What to give a client for under $100/month?

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Hey, guys.

1st post & let me 1st say I've been reading & researching internet marketing for the past few months. Even purchased a program but this forum is BY FAR, the most helpful! Thank you all for you time and effort in helping newbies such as myself!

So the other day, I decided to finally bite the bullet & begin going door to door to some local businesses. I've been practicing my sales pitch but I found I was still extremely rusty. So it'll take a little time, but so far, I do have one interested client. He's a local chiropractor. It took me 2 visits to meet him, but he finally spoke with me for 2 minutes today & said he would be interested in hearing what I can offer, but his budget is VERY tight. He said if there's anything I can provide for $100 or less, he'd be interested.

I told him absolutely (didn't know what else to say), and arranged a time for a video conference next week (using anymeeting).

So my question is, I know $100/month won't go very far but what's the best "bang for his buck" for under $100? He currently has NOTHING setup for internet marketing. No social media, no claimed directory listings. No website. Nothing.

What do you recommend as the most effective service for this low of a price?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author mrgoe
    Well, you can make a package that will take care of all his basics.. doesn`t seem too much money for that work, but do a good job and he`ll want to get in for more.. Also, 100/month with 10 clients and you have your monthly paycheck of $1k..
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    • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
      You could do something like this for $100/mo; maybe even throw in a little more and give the package a value that you're willing to give him for $100 if he's willing to give you some testimonials about how well it works. Make it beneficial to both of you.

      Originally Posted by mrgoe View Post

      Well, you can make a package that will take care of all his basics.. doesn`t seem too much money for that work, but do a good job and he`ll want to get in for more.. Also, 100/month with 10 clients and you have your monthly paycheck of $1k..
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      • Profile picture of the author IM Inc
        Market his business on youtube for local chiropractor searches. That should cover $100.
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        • Profile picture of the author xlfutur1
          Originally Posted by IM Inc View Post

          Market his business on youtube for local chiropractor searches. That should cover $100.
          This is the first thing I thought of. do a short video and rank it on page one for "chiropractor your city". When its on page one, collect your $100 every month.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    Set them up with a website, hosting and autoresponder, under your affiliate link.

    Do some good local SEO and you should be able to get them some traffic.

    If you run the numbers on repeat hosting and autoresponder fees, that $100 per month doesn't look that bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    $100?

    That's not a client, that's a waste of time.

    You'd be better off going door to door selling cookies.
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    • Profile picture of the author HeadStartSEO
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      $100?

      That's not a client, that's a waste of time.

      You'd be better off going door to door selling cookies.
      Agreed.... Who suggested doing a website, auto responder :confused::confused::confused:

      Site
      -install wordpress
      - Get a theme (good one around 30-50 bucks)
      - Hosting (good hosting 10 bucks)
      - Auto responser ( 20 bucks)
      - Who writes the copy(Think the client will? fat chance)
      - Is his logo digital?

      Local SEO

      -ummmmm ya after the 10 bucks plus the 20 your now at $70 profit. I don't know where $70 bucks will lead you.

      I would say it's a waste of time to have them on as a client. I agree with John Romaine.

      Here what I would do, 100 bucks 1-2 hour phone call with you monthly.

      If they can't pay, they don't get service.

      trust me all clients demand more than what they pay you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Aaron Doud
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      $100?

      That's not a client, that's a waste of time.

      You'd be better off going door to door selling cookies.
      This above it how I feel.

      But if you can find a service you can do in under 2 hours per month it might be worth it. But I would try for something under 1 hour per month including your time speaking with the client.
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    • Profile picture of the author scorzaze
      Originally Posted by John Romaine
      $100?

      That's not a client, that's a waste of time.

      You'd be better off going door to door selling cookies.

      I second that...You'll be working for pennies with the amount of work that needs to be done. Keep it moving for better paying clients. I had a client pay pennies on the dollar when I first started out and hated it. You'll soon realize that it's not worth the time...imo
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    • Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      $100?

      That's not a client, that's a waste of time.

      You'd be better off going door to door selling cookies.





