Need Customers? Borrow Some!

borrow-customersOne of the questions I get a lot goes something like this, “How do I get customers for my business? I don’t have an email list, a popular web site or any other way to reach an audience. How can I start making money without those things?”

Here’s how…

First of all, start working on your visibility today. The sooner you do so, the sooner you will have a group of raving fans. In the meantime, though, you can sell your products and services by borrowing someone else’s audience. No, there is nothing illegal, immoral or fattening about this. In fact, everyone wins!

The most important part of building your fan base is to start building an email list. Only add people who have chosen to subscribe. I use Aweber to maintain this mailing list. They make it easy to add a subscription box to your web site and start signing people up. Give people a reason to subscribe–a free special report, tip sheet, audio or other goodie they will value but that costs little or nothing for you to provide.

While you are building your audience, you can find customers by borrowing audiences from other people and customers. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Let another organization promote your event. Many years ago, I started presenting seminars in Houston through Leisure Learning Unlimited. They promote the seminars, handle registrations and payment, and provide a place. I show up and talk. We split the fees paid, and they get the lion’s share. But I get access to their audience: the hundreds of thousands of people who get their catalogs. You can also do this with non-profit organizations, colleges and others who have built-in audiences.

Let someone else sell your products. Sell your books, ebooks, audio products and more on Amazon.com and through other retailers. Get affiliates to sell your products online.

Joint venture with someone. Help them create a product that both of you will sell. When they promote it to their audience you not only get sales, you start building a larger audience for future products. Keep in mind that in exchange for borrowing their audience, you may do the bulk of the work in creating the product. The results can be worth it, though.

Get started now and create the success you want.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. I sell an event planning service in upstate NY. I use social media, message boards, free periodicals and various online methods. My skill is unsurpassed but I can’t get a phone call to save my life. I’m not sure any event planner I know would borrow me some customers. Suggestions?

    • Cathy Stucker
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      says:

      It is unlikely that a competitor would simply hand you some of their customers, but that is not what this technique is about. “Borrowing” customers works when both of you win.

      What other businesses provide services to the people who would hire you as an event planner? How could you create a win-win by working with them?

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