Once leads started to come in from blogging, I found that a lot of them were not that great and I was spending too much time driving from town to town after bad leads.
I asked one of my mentors, Bob Burg, for advice and he suggested I read Robert Cialdini’s book Influence. So I did…
Side note: The key to keeping a mentor is to do the thing they suggested and then report back to them what you learned, applied, and the results. They will feel their time invested in you is paying off and not for nothing and will continue to offer wisdom and guidance.
After reading Cialdini’s book Influence, I went straight to work redesigning my website and I saw big gains in my quality of leads and close ratio from website leads.
Then Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Little Red Book of Selling, told me to start asking my customers why they bought from me, after every sale. And what they told me (and will tell you, if you ask) is pure gold.
I took that information and further improved my website, this more than doubled our close ratio from website leads, but that’s not even the best part…
The best part is that the website alone sold the job for me before I even arrived at the estimate.
I only know this because after I was awarded the job on the spot, I would say,
“Thank you. You could have gone with another company. Why did you choose us?”
And many would reply, “Steve, you had the job before you arrived. We didn’t call another company.”
Some were impressed with all the video testimonials we had, or better yet, recognized somebody they knew.
Step 5: The ABC’s of Selling (Always Be Connecting)
The 3rd and major component to getting started as fast as possible is networking. This is one of the fastest ways to get known, build relationships, and get high-value leads, especially when getting started.
Start with BNI. Find a local BNI chapter in your town that has at least 30 members. Once you join, make it a point to get to know each member and what a perfect lead looks like to them. If you focus on them, you will be taken care of.
Then, join your chamber of commerce and do the same thing. Focus on others and what a great referral looks like to them. Buy Bob Burg’s book Endless Referrals for more on this.
The highest and most connected networking group is Rotary. The key with Rotary and why it attracts the most successful if because the focus is not business or networking but in service to others.
Upon joining Rotary, find a community to join and then serve. If you do this, again you will be well taken care of.
As a newly single father of two from MI, he struggled to start over as a paint contractor in FL, going door to door. His situation was so bad, even the IRS had mercy on him. Feeling completely hopeless, he remembered the story of King Solomon praying for wisdom. Could it be so easy? He felt he had absolutely nothing to lose. So, as a bankrupt, divorced, high school dropout, single father of 2 young kids, now living 1250 miles away from all friends and family, started to pray for wisdom.
And while he continues to wait for the wisdom to arrive, what did come was an insatiable desire to learn and read books…
Thanks to God for giving him the burning passion to read books, and attend seminars, (oh and winning the wife lottery) he not only cracks the success code and overcomes the struggle, but also streamlines his painting business in less than 3 years, published a how to book, then sold the company. Now he leads a business coaching company for painting contractors so he can help other businesses, like yours, to do the same.