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Direct Mail and Telemarketing the Dynamic Duo for Success

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Today you’ll learn how to use direct mail, and telemarketing to your full advantage. Some would say “telemarketing” is considered a four-letter word. If done right, your customers feel valued and not just abused! 

Direct mail and Digital marketing can reach your customer at a very low cost. And for lower-priced items, it can be a simple message, offer, and close. As the price of your offering goes up, telemarketing becomes a bit more effective. It fosters a dialog and not a broadcast. 

Here are some steps to putting together an effective direct mail marketing program:

  1. List the benefits your clients will get from the purchase of your products and services.
  2. Which one is the most powerful benefit?
  3. Build your headline around the most powerful benefit. Use emotional hot buttons like Wealth, Success, Time Savings, Beauty, Youth, etc…
  4. Develop your sales letter using the headline you created to capture their attention, provide information, and inspire your clients to act.
  5. Put together additional collateral, such as a brochure, order form, reply envelope, or note that encourages them to read the letter.
  6. Then you can rent or purchase a mailing list.
  7. Evaluate the cost of mailing vs. cost per order.
  8. Continue to test and calibrate your direct mail marketing plan.

Direct mail and digital marketing can help you attract a local or even country-wide target market to send letters, postcards, and messages to attract new clientele and customers.

To be successful in telemarketing you need to:

  • Start with the end in mind. What do you want to accomplish? Now put together a plan, so you know exactly what you want to accomplish during the call.
  • Develop a list of talking points and questions to help lead the conversation while allowing your client to feel heard and understood.
  • Always check to see if you are calling at a good time.
  • Include questions to keep the conversation moving, but be careful, don’t make them feel like you are interrogating them.
  • Start with open-ended questions and narrow your focus as the conversation continues.
  • Use Active Listening Skills to show them you are paying attention and appreciate their time.
  • Do NOT insult their intelligence or try to manipulate them. They will know that and terminate the call.
  • Listen and seek to understand first, talk second.
  • Be relaxed and conversational.

Telemarketing doesn’t have to be painful or irritating. You can put together an effective campaign by focusing on serving the potential customer. Yes, you want the sale but if that is what drives your conversation, you will drive them away. Be honest, be genuine, be helpful and watch them respond in kind.

When selling by telephone, you have approximately thirty seconds to convince the customer to listen to you. You need an opening statement that captures their attention, conveys who you are, what you want, and why the prospect should listen.” Jay Abraham

Hence the need to continually refine and target your Market Dominating Position and message with the client in mind, not yourself.

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Four Ways to Enhance Your Customer Service Plan

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I wrote earlier about how one key to building a solid client service plan is to decide what your vision is.

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Here we’ll talk about the second step in taking your satisfied clients and turning them into raving fans. You have to know what your clients want. When you know who your clients are, you will know better how to serve them. Understanding the demographics are really important here. A higher income earning woman in her 30’s is going to have completely different expectations than a working-class man in his 50’s.

There are four areas you want to consider and think about when figuring out what your clients want:

  • Listen to Your Clients
  • Ask Your Clients Sincerely
  • Offer More than Just a Product/Service
  • Know When to Ignore Them


These are all important when deciding what your clients want out of their experience with you.

Listen to Your Clients

You want to listen not only to what is said but also to what is not said. Clients often say they want one thing and really want something else. For example, if your clients are asking for lower prices, you may discover that their real need is a low-risk engagement.

Also, listen to your “quiet” clients. These are the ones that don’t bother to complain because they feel that the service was so bad they’ve just given up. Or, don’t feel like their voice matters. A way to do this is to survey clients or check in after a service delivery to ensure they are satisfied.

When clients say “fine” LOOK OUT. This is typically code for, “I don’t care enough to respond”.

Ask Your Clients Sincerely

People know what you’re thinking even if you don’t say it. I have a client that calls his client’s 2 – 3 days after service to ask how the product is working and how was their experience. Lately it has been via text as it gets a better response rate. Ask them questions that get them thinking about their experiences. Let them feel that you care!

Offer More than Just a Product/Service

Your clients are often looking for much more than a product or service, they are also looking for an experience. For many of my clients where they are technically very smart, this means learning how to use emotional intelligence to connect with clients. To allow their clients to “be heard” even when you already know the answer. This helps clients contribute to their solution.

Know When to Ignore Them

This sounds like it goes against providing good client service, but the reality is, you can’t give them everything and some people you cannot satisfy. This is where being clear on your niche, and how you serve them, is important.  If you encounter a potential client that doesn’t fit your vision and the work that fits your superpower, they are not going to be happy. They will be happier somewhere else.

If you get stuck, take a tour of our resources, and let us help you through the process.


Are You Worried About Your Business Growth? Master These Four Steps

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Let’s talk about the phases of growth your business will go through and how to get the most out of each phase, while also extending the life of your business.

The four different phases of a business life cycle are:

  • Beginning
  • Growing
  • Transition
  • Mature

We’ll talk a little about what each one is and how they can each help expand your business’ life.

