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Is it unprofessional to ask what company your potential client currently uses for SEO?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mqs1000, May 27, 2013.

  1. mqs1000

    mqs1000 Power Member

    May 4, 2013
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    I have a guy that wants me to take over his company's SEO because he's saying the guy he works with now is doing nothing for him. I'm meeting with him at the end of the week and we're going to discuss prices. What would help me discuss this is knowing what he pays now. So what I wanted to do was ask what company or individual he uses now and then look up their prices (or request a quote from them, etc).

    Is it rude to ask what they use out of no where?
  2. Leith

    Leith Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP

    Oct 30, 2011
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    I don't think so.

    I've had clients come to me before because they have had bad results with another
    SEO company and I usually ask them, if they can share that with me, if they don't mind.

    If they don't share it with you the first time you ask, then obviously just forget it and
    don't ask again.
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  3. Lazlo1967

    Lazlo1967 Junior Member

    Aug 15, 2012
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    You can ask but don't push. I've had potential clients give me that information and even give me the current SEOs pricing and in one case their entire proposal! Definitely helps you to determine your pricing, package, etc. Again, you need to do this carefully. I would start by asking what they don't like about the current company, problems they've had, etc. This is reasonable for you to know anyway.
  4. thatotherguy

    thatotherguy Power Member

    Mar 4, 2012
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    You can ask.

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  5. Ignito

    Ignito Newbie

    May 25, 2013
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    I haven't done much SEO work, but from the few projects I've worked on I've really investigated and attempted to dive into the fact that what the other "SEO company" did is vastly different than what I am about to do for them. Simply asking, "How much did you budget for your last SEO project?" is a fair question to ask. You can let them know it will give you a better idea of the actual SEO the other company actually did for them (even though the price point is really no indication of the work done), but it does give you an indication of much they are/were willing to pay.
  6. steelballs

    steelballs BANNED BANNED

    Dec 5, 2008
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    Prepare your questions so his answers do not offend him or make him vulnerable but at the same time you know his replies will give you what you want...

    In other words keep the meeting under your focused control...

    Remember he wants your business and if on those terms you cannot close the deal...

    Well no need for me to say anymore you will have blown it...

    Business is business and in this scenario you are calling the shots you win with both a yes or no it is as they say - Up2U! So you are under no pressure relax and be amiable and he will open up - as he is the one wanting you to say yes to him...
  7. mikeydell

    mikeydell Senior Member

    Dec 16, 2012
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    I have normally made it a point to ask, 99% of the time the clients never have any issue letting me know who there previous provider was. When I'm talking with a new customer it's my job to know what the client know's, otherwise it's hard for me to perform up there expectations. Having as much information as possible will only help the both of you. Normally you will find that most clients are going to be very giving with info, as they want to rank and rank fast. The more information they lay out for you as far as what the other guys were doing and weren't doing is only going to help make you job easier to perform.

    Im my experience very very few clients are going to withhold info from you. It all comes down to how you present yourself. I myself like to talk in terms that my customer is going to understand, and I make a point to call my customers weekly to give them a run down of what I did, where we are ranking and why, go over certain kws that are being stubborn etc. I also make myself available by text and email for my customers. Customers like being able to ask questions and get answers directly from you. You will find that most customers are going to very decent with you even if things are not moving as fast as they think they should as long as there not left in the dark.
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