How many people do you spend money with that spend money with you?
How often do you CHOOSE to spend locally when an Internet or national chain option are available?
Now I am by no means perfect but I take the fact that I am a local business very seriously. I have a massive amount of gratitude for those people that choose to spend money with me and therefore enhance the lives of my family. So what else can I do? Well for me it comes down to a couple of basic things;
- If you have resources why wouldn’t you share them?
- I can make my “network” stronger by introducing the various members than I can by making it bigger just to be bigger. BTW if your network is stronger so will be your business, your relationships and your bank account.
- maxing out the effectiveness of my dollars and time
- Because you never know
Now I really try not to over think it, not much different than “What does your agent do for you” . It took a while to develop but once it does it is just so easy and feels really good so why not *it is really good for business as well* Here are two things I did this week;
Months ago, a good client introduced me to a new client of hers(see it is easy and good for everyone). Fortunately they trusted me to set up some insurance for their new business. This week their company, Georgie Porgie went live! So you could find out and do nothing or you can give them 10 minutes and post their link on your Facebook and Twitter and buy something from them. Not a lot of effort but compound that and the results can be massive. Seriously Why Wouldn’t you do this? They chose to spend money with you, they are nice people, they are local, etc. What else do you need? By the way, the person that made the intro is a friend and is really good at what she does, yes I make introductions of friends to her whenever possible. Easy, right?
Another instance, same idea; I was having a contractor do some work at a little rental my family owns. Yes, I happen to provide his insurance so again; why wouldn’t you spend money with the people that spend money with you? He is also really good. So he was coming over so I was going to be home anyhow, figured I would call on an HVAC/Plumber I also insure. Now it gets good.
How do you maximize what your dollars can do?
Well I was having my pipes cleaned out anyhow and I was having some work done at the rental anyhow(they are across the street) so I figured let’s try and max this out. I like them both, I trust them both and they both spend money with me so why not introduce them to each other? Now two skilled tradesman who never new each other know each other, my tub drains way better 🙂 and some windows have molding. Not bad. What happens now is up to them.
How many opportunities like this can you create for your customers?
Start from a genuine place of wanting to share, apply some effort and watch what happens. Why not?
Again, just some thoughts. Do with them what you want?