Customers, colleagues and vendors are invaluable. And they should be appreciated regularly and often (not just once at the end of a sale). Let's build a list of fun, creative and unique ways to say thank you to our clients and customers.
I happen to like this one..."Too many business books these days are 300-page snoozefests that leave the reader drowning in details, more confused than they were when they cracked the front cover. Tea's book isn't like that; it's interesting, engaging, and short enough that you can spend most of your time actually doing something.
Take the opportunity to introduce folks to each other
On your Facebook page, your G+ page, on LinkedIn and/or via Twitter
If they offer a product or service that you want/need (and it's awesome), show them some love
At The Word Chef site, we have a weekly spotlight called The Hall of Fame and those folks are readers and/or colleagues who've been enthusiastically sharing our content and programs.
This is great for folks who aren't even close to being in your time zone. Say hello and thank you via YouTube, then email them a link and wa~la!
A client of ours, who happens to be a good friend and very excitable around Easter, had just renewed their contract with us and wanted to thank her in a personal way.
We sent a picnic basket to her address with a note inside, telling her that we had a surprise for her and to head to the town hall at 12:30pm for further details. Once there she found a note tied to a lamppost by the hall with a riddle for the next location.
3 locations later it sent her home - where a few of us were waiting with a hamper full of chocolate-y goodness!
Tom Roberts - Founder of So What? Media - http://www.sowhatmedia.co.uk/
Do a giveaway once per quarter to recognize folks for their participation and patronage. Most recently, I raffled off a "bad-ass unicorn" t-shirt to those who sent in their biggest marketing questions. Those who didn't win, still got a small origami unicorn sent to them by mail. Their questions will be answered via blog posts on my website each month.
Your best clients deserve your undivided attention at least once per year.
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