“I can’t believe she asked me that.” “I spent three hours going over the details of the proposal with him, and then at the last minute he backed out!” “I thought she wanted us to install a new kitchen sink and now she wants an entire remodel. And she’s upset every time I give her a new price estimate!” Sound familiar? These are just a few of the comments you might hear around the water cooler at any business—you may have said something like them yourself. I know I have. It’s par for the course when you’re dealing with people who don’t really understand what you do, but want to retain a measure of control over the process. The good news is that you can turn these type of customers into model clients by educating them ahead of time.
1. Blog about what you do.
Blogs not only increase your readership and build customer loyalty; they also give you a chance to showcase your industry knowledge. When customers gain a better understanding of what you do and how well you do it, they’re less likely to question you and more likely to accept your suggestions and price quotes. Blogs also enable you to address common concerns and questions in a neutral venue.
2. Cater your website to your target audience.
Provide multiple ways to learn: written copy, videos, checklists, FAQ sheets, etc.. Make good use of your online real estate by not only pitching what you have, but also teaching clients about why it’s important and what it can do for them.
3. Answer questions before they ask.
Don’t wait until the client is panicking before you address his concerns. Give them plenty of opportunities to find answers to their questions across multiple platforms. You can use social media, white papers, email marketing and other media venues to get vital information to clients before problems arise.
4. Let them talk to a real person.
No matter how proactive you are, clients will always have questions they couldn’t find the answers to and they’ll want answers before you ask them to make a decision. Offer a free consultation or conduct an interview before sending a proposal in order to make sure the client feels comfortable taking the next step.
Proactively educating your clients can limit or all together prevent scenarios like the examples I provided above. Using your blog and website to your best advantage can help you address some of the most common questions before they become an issue. Then, by the time you get to the consultation stage, your clients will be ready to move forward.