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Obtain clients using our systematic approach in creating repeat business and referrals for yourself and other members

Why become a Member?

• Membership brings more referrals to your business • Increase your visibility in the community
• Give and receive referrals opportunities
• Referrals are made exclusively to members only
• Members Only Exclusive Benefits.

Trust the process!

Build your brand and business contacts by connecting, using, sharing and learning wih other members and local businesses.

Shopping local is a key element to success, as well as word of mouth referrals.

Membership Compliance

All approved members shall remain in compliance with our rules and regulations in order to continue membership and receive quality referrals.

"HVPBA reserves the right to discontinue working with members who do not adhere to the regulations. We take pride in providing quality referrals to consumers who use our platform and we will continue to enforce that vigilantly"

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Generating Referrals

Step 1: Build trust – deliver a great customer experience

Focus on delivering great customer experience. Wrap good products, services and solutions into a total experience. Make sure that you are referable. A happy customer is your best marketing tool for referral generation, and people trust referrals and recommendations from people they know.

Step 2: Organize your customer’s behavior – provide them with a guided journey

Get involved in the customer’s journey at an early point. The buying experience for the customer must be just as good as the sales experience. Incorporate these 7 behaviours that people want to participate in with a company they are doing business with:

Know: who and how, ads, referrals, networking

Like: website, blog content, social media

Trust: SEO, webinars, marketing materials, white papers

Try: workshops, evaluations, demo, DIY training, starters

Buy: service team, new customer kit

Repeat: post-project reviews, cross selling, customer events

Refer: champion events, partner intros, peer2peer

Step 3: Map customer experience points – look at the ways that people come into contact with your business

Analyse your customer life-cycle touch points to understand the experience that your customer has. Examples are marketing, sales, education, follow-up, even your finance system. Once a quarter, for example, select a customer and get deep into how they experience your business. See your business through their eyes.

Step 4: Create content for referrals – maximize your opportunities

Produce e-books, webinars and other forms of great content. Offer your content to strategic partners and ask them to share it. This gets your content in front of other people’s audiences so they refer you because you have something to share, and not just to sell.

Step 5: Reverse engineer the referral process – start with the end in mind

Think about what you want people feeling, thinking and doing 90 days, then 45 days, after they buy from you? Create a much better customer experience by working backwards from referral, through purchase, trial, nurture, trust to awareness.

Step 6: Create a champion referral program – educate your best customers

Determine who your champions are. They are the 10-20% of your customers who love what you do and love telling people about what you do. These are the people you get most new referrals from.
Educate your champions about your ideal referral. Motivate them with compelling offers, promote your champions program and keep on reminding them.

Step 7: Identify your ideal customer – make sure your referral sources know who they are

Define who your ideal customer is. Who are they, what do they look like, what problem are they trying to solve, what makes them ideal? And communicate this to your referral sources so that they know how to spot your ideal customer.

Step 8: Use 5 different types of programs – aim at doing them all for a “collective momentum”

Use as many of these direct-to-customer approaches as you can:

Direct offer

- Give them a free service/product if they refer a new customer.

Implied offer

- Something people can show other people to sell them on you (like a photobook of process).

Tangible offer

- Gift Certificates or Voucher for products and services that they can give to someone. A referral Bonus for them as well.

Community offer

- Partnering or participating with NPO’s at reduced rate or free/promoting their events introductions by strategic partners.

Step 9: Create a strategic partner network – work with other businesses to increase your value to your clients

Find strategic partners – other businesses that are not competing with you but have the same ideal customer as part of their client base and create a formal strategic partner community.

Create an introduction in reverse. Start by asking your partners to teach you the best ways you can refer them to your clients. Send them your perfect introduction as an example.

Educate your partners – create the perfect introduction: How to spot your ideal client How to present your core message List of trigger statements Your referral offer Your marketing process

Create a partner program and start working together with your partners. Recruit and introduce Conduct video interviews Create content opportunities like guest blog posts Acquire special offers Make referrals Rate and review each other Create events together.