You’ve started your own business, and now it’s time to generate leads. So where do you get started? It can be hard to keep pressing forward and finding those targeted customers. This article is about to give you an idea as to what can be done about this. Keep reading to find out some helpful tips.
Go to networking events in your community. Lead generation isn’t just about emails, ads, and social media. It’s also about getting personal and direct communication. Hit as many networking events as you can, especially those related to your target audience. This is one of the most effective ways of generating leads.
Look to affiliate marketing to generate leads and even customers. Why do all the work for leads when you can have others do it for you on commission? Affiliate programs are a very effective way of introducing your product to new audiences. In fact, you’ll see a lot of content created around your product or service. That’s very effective.
Ask your current customers to pass on word about your company to those they know. Your current loyal customers are the best lead generation asset you have. Their word of mouth can really mean a lot to generating new customers. Just them sharing your company information in social media can be surprisingly powerful.
Check out events in your area and see if there’s a way you can use them to generate leads. For example, if there is a cycling race, buy a sponsorship package. Then you can get yourself on TV talking about it, or in the paper, or just talk to people who are there to watch.
Don’t forget your website! Many people create a site and then just leave it, believing that “if you build it, they will come.” They won’t unless you actually put some effort into it. Create a blog and update it frequently, or add new content as often as possible to the site itself.
You don’t just have to buy ad space in local newspapers to get your ads in there. Instead, consider writing an article on a topic related to your business. For example, if you are a landscaper, you can write about how frequently to water your lawn and what the best time of day is.
Find out if any local publications available for free fit within your niche. For example, real estate agents can get into the local “New Homes” guides found in boxes around the city. If you are a dentist, you could get an ad in a free kids’ magazine which details local attractions.
Don’t be afraid to cut certain tactics that aren’t performing as they should. Even if a tactic is generating a ton of leads, it may be that the leads just really aren’t that strong. If there’s low to no conversion, why continue spending in the channel? Rather double down on tactics that are converting.
Look at your competitors to see what tactics they use to generate leads. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when you are going to market. Oftentimes, your competitors have already done the hard work for you. If you see them using certain tactics heavily, there’s a good chance they are doing so because it works.
Consider volunteering to help build leads. Choose a group which somehow relates to your niche, such as Cub Scouts if you are a dentist or a French club if you happen to be a tutor. Volunteering shows you have a good soul and can help build a positive reputation.
Create a local reciprocal referral database for yourself and other local businesses. You can set it up on Google Documents and ask people you know to join it. If you know someone who needs dental work you can refer them to a dentist on the list and, if he knows someone who needs you he’ll, do the same.
Remember that people respect honesty more than hype, so when you try to generate more leads, leave an open and honest offer on the table. Adding bells and whistles just makes you look like a generic salesperson who will do whatever it takes to get people to buy. Generate leads with a quality presentation and you gain permanent customers instead.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to generate leads is through referrals for your services! Offering existing customers incentives for referrals, such as a certain amount of money discounted the next time they use your services, will let you have several leads quickly. It’s a foolproof way to get new business!
Did you come away from reading this thinking that you can use these tips to help you get some leads. Hopefully so, and it’s time to get going so that you can draw in those new customers. Remember that once you get new customers, you must also practice customer retention!