January 18, 2022
Now you have found qualified leads and are ready to start meeting with them. There are helpful steps that you can take to prepare to crush the meeting and add another client to your list!
As you would with any job interview, researching the client is important. If you know who their company is and what their needs are before the meeting, you will be more prepared to win them over. It will also be important to research who will be attending the meeting and gather an overview of who they are. Before the meeting, look over each Linkedin or corporate profile to know more about their expertise and how you could help them.
The next step you will need to take is creating an informational packet with your company's information and what you are offering.
Services, time frames, and pricing can all be added into this packet that the client can take with them to review again later. This can help both remind the client of topics you covered and remind them of how you can relieve their pain points.
Last, as you spend time learning about the client(s) and their business, make sure to gather questions that will help you gain a better insight into their needs. Asking questions can be a great way to show the client you are listening and aren’t afraid to do your research.
The corporate world has changed a great deal in the last few years. Handshakes aren’t as accepted and in-person meetings have gone virtual. You will need to be ready for the changing venues, platforms, and etiquette.
With the pandemic, virtual meetings have become a common way to get together. Many people have become happier and more comfortable with this format, including clients.
When setting up meetings, it is important to learn in advance what the client's preferences and needs are. They may feel more comfortable with virtual meetings or the distance between everyone forces that choice. Either way, there are still many opportunities to connect with others virtually.
A great way to make that connection is to have a gift delivered ahead of the meeting. With Noms, you can customize your cookie gift box and gift them virtually. This sends an email to the client to upload their shipping information and we handle the rest! Fresh cookies arrive on your clients' doorstep before the meeting to make an instant connection.
How to use gift boxes virtually:
Virtual meetings are great for many people. The ease of staying in one place and being connected to anyone in the world is a perk that many clients, and even employees, are looking for. When virtual, it is easy for the client to be less engaged, less obligated, and less connected to you and your team. When you find a way to connect each attendee to each other, it makes for a more impactful experience and leaves them feeling more energized than drained.
Get Ready for In-Person Meetings
If you and your client choose to have an in-person meeting, your first
priority should be gathering your engaging information packet and preparing to make a long-lasting impression. As with most meetings, it is always appreciated by the client to have a small gift for them. This allows you to stay on the client's mind long after the meeting is over.
Finding an appropriate, and ethical, gift can mean endless searches to find something that your client can accept and will enjoy. Wine or liquor may not please every client if you don’t know if they partake in it. Pens, notepads, stress balls, or even a USB with your logo on it are not as popular as you would hope. Usually, these gifts are handed out to others, put in the company's storage closet, or tossed out. Remember - the gift shouldn’t look like it's about you and your business. It should look like it's about your client and their business!
This is where we come in! Nom’s Cookies are:
Avoiding a Bad Meeting
You’ve made time to meet, prepared for the meeting, sent out your cookie gifts, and now you're ready to go. While there are plenty of actions that you should be taking, there are plenty that you should not. Here are five things to make sure you don’t do at your next meeting:
The first meeting can always be nerve-wracking. First impressions last a long time and all the clients will have to go on when making their decision on who to work with.
You’ve prepared for the meeting, became familiar with your client and their company, and armed yourself with the right questions and information to help the client. Now it’s time to head to getnoms.com and get your cookie gift box order started! Build connections and start new relationships off on the right foot this year with a custom gift box of cookies!How to Win Employee Appreciation Day in 2022How to Land the Clients You’ve Always Wanted