So, you’ve created a website that has been hosted on a local web hosting server.
You’ve optimized that website with nothing less than basic SEO.
You’ve created a loyal following on social media … that being your Facebook fan page (for your business), a Twitter account, a Google+ account, a YouTube account and maybe even a LinkedIn account (don’t forget Pinterest too!).
And, over the past two years now you’ve published at least 24 unique, business related posts (on your business blog) with quality information that your potential customers are looking for.
All of this and you are STILL in need of a means to get new customers for your business?
Well then, have you tried direct mailings? You know, the kind where you send out, say, a postcard either announcing your new business, or a business offering (especially if it is time-limited!).
Here are a few videos to teach you the benefits, and the different types of direct mailings you might consider for your business.
Direct Mail – the Benefits
WARNING: http://www.asendia.com/knowhow (URL in video shared here ONLY for your convenience, as most of you may not be ready for their examples).
Direct Mail Marketing Campaign Tips
For postal regulations in YOUR area, contact the postal outlet nearest you.
10 Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Postcard
Their “Before You Mail” Checklist is no longer available but … they do have some great samples for a variety of different local businesses to view through, so you might want to check them out. Hop on over to see them now, and then click on “Sample Gallery” on their menu bar. You WILL be amazed, I’m sure of it.
While you’re waiting for a response to your direct mailing, you might consider trying the following…
|What is their…|
|Level of Education:|
|Interests or Hobbies:|
|Do they socialize online and/or offline?|
|Where can you find them?|
Once you’ve answered all of the above, now describe the person who is your ideal customer/client in one sentence. As an example, here is my ideal customer sentence:
My ideal client is anywhere from 30 to 70 years of age, owns a business in southern Ontario, Canada with a moderate to high income of say, $50,000 and above (so they will be able to easily afford outsourced services) with at least a high school education, a good sense of humour, are able to think for themselves, and are loyal to those who give them value for their money, though they’ve not always got time to be on their social media accounts, if they even have them.
List 5 to 10 people who are your existing customers/clients who match your ideal client profile.
Make a list of anywhere from 5 to 8 questions that you will ask your 5 to 10 existing customers/clients.
Here are some questions you can use as is or adjust them according to your needs.
Q1: What about my products/services are you the most happy with?
Q2: Why did you choose to invest in my products/services?
Q3: What was the biggest factor in your choosing to work with me?
Q4: What do you need the most help with now in your business?
Q5: What are your biggest challenges in your business?
Q6: What one solution would you most like to have?
Q7: How likely is it that you would recommend [your business name goes here] to a friend or colleague? (1-10 – 10 being most likely)
Now you are ready to create an online survey.
Create a Free Online Survey Using SurveyMonkey
Once you are finished creating your survey it’s time to prepare an email announcing your wishes. Below is a sample of an email I issued. Feel free to tweak it to your needs!
The answers you receive will be a big help to you, so truly pay attention to your customer’s feedback from this survey. Many times, people will be more frank answering a survey then they might be face-to-face or in an email.
These answers will help you solve any issues that MIGHT be holding you back from getting more customers for your business.
And … there’s more great tips where this came from so be sure you bookmark this site and come back real soon.
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2 thoughts on “How to Get New Customers for Your Business”
This is a great tip I hadn’t thought of. Do you know generally what your return will be on the paper mailing list? Like a percent? I guess it probably depends on what your niche is maybe. Do you find people are ever annoyed by the post card? I suppose maybe not if they like your brand. Interesting idea about the surveys! There’s no better way to get feedback than direct!
Yes Sam, feedback will help any type of business hone in on the good and hopefully weed out the bad. As for postcards annoying receivers, I don’t think that is so much the case as grabbing the attention of those looking for your particular business offering. How many car ads do you see in one day? Do they annoy you? Yet, when in the market for a new car, you see EVERY car ad that is placed in front of you, be they TV commercials, magazine ads, direct mail, newspaper ads or internet ads. Direct mail only works to contact those in the market for the advertised offering. Others won’t notice or simply send the ads to their recycle bins. At least this has been my experience.