How You Can Turn $25 into $4,000Joe Gracia
April 13, 2010 — 1,251 views
In addition to being one of the best marketers I know, my wife, Maria, is also an expert organizer. Her Web site, Get Organized Now! is one of the most popular and successful organizing sites on the Web.
Before we moved our organizing business to the Web, Maria used to market her personal organizing services to individuals and businesses.
Using a variety of powerful marketing techniques she grew an incredibly successful organizing business in a very short period of time.
The following is just one example of how she did that.
Maria knew that she would get very little business by merely placing ads in the local media for her services, even though this is what 90% of all small business owners do.
Her marketing goal was to build a prospect list of people who had a high interest in getting organized.
One of the ways she would attract prospects was by holding free workshops.
She contacted a local business who had conference rooms that could be rented out by the hour. Instead of paying for the conference room, she offered the owner a unique proposition.
An irresistible offer
She told the owner that she would be happy to offer one of her 'Get Organized Now!' Noon Workshops to any of her clients who would be interested in attending -- for free.
She made it clear to the owner that she regularly charges $35 per person for her workshops, but that she would be willing to offer this one workshop on a complimentary basis.
She was willing to do this if the business owner would, 1) allow her to present the free workshop in one of her conference rooms at no charge, and 2) would include an invitation to the workshop in her next invoice mailing to her list of clients.
A win-win-win proposition
The business owner readily agreed because she correctly saw this as a win-win-win opportunity. She would be seen by her clients as providing them with added value by offering them a $35 workshop for free, her clients would win by gaining valuable organizing information, and Maria would win by introducing herself and her services to a group of new prospects. This was a perfect Give to Get opportunity for everyone.
To prepare for the workshop, Maria created a packet of handouts for each of the attendees. The total cost for the handouts was $25.
The business owner included the RSVP invitation to the free Get Organized Now! Noon Workshop in her next mailing to her client list. And she even followed up with a phone call to many of her clients to see if they were interested in attending.
The mailing and calls resulted in 17 people attending the workshop.
Maria's workshop was very well received. The attendees loved the information presented, and the business owner was so pleased with the positive response, that she immediately made plans to hold more free workshops in the future.
Since Maria's main purpose for holding the workshop was to attract prospects for her organizing services, she wanted to get contact information from everyone who attended.
Offer an incentive to get contact information
She did this by offering everyone a free Get Organized Now! Idea-Pak filled with even more great organizing tips.
She passed out sign-up slips for her attendees to fill out.
But she didn't stop there, she also had a drawing for a door prize, and used the sign up slips as the entry form for the prize. This made certain that 'everyone' filled out a sign up slip.
After the workshop a number of the attendees came up to talk to Maria about her services. Maria answered their questions and got their phone numbers so she could follow up with them in a few days.
The first part of Maria's marketing system worked beautifully. She now had 17 new prospects who had already gotten to know, like and trust her through personal contact.
The workshop had also helped to establish Maria's credibiity as an expert in her field. This is something that can't be accomplished through one-step ads.
Maria's next step in her strategy was to get an appointment with as many of her new prospects as possible.
Of course, she used our 'Give to Get' approach to accomplish this. Instead of simply calling her prospects and asking for a sales apppointment, she instead contacted her new list by mail and then by phone offering them a free Organizing Tips Presentation where she would offer them a few more tips and answer any specific organzing questions they might have.
She also let them know that she would tell them about her services and leave them with some information about her fees.
When she followed up with her 17 prospects, 3 agreed to meet with her for their free tips presentation.
Of those 3 appointments, she secured 1 new client, for a $585 organizing project. Already that was an excellent return on her $25 -- but that isn't where the story ends.
Within a few weeks, Maria received a call from someone who was very interested in her services. She was referred to Maria by an attendee at the workshop. That referral resulted in another immediate project for $475.
That same new client secured Maria's services two more times that year for a total of $1500.
By following up a number of additional times with the original attendees, Maria was able to convert another attendee into a client.
There would be more referrals to come from these new clients.
Within 8 months of the inital free workshop and a one-time $25 investment, Maria received over $4,000 in organizing project fees.
Of course, over the next year or two, repeat sales and additional referrals increased that amount substantially.
This was just one of the marketing techniques that Maria used to grow her organizing business.
It is a powerful technique that you can apply to your business as well.
Notice that she didn't spend a penny on advertising.
Instead she 'gave people what they wanted,' and they responded.
You will always have much more success by using the 'Give to Get' approach to overcome resistance.
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