I Hate Asking for Referrals! – 6 Proven Methods for Getting a Flood of Referrals Without Asking

Written by David Frey

Copyright 2005 David Frey

Yes, I admit it - I hate asking for referrals - don’t you? Be honest. Doesn’t your heart start to pump faster and hands start to sweat even thinking about asking a customer for a referral?

If you’re like me, you hate to impose on others. Asking for names of friends or family members almost makes you feel as though you’re selling a multi-level marketing opportunity.

Not to worry. There are many ways to get a continual stream of qualified referrals without having to go throughrepparttar painful process of asking for referrals face-to-face.

The secret to getting referrals without asking for them is to develop referral systems that dorepparttar 135065 asking for you. Here are six innovative systems for getting referrals without asking.

Referral System # 1

Make a list of people / businesses that sell complimentary products and services to your own product or service. If you sell athletic shoes your list might include health clubs, running clubs, basketball teams, or podiatrists. Now create a referral program that pays referral fees for people that are sent to you by your referral partners.

To make this system more effective, give your referral partners customized coupons, tickets, or cards thatrepparttar 135066 referral brings with them to your business so that you can correctly track each referral source.

Referral System # 2

Approach charities in your local area to get a list of donors that already give torepparttar 135067 charity. The United Way is a good place to start. Most United Way donors make advanced pledges or set goals to give a specified amount torepparttar 135068 United Way.

Now approachrepparttar 135069 executive sponsor ofrepparttar 135070 United Way donation drive and make a proposal. Propose that for every referral that is sent from their organization to your business, you will take a percentage of your sale and donate it torepparttar 135071 United Way (or whatever charity they are affiliated with) in their name.

Referral System # 3

Local churches are always looking for innovative ways to raise money to sustainrepparttar 135072 programs they offer to their members. Most churches would be enthusiastic aboutrepparttar 135073 opportunity to receive a donation from you or your business.

Simply call uprepparttar 135074 ecclesiastical leader and ask if you can meet with him/her to talk about a potential fundraising activity. Propose that for every referral (church member) they send your way, you will donate a percentage ofrepparttar 135075 sales torepparttar 135076 church. In return,repparttar 135077 church should agree to promote your business.

This same referral tactic can be done withrepparttar 135078 booster clubs of local sports teams, Boy Scout troops and other organizations looking to raise money.

Referral System # 4

The fourth referral system is very simple. Give your products or services away (or significant discounts on your products or services) in local raffles. In my hometown of Friendswood, Texasrepparttar 135079 local Ford dealer gives away a brand new truck in a 4th of July raffle throughrepparttar 135080 local Chamber of Commerce.

The tickets sold inrepparttar 135081 raffle go towards paying forrepparttar 135082 cost ofrepparttar 135083 truck andrepparttar 135084 dealership gets to displayrepparttar 135085 new truck for several months leading up torepparttar 135086 raffle in high-profile areas provided by businesses that are members ofrepparttar 135087 Chamber of Commerce.

Increase Your Website Sales Instantly

Written by Alvin Poh

If there's one thing that I've learnt so far, it's that nothing beats good copy. You may have found a way to bring in 10,000 visitors a day to your site, but if your copy is lousy, you're just wasting your effort. Web sites are only as good as their copy, so if you want to run a successful website, check and double-check your copy!

Listed below are thirteen tips to better your copy and increase your sales:

1. Use short benefit-focused headlines.

Grab your readers attention fromrepparttar very first line by piquing their curiosity. Ask a question or make a statement that causes a question to be formed inrepparttar 134976 minds of your readers. This will get them to read on as they attempt to satisfy their curiosity. Be creative, or if that fails, be informative.

2. Make your copy short and to-the-point.

Your potential clients love easy-to-digest material, so keep your paragraphs short. Three or four sentences per paragraph are fine, anything more is not.

Checkrepparttar 134977 format ofrepparttar 134978 page too. Make surerepparttar 134979 column width ofrepparttar 134980 copy is around ten words across. Learn fromrepparttar 134981 experts - newspapers publishers have known for years that narrow columns and short paragraphs keep people reading.

3. Make use of lists.

Bullet or numbered lists have to berepparttar 134982 best things around for copy writers. The human eye naturally gravitates toward a list. A list is akin to an oasis in a desert. People who are inclined to skip over long, wordy sales copy will still look at bullet lists. So use this fact to your advantage by listingrepparttar 134983 killer benefits of your offer.

4. Put yourself in your targeted visitors' shoes.

Ask yourself, "why are they at my site?" People only want two things:

  1. free content such as articles or tips about your service or product
  2. how you can solve their problem or challenge -repparttar 134984 top benefits you offer.

5. Aim your copy at your targeted market.

Focus, focus, focus. I dare say that in any venture, be it online or offline,repparttar 134985 most important factor that determines its success or failure isrepparttar 134986 amount of focus. If you spread yourself out too thin, then you're heading towards failure. The biggest mistake that can be made is not to definerepparttar 134987 target audience before writingrepparttar 134988 copy. When spread-shot promotion tactics are used,repparttar 134989 focus is lost on too many groups. Inrepparttar 134990 end,repparttar 134991 website losesrepparttar 134992 visitors' attention and loyalty.

Choose one defined audience first and aim your copy at them. Don't worry aboutrepparttar 134993 other audiences, you can add special links for them later when you become successful.

6. Give your Web visitors a lot of free information.

Everyone is attracted by free stuff, and that will be one ofrepparttar 134994 reasons why visitors come to your site. After visiting you five to ten times, they are more likely to buy from you. Include on your website your updating schedule, or put up a email group, so that people can be notified by email whenever there are updates onrepparttar 134995 website.

7. Create useful links.

Instead ofrepparttar 134996 highly cliched "Please click here" link, experiment with other more useful-sounding links. Examples can be phrases that describerepparttar 134997 link's destination, such as "free ebook download on cooking", or "list of top ten products".

8. Keep your language simple.

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