“Marketing is a lot like dating. First you go to a movie followed by a sequence of events leading to commitment.”
Duct Tape Marketing by John Jantsch, page 187
Chapter 11: Ramp Up Your Referral Machine
One major shortcoming of today’s sales professional is their failure to openly ask for referrals. Perhaps it sounds pushy to them, or they have an unspoken fear of rejection or embarrassment. Whatever the reason, you are probably leaving dollars on the table.
Asking for a referral can be as easy as saying, “Do you have any friends or acquaintances who you feel might also enjoy the services we are providing? This is my primary way to grow my business. I would be grateful for any names you can think of.”
I was taught a number of years ago to always ask for more than one name. If you ask for three there is a good chance your satisfied client will think of one. If you ask for five you might get two names. When you ask for one, often times they come up empty. Think big. Ask for five.
Mike presents a business-building webinar on the third Thursday of every month sponsored by AmaWaterways. To receive monthly invitations send Mike an email with the words “business training” in the Subject Box. You will also receive a link to the recorded version. firstname.lastname@example.org