Motivational Monday: Free Hugs = More Business?

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Free Hugs

Need more customers?  I spotted this creative and resourceful artist while walking around the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas this past weekend.  Standing in front of his booth, he displayed the clever idea of offering "Free Hugs" to attract customers.  I can't say if he sold more art, or even if he gave out any hugs -- but he sure did stop a lot of traffic.  Heck, it even grabbed my attention long enough to stop and take this shot.

Hmmm ... offering free hugs to increase business?  It's a thought.

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Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Hey it's unique and it's something that will draw attention.  Hope he made a mint!

May 07, 2012 12:34 AM #1
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Carie, I love to give and receive hugs, might be an idea ;-)

May 07, 2012 12:45 AM #2
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Carie -

Great photo!  I find myself after the first day of working with my clients the guys get a hand shake and the gals get that big ole hug.  Debbie hugs them all....... Imagine that :)  Have a great day in all you do my friend.


May 07, 2012 12:52 AM #3
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Larry:  Yes, it seemed to be working for him!

Chris:  Go for it ... it's worth a try, yes? :)

John:  I'm a hugger too ... Debbie and I have a lot in common :)  Hope you both have a wonderful day!


May 07, 2012 01:12 AM #4
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Carie~  it doesn't help that he is quite young... I also have had a few clients that hug me at the end of the day... some do and some don't.... Personalities are different when it comes to house shopping... no extra charge for those hugs though1

May 07, 2012 02:20 AM #5
Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

What a cute idea, Carie!  I hope that kid sold a bunch of his art this weekend.  Hugs are always  a good idea!

May 07, 2012 02:21 AM #6
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Janis:  You're right ... not everybody is a hugger.  I am.  No extra charge for the hugs :)

Jennifer:  Yes, I thought it was a cute idea and as you say ... hugs are always a good idea :)

May 07, 2012 08:24 AM #7
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

like the card and reasonably priced artwork, he has his niche and it make just work for him!

May 07, 2012 11:05 AM #8
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Very cute, Carie - gotta give the guy credit for an innovative approach to selling his art...and isn't it all about differentiation and benefits?  A hug seems like a nice 'plus'! :-)


May 07, 2012 01:42 PM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Mark:  Not sure if it worked for him ... but he did attract a lot of people!

Karen:  He found himself a unique marketing technique, that's for sure!

May 08, 2012 12:45 AM #10
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