Monday, February 28, 2011
David encouraged me very early on to identify, nurture, and cultivate centres of influence. As a result, I analysed where the recurring income had come from over the lifecycle of my previous business in the events market.
In traditional marketing terms, this is your marketing maven: the person who likes to be ahead of the pack. As we saw in chapter 6 when we looked at clearance sales, these people are connectors. Much of their social currency lies in connecting people they might want to impress or a group they want to belong to. They truly enjoy feeling connected, might not be our biggest spenders, and are fiercely loyal. Pay good attention to all your clients, but be especially on the lookout for red-flag moments with your centres of influence. Keep in contact with them and keep them happy.
Centres of influence show how important it is to be aware of where your work is coming from and to have systems in place to track that work. One way to do this is to source your leads, which simply means to ask every new client how they found out about you. Apart from having this on your enquiry form on your website, get into the habit of asking people in your meetings and have your team ask new clients too.
Once you know who your centres of influence are, strongly consider adding them to your A-list of clients. Treat your centres of influence well and make it easy for them to recommend you.
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To your sales success
Author of the forthcoming book, 'True Brand Toolkit: How to Bring in Big Money for Your Small Business.'