If you want to expand your client base, a good place to start is by asking yourself if your marketing is clear, sound and persuasive. Does your marketing convince skeptical clients that your service is the one for the job? If not, it may not be working to your advantage.
An image overhaul is the first step, including a newly revamped marketing plan. Consider what has worked and not worked in the recent past and also consider future plans for the firm. Here are some more tips:
• Make deadlines and timetables for making sales: treat the sale like any other task in your ‘to do’ list with step-by-step plans to completion. Mark tasks, starting with initial sales calls, and map out step-by-step follow up-plans, ending with closing the deal.
• Don’t discount the little things or the more classic and traditional methods – not everything has to be new fangled and fancy. A solid and information-rich, easy to use website; or brochures and flyers still have credibility. Employing both the classics and the trends can broaden your target audience and generate the maximum amount of business.
• Include more client-friendly information such as testimonials, guarantees, feedback, referrals and surveys that offer real life ‘proof’ to your advertising campaign. Plus you can align yourself with recognizable groups that stand for solid and sound business to classify your firm as trustworthy and secure.
“ Treat the sale like any other task in your ‘to do’ list.”
• Never let your own belief in your product falter – stay enthusiastic and find ways to truly believe in what you are offering. Upgrade and maintain your service levels so that you always feel that what you are offering is honestly the best product for the job. Potential clients can see right through an insincere sale and will look immediately to the competition.
• Look into offering specialty services, or find a hole in the market that might need to be filled. Engage your team members with these challenges by offering incentives or recognition for instigating new strategies or generating new business.
• Don’t discount the continuous exposure that advertising can provide. Try something new and venture into a niche previously ignored. Be creative and think outside of the box on how your service or product can benefit non-traditional markets and venture into them with zeal.
Successful marketing comes from a clear understanding of your unique core differentiator – that’s what differentiates you from your competitors. If you aren’t sure about the compelling reason why your prospective clients should be contacting you then it might be a great time to contact us. We have resources designed to help you with this critical phase in a cost-effective way.
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