***This is a Guest blog post about referral marketing is by Coach/Speaker, Mickey Griffith.  

“The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

How many times have we heard that? In school, in business, at home when we hear ourselves saying it to our children or ourselves? Reminding ourselves that we shouldn’t leave things undone. Get busy. Get in motion. Get something done, don’t just talk about it. So then, what it should really say is, “The Road to Hell is paved with procrastination.”

The Road to Success is paved with good intentions! Especially when it comes to referral marketing.

If building referral marketing success is a process of developing and using business contacts as a way to build business, then the road to Success should be paved with good intentions. Or more specifically; good intent. Having good intentions is the base gravel for the road and dictates the strength of the foundation on which the referral marketing traffic is going to travel.

What is your true intent in regards to your referral marketing activities? Are you engaged in a process of motivating your referral partners by truly helping them, or are you just doing the minimum to maintain the relationship?

People will eventually see through a facade. Are you practicing open, honest communication with those in your referral network? Having a foundation of good intentions is essential in traveling a smooth road to referral marketing success.

Honest, good intent will help you avoid common referral marketing mistakes.

Good intent will keep you from pouncing on potential new referrals, pushing them away or forcing a referral that isn’t quite ready yet. Try to make sure the true intent was not just to make yourself look good in your referral network.

Passing a referral at your meeting might feel good, but it does not help the person being referred and can in fact damage the very relationship you’re trying to build.

This one should be easy, but is often overlooked, especially by those new to the referral marketing process: Good intent should keep you from meeting with people in your referral network for a one-to-one and then trying to sell them your goods or services.

The one-to-one meeting is about building a relationship and if you are immediately trying to sell to people in your referral network, it will quickly be public knowledge that your intent is really just to sell.

Where the rubber meets the road. Sometimes looking in the mirror can be tough, but try doing a thorough examination. Be careful not to misdiagnose your intent.

Are you really involving yourself to help others as a means of growing your own business? Notice the “help others” comes first in that statement. Selfless giving is not always hereditary, it can be developed, and it really is essential to building good will with people you are trying to do business with by referral.

Finally, old adages don’t die easily. The road to hell is paved with procrastination. New habits take exercise and the more you exercise good intentions the more success you should see, just ahead.

Keep Shining!

Mickey Griffith

About Mickey Griffith

referral marketingMickey Griffith is a speaker and coach. He brings to the audience his passion for business behavior, relationship management, and leadership principles. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, and a specialty in referral marketing, Mickey inspires entrepreneurs with valuable tools to grow their business. As an engaging speaker, his mission is to create more productive, meaningful improvement in business and organizational relationships.  Find out more about Mickey’s business at sacramento.asentiv.com

I hope you enjoyed this guest post.

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Katrina Sawa

The Jumpstart Your Biz Coach, Speaker &

Author of the book, Love Yourself Successful

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katrina@jumpstartyourmarketing.com

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Today I’m sharing marketing tips that all small business owners should be spending time on.

marketingMost small business owners focus their efforts in only one area – going after new business. But by solely focusing on acquiring new business, there’s a tendency to forget or to be inconsistent with marketing to their contact databases or referral sources. Those are two areas that are the easiest to go after.

The 3 Types of Marketing You Should Focus On

  1. Database Marketing
  2. Referral Source Marketing
  3. New Business Marketing

Your Database Marketing is marketing to everyone you know…, regardless of your relationship. This includes your hair dresser, dentist, neighbors and friends. Keep in mind that it’s likely that everyone you know could be a potential prospect or referral source.

Database Marketing needs to be done via email, mail, phone, social media, and in person visits – the more ways the better! Your ultimate goal is to be top of mind with everyone you know all of the time so you are the first person they of if they know needs your products or services.

Database Marketing Methods:

  • Send out bi-weekly or weekly emails (monthly is not frequent enough for most businesses);
  • Hold regular teleclasses or events they can attend for free or paid;
  • Mail to them often and consistently;
  • Make reminder phone calls and follow up calls;
  • Connect with them on the social media sites you belong to or where they’ll see you most often;
  • Drop by their offices or drop materials by their homes can be effective, if it’s a good fit.

Your Referral Source Marketing is marketing to all those individuals, companies or groups that directly market to your target market.

These are complementary businesses to yours or big fans of yours that will be most likely to refer business to you. You want to go through your database and build a list of these people, companies or groups that you can market to. You can also do a Google search by industry or type of business or person to find or connect with more individuals or companies to add to your Referral Source list to market to.

The marketing messages that you’ll send to Referral Sources will greatly differ from the ones you send to your regular database of prospects and contacts, and will be very different from the ones you send to new businesses.

