Top 10 Tips for Being Persistent
1. Establish Your Desired Reach and Frequency of Contact: This is your “persistence plan” and it will depend on several factors: First, depending on the size of the organization you are pitching, your proposal may need to be approved by several layers of people, but no matter what you should always correspond with your main contact. It may also depend on your prospect’s personal style, whether they are meeting with your competition, the economy, and the calendar. If you pitched just before the December holidays, you may have to wait a while for a response.
2. Smart, Simple, Tried and True Tactics: Immediately following your meeting, send a one-page recap of action times and delivery dates. Offer to help your prospect in some way, free of charge, or send a marketing tip or a suggestion that you did not mention in the meeting.
3. Send Articles of Interest: Check newspapers, magazines, industry publications, and e-newsletters daily for information that may be of interest to your prospect. Forward it with a brief note, but don’t mention your proposal.
4. Inform Your Prospect of Accomplishments and Recognize Theirs: Toot your own horn and share updates on new clients, new products, positive press, and new employee hires. On the same note, recognize any mention of your prospect’s company in the news or company developments with a note of congratulations.
5. Invite Your Prospect to Events: Invite your prospect to be your guest at an event in a non-meeting setting. Check your local newspaper or Chamber of Commerce listings for events. Even if he or she declines, you have proven yourself to be connected, generous, and dedicated to deepening your relationship.
6. Show Up Where Your Prospect Might Be: Attend industry events, association meetings, Chamber of Commerce functions or any event where you think your prospect or his or her colleagues may be.
7. Connect Through Mutual Contacts: Call a mutual acquaintance to say hello and update them on your potential deal. As a result, they might casually mention you the next time they run into your prospect.
8. Show that you Have a Good Memory: Remember specific details from your meeting and facts about your prospect. If his/her birthday falls during the waiting period, don’t hesitate to send a card.
9. Be Pleasantly Persistent without Being Obnoxious: If you still haven’t gotten a response after the agreed-upon timeframe, don’t panic or jump to conclusions. You can anonymously check up on your prospect by phoning the receptionist or an assistant. Attempt to make one contact each by phone, cell phone, and email. Wait one week and follow up again.
10. Creative Follow-Up Tactics: You are sure to get your prospect’s attention by doing something similar to what Stephanie Cohen and Hayley Byer of Verge Promotional Marketing do. They move their deals closer to closing by sending a cute flower pot containing soil and seeds. The attached note reads, “We want to grow your business.”