Beginning

This is typically where the owner is doing it all and they are relying upon their expertise and specialty. In the book The E-Myth they would call this a technicians time. At this point, it is hard to separate the business from the owner. The business is dependent upon the owner to be there, to deliver, and to leverage their expertise.

But a business owner can’t stay here forever and grow. They have to understand the next steps.

Growing

In this phase you want to start bringing on your support staff and learn to delegate to allow growth to happen. You need to keep a strong emphasis on the technical skills that your organization brings to the busines and the deliverables. This phase really belongs to the manager. You now start planning for the future while managing the assets and resources you have.

Transition

There is a point of growth in every successful business where business explodes and becomes chaotic. This is referred to as the Transition. It’s a good problem to have. But it presents new challenges, nonetheless. You are now faced with a number of choices:

  • Stay small avoid growth and be comfortable
  • Go out of business as you can’t keep up
  • Persist and move into the next phase

Developed

The last phase is maturity or developed, this doesn’t mean the end of your business. Your passion and drive for growth has to continue in order for you to succeed. You need to keep an entrepreneurial perspective in order to push your business forward. This is where working ON your business is crucial.

You see how all four of these cycles are connected and depend on a strong foundation for each one of them for your business to be, and continue to be, successful. Your three   key roles (Technician, Manager, and Entrepreneur must also work together to work through these cycles. If you have read the e-myth, you know these roles as technician, manager, and entrepreneur.

If you are frustrated dealing with the transition from one phase to the next, and figuring out which of the key roles you fit into, try our FREE test drive and work with one of our amazing coaches.


Building the Team to Propel Your Success

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Let’s talk about building your team. As your business grows, you will need and want to add staff because you can’t do it all.

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There are essentially archetypal roles that need to be filled to set your business up for success. In the book, The E-Myth Michael Gerber calls them:

  • The Technician
  • The Manager
  • The Entrepreneur

You need all of these roles and initially if you are by yourself you may play all of them.

The Technician

This person is the “doer”.  They are the specialist that actually does the work. They have the subject matter expertise or the technical skills to actually deliver the goods for the customer. This is typically the most visible person of the entire operation. These people represent the present.

The Manager

Is the one “managing” resources. Scheduling work, ensuring the books are taken care of, and that the marketing and payroll are handled. They are the practical side of the business. These people are learning from past mistakes and planning the efficient use of resources. They represent the past in this analogy.

The Entrepreneur

The person that represents the future is the Entrepreneur.  They are the visionaries that are always pointing toward the future. They are responsible for the creative side of the business and are always considering ways to enhance products/service, business image, branding, and more. They represent the future.

All three of these roles are essential in the success of any business.  If you want a solid foundation for your business, you want to be committed to getting the right person or people into these roles and not just be filling positions. DO NOT shortchange this process. Clearly, you need to be one of these key people. But many business owners think because they founded the business, they should be the “entrepreneur”. I recently celebrated a friend’s five-year business anniversary and she announced the new CEO of the company. Someone she brought in to be the visionary, the master planner for the company. The owner realized that she was great in the trenches and loved doing the hands-on work with their clients, she was the Master Technician so to speak.

This might be hard for you as you will need to relinquish some control and instill trust in people to allow them to do their jobs.

Remember, our business coaches can help you through this entire process and teach you the practical steps to move your business forward through each stage of growth when you try our FREE test drive.


Are You Overwhelmed with How to Create Content to Connect with Your Buyer? Three Steps to First Marketing Plan

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Many small business owners get so busy “working” that they don’t have time to market. And then when the “work “they are doing is done, they look around and ask, “Where are my customers?” One way to avoid this is to have a marketing plan that is easy to execute and that pulls customers to your business.

This can seem complicated but, with a bit of creativity, it can be simple and fun.

First:  Create the baseline content. Think of this as your warehouse of ideas. Step one; write down the top ten questions your customers tend to ask you. Step two; write down the top ten questions you wish they would ask you. Step three; answer those question in 300 to 500 words for each question.

Congratulations, you now have twenty Blog posts.

Second: Review the twenty questions and your answers and ask yourself what are the three to seven things that are most important to help your buyer? Pull those out and create a flyer, free report, or check list that you can trade to prospective buyers in return for their email address. For example:

  • The Top Three Things Your Should Ask Your Plumber
  • The 14-point Checklist That Ensures Your Success
  • Don’t Allow Your Accountant to Surprise You

You can find a graphic designer to help you put together the finalized product and now you have a “Lead Magnet.” Something to attract potential buyers.

Third: Review each of your blog posts and pick the most valuable idea from each, then write 150 – 200 words. And create a video for social media on each. You can record these on your phone. And you can download a teleprompter app like BigVu for both a free and professional version.

Congratulations you now have twenty videos or twenty weeks of “Content” to help you attract potential customers.

By taking time at the beginning to list and answer twenty questions you have created almost an entire years’ worth of content and a lead magnet by repurposing the content.

You have twenty blog posts. You have twenty videos. And you have a lead magnet. Put these pieces together and ping your potential customers emotional hot buttons and watch your business explode.

If you are overwhelmed and are looking for ways to acquire customers, check out my website with free resources.

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