Referral Source Marketing Methods can Include any or all of the above plus:

  • Invite referral sources to be guest on your teleclasses, radio or TV show, or speak at your events (and offer to do the same for them);
  • Invite referral sources to use your articles or content in their email newsletters, blogs or websites (and offer to do the same);
  • Build an automated online referral program (typically called an Affiliate Program) that can track referrals;
  • Send referral sources pre-written email or web copy or mailed materials they can send out to promote your products, services, events or classes (making sure you have a tracking system in place of course to reward the ones who send you business);
  • Connect with them on social media, letting them know online when something comes up they can promote, comment on or share with their followers.

Your New Business Marketing will consist more of direct marketing to your targeted list of prospects. You can buy a list if you want so you can do a mailing but make sure you’re very clear on the demographics and psychographics of your prospects in order to narrow the list down.

New Business Marketing Methods can include any or all of the above plus:

  • Social networking is one of the most popular ways to do this today. There are hundreds of sites and places to find prospects online but you’ll need to be efficient with your time. You can easily get sucked in and spend too much time on social media. Go searching with a goal of who you want to connect with, where you want to drive them to (ie; your website, opt in box, call with you, etc.) and have an appropriate way to introduce yourself without being too self-promoting.
  • Find blogs and groups or forums online where your target market congregates and post on them often. Ask and answer questions. Learn how to become an expert on that site and if possible, submit content. Share your expertise.
  • Speak, sponsor or network at events where your target market will be in attendance. Learn how to “work the room” however so you can meet and connect with as many people as possible.
  • Run advertisements in your local area or even national publications or online publications that reach your ideal prospects.

Keep in mind that for all types of marketing, the goal should be to get them into your mailing list and into your email database so that you can continue to market to them. But never rely solely on email marketing to reach all of these people, not in this era; you have to connect with them in many different ways if you really want to be seen. You’ve got to build relationships with them over time and that is the most effective way to market to anyone. People will do business with people they like, trust and connect with so make it easy for them to do business with you and refer their friends to you too!

To find out WHERE YOU STAND in your marketing…

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Katrina Sawa

The Jumpstart Your Biz Coach, Speaker &

Author of the book, Love Yourself Successful

916-872-4000

katrina@jumpstartyourmarketing.com

“Kicking YOU and YOUR Business Into High Gear Making a LOT More MONEY Doing What
You LOVE!”

P.S.  Get your FREE Jumpstart Your Biz Kit at www.JumpStartYourMarketing.com/ 

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Katrina Sawa is an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Award-Winning Coach who’s helped thousands of small business owners get to the next level in business, revenues and their personal life. She offers one-on-one coaching, group coaching, live seminars and do-it-yourself business-building products. She’s been featured on various news talk shows and radio shows including Oprah and Friends XM Radio, ABC and TheCW. Go online now to get started with her Free Jumpstart Your Biz Kit at www.JumpstartGift.com! 

 

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Have you got stacks of these around YOUR office?

Massive networking and consistent, relationship marketing follow up are the two main things that I did from day one, 12 years ago, (and still do!) to build a very successful and profitable business.

If you are attending networking events at least a couple times a month or more and/or speaking or being an exhibitor at live events then I would venture to guess that you are NOT doing enough follow up. NO ONE DOES!

You are most likely missing out on thousands of dollars every single month due to your lack of follow up (and following up in many different ways too, not just one or two). I find (and so do many of my clients who are using my Follow Up System) that the majority of sales (MAJORITY!!) I make from each event I attend happen in the follow up process! Yes, it’s true.

What I’ve also found though is that entrepreneurs just won’t take the time to do their follow up (the way it needs to be done). They/YOU just don’t take the time.

Then you wonder what happened and why didn’t you get any business? Or you think to yourself “boy, networking doesn’t work”. When it does work BUT you have to know how to ‘work it’. And you can still do that without being pushy or annoying….I do it all the time and so do my coaching clients.

So, if this is one area you KNOW you need help with and you know you need a system for so it will actually get done or delegated to be done….then please go grab my Follow Up System.

I can’t express enough how this will help you totally transform your business and your revenues. In it I teach you a lot more than just follow up too but it’s all in one convenient package to learn how to jumpstart your business and follow up right now, this could make a difference for you IMMEDIATELY in your sales. Plus you get a ton of other bonuses too this week when you buy it!

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So where do you start?  What do you do to market and grow your business?

There are so many options right? It’s possible even, that you’re somewhat overwhelmed right now just thinking about it.

