I just thought I'd share something that has worked for me ever since I started selling offline services...
No matter what I'm doing in my life I visit businesses everyday. Whether it's a massage, the dentist, an accountant...the list goes on. I've landed so many clients by just becoming a customer of their business first...for something I actually needed anyways.
Here is an example...
So I was in need of a massage since my neck was killing me. I went to Google maps and started looking up massage therapists in my area. I found one that seemed affordable but clearly had some problems with their maps listings.
I called and set up an appointment and went in. It happened to be also in a chiropractors office. When the whole "what do you do" question popped as it always does...I mentioned the IM thing and how I noticed some issues with her maps listing.
She was like oh man yeah I've been wanting to fix that for a while, can you help me? Of course. In the end I worked out a trade for three free massages for simply fixing her listings. It also lead to a referral for the chiropractors website.
In a nutshell, every encounter with a business is a chance to land clients and referrals...so take advantage!
What do you guys think? Anybody with similar experiences?