One of the most significant jumps I’ve ever seen in any of my businesses was when I started implementing an Appreciation System in my handyman business. It truly did help me get more leads for my home improvement business and grow my company.
My wife and business partner, Adi, had just come on board and noticed our low rate of repeat and referral customers Adi saw this as an opportunity for our business (and a personal challenge) and started visiting all of our customers at the completion of their projects, bringing them a mug filled with chocolates to say “thank you” for their trust and their business.
Suddenly, repeat and referral business for my contracting business more than DOUBLED. We saw a huge jump in our profits. And all it takes is showing your appreciation to your customers to get more referrals for your contracting business.
Appreciation is the first and most important piece of the system we now implement for our clients every day here at gFour Marketing. If your customers don’t feel appreciated, they won’t use you again for other projects, they won’t post positive reviews about you online (they might actually post negative ones instead), and they certainly won’t refer you to their friends. This is something to consider if you want more online reviews for your contractor business.
However, if you consistently and systematically thank every single one of your customers in a special way, you are going to see your profits jump just like mine did, in these ways:
You’re going to KEEP more of your customers and generate more leads for your home improvement business.
Has this ever happened to you? You’re driving past one of your previous customers’ homes, and you see that they’ve had more work done to their home - but they never called you and asked you to do it?
Perhaps they forgot about you. Perhaps they forgot that you offered other services. Perhaps they weren’t even happy with the services your originally performed for them.
Sending a simple “thank you” note or gift after the “glow” of the new project wears off could have gone a long way in making you and your business more memorable. It also would have given you the opportunity to remind that customer that you can perform other services for them in the future. You would have also gotten the chance to make sure that customer was satisfied with the work you performed.
Instead, your competition is benefiting from your mistake.
To keep your customers coming back to you time after time and to be their Contractor For Life™, you absolutely, positively MUST thank each and every single one of them, every single time you perform a job for them. This will reinforce the sale, make them feel more confident about their purchase and leave them with positive thoughts about doing business with you. It's a great way to generate more referrals for your contracting business.
You’re going to MULTIPLY your customers and generate more referrals for your home improvement business.
There are SO many marketing methods available to you today - TV, Radio, Print, and the Pandora’s Box that is Internet Advertising - but do you know the #1 marketing method for the past 10,000 years???
Word Of Mouth.
It has ALWAYS produced more customers who close more easily and at higher prices than any other form of marketing.
This is why referrals are like GOLD in our industry. And in today’s connected world, online reviews are like modern-day referrals. If you've asked yourself, "How can I get better online reviews for my contractor business?" this is one sure way!
After the job is completed, your customer might be happy and they might tell 1 or 2 friends about it, but why not turn that customer into a raving fan who is shouting your praises from the rooftops?
Use the law of reciprocity to your advantage. Just by thanking that customer, they will feel obligated and encouraged to tell even more people about how you sent them a nice thank you gift. And that might be in-person, or - even better - they may tell the whole world by sharing a positive online review.
If you took care of a customer and performed fantastic work for them, don’t let the relationship end there. Thank them after the job is over, extend that relationship, and they will want to share that experience with their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers - who will soon become your new customers.
You’re going to CREATE customers and generate more referrals for your contracting business.
It’s one thing to “Wow” your current customers by thanking them - but to become known as THE company in town that appreciates and takes care of its customers - that’s branding that you CANNOT buy.
Unfortunately, we all know that consumers have a very hard time trusting contractors. There are plenty of horror stories out there.
So if you’re known as the contractor who sticks around after the sale and appreciates your customers, that reputation will keep your phone ringing.
Become the contractor who thanks your customers, and you will also become your competitors’ worst nightmare and you will get more referrals for your contracting business.
In the end, you should thank your customers first and foremost because they deserve it. They’re helping you live out your dream as an entrepreneur; they’re putting food on your table and money in your pockets so you can pay your employees and help them do the same.
But you should also show your customers you appreciate them because it makes business sense. By thanking your customers, you’ll also Create, Keep and Multiply your customers… and ultimately, you’ll Create, Keep and Multiply your profits, too.