Surefire Tactics to Get More Referrals

By May 10, 2018 August 24th, 2023 Sales & Marketing Advice

Last Updated on August 24, 2023 by Dave Schoenbeck

If you’re like most business owners, you might be at a loss about getting more business referrals. For many organizations, referrals are a passive way of bringing in new clients when they should be a regular part of your business strategy.

Luckily, I have a few tactics to help you get more referrals now, no matter what your referral policy has been in the past.

We’ll talk about how to get more referrals for your business in a moment, but before that, why are they even necessary?

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Why Do Referrals Matter?

Referrals are the easiest and cheapest way to grow your business. I have several books on my recommended reading list that explain this further, but you don’t need a whole book to learn how to get more referrals for your business. Here’s the basic breakdown:

The acquisition costs of attracting new clients are five times more expensive than harvesting recommendations from your current clients. You don’t have to spend time building trust with new customers: they already trust their friends and relatives who refer them. You’re saving time, money, and energy while creating a reliable client base with referrals.

On top of that, think about the lifetime value of your clients beyond the first year. If your customer buys $1,000 worth of product per year and stays with you for five years, consider how this figure will increase if they bring on their friends, family, or colleagues. You can capitalize on this value immediately if you get more referrals now.

It can feel awkward to ask for referrals, but at the end of the day, people want to buy from businesses that others endorse. Everyone wants to do what the cool kids are doing (social proof), and if their friends or respected colleagues recommend a product or service, they’re much more likely to rely on that than to seek out a new, untried company to work with.

How to Get More Referrals for Your Business

The first step in determining how to get more referrals for your business is to incentivize your clients to refer others to you. As this article from Inc. suggests, asking for referrals without offering anything in return is uncomfortable because it feels like you’re asking for a favor. If you give them something of value in return, you’re suddenly doing them a favor.

This usually means offering a deal where, if the client successfully refers a friend, they get preferential treatment or a premium offer. You can also create some products to share, such as a booklet or work samples. To get more referrals now, you want to provide something worthwhile that establishes who you are as a business.

After that, it’s all about how and when you ask. Make it known at the beginning that you appreciate and reward referrals. You should add this to your website and whatever product or offer you give in return.

You can even make this part of your agreement with the client by letting them know you expect referrals for a job well done. Referrals are usually more vital and natural to harvest earlier in the relationship, so don’t be afraid to ask earlier than you’d imagine.

One way to get more referrals is by providing a sheet for clients to write down anyone they know who might be interested in your product or service. Ask for more referrals than you think you’ll get. If you ask for three, you’ll get one. If you ask for one, you’ll get none.

It would help if, depending on your relationship with the client, you asked again with a follow-up call, email, or text. Something as simple as “I enjoyed working with you. If you know anyone interested in our product/service, I’d appreciate you sending them my contact information.” To get more referrals now, you have to be proactive.

Finally, make asking for referrals a natural part of your business process. Reach out to past clients to pick their brains for potential clients and approach every networking opportunity as a chance to solicit more. If you make it a habit to seek out referrals, your business will blossom in return.

I’m sure you want more referrals now, but you might still wonder what that looks like for your business. I can coach you through the process of harvesting referrals from your clients. Click here, and let’s have a video call to discuss getting more referrals for your business.

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