Trust Us – we get 40% of our business via referrals from happy clients who want to go and shout about how great we are
But it’s different for Startups with NO customers and NO Awareness – Word Of Mouth Marketing simply can’t work without those 2 in place
The truth is ::: Word of mouth is not a marketing plan if you have no customers and no one knows you exist
Think about it – how is word of mouth going to work when you haven’t marketed to get your 1st customer through the door?
All too often find Established businesses tell startup businesses they get all their work from word of mouth – but they actually forget to talk about the 1st 3 years of marketing
Here are 3 things to think about if you think word of mouth is enough for your new business
FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL ONLY TAKE YOU SO FAR
Friends and family are great for that initial awareness, particularly if you’re running a B2C business such as a restaurant, bar, retail outlet or trades business
But the key phrase is “will only take you so far”
There’s a world of difference between a genuine customer singing your praises from the rooftops vs your mum saying “our James has just set up on his own” or “Check out my best mates new facebook page”
The intent and how it resounds with your potential customers is entirely different depending on who is saying it
And then there is the marketing message your friends and family are conveying – do they truly understand what your offering and positioning is?
A “home interior and gift boutique” can be translated to “nik naks” by a well-meaning but harmful Aunty Jane
A “Social Media Marketing Company” can be translated as “he does something on twitter”
A fellow business owner will be able to convey your message from your passionate conversation about your business
Similarly a customer who’s been marketed to with a crystal clear marketing campaign will be able to do the same
Friends and family will only take you so far, but they can also be taking your business several steps back
1. Turning up on Social Media daily
2. Blogging weekly
3. Networking with local businesses
That last point there is instrumental in building your word of mouth army when you start out
When you meet and work with local businesses they become part of your team that can help you grow and support your endeavours
If you try and do everything yourself – it’s 1 voice shouting out there hoping to be heard
Now imagine if you work with a local printer, designer, solicitor, accountant, web designer, photographer, insurance company, social media company and also attend a local networking group
That could be 15-20 people spreading the word about you to Friends, Family, Clients and Contacts
If you shop local for business suppliers, you’ll find the general public en large come to you and shop local
How many were hoping word of mouth would keep them going to the 6 month point when they would eventually market themselves?
How many of the businesses that closed did you only hear about when they announced their closure?
You don’t build a successful business by repeating the acts of failed businesses
It’s often said that “All business failures are marketing failures” and to a massive extent that’s true
“No-one knows you exist” is the most common reason for business failure – no awareness, no customers, no sales, no cashflow!!!
The established businesses that now get all of their work via word of mouth – do so because at one point they marketed themselves successfully
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“With over 12 years experience of Social Media and 17 years experience of online marketing in other companies, clients come to myself when they want a veteran rather than a rookie” Alex McCann