By Karen Gillman, Executive VP at On Point Executive Center
When a business exceeds your expectations it is only natural to want to show your genuine appreciation. The problem is, how can you fully express your gratitude, without breaking the bank? If you are truly satisfied by your experience and a monetary expression is not an option, check out our list of FREE, lasting, powerful ways to say thank you and truly convey your satisfaction.
A 5-star Google Review
Let’s face it, everyone uses Google. One of the best FREE way to show your gratitude towards a business is to publicly rave by a review that will be seen by everyone who does a simple Google search for that business. It would be nearly impossible to place a dollar figure on the amount of positive exposure this kind of review would produce.
A 5-star Facebook review
If your business is not on social media, your business basically does not exist. Multi 5-star ratings on Facebook will help elevate a business above its competitors. You can also share their page which will increase the traffic to ensure your review is far reaching.
Written Note of Appreciation
With all the advances in technology, rarely does anyone ever take the time to hand write a well thought out letter anymore. You can show your appreciation by taking the time to hand write what your experience with their business meant to you. This kind, the sincere gesture is