      I'm good for a couple of boxes. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author afilmark
    Hi there - to get your foot in the door is key - without it being shut on (LOL). The customer just wants to hear you can work with his - not knowing you.... Set up a FB page and get him some likes, use Fiver to give him a specialized message or traffic boost. Set up a YouTube Account and show him how to use it by copying whatever you can get your hands on to help bring his office more recognition or credibility. Also give a write-up with your delivered product of 'your vision' of how you can help him further market his practice and give him the edge he needs to stand out and be found.
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    I have tons of $99/month clients and that's what makes it worth it, being able to serve 100's of such cllients.

    If you have to go meet people in person (TWICE) then 100 bucks is nothing, if you just to answer a few emails and have a good working model then it's interesting enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Seemore25101
    I would recommend using the offline forum. $100 is nothing. You have to build value in your pitch for him. For $100 a month, hopefully it's only an hour or two of work.
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  • Profile picture of the author trader909
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    a coffee and a chat.

    try for $1k+ month. heck try for $5k+ month. o higher class..bigger business/money
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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    Pitching 1 to 1 with local clients is not easy, so unless you really know their wants/needs, it will be hard to offer them something for bigger amounts.

    Most "offline" businesses are sceptical about all the online stuff, so they don't want to spend too much money, hence the reason he only went for 100 bucks.

    I would say what you need to do is work on your offer and learn how to better approach your clients, as that's how you'll open their wallets wide.
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    • Profile picture of the author localseoer
      Originally Posted by zdebx View Post

      Pitching 1 to 1 with local clients is not easy, so unless you really know their wants/needs, it will be hard to offer them something for bigger amounts.

      Most "offline" businesses are sceptical about all the online stuff, so they don't want to spend too much money, hence the reason he only went for 100 bucks.

      I would say what you need to do is work on your offer and learn how to better approach your clients, as that's how you'll open their wallets wide.
      amen to that man
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      • Profile picture of the author BrashImpact
        To the OP, I have one Answer... NOTHING! Please pay attention to what I am going to say....

        You're way more valuable than that PERIOD! Don't let the WF Newbie mentality take hold.... You have HIGH VALUE, you are the PRIZE! There is no way i would offer anything for $100....

        I would give them Free Advice vs taking a $100 because at the end of the day, the value you placed on the service is not valuable in that persons reality.

        The greatest tool you can use... a Humans PERCEPTION is THEIR OWN PERSONAL REALITY!

        Does not matter what we think, whatever the perception is what they BELIEVE!

        Now... YOU GOTS VALUE, USE IT!

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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
    Hey Warriors! Granted, $100 is barely anything but it's still a SALE, or a potential one at least.

    It's all very well to say charge more but having nothing in a portfolio to show makes this kind of thing difficult to do.

    Well done @Goalie35 for what you've achieved, you're best bet is to find out what the person could actually benefit from. Are people searching Google for him? Would Social Media be a viable marketing strategy?

    Find out that, then look at what you could offer him. Sure, you'll be working hard for not all that much money but when you approach someone new, you can charge a lot more and you'll have at least something in your portfolio to show.

    Dumb people with too much money are the only ones that would spend $1000 on someone who has nothing to show for themselves. You've done the right thing working on a small budget. It's a great way to start.

    After you've done the work for this client, learn a little more about how to sell higher ticket items. Get a pricing structure together. Then go after a bigger fish.

    Work your way up until you can charge thousands of dollars for your services. Well done once again!

    Have a great day!

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  • Profile picture of the author PROmotions LLC
    You might want to check out the Google Engage Program, you get tons of Free $100 voucher coupons, you could be telling potential clients you could give them $200 worth of advertising for $100, after awhile they might invest more after that initial $200 ($100 theirs and $100 voucher) is spent, because it might bring them tons of traffic / customers, and they will notice a real difference. Just a thought. Make him a Facebook Page too, that would take you like 5 minutes not even LOL, and he might see what kind of "skills" you have, and want to do more business with you, and start seeing the big picture.
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  • Profile picture of the author Peter May
    Well done Goalie35, don't be put off by others shunning the amount. The important thing is you took action and got a result.

    I would look at this customer as a great result, Why? He has proved to you to be a paying customer which means he will pay more.

    I would work at this even if it cost me $100 per month because if he makes an extra $1000 per month guess what he will easily pay you $500 per month which again can be easily doubled.

    I would explain that you are going to produce a self funding service starting at $100 per month consultancy and which will provide a rise of more than $100 in profits in a month then the more he increases the monthly budget the more the profits will rise.

