On Monday I started cold calling businesses from groupon and living social after reviewing there website to see if they had a mobile website. I contacted groupon people because I want to get into sms along with developing mobile websites, and thought that since these people are doing a deal on these daily deal sites that they need a way to follow up with the people that come in from those offers.
SMS would be a great way for them to capture all the customers from groupon in there own system and then start offering there own deals to there customers and keeping all the money instead of splitting it with daily deals companies.
So for that reason I started calling these businesses.
My first contact was with a businesses voicemail, I left a message that simply said.
"Hello, my name is Ryan Padilla, I am a small business owner and I am calling because I found you on groupon and noticed your website is not mobile ready. I would like to create a sample for you and come in and show it to you." I then just gave a brief description of why it's important for him to have a mobile ready website and left my phone number.
He called back about an hour later and talked to me briefly asking me a few questions, I just told him more about the mobile website and that I can create a sample for him and come into to show it to him. Before I could even ask for the appointment he said, "can you come in tomorrow at 11am?" I immediately said yes.
I set up the mobile mock up and got a qr code ready to show him.
I went to the meeting on 11am on Tuesday and we sat down. I showed him the mobile site, and explained the value of having one, even though he immediately say how different it looked then his regular website on a mobile phone.
After the presentation, I started talking to him about his marketing, and just having a simple conversation with him. He told me everything he does to market his business.
After that I just opened up to him and started sharing free information with him about google places, google voice, google analytics, etc. Telling him how he can capitalize on all the free stuff that's out there to promote his business. He told me how many times he has been burned and that he was so surprised I was willing to just tell him all this stuff for free. After a while he was overwhelmed with information, and said, "you know I've never had a meeting like this. Most people call and are trying to sell me stuff, but your actually just giving it to me." (I **** you not almost exact words)
He said. "all of this is great, but I don't have the time to do all of this, I'm so busy with everything I have going on that I just don't have time to do this stuff, I've been meaning to put videos on my google places page, but I still haven't had anytime to do any of it." Here's the kicker, he then said, "can you do this?"
I then showed him a list of my services and explained them all to him, and after he chose a few services to start with and gave me a check for $947. For this month I am going to be doing 3 services I offer, and then next month, we are going to do some video work, google places optimization, he's got a new product coming out soon that he wants me to set up a mobile page and qr code for, and he wants me to do his marketing for him. So after I do all the work that we agreed on, we are going to set up more services. He said by December I want to get all of this stuff (my services) done.
So that means I found a client that wants me to be his personal marketing consultant.
And on top of that he offered me some referrals. Once being a guy that owns 9 domino's pizza franchises.
Thank you warrior forum.
I quit my job to become a full time internet marketing consultant and now it's time to scale it u and get more clients.
I would not have been able to do this if it wasn't for the people on here that helped me along the way with free information like I am sharing above.
And now I am walking proof that ACTION is the key to this business. There are people out there that can do the work if you can't, it's all about setting up meetings with business owners and giving them valuable information that is going to help them. ANd chances are they are going to be to busy to do it themselves which is why you need to do it for them.
The plan worked. I wish I could write a WSO and make more money, but I am not ready for that yet.