Whether we are talking about getting referrals to boost lead generation or improving our working relationships with colleagues, the key ingredient for establishing and maintaining healthy relationships is better communication.
Below we look at three great ways to enhance the provider-client relationship to make it easier for them to provide referrals for your business
1. Education through Communication
Firstly you need to educate your clients as to who would be a good referral for you.
One way is to release regular newsletters—it’s easy and cost-effective. The content of these newsletters should be focused on helping them and providing value, not a constant sales pitch. They should also have some personal news and may even contain some fun or humour.
In return, regular newsletters benefit you by implicitly reminding your connections and clients about your business and what it can bring to the table. In the long run, it will also make it easier for them to publicise your business.
2. Make a Statement
A brief statement about your business objectives, your services and the benefits you provide, is another great promotional tool for getting referrals and boosting lead generation. Even just a few key words to summarise your position will come in handy.
Most importantly, create a brief statement about the niche you primarily work with, so that people don’t need to guess who they should refer you to.
3. Help your Clients out and they will Help you out
Now, although this is all important, let’s reverse this ‘me, me, me’ mentality for a moment and turn our focus to your clients.
Do you know what their ideal client looks like? It’s important to put this into your CRM and then actively try and refer clients to them.
Even if you don’t get referrals from them, you are keeping your clients happy and that counts for a lot!
Following the above three steps alone will enhance your lead generation results through getting more referrals. There is nothing too difficult in this – but the potential benefits are huge.
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