The Easiest Way to Earn New Business

You snooze, you lose.

You snooze, you lose.
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Have you heard that saying that goes “90 percent of success is just showing up”?

In the business world, ignore that saying at your own risk! Here’s a little story for you.

I’m looking to outsource some administrative work that I don’t have time or inclination to do. I got a couple of referrals and reviewed their websites. One was a lot nicer than the other. The organization was cleaner, and it had better information about services.

Judging on looks alone, I knew what my choice would be.

But I’ve also heard this other saying: “Looks can be deceiving.”

So I emailed both at the email address provided on the sites. This was on a Saturday night. By Sunday, I already had a response offering a free consultation for the work I needed to outsource. And – you guessed it – the response was from owner of the website I didn’t like as much.

Monday morning, I called to schedule an appointment. By Tuesday afternoon, I was in the guy’s office. Talk about speedy service.

And I never got a reply from the owner of the other site.

Guess who’s 100 percent more likely to get my business? (Hint: It’s the one who actually seems to want my business.)

While I always advocate having well-written copy on your website, that’s still not the easiest way to earn new business.

Showing up? That’ll do it.

I think it’s such a smart idea that I use it myself.

For example, I had an opportunity to bid for a social media management project with a prospective client. Before I ever submitted a proposal, I knew the business owner had three potential service providers referred to her. I found out she called all three asking for information. I was the only one who called her back.


That’s good for me, of course, and it turned out that she and I have a similar social media marketing thought-process. The deal isn’t signed, but I have a 100 percent better chance at closing the sale than the other two people she called.

Why? Simply because I showed up.

In what ways have you “showed up” to help your clients?


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