Well, I like to start with ‘free first, then pay’ options…how does that sound to you? The reason being is that typically these days people need to experience you somehow or in a couple different ways before they will sign up, buy or pay for anything you have to offer. It’s not always the case but usually. That’s why we give free gifts on our websites, do free talks and teleseminars and why we write articles on our blogs and more.

I usually recommend focusing your marketing in 3 different types of marketing, they are:

1.  Database Marketing

2.  Referral Source Marketing

3.  New Business Marketing

The reason I break it down like this is because most small business owners focus most of their efforts in only one area, going after new business, and they forget or choose not to do much to market to their databases or referral sources which are the easiest to go after!  (Let me explain each and give you some examples.)

Your Database Marketing is marketing to everyone and anyone you know….regardless of your relationship.  This includes your hair dresser, dentist, neighbors and friends.  More than likely everyone you know could be a potential prospect or referral source (but we’ll talk about referral sources separately for this example).

Database Marketing needs to be done via email, mail, phone, social media, in person visits possibly and maybe even fax if you or your customers still use it – the more ways the better!  The goal is to be on top of mind with everyone you know (and those you add to your database too) all the time so if they or someone they know needs your products or services, you are the first person they think of.

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Influence is one of those words that I never thought about too much until just last year in fact. One of my speaker peers and friends mentioned it a couple times during her talk at a conference we both spoke at. When I stopped to think about it, and what having influence truly meant, I was excited to discover that I’d been doing many of the right things to BUILD INFLUENCE all throughout my 11+ year journey as an entrepreneur.

Here are a few thoughts about what I see can help us all Grow Our Influence in order to Make a Difference With Our Messages.

Definition of INFLUENCE: The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

So where do you start?  What can you do to grow your influence?

I’ve identified 4 keys to growing your influence:

  1. Massive marketing to gain exposure
  2. Effective leadership and community building to gain trust
  3. Considerate and conscientious sharing of referrals and resources to gain love
  4. Impactful educating and motivating to gain credibility

You want to have people tell you “I see you everywhere” or “I hear your name everywhere”.

Let’s talk about each one of these independently…

  1. Massive marketing to gain exposure – For marketing, I typically recommend focusing your on 3 different types of marketing (I wrote an article on those two weeks ago), they are:
  2. Database Marketing – communicating with everyone you have access to and that are in your database via email, mail, phone and in person if you can too.
  3. Referral Source Marketing – communicating to see if or how you can help each other via email, mail, phone and social media or in person too if you can. Offer them opportunities to write posts for your blog, be a guest on your radio show if you have one, a teleclass to your list or other way to joint venture.
  4. New Business Marketing – searching out places where your target market is hanging out such as local or national events, virtual conferences or programs, social media sites, publications or radio shows and so much more. Reach out and connect and drive them to a next step.
  5. Effective leadership and community building to gain trust – This has to do with leading in your business, leading a team and building a following of people who love you, trust you, want to be around you or take every training you’ve got to offer and who refer you.
  6. Considerate and conscientious sharing of referrals and resources to gain love – This has to do with really having the spirit of giving first. Finding all sorts of ways to give of your expertise, your content, your time if able and give of your resources. This doesn’t mean you have to give all your products and services away, but being that go-to-gal that people reach out to when they’re looking for answers or a resource or a person and you offering whatever you can in that regard anytime without question.
  7. Impactful educating and motivating to gain credibility – This has to do with your expertise and showing the world what you know, what you do and how you can help others. It’s by providing great content, products and programs. It’s about inspiring and motivating those you come in contact with regardless if they’re paying you or not or even if you remember them three years later; it’s them remembering you and how you impacted their life.

Let’s set examples for the women who follow us, follow in our footsteps online and offline so we can build a truly remarkable, loving world.

Now, if you want more specific examples, steps and samples of ways to do all this then you really want to attend my 3 ½ day Jumpstart Your Marketing® & Sales Summit this April where I lay out everything you need to do to market and build influence in all of these areas.

Join me in April and let’s jumpstart your business! Go to www.LiveBigEvents.com for all the details and sign up today!

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Katrina Sawa is known as The JumpStart Your Biz Coach because she literally kicks her clients and their businesses into high gear.  She works with highly motivated women entrepreneurs that want to maximize their business to make more money, enjoy more free time and fully embrace your happiest life ever.  Katrina uses online and offline strategies to leverage your resources, contacts and your expertise; plus she kicks you in the butt to implement it all too!  Katrina is an author, speaker and coach and she has been featured on the Oprah and Friends XMRadioNetwork, ABC and the CW.  Get her Free Entrepreneur’s Success Kit + couple other gifts online at www.JumpStartYourMarketing.com/freegifts!

 

 

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