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Friendly Reminder: Carry Business Cards EVERYWHERE You Go!

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by netmoney1, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP

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    Lesson of the day....carry your business cards EVERYWHERE you go...

    I'm a work-a-holic and used to always just eat my lunch at my office...make a salad or some grilled chicken....and just crush it in front of the computer...

    About a week ago I told myself that no matter how busy I was that I would take 45 min to eat somewhere other than my office...so I started hitting the local spots near us.

    Today I hit a sports bar and since I was by myself I sat at the bar to eat and watch ESPN. While watching the highlights I started speaking with the other guy there eating....started about sports, then he asked a "what do you do" question...told him online marketing....then he responds "no shit, like ranking the google?" lol - yes that is what he said - not a typo haha

    I just smiled and said yeah...web design, seo, etc (technically I don't do it - but I'm a partner in the overall business - I'm more the marketing guy) - any way he responds "no shit I was just speaking with (competitor) and they were fucking jerks on the phone - you seem much more friendly - I'd rather pay you the $5k a month then give it to those dicks"

    At that point I had to stop from outright grinning - but I gave him my card - and got his - and just shot him a "hey nice to meet you" email

    Not sure what that other company offered to him to "rank the google" lol - but chances are its just traditional seo - and he is already set/expecting to pay big $$...

    So, we will find out what they offered to do...and come up with a price under $5k....."Great news...we are going to be able to over deliver on what XXXXX was offering AND it will oNLY cost $4,500 a month - we are able to save you $500 per month!" - now we look like heroes and have a new client and additional monthly revenue.

    Grilled Chicken Salad.....$13
    Bottle of water..............$9

    Lunch........................$22

    NEW WHALE OF A CLIENT......PRICELESS!

    Lesson...strike up conversation everywhere you go and always carry a business card(s)!
     
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  2. el_capitan

    el_capitan Junior Member

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    Yeah, good advice for sure. And if you don't have any business cards, get them printed cheap ASAP just to have it on you.
     
  3. 2011nfl

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    Definitely good advice. Even if you are an online marketer, carry business cards. When you pull out a wad of cash at the store, and you start talking about how you sit home all day and make money online, people will flock around you. These are the people that you want! They know absolutely nothing about IM, and are eager to learn! Up until now, they thought that all these websites were ran by huge companies, and now that they know they can do it too, they will pay YOU to teach them :)
     
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  4. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP

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    Yup....BUT once you have some money...get the best cards you can....clear plastic...metal...pop up cards....you want them to look at it over and over...and even show others ...."hey check out this business card!"

    I used clear plastic cards before they became popular...and now I use metal cards....NOT cheap at all...BUT they make a statement and will not be thrown out!

    Make that first impression count!
     
  5. vineyard

    vineyard BANNED BANNED

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    I have had that type of AHA moment. It feels amazing! Mine was with traffic and highlight video creation though. Congratz!
     
  6. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP

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    Heck Yeah :)
     
  7. dragonno

    dragonno Newbie

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    Ah serendipity.
     
  8. Known

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    I stopped at the $9 bottle of water.
     
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    This is also very important!!!
    You should ALWAYS send them an email the same day, just to remember him about your conversation and avoid the risk that your card ends up being lost with the secretary, burried with another 1000 cards, in the washing machine, etc etc!!
     
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  10. radiant13

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    I'd like to know what else was in that bottle of water. Better be some 86 proof for that kind of money.
     
  11. netmoney1

    netmoney1 Executive VIP

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    haha just a Voss water...bottle water is just as much as a beer...crazy....
     
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  12. wally666

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    Great story...awesome job!
     
  13. Arsis

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    Let us know if you close him, that's a fat client right there. What does he do?