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An Inexpensive Way to Market Your Business

An on-going challenge your business probably faces is ensuring clients continue using your product or service.

In other words, you want repeat business.

There are few businesses without any competition, so thereís a constant struggle to keep existing clients while bringing new clients on-board.

However, many businesses miss a perfect opportunity to sell to their most qualified buyers: current clients.

Around the world, millions upon millions of dollars are spent on brochures, newspaper ads, sales letters and a host of other marketing methods that may not be read, seen or heard.

But whatís the one thing from your company that every client reads? Itís your invoice.

Unless you have deadbeat clients who donít bother looking at their invoice, each client has to pay at least some attention to it. Thatís why itís one of the easiest opportunities to make another sale or drum up new prospects.

For example, my invoices usually highlight some other service I offer, or remind the client that Iíd appreciate being mentioned to their contacts who may need my writing or design services.

And how much did I spend on this marketing opportunity? Nothing! It doesnít negatively impact my marketing budget.

In some cases, the person reading or paying the invoice is not the decision maker. Thatís ok. Remember, it doesnít cost you anything to make the attempt, so youíre not losing anything if the attempt fails.

In the best-case scenario, youíre going to alert the client to one of your services that he or she might not have been aware of.

Or it might jog the personís memory and theyíll think of someone who can benefit from your product.

Donít overdo it. The invoice is not the place for an essay. Keep the copy short. Iíd suggest no more than two sentences. Save the full-blown sales pitch for a full-blown sales pitch.

And keep the design of the message simple. At most, use a highlighting marker. Another option is to use an asterisk or two to help the message stand out.

Your invoice is a free pass that gets by all the defenses people put up to avoid sales pitches.

Are you wasting this golden opportunity?

Submitted by:

Mike Klassen

Mike Klassen runs Klassen Communications, a graphic design and copywriting company.http://design.mikeklassen.comhttp://www.mikeklassen.com





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