There are only four things you really need to do [to] build a successful business – and here they are:
Tell Me Why I Should Do Business With You. If I’m not clear on what you do and I benefit from what you do, I have little chance of being your customer. Tell me in plain, simple, and clear language what I get out of being your customer. Don’t be afraid to insult me with simplicity. Fear me not getting it and never buying from you.
Tell Me Why I Should Believe A Word You Say. We don’t know each other well enough for me to trust you. Convince me you’re real – accomplishments, testimonials, awards, pedigree, guarantees, etc.
Make Me An Offer. Ask me to purchase. Better, ask me to purchase soon. Give me something for acting today. Tell me…if you do this, I will do that. Then do it.
Don’t Take Me For Granted. Once I’m a customer, don’t leave me. Make my purchase the beginning of a relationship. Ask for testimonials and referrals. And give me something for them – special offers, advance purchases, preferred service, etc. Make me an evangelist for your business.
Links added by Becky McCray
- How a ghost town made something from nothing with a folk festival - September 3, 2021
- Rural business idea: sell foraged fruits and more - August 3, 2021
- Best practices for rural housing - July 19, 2021
- How to be more open to new ideas #IdeaFriendly - July 3, 2021
- Market your small town as a movie filming location, attract movie and game fan tourists - June 28, 2021
- Survey of Rural Challenges 2021 results, analysis of themes from 2015 through today - June 7, 2021
- What makes a small town a micropolitan or nanopolitan? - May 22, 2021
- Improving Rural Housing: turning blighted dilapidated houses into new homes - May 7, 2021
- Are marijuana shops good or bad for small towns? - April 22, 2021
- Downtown is your town’s core: How to make your case - February 22, 2021