NEW WAY TO STAY CONNECTED?
This post is in response to a contest announced by Active Rain member Larry Johnson, titled “Keeping in Touch”, Searching for New Ways to Stay Connected. The business angle was to share ways that various professionals devised over the years to stay in touch with their past clients or to reach out to new ones. Vis-a-vis the former, it’s to make sure they remember you for their next transaction; when directed at new clients, it’s to make a good impression, for them to get to know you and presumably to love you, or at least to like you enough to trust you with their business when they need a professional in your field.
Some interesting responses came back, including hosting client appreciation parties, participating in community events, sending informative newsletters, dispatching hand-written greeting cards to elicit a smile and so on. I look forward to the end of the contest to read about additional ideas. So far, not all are new, many are true and tried.
Here’s mine, with a caveat - it’s also not new. In fact, it’s rather old-fashioned. I am actually re-discovering an old method, not inventing one. Why not go with what you know is dependable and works?
It might be “new” in the sense that we have sort of forsaken it in favor of less direct communications. I am talking about the phone! It’s now easier than ever to communicate by phone from anywhere - while driving (if you have blue tooth and are hands free), for example, or between appointments.
Maybe you do it already, that is call most people on the telephone, but I know I have become over-reliant on texting and emails. Sometimes it’s good just to chat, catch up, hear someone’s voice, laugh together and not only in “LOL” form or funny emojis (although that works too, when appropriate).
So, as my ever-wise husband says “JUST CALL!”
I started doing that and the reaction is fantastic! The calls are well-received, with a bit of an awkward surprise at first, but once that melts away, it’s as if a large gulf closes and we can’t get enough of chatting; often running out of time to finish all the stories.
Maybe in 2017 I’ll tweet, that will be new for me. The practice seems to be endorsed by many a public figure; good way to get your voice heard with a minimum of effort and characters.
Happy New Year!
Lots of good health and prosperity to all!
PS Stay in touch, CALL ME!
Note: Cute baby image courtesy of arztsamui of freedigitalphotos.net