Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry talked about all the ways to always Be promoting your business to increase sales. Growing your business is a non-stop task and we are going to cover some tips and tricks to help keep the pipeline full. Things like sample packs, websites and social media. This will be a great discussion that WILL help your business grow. Always Promote
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Always Promote Your Business
(Terry) Business cards
- The only thing many of our potential customers will ever see
- Make a great presentation
- Show all pertinent information
- Have a “business” email address
(Terry) Price sheets
- 1st, be sure to have one!
- Make a positive presentation
- Make yourself look like a professional capable of professional production levels
(Terry) Generic catalogs
- Let your vendors help you to look like a professional
(Terry) Sample packs
- Opportunity may come when you least expect it.
- My “5 Things” recently saying what should be in this package
- This is what your customer receives – likely a box of shirts
- Your name on the box (or the tape)
- Individually folded
- Labeled and bagged
- Promote your other products in the box
- Show your best work, and more importantly, show the work that you want to do
- Clean, crisp, professional – we want our customers to feel warm and fuzzy about our abilities as decorators
- The person behind the counter (if not you) can make or break your business
- Make it Professional Looking (WordPress)
- Have a call to action front and center
- Put the Social Media icons at the bottom
- Make external link open in new tab, don’t make them leave your site.
- Optimize for Mobile/Google
(Aaron) Social media
- Facebook Groups
(Aaron) Event Sites / Other Sales Channels
(Aaron) ASI / PPAI
- Great places to sign up to be a manufacturer of promotional products. You will need to be prepared to lower your margins, but you can, in turn, get some decent volume from these avenues. I would use it as a tool to keep your staff and equipment running in the slow times and then adjust your prices accordinly for these avenues when it is a busy time of the year for you and you can’t take on these lower margin jobs.
Aaron: Final Thoughts – Just because you are busy right now, does mean you should stop promoting. Sales is an organic process and your sales down the road (3 mo, 6 mo, year) are just starting today. So if you take today off of selling, plan on taking a day off down the road. That makes being efficient and profitable very hard.
Terry: Final Thoughts: Successful entrepreneurs let people know what they do for a living, and why “You should be excited about what I do as well!” Promoting your business is a part of everything you do inside and outside the business day to day.
Addition comments from the chat room:
- VeeAtCentralianShop: Is there a tool for creating a price sheet- software/app/template?
- VeeAtCentralianShop: wear your work- all seasons. It doesn’t have to have your company name. Maybe just a really cool design
- VeeAtCentralianShop: drive your work- have your company name and number on your vehicle (if you’re a respectable driver). Don’t put a laundry list on the back window. Don’t use that 12 by 12 inch magnet from Vista Print- no one can read it EVER!
- VeeAtCentralianShop: go to local lunch and learns and ask appropriate questions for the topic- while wearing your work. Double whammy!
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