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5 Steps To Supercharge Your Customer Referrals

5 Steps To Supercharge Your Customer Referrals

Dr Thommie Burger is the Founder of JTB Consulting
5 Steps To Supercharge Your Customer Referrals

Customer Referrals are the bread and butter of any business owner.

It is no secret that “Word of Mouth” or Customer Referral Business is one of the most effective ways to bring in new clients while simultaneously strengthening relationships with your existing customer base. But even though it is extremely powerful and virtually free (or at most costs very little), very few business owners use it anywhere near its potential!

Consider this:

If you got just one referral from each of your clients over the next 60 days, you’d probably double your client base! What would that mean to your potential income, and how many more people would you be helping in supportive and uplifting ways?

So, how do you maximise word of mouth in your business? Here are 5 steps you can start to take right now…


Customer Referrals Supercharge Step 1: Really appreciate your clients and consistently tell them that you value them.

This is the most important yet overlooked element of creating endless referrals. Many businesses focus more on profits than on people. Focusing on profits alone can be detrimental to success, and ‘Word of Mouth’ success comes from looking beyond just profit into how you can enrich your customers’ lives.

Your Plan of Action:

At least once a month, take the time to communicate to your clients and show them you appreciate them. Send them something of value, something unexpected, a bonus report, a special piece of news you just found. Make it relevant to them and do it regularly.


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Customer Referrals Supercharge Step 2: Create an exceptional experience each time they deal with you or your company.

If you can make doing business with you an exceptional experience, your clients will want to tell many people. People want amazing experiences!

Here is an example:

There is a Business Coach who has a special relationship with a coffee shop (a past client). Once every 8 weeks, he invites his in-person clients to a ‘brain trust’ meeting, and the coffee and cake are on the house. Every client that attends gets a card and a voucher from the coffee shop owner to say, ‘Thank you for joining us today; we would love to see you again soon. The voucher is a buy one get one free coffee voucher. So they are encouraged to come back again. And because the coffee shop owner is exposing his business to potential new clients, the coach pays just the cost price of the coffee and cake his clients eat. Normally about 8 clients attend, and the cost is around R800. Just a little extra touch can make dealing with your business that much more of an exceptional experience!

Your Plan of Action:

What can you do now to add little things that make an exceptional experience? Perhaps you can use the above example or something similar in order to network with other professionals while simultaneously providing amazing value to your clients. So remember, start creating exceptional experiences today.


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Customer Referrals Supercharge Step 3: Give your customers incentives for giving you referrals.

You’re sitting on a gold mine if you’re passive about referrals. Come up with ways of rewarding your clients for referring business to you. For example, they could receive free gifts, such as a 60-minute coaching session with you, a certificate for a massage or a nice dinner, or perhaps even a financial reward (i.e. R500 gift card). No matter what you choose, the key is making sure that whatever you choose to offer is something that your client will really be attracted to!

Your Plan of Action:

Reward your clients for referring people to you. Come up with rewards that will be beneficial to your clients. For example, if you work with clients who routinely use a lot of equipment in their job or enjoy shopping, a Takealot gift card might be a very motivating reward for them! Perhaps you can give them a 10% cash referral. And if you are stumped on a gift idea, remember that money is always a great motivator as well!


Customer Referrals Supercharge Step 4: Make it easy for clients to give you referrals.

If you want to get many referrals, you must make it incredibly easy for your clients to tell their friends. Don’t expect them to go way out of the way to help you grow your business. Make it as simple as possible.

Your Plan of Action:

Develop a ‘referral package’ that you give to your clients. Ask your clients to be ambassadors for your business as you wish to work with people similar to them. The package would include a professionally designed document explaining why referrals are important to you and a series of referral cards/invites/links that your client can easily share with others and post to their social media accounts. Always make sure to present everything very professionally to increase the perceived value of your offer/services and put your best foot forward with your new potential clients!


Customer Referrals Supercharge Step 5: Ask at the right time!

When is the best time to ask for referrals? Any time! If you have followed the steps listed above…you’ve let clients know they are appreciated, you have consistently given them an exceptional experience, you have provided an enticing incentive to share your message with friends, and you have made it incredibly easy for them to do so. At this point, you should not only be able to ask your clients for referrals at any time, but you should also receive very positive results from it as well!

Your Plan of Action:

The key is to do something now! Draft up an email today and just send it off to your clients, letting them know how much you value them and how much you have enjoyed working with them in the past, and include something that will be helpful/provide some value to their lives. Then over the next 4 to 6 weeks, develop your ‘referral package’ and start to use it. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and take action…Your business and new referral clients will definitely thank you for it!


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Established in 2006, we have successfully written hundreds of bankable and world-class Business Plans for clients across 25 countries. As South Africa’s Leading Business Plan Company, we are confident that we would be able to assist you too. Kindly note that we also offer “Investor Pitch Decks”, “Excel-based Financial Models”, and “Proposal/Tender Writing Services” in addition to our Custom Business Plan Writing Service. Please visit our Services page for more information.

We look forward to being of service to you. Please feel free to contact our Founder, Dr Thommie Burger, on +27 79 300 8984 should you have any questions. He is also available via email and LinkedIn.

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