There is a whole orchestra of nuances that go into making the perfect symphony that results in a successful follow-up style. The more energy you direct towards your follow up, the more targeted your results will become. Part of it will be techniques, tactics and strategies… and part of it will be good old intuition – the sort that’s born out of really knowing your customer.
Here is a checklist to help you on your path to fantastic follow up.
1. Really know what makes your target customer tick. As in, right now, today (not a month ago).
2. When you invite customers to ask questions, really mean it. Give them a way to reach you – easily, without jumping through hoops.
3. Follow up within 24 hours to make sure your customer was able to download your product and use it successfully. If you sold a physical product, allow just enough time for it to arrive; then contact the customer to make sure it did.
Thinking about everything in your checklist will not automatically make your follow-ups treble their results, but being aware of these points – and taking action when necessary – while first and foremost putting your customer in the place of honor will help you take several steps closer.
Your turn! What follow-up strategies have you found to be most effective? Please comment below.
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