    This will be a very attractive offer to any business since it will be self funding. Your first goal will be to increase his business which will be easy, firstly get his past clients and send a portion of them out an offer, only a portion as you only need to up his profits a little in the first month to up his budget in the second.

    Hope this gives you some thoughts but you are at a great place with a client willing to spend. The more you can make him the more he will pay you. Then you can start selling him other services like Website, SEO, social, PPC etc. But only after you prove yourself.

    Keep us posted.

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    Goalie35 .... Good for you on your first sale. Congrats
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      If you end up setting up a website for him, take whatever paperwork he has for new patients and convert it to PDF. Have new patients download the pdfs and fill them out before their first appointment. Leads to happy patients, happy staff and happy chiro.

      Another very impressive thing you may be able to offer is online appointment setting and confirmation. Missed appointments are money gone forever.

      Automate appointment confirmations with an email system and robodialer.

      There's a lot more to a profitable practice than just herding new people through the door. Help him plug the leaks and streamline his current systems, and he'll be much more open to patient acquisition efforts (and a bigger budget).
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  • Profile picture of the author Samker
    Offer him "targeted" campaign on Facebook, you'll find discount coupons for few $.
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  • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
    Originally Posted by Goalie35 View Post

    Hey, guys.

    1st post & let me 1st say I've been reading & researching internet marketing for the past few months. Even purchased a program but this forum is BY FAR, the most helpful! Thank you all for you time and effort in helping newbies such as myself!

    So the other day, I decided to finally bite the bullet & begin going door to door to some local businesses. I've been practicing my sales pitch but I found I was still extremely rusty. So it'll take a little time, but so far, I do have one interested client. He's a local chiropractor. It took me 2 visits to meet him, but he finally spoke with me for 2 minutes today & said he would be interested in hearing what I can offer, but his budget is VERY tight. He said if there's anything I can provide for $100 or less, he'd be interested.

    I told him absolutely (didn't know what else to say), and arranged a time for a video conference next week (using anymeeting).

    So my question is, I know $100/month won't go very far but what's the best "bang for his buck" for under $100? He currently has NOTHING setup for internet marketing. No social media, no claimed directory listings. No website. Nothing.

    What do you recommend as the most effective service for this low of a price?

    Thanks
    This client isn't going buy from you. You don't even know what you're selling to him - how crazy is that?

    You've got everything backward. Develop what YOU are going to be selling, based on what YOU have knowledge and experience, then give a CONCRETE offer and explain to him how what you're offering can make him more money and provide solutions.

    But please, set up your own listing of services that you want to offer at a reasonable price. Don't just offer a random service in the hope that people will buy, because that just screams amateur hour to me.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    just dont....

    low price = low quality clients = one massive headache :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author vedremo
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    My impulse reaction is to say he's messing with you. I've never met a chiropractor who would blink at spending (or charging) $1000.

    But it's a step in the door, and will build confidence so go for it. I'd probably set him up with an "entry-level" Facebook page. Try to upsell to managing it for him for a monthly fee. After a while he may want more services, but right now I think he just wants to see if you're going to bring him more clients.

    I like the idea of getting him to sign up via affiliate links to a few things to increase the bottom line, but I don't think this client would bother with learning how to use autoresponder etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Make Money Ninja
    Tell him that you need a minimum of $500 per month and that you will spend it all on ranking his site and wont profit.

    When you get the $500+ per month, spend the first few months investing it all in to links that will rank the site.

    Then once you are ranked and are 4-5 months in, he will be seeing some rankings and some profits. This is the point where you start taking a big chunk of the money, and then spending much less on maintaince.

    Not rocket science, simple common sense imo. Fortune favours the bold, so pitch him that.

    As for $100 a month, you cant do much for that, especially in terms of longterm sustainability.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    You're wasting your time here. Seriously, move on.

    Find a decent client. $100 is embarrassing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    I wouldn't drop the offer. Just joke with him ask him if he's kidding with you re $100, give him facts about how he can increase what he is currently making by going on the web. You do this by asking him how much he makes for one client and then start painting pictures in his head of how the internet could increase that significantly. Be tough. You can't do it for $100 a month though. Pick a higher bottom line. Then tell him what you usually do it for. See if you can get more then a bottom line. Try something like this... I usually charge $3000 but since you were unaware of what you can actually make and a little hesitant I'll start you at $1600 and you'll see how many more $___________ per visit clients you start seeing arrive at your office. That's half price!! Warrior's like this gentleman above me would rather you just drop it and quit and never do anything. Its bad advice don't listen to that. You have to learn to get what you are worth. That's all. Go look around the offline forum.

    now say you do do something for $100. make him a slideshow video and rank it and then upsell him. use fiverr

    i hope hope the mods will move this.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Why are you trying to offer a monthly service when you don't have anything to offer? I think that's your mistake.

