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Building and maintaining a client base is an on-going, and often full time job; particularly for SMEs that are finding their feet and testing the waters in their industry. Here are a few tips from Emma Donovan, co-founder of Cape Town based agency Yellow Door Collective:
Find the sweet spot
The first step is to determine how many clients you can service without spreading yourself too thin. Try stick to the old adage of under promise and over deliver. That said, you want your team to be working close to capacity at all times for maximum productivity, so the trick is finding the balance between the two.
Pinpoint your dream client
Next up you need to give some thought to the type of clients you want to work with. Ask yourself who your dream client would be, work out why, and look for those traits in other potential clients.
Spell out your service offering
Focus on what you do well and stick to your core service offering. A potential client should understand what you do within a minute or two of speaking to you or visiting your website. Give examples, encourage people to contact you to find out more and offer incentives for first time clients to draw them in.
Set the right tone
Your company culture and values should be reflected in all your communication – from a PowerPoint proposal to a Facebook update or Instagram post. Keep it consistent and relevant to your brand.
Don’t sell yourself short
Value your own time and your experience or expertise. Draw attention to results rather than costs, and give potential clients a reason to trust you. For example, create a case study on work done for a long-standing client and include a testimonial from the client.
Be visible in the right places
Ensure you have a professional presence on LinkedIn and Google+ as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Work out where your customer base is most likely to be and engage with them there. Industry listings and directories are also worth looking in to and are a great way to benchmark your brand against competitors.
By Emma Donovan, co-founder of Yellow Door Collective: www.yellowdoorcollective.com. When it comes to sealing the deal, creating content and coming up with a brilliant strategy, Emma is your go to girl. With over seven years of industry experience, she has established a strong client base and YDC is proud to still service many of these clients today. Inspired by new challenges and extraordinary places, Emma’s also found that sought after balance between work and play.