Colleen, I know you say to ask for testimonials but I don’t know how. Can you provide some direction? Valerie in Stamford CT.
Thanks for your question Valerie. While there are many, many ways to collect testimonials from clients here are 3 easy ways to get started right away.
1. Keep your ears open wide
When you’re talking to your customers on the phone, does anyone ever share with you a little story about how they were able to make great use of your product or service? Check your email. Has anyone ever sent you a note just to say “thanks for the great work” on that last job you did for them? Or have you ever received glowing feedback from a client who responded to a survey that you sent out? Each of those is a testimonial, just waiting for you to act on it. And that takes me to my next point…
2. Ask and you shall receive
Remember our friend W. Clement Stone? He once famously said: “If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!” When a client says great things about you, about your work or the products you sell, give them the opportunity to turn that praise into a testimonial. Simply ask: “I’d really love it if I could include what you just said in my client testimonials. Would that be okay?” People generally like to be helpful to other people, but they’ll never get that opportunity to give you that all-powerful testimonial if you don’t ask first.
3. Make it easy for people
One of the most common comments you’ll hear from clients when asking for testimonials is “Well I’m really not much of a writer, so it’s hard for me to put it in words.” The real power of testimonials comes from the fact that they’re not polished…they’re authentic and from the heart. A marketing professional I know quite well recently shared with me his secret about how he addresses this issue in his business. “I borrowed an idea from John Caples-one of the great copywriters of the 20th century. When asking a client for a testimonial, he’d simply say ‘Finish this sentence in 25 words or less: I really like (product/service/person) because…’ This really works because it gets right to the point about the feelings people have for you, for what you do and for what you’re selling.”
Plan to implement one of these ideas this week – and one a week there after and you will soon have a file over flowing with profitable testimonials you can use to close bid sales fast! For more lessons on Testimonials visit www.TestimonialDirector.com and sign up for our 7-day testimonial e-course.
Dedicated to increasing your sales,