Selling to Newcomers
Q. "I sell [fill in: kitchen containers,
cosmetics, insurance, professional services]
and of course I like to let newcomers know I'm here in their
community. How soon is
A. Newcomers welcome visitors
but they run from a sales pitch. "Everyone's had a hand in my wallet!" is
frequent complaint of the newly-moved.
Start with, "Welcome
to the community! I'm here first as a
friend. Here's a small gift to help you get settled. I've
been living here awhile and I'm a homeowner too, so do you
have questions I can answer as a neighbor, not as a sales
After all, you hire people
to mow your lawn, fix your faucets and clean your gutters.
You have a vet for your cat
and a mechanic for your car. Recommend your favorites -- and
those your friends rave about, too.
Best gifts: Coupons from
local merchants. Ten percent off a restaurant meal or a free
workout at a local gym. Samples of
your own products and services. A sheet of local-living
tips. I would be eternally grateful for a lawn service that
shared advice on growing a garden in the high desert, where
I live now.
I must admit I'm biased.
I often wonder why people bring flowers (which are not good
for the cats anyway) when they
can offer something useful, like a gift certificate to a
hardware store or pizza delivery service.
Home-cooked goodies are
always appreciated, especially by non-cooks like me, but these
days many folks are on special
diets. Questions like, "Does it have nuts?" somehow
distract from the generosity of the gesture.
Moving creates stress --
and you don't want to add stress by showing up with an order
pad. Instead, focus on
easing transitions by showing up as a friend.
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