    Get back to him with a one off quote for making him a website, setting up a Facebook page and a Google+ page.

    That's your starting point. Then, once those are set up, you have something to offer him on a monthly basis - ie adding content to his FB page, running FB ads, doing his seo, or whatever else you decide to offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    I know someone that sets up a website for the client, ranks it (he outsources that part to me) and all that for 69 pounds/month with a 1 year contract.

    He spends about $200,- on me, which is sufficient for the type of local clients that he targets in the UK and he probably spends $50,- on content for on the website + some of his time to set it all up.

    Not a terrible margin for 828 pounds a year, which translates to $1300,- or something?

    So yeah, you can accomplish quite a bit for $100/month when you think of it.

    Like I said, his costs are $250,- and he receives about $1300,-, that is over $1k profit for maybe 2 hours of work, $500/hourly, not too shabby.
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  • Profile picture of the author Viktor Vedmak
    So much bad advice in this thread I am not sure if you guys are serious ...

    I would not give $500 to some random out of the blue, so why would I expect somebody else to? Like OP stated he is essentially cold knocking offline businesses, most (or all) of whom have no idea who he is. That even one person bit and wants to discuss it is a success.

    My advice is to make a list of things you can do to help this chiropractor, and ones that come after him, including prices. For example charging something like 10 bucks for basic facebook page without content, same for making him twitter account, maybe 20-40 to explain how to use these services, 50 for basic one page html/css website with minimal content ...

    Then show him the list and ask him what is he most interested in to get started with, plugging more expensive things after he sees results.

    Logic of "$100 is nothing" is just faulty. If you are good at what you do, you can get that $100 for less than hour of work a month.

    Sure, lot of people are just cheapskates, but there is pretty big difference between cheapskate and person who simply does not understand online marketing and how it can help their offline business. Why make random decision to reject client without knowing more about it?
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeac
    $100 a month you cant really offer your client anything of value.

    Stop charging "Mickey Mouse" Prices, and raise your prices accordingly so clients can take you seriously.
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineStoreHelp
    Given that this is his first client $100 a month sounds about right without a portfolio to show and referrals to back him up. We all started out with the low ball but at least with a chiropractor, theoretically it could lead to more things. And around here Chiropractors are not raking in the dough given the high rents, low incomes and expensive equipment they need to buy to distinguish themselves (digital xray machines are becoming common now).

    Here is my advice. First, find out exactly what he needs. Does he have a website? Probably, so how about Google and Local places. For $100/month you can slowly fill those out. Set up an autoresponder? Sure, in fact it is possible he has one already, unfortunately it is probably constant contact so have fun with that piece of junk and it just needs to be filled out. All of this provides value and something he can see. After 3 or 6 months, you renegotiate. My first client was a low ball that turned into a 3K client and 2 other clients at $1000 and $1500 for fun stuff and nice little residuals.

    Finally, you are going to go into this relationship with the expectation you will get more then just cash. First, you get to build your portfolio of work. Even better, you need to make sure he knows that if you give him this deal, you expect him to provide referrals to other small business owners. I spent 20 minutes setting up an an autoresponder for a local cafe that turned into 3 new clients since she was so connected. The key is not to go in with just a, what can I do for $100. Just my 2 cents for what they are worth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claire Koch
    one thing john durham often says in his reports is take the lower payment to start getting clients. Often people suggest asking for referrals and testimonials while you are not getting paid that much and blamo you should start seeing people calling you if you do a good job don't you think this chiropractor is going to recommend you to others especially if that is part of the deal. Some people start out plain old telling everyone I'm trying to build my portfolio so my prices are starting out low get em while you can.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I'm surprised the prospect was even willing to offer $100 given that you made no specific proposition and I'd struggle to think how that interview went without one.

