I’m no longer a stranger, I’m Sydni – that nice lady that stopped by the other day.

Here’s how to put this technique to work for your business:      Read more about Local Networking Secrets: How to Greet Your Way to New Clients

Use Success Stories to Sell Your Services

success storiesAs a service professional, an important element of your marketing strategy is to highlight why you are THE premier solutions provider for your target market. When you showcase your expertise and how others’ lives and business have improved because of working with you, your services and products will be more compelling. You’ll increase your visibility and you’ll easily convert more prospects to clients.

But when you’re showcasing what you do, you have to be very careful about HOW you present your experience and your solutions. Far too many service professionals focus on the mechanics of what they do when they are trying to sell their services. You don’t want to make this mistake, because, honestly, people aren’t that interested in HOW you do what you do. All they are really concerned about is getting from problem (point A) to solution (point B) in the easiest, quickest and the most affordable way possible. So you want to talk about your services in a way that acknowledges that and clearly conveys your value. [Read more…]

Strengthen Relationships and Attract More Clients With A Personal Note

Getting anything “good” in the mail these days is a challenge.  Your mailbox is probably filled with bills, direct mail pieces (i.e. junk mail) and things you’d really rather not look at.  Think about the last time you actually received a greeting card or personal handwritten note in the mail.  When was that?  …Perhaps a long time ago.

The truth is, the times you receive a handwritten personalized note are likely few and far between.  That’s why when someone does receive one, it stands out.   This leaves a great impression on the receiver of that personalized note.

Paper and PencilSending a handwritten note to a potential client after a meeting is a great marketing strategy to implement.  One, you have the chance to quickly thank your potential client for the meeting.  Two, it keeps you on top of their mind as they are “thinking” about working with you.  Three, it makes you stand out from the crowd.  If they are “shopping” for service providers, they will be more likely to choose you for your great service, because they are impressed by your gracious follow-up.

But sending a handwritten note doesn’t stop with new potential clients.  This practice should be carried out throughout the life of your relationship with your client.  This means thank you notes when the project is completed, a card acknowledging the anniversary of their business, congratulating them on a BIG win, etc.  It doesn’t take as long as you think!  Taking 5 minutes to write a note will help you to maintain a great relationship with your client, will go a long way towards creating a satisfied customer and will generate referrals.

And, who doesn’t love referrals?

Happy clients will tell their friends, family and anyone who will listen about the great service you provide and the WAY you served them.  The next time your client hears about someone in need of the type of services you provide, guess who they will recommend?  YOU!  Why? Because they had a great experience in working with you and you are on the top of their minds because you stay in touch with them.

The type of card you send should be a mixture of personal style and polished professionalism.  First of all, send the nicest card you can afford.  If you are going to have monogrammed or personalized note cards designed with your business logo, take the time to hire a graphic designer to create a stylish piece.  Be sure they are printed on good quality card stock.  (You don’t want someone who is paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for your services to feel like they got a “cheap” card from a discount store.) Depending on your profession, you will probably want to avoid using the cartoon and caricature type of cards.  These may not support your brand or your business and could detract from your professionalism.

I’m excited to see how this strategy works for you and would love to hear the feedback you get from clients. Please share your success stories with me by posting a comment on the blog!

Attend Live Events and Attract More Clients

One of the best strategies you can implement to have a successful business is attending live events, both to further your professional development and to connect with ideal prospects.  Doing so will allow you to stay abreast of current trends in your industry, to connect with like minded professionals and to interact with individuals who are actively seeking the solutions you offer.  With a bit of advanced planning, you can turn these events into powerful opportunities to attract new clients and/or joint venture partnerships.

As a solo business owner, you need to take the initiative to research the events that are best suited for your business.  Be sure to stay connected with the organizations that support your industry and your ideal clients.  Take the time to review their event outlines, speakers and guest list to determine if you should attend upcoming events.  Remember, the key to finding new ideal clients is to “hang out” where they are.  So if your ideal client will be at the next big industry event – you should be there too.

You’ll want to allocate funds for your continuing education on a monthly or annual basis.  This should absolutely be part of your business budget!  Attending events can cost $1,000, $1,500 or even $2,000 or more when you add in travel, food, lodging, and of course the cost of the event.  While you will have some upfront costs to attend, if you choose the right events the return on investment will more than pay for the expenses involved.   If you have the option to purchase a VIP ticket or host a book, that can increase your visibility and give you access to connect with the speakers and event coordinators.

For example, if your ideal prospect has paid the same $1,000+ to attend the event like you did, it shows that they are willing and able to invest in their business or their personal development.  This is a major pre-qualifier!  So if you provide a solution to a specific problem they’re facing and you showcase that value, it’s not unreasonable to assume that they would be willing and able to pay for your services as well.

Plus, when attending a live event, you get to meet your target audience in a more relaxed setting.  There is a spirit of eagerness and excitement, so the foundation of your new relationship is built on this shared experience.  That is very powerful — and makes it an easy “sell” when you talk about the services you provide and the problems you can solve for them because you already have that connection.

So, consider attending such events part of your overall marketing costs and a fun opportunity to get out of the office and work ON your business for a few days! Take the time now to research events, conferences and seminars for the fall or early winter.  This will give you a head start on finding out where your target audience will be and give you time to budget the costs involved to attend.  It will be more than worth your while to attend; you’ll learn something new and get to network with your target audience.

Have you attended any events this year?  What type of opportunities developed as a result? Post your experiences on the blog and let me know how this has worked for you!

Increase Business With A Personal Note

Getting anything “good” in the mail these days is a challenge.  Your mailbox is probably filled with bills, direct mail pieces (i.e. junk mail) and things you’d really rather not look at.  Think about the last time you actually received a greeting card or personal handwritten note in the mail.  When was that?  A long time ago I bet.

The truth is, handwritten personalized notes are few and far between.  That’s why when someone does receive one, it stands out.   This leaves a great impression on the receiver of that personalized note.

Sending a handwritten note to a potential client after a meeting is a great marketing strategy to implement.  One, you have the chance to quickly thank your potential client for the meeting.  Two, it keeps you on top of their mind as they are “thinking” about working with you.  Three, it makes you stand out from the crowd.  If they are “shopping” for service providers, they will be more likely to choose you for your great service, because they are impressed by your gracious follow-up.

But sending a handwritten note doesn’t stop with new potential clients.  This practice should be carried out throughout the life of your relationship with your client.  This means thank you notes when the job is completed, a card acknowledging the anniversary of their business, congratulating them on a BIG win, etc.  The time you spend maintaining the great relationship with your client will go a long way towards creating a satisfied customer and generating referrals.

And, who doesn’t love referrals?

Happy customers will tell their friends, family and anyone who will listen about the great service you provide.  The next time someone needs a financial planner, guess who they will recommend?  YOU!  Because you were a great financial planner (or whatever service you provide), you gave them great customer service and you are on the top of their minds because you are in constant contact with them.

The type of card you send should be a mixture of personal choice and professionalism.  First of all, send the nicest card you can afford.  If you are going to have monogrammed or personalized note cards made with your business logo, take the time to hire a graphic designer to make them look polished and professional.  Plus, be sure they are printed on good quality card stock.  You don’t want someone who is paying $1,000 for your services to feel like they got a “cheap” card from a discount store.

Depending on your profession, you will probably want to avoid using the cartoon and caricature type of cards.  These do not support your brand your business and could detract from your professionalism.  I’m interested to see how this strategy works for you and would love to hear the feedback you get from clients!  Please share your success stories with me by posting a comment below!