The Marketing Guy.
|GETTING NEW CUSTOMERS WITHOUT COLD CALLING|
Dont you hate cold calling? I know I do. Making phone calls or just "popping by" and having them say, "were not interested" is just a "pain in the you know where!" But, getting new customers doesnt have to be a pain in the butt. Most salespeople use tradition cold-calling techniques to get customers and, in the process learn to hate it very quickly and develop that ever-so-popular "call reluctance."
Its tough, I know! Ive been in sales for a long time. There have been times Ive walked right by a possible prospect. Its easier that way, isnt it? But, if all salespeople did that where would the profession be? I mean, people need what were selling, right? Well, there is an easier way to acquire new customers and its not a "pain in the you know where." Its called lead-generation (or two-step) advertising and it does all the things you need to acquire a qualified prospect.
Lead generation advertising is most common in mail order where people see an ad for something they want, call in or write for a free informational report, give their name, phone number and address (all the things you need!), and then you send them the report giving them useful information, PLUS selling them on your services
A typical lead generation ad for a burglar alarm company might go like this:
"Find Out Seven Ways You Can Prevent Burglary And Keep Your Home As Tight As A Bank Vault. For a free educational brochure, please call or write "
The key is to place the ad in a publication where your target clientele is most likely to see it. When you write the ad, you should use 15pt type and place it in the display section.
Your "educational brochure" (or Free Report) should be informational, yet should attempt to sell the prospect in the process. However, if you dont offer information they can use, they wont buy from you at all. They key is to inform them like you would a friend. The premise should be: "here are some free tips you can use right now to make your home secure, and if you would like to really be safe, I can help you do that too!"
Ok, to sum up: First, create a 2 to 8 page "educational brochure" on something people can benefit from related to your type of work. Second, write an advertisement similar to the one above. Start out with "Find out " and be sure to use the words "educational brochure." Third, place your ad in a publication where your targeted clientele will most likely see it (just for the record, the daily publications may not be the best place because after they are read they are usually tossed). And fourth, capture every name, address and phone number when people call in or write and stay in touch with them. Because, if they call or write in they are interested, arent they?
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