      With that considered, garnering a possible $100 for having offered nothing in particular is actually astounding in a bittersweet sense and it might be an indication that they might spend a lot more on the basis of actually being offered something.
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  • Profile picture of the author banx63
    Why don't you run his Facebook page or something? Super easy to make one up - 20 minutes work. Then say you will run some ads if he coughs up some more $$$. Just a thought...
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  • Profile picture of the author Porphyrogenitus
    Saying $100/mo is a worthless client is a worthless statement. I see CARS selling for $100/mo every day on TV. A $100/mo client has value if the profit exceeds total costs.

    If they don't have a website, get them one. You can find a custom one from a supplier here for less than $75/ea, but don't build it yourself (waste of time). Then make them a FB page, this will take 30 mins tops. Use the AdWords coupon from the hosting to bring them a few leads. Charge this as the first 2-3 months. Then sell the client on SEO, and continue monthly.

    For $100/mo you shouldn't be spending more than 1-2 hours on the client. GL.
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  • Profile picture of the author ATAC
    I would set up a fanpage for him for $200 and take care of it for a $100 a month then I would outsource the work so I make a profit off of it ..
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    As has already been mentioned find a client who is willing
    to treat the value of your time and expertise with some
    respect and invest a reasonable amount of money to get
    a reasonable return.

    If it was $1,500 upfront and $100 a month then you'd be
    in business.

    One thing you could do in that price range is set up some
    ads in free classified sites like Craigslist for his business.

    $100 a month to repost the ads on a regular basis.

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    NOTHING!!!!!!
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  • It is important to note that there really is nothing you can give a business owner who has as little as $100 to give you. That really is a small amount of cash that won't amount to anything unless you were giving something to him or her that would be good as a one off service.

    If I were you, I would simply tell him that there is no need to do a monthly process. Simply tell him that you will give him everything with just $400, so that is four months waiting for $400. If you are relying on only him, earning $100 a month on him won't do you any good. You might as well just grab that $400 and give him a one off service that make him pay you $100/monthly.
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Inclined to agree that you should get more money to be effective for him.
    How much does one client mean to him in terms of revenues, repeat visits, and referrals?

    Also, he is exhibiting red flag behavior - cheap, unrealistic, and demanding.

    Or, maybe, he wants to test you on a task for under a hundred
    because he has been burned in the past - you might ask him.


    However, if you must:

    Month 1 - Create his marketing plan. Show him who and how to reach his ideal customers (get him to tell you who they are based on you two reviewing client records without HIPA violations)
    Then execute his marketing plan monthly. Or get him to buy more than one $100 service at a time. Something like this:

    Month 2 - claim his google places and advise him to contact current and previous customers with an offer to get them to come back or bring someone with

    Month 3 - Do YouTube Video

    Month 4 - Facebook page

    Month 5 - Direct mail campaign creation - he pays for marketing collateral and mailing

    Something like that so you are doing something monthly that does not take more than a couple of hours for you to do and you gain credibility and reputation and so forth. And soon he has an internet presence and marketing funnel and more clients?...

    Of course you have to make it clear what each $100 is covering.

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    • Profile picture of the author LarryW
      "Rent" a ranked local chiro webpage with his phone number on it. That page can be part of a larger site, you will need to get a few high PR backlinks. Take his $100 a month (this is not one time). I have heard of some here doing this for under $100. It should actually depend on the value of each new client for him ... some would charge over $100 a month (depends on what business and how many calls), some would charge per call (you are not set up for that yet). Some would charge per call PLUS a percent of what the new client pays. I don't have the nerve to try that yet.

      This is similar to the ranked local YouTube idea, or a variation. You could be starting to specialize in chiropractors! The comment to setup Facebook page is good also.

      $100/mo is good if you can build from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Neale
    #1 - setup Google Analytics on his site BUT using one of your accounts
    #2 - setup an auto-generated Analytics report to go to him weekly
    #3 - setup a paid facebook campaign using YOUR account and credit card
    #4 - set a monthly budget of $30
    #5 - find out his and any of his staff FB ID. Create a custom audience of them so they see the ads often when they use FB

    If he cancels his reports and traffic stop.

    Contact him after 60 days and evaluate. At that time opportunities to increase budget should present themselves.

    Minimum "next level" for this client is $250 per month but suggest $500 for the next 2 months. Increase facebook budget to 30% of your monthly fee.

    Once over $500 create a Display Ad campaign on Google using YOUR OWN account and credit card and create some banner and text ads. Insert Google's remarketing code on clients site.

