Have you ever tried to attract a new prospect but felt that you were falling short of making your case? Sometimes it’s because we may be coming off like a salesperson. Because, if you try to sell someone something, a typical reaction you may receive is that person becomes immediately not that into you. As the nation’s #1 sales expert Jeffrey Gitomer says, “People Don’t Like to Be Sold, But They Love To BUY!™”
The Struggle with Business Development
Almost every advisor I talk with struggles with business development. If you’re reading this blog and can identify with that initial statement, just know that you’re not alone.
During those conversations, I try to determine the root of their struggle. The majority of the time, the reply I get is “I can’t find enough qualified people to talk business with”…or some variation of that statement.
I think many people misunderstand marketing. Some businesses will spend a lot of time deciding what they are going to DO for their marketing in 2020. Whether that is hosting seminars or events, running a social media or email campaign, or requesting referrals from existing clients, your approach may be wrong.
I believe you should instead focus more on what you are going to SAY. When you’ve fine-tuned your messaging, you’ll see much better results no matter what your marketing efforts are.
The holiday season is in full swing and shopping deadlines are just around the corner. Trees are up, lights are hung on houses, and the malls are packed full of shoppers. This time of year reminds us all of who we are thankful for and as an advisor, the holidays are a perfect time to show your clients just how much you really appreciate them! However, finding the right gift for your clients can be a struggle.
When you send out a holiday card or an email to everyone you know
expressing gratitude for their friendship or business, it is nice and well-intentioned.
I believe, though, that the most powerful way to truly show that you are thankful is by sending an individual email, making a call, or writing a meaningful note in a card to your friend, associate or client.
This holiday season, I am making a point to call people that I am truly thankful for or writing a note in a card to tell them personally.