The First Key to Get More Referrals
The first key is to understand that you need to earn them. You need to earn those referrals! With tools out there like LinkedIn, people ask for referrals and endorsements without really knowing each other and without really earning them. And what I mean by earning it is key number one, refer! Do you refer?
So reflecting on Gandi’s quote above regarding seeing a change in the world, if you want more referrals, give more referrals. And understand how the universe works. The referral will not come back from the same person you gave a referral to necessarily, but if you reinvent yourself into being a giver, you will attract more referrals.
Please don’t take my word for it. Try it and see what I mean! It’s just the way the universe seems to work. I’m not going to sit here and get philosophical and spiritual on you right now; just understand to get you must give referrals.
Are you referrable?
The other side of this is being referable. So not only are you giving referrals now, but are you referrable? This may sting a little bit, but you need to take that look in the mirror. Maybe even a 360-degree mirror! Look at yourself. Are you referable?
There are so many criteria in determining whether you are genuinely referable. Number one is, do you have the relationship built with the person you are seeking a referral from? And I’m not talking about a surface relationship. I’m talking about going deep with someone and knowing something about them. Making them feel good about you and like you, that is key to getting referrals. They have to like you!
Other things considered referable are, first, integrity plus one. Please do what you said you were going to do, when you said you were going to do it, how you said you were going to do it and then always plus one it. Something unexpected, a bonus or way of raising the game or the bar every time. Keeping people understanding that you are a full integrity person. That you rock! You have to look the part and have the expertise about you, something worth talking or sharing about. We could go on and on about this. You have to create a win, win, win type scenario for the person you are looking to refer you to and the person they are referring to you. How do we all win? You have to make it easy to refer you—all of these play into whether you are genuinely referable.
Ask some people you can trust to have a conversation about this to see if you are genuinely referable. Then, how can you raise your game? If you aren’t getting the referrals that you desire, check it! Something’s not right there. Sometimes we think we are being perceived in a positive way, but it may not be the case.
Asking for the Referral
Once you do those things and you’ve earned those referrals then it’s about asking for the referral. That’s the second key, asking for the referral. Now it’s not from the standpoint of just asking. Put some systems in place. Have some formal referral systems in place.
Now what do I mean by that? You might send out a quarterly email to some of your best clients gently prodding them to refer you. You can say it in a way that they can see the win, win, win. That they understand we are reiterating for them how we may help them and how we can maybe help someone that they care about in a similar fashion. Try to make it so that this is bigger than you because your client doesn’t want to hear the fact that you just want more money. That doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. It just is.
Some people put the referral system where they ask for a referral at the point of sale. So as soon as someone signs on the dotted line they are asking for the names and numbers of three of your best friends. Whether it works or not is another story. But that’s a referral system. It’s being done all the time. If we don’t have these referral systems in place chances are we aren’t going to get the referrals that we really desire for our business. So when I talk referral systems it’s not about just having one system, have two three four five, ten different systems that you can implement that will increase your chances of actually getting the referrals you want and probably deserve. But remember if you’re not getting the referrals don’t blame your clients as if they are doing you a disservice or doing something wrong. They are probably busy. We all get caught up in our own stuff. So it might not be personal.
Again, earn them, ask for them, and get those systems in place.
35 thoughts on “2 Keys To Get More Referrals for Your Business Now”
Thanks for this, Dean. It was very helpful and informative and just the reminder I needed!
You are so welcome Debbie! That’s what we are here for! 🙂
My business growth happens primarily via referrals, so this video was very relevant for me! Thanks for the tips.
You’re welcome Christine!
Referrals are key– even for me as a blogger! Spreading the love helps me get page views!
Yes they are Elizabeth! Wishing you lots of luck with your blog!
This is very important for any business owner to make a note of!
Thanks for your comment Jennifer!
Referrals are important. the best advertisement is word of mouth.
I agree, it is the best advertisement Erica!
We are in the planing stages of a business so every little bit helps!
Good luck to you Heather! Check back every week for great tips!
Referrals are so important for any business. Thanks for sharing this video.
You are very welcome Pam!
Many of my best opportunities have been from referrals. It’s great to spread the love.
Ours too Angela. There is nothing like a referral from a satisfied client.
Good tips. I always try to do the “plus one.” Going above and beyond is a great way to get referrals.
Great things to think about!
I would love to get more readers to refer their friends and family to my site! Thank you for the tips!
You are so welcome Amy! Thanks for your comment!
He honestly makes really great points. I’ve done what he’s saying about giving to get so I know what he means with that first hand in terms of my online presence. Finally, I’m making the connections and things that I need and I’ve actually started to make money from doing what I love.
So glad to hear that some of our tips are working for you Brittnei!
There’s no question to the value of referrals. They have a lot of impact, sometimes more than straight-up marketing.
I agree Liz! Nothing like someone giving an enthusiastic referral for what you do.
Referrals are a huge key for bloggers! I need them all the time!
Referrals, and word of mouth… these are the two things that have kept me moving forward in my work! Thank you for this.
You are very welcome Danielle!
I really believe referrals are the best way to gain lasting business. Word of mouth does wonders!
I agree Danielle, there really is nothing better than someone else vouching for you and your business. Especially when they are enthusiastic about why they need to use Your services.
Referrals are SO important. I cringe when I see folks unwilling to do any referrals.
This is great information! Referrals are so important in growing a business.
Referrals are great, I love when a sponsor comes to me through a referral. Means someone thinks I do good work!
It’s really the ultimate compliment isn’t it? 🙂
Great things to think about!
Yes they are Lisa! Thanks for your comment!