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Door to door business desperation

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by GrizzlyAdams, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. GrizzlyAdams

    GrizzlyAdams Regular Member

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    Need some quick funds and am planning on hustling businesses in my town.

    My plan is to go door to door, hitting up EVERY business and offering web development and online marketing for maximum $500.

    Has anyone had success or failure with this :06:

    I know I should try coldcalling first, but I'm not interested in making an entire offline business out of it. I just need to get 10 or so clients for some funds.

    All thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    have your pitch memorized and be ready to answer variety of questions that all have the same replies just asked differently
     
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    $25 fee for permits in the city probably. Ask the po po unless you want a ticket
     
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    Dress up nicely, and check for "No Soliciting" signs. Other then that, just try to get to the Owner, and make them feel like they NEED your service.

    Good Luck!
     
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  5. GrizzlyAdams

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    Thanks, bros. Once you get a nice organized package of offerings for the business owners to choose from, I think it's quite an easy thing to sell if you have the drive which I certainly do at the moment.

    If it all works out I'll start a thread about my progress next week
     
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    I once went door to door looking for an IT job. Found one in one day. That was late 90s though.

    The point is, if there's a demand for your product, you'll make the sale if you show up in person and look like you can do the job.
     
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    Grizz. I dont know what the laws are up north? But I think door to door is a waste of time. Its all about numbers. Possibly, instead of going door to door, which will beat you up, both mentally and physically. Do the cold calling. Work your numbers out. How many doors can you open, physically in a day? Maybe 50, thats a big maybe. How many owners will be in out of that 50 maybe 10-20%? so at most you are talking with 10 owners in a 6-8 hour day? Thats pitiful, only 10% will be interested. So 1 owner per day will be interested, out of the interested owners, how many will close maybe 10-20% of that. SO you will have to pound the streets 40 hours per week, for 1 measly sale....If you are looking for sales, utilize the phone!

    However, when I or my sales reps are on appts....I train them to walk right into any place with no solicitation signs on the door. Why, they are mutts....They hung a sign on the door, because they know they cant say no. They are intimidated by sales agents....You have an advantage...(some people will be douches as well, be prepared with a line for that). Also, I cant tell you how many times on a sales call, when the owner tells me up front...Now, I am not going to buy anything today....Thats a green light statement that I will always walk out with a sale..... Good luck....Use the phone, set up appointments for yourself, you will keep your hair that way.
     
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    standardization + automation = profit.
     
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    Door to door can certainly work well mate, when starting my marketing business I did this all the time for the first 2-3 months, I used to take my notebook with me and be ready to answer any questions that would be thrown at me. I also used to make sure I was smart in appearence, was down to earth with them and also had a portfolio and 4-5 page brochure (this was printed on a4 from home comp) showing the benefits pricing etc to leave with them.

    Those who didn't take me up on the day I simply continued to call on a monthly basis, eventually I ended up having rapore with them and 99% of them eventually said, go on we'll give it a go!

    A combination of visits and phone calls can work wonders, just keep going and most importantly build rapore with them, when you call say to them "hey it's **** hope you don't mind me calling just wanted a quick catch up to see how business is"

    :)
     
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    Door to door can work. I recently did a 1 year advertising contract with the local tv station for a hefty sum. Had the salesman called me on the phone he never would have talked to me because my employees screen sales calls. He stopped in a couple times. When we actually had an appt I forgot that I had to go to court and did not cancel. He just stopped by the next week and we talked some more and guess what, I was sold and signed up. We start production next week. So if you have some materials to drop off, just stop in and don't try to "sell" the first time. Stop in a week later and follow up.

    I am finishing up a 20 page booklet that explains what seo is and how businesses can do it themselves. I will have my salesman drop these off to business owners. My hope is that they will be intrigued and want to do it but find they have no time and hire us to do it instead.

    Cold calling can be good too, if you have it down to a perfect science like Hardybents. :D
     
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    Did I ever say door 2 door didnt work. Anytime you can get infront of a business owner its a good thing. I have been very successful selling for 19 years. i understand the game. OP was saying he was looking for some fast money, I merely suggested that i feel it is a waste of time, as he can get 100% more done over the phone, he can consolidate the process and set up very interested prospects instead of spinning his wheels. There will be exceptions to every rule out there. My phone reps used to tell me everyday, well one time there was this guy I faxed info to that closed. Thats great, but out of the 150 faxes you sent out, and wasted my time, one closed? You could have been on the phone, talking to 100 more owners. Thats why I took the fax out of the office. I like standardization, and the methodical process of sales. I understand, and if you read some other comments of mine on other threads, I am a proponent of D2D, when my agents are on an appointment or when I am on an appointment, I always swing into "near by" businesses, however if we are answering the OP's question, he was talking about visiting every single business to make some fast cash. To do this, you can not go D2D. There are exceptions to every rule. This is just M.O, but for me and my past success, you can save time and money utilizing the phone. You will lose just as many over the phone as you would going D2D. You can say, well yea but if I didnt go see that guy F2F, I would not have had the sale? You never know? You can not sell everyone. I guess I am more aggressive than most, I like the game of numbers method, you throw enough crap on the wall, something will stick. I turn up the dialers, make agents hustle. You have to know what your goals are. Then work backwards. Find out what you want, then you can understand how to get there, and what steps need to be taken to reach your goals. For without conceptually understanding where you need to be, how will you ever understand the path to take to get there.
     
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    you should put together a training course. i'm sure a lot of people including myself would be interested.
     
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    10 clients for $500? For real dude?

    Let's say each one takes up your offer for web dev, what are you going to do, develop a five page site for each one at $50 each?

    You shouldn't need 10 clients to fill up $500, 1 or 2 at the most. Don't sell yourself so low. (Unless I totally misread and you're looking for a maximum of $500 per client, and as such, want $5,000?).

    Other than that,

    • Make sure you've got your pitch ready, go in with clear focus of exactly what you want to achieve.
    • Make sure you pre-think the most obvious questions, and have answers ready for them if/when asked.
    • Don't just walk into any business. Map out the ones that actually need your services, such as service providers, as oppose to retailers and such.

    That's all I can think of for now, but good luck!
     
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    Isn't it $500 each?