Are you an independent business owner? Are you desperate to bring in new leads? Without them, your business will not have new growth and may eventually die. Put the following tips to use to locate new leads.
To understand where Your audience hangs out
Survey your current customers about where they typically congregate online. To generate quality leads, you need to understand where your audience hangs out. Once you know, get involved in that community any way you can. That may mean advertising or it may mean becoming a thought leader in the community.
Lead values are key
Not every lead will work with your campaign. Make sure to qualify which leads are going to be your target for your marketing and do not waste time sending information to those you know will not benefit. You are more likely to find success when you pick the proper leads.
Don’t forget about having a follow-up plan
Once you have generated some leads, it is important to remember that you need to turn those leads into paying clients or customers. Have a plan in place so that you can begin that work as soon as you get some quality leads.
Set time every week to follow up with potential leads. It usually takes more than one touch point to turn a potential qualified lead into a real hot lead. SO after you’ve made first contact, set time a week or two later to touch base again. It’s about frequency here to make this person into a customer.
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.
Talk to business owners in related industries
They may be willing to share leads with you, by sending their customers your way. For example, if you own a shop where you sell balloons, talking to a florist about a joint venture is a great way to get leads from another business.
Career fairs are a great place to generate leads if your business has a downline. While you do have to invest in a table, you will have a most captive audience. Be sure to stand out from the crowd by offering something more than just brochures and your pretty face.
Obviously, when generating leads, you are working according to a budget and cannot pursue every venture. That is why it’s important that you do have a set budget and that you are always paying attention to discount opportunities when it comes to promotion. This being said, make sure the money is being spent wisely.
If you have not been tapping into the power of social media enough, then it’s time to expand your efforts. There are cost efficient social media campaigns you can run on the most popular sites, and ways to really make content go viral. All of your customer base is there to help you share what you can do for your new customers.
If you are a business owner, you have to pay attention to leads. A stagnating business withers and dies, and you do not want that to happen. Use this advice to have a rosy future.