    Now they will see your ads you made for them all over the web.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Normally, I'd agree with the folks that said $100 isn't enough to bother with. But since this is your first deal I'd say ride it out. There are several decent suggestions above. I like the one suggesting you produce a video for this guy and get in set up for his local audience.

    Another thing you might consider is do a search for Wordpress and HTML chiropractor site templates. Tell the guy he needs to create a comprehensive "tips" list, some exercises and/or other stuff he can turn into a free report. You might even check out some free chiropractor PLR for ideas. Then set up the site with an autoresponder so he can capture leads using the report as an incentive.

    And now that you've got your feet wet, don't take any more marginal clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    I have some experience here (though not with chiropractors).

    I just did a little search and discovered what chiropractors make each year: up to $150K.

    What you need to do is figure out what one client is worth to your client. Base your quote around that figure.

    I think you may be struggling because you're not showing them enough to convince them that they need you - and, oh boy, do they.

    Sincere apologies if you've already done this, but put together a super strong portfolio. That portfolio should leave no doubt that you WILL send them new clients.

    When you approach business men and women, don't be humble, heck no. They're in business to make money and you, Sir, are the answer to their problem of NEVER making ENOUGH money.

    If a client doesn't hire me, I'm polite (it's my nature), but I always - always - consider them a wee bit dense, too. I mean, if you own a BMW dealership and I can sell you another car a week, why wouldn't you hire me?
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  • Profile picture of the author LasseKohau
    No one in this forum, should accept clients below 100 dollars a month, unless its a host package combined with security on the top.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamesfreddyc
      Originally Posted by LasseKohau View Post

      No one in this forum, should accept clients below 100 dollars a month, unless its a host package combined with security on the top.
      Not everything revolves around Internet Marketing and SEO services. Some of us are actual software (SaaS) vendors and service providers that are in these same niche's. We have solutions in various price points, a couple that are way under $100/mo.

      The difference of course is that the work effort/investment is already completed and cooked into the pricing, whereas an IM person that says, "No way I'd consider anything less than $100" is really looking at it as trading their hours for dollars.
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      • Profile picture of the author LasseKohau
        Well, i realize that everyone is running a different businessmodel.

        Personally, i dont accept clients with a monthly marketing budget below 5k a month in my lead gen business.

        a Lot of posts in this forum has discussed price and its also mentioned severalf times in this thread. Cannibalizing and reducing prices on a competetive market attract bad clients.

        Regards, Lasse
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        • Profile picture of the author MRomeo09
          First off, it really depends on the rapport you have built with the business owner to see if what you're doing makes sense. I mean if he's just being a cheap prick, then yes I probably wouldn't bother. But I think it's not all a loss here.

          But, if he's willing to commit to $100 and you haven't even offered anything yet, that means he will probably pay more. You could easily get $300-400 off of him, I doubt that $100 is all he has.

          You have to understand this is this guys first client. Read through this guys posts(he doesn't have many). He's not sitting on his ass trying to figure it all out, he's going out there and meeting people face to face. He's doing the right thing, he's asking them what they want. He's finding out the pulse of the marketplace. And if continues that trend, he's more likely to be successful than half the people who have given him advice on this thread(no offense). I'm so proud of him, I could just kiss him. Even though I ignored this thread for a month or two.

          I'd rather him provide $500 of work for $100 but get his first client, than sitting around buying WSO after WSO and doing nothing with them. His money is better spent with a real client producing real results, and getting real experience.

          In this case you can offer to do something that costs $500 but it's financed over 5 months at $100 a month.

          The most important thing whether I would take this client on is will he be your champion? If I'm worth $1k but I charge you $100. Will you connect me with 10 other business owners that you know. Not just give me their phone number, but you pick up the phone and tell them they should sit down with me.

          Back in 2006 I took on my first client. He was free. He was a friend of mine who was a center of influence. I think I charged him my hard costs which were around $100-200 if I remember right. But back to that one client he referred business to me every single year, and in some cases 2-3 a year. From those clients I got more referrals and it blossomed from there. Almost all of my SEO clients for many years came from that one original client. I had no marketing budget, I did no cold calls, I did no direct mail, it was all from organized referral systems from ecstatic clients.

          So again I applaud the OP. I think if he continues his action taking trend he's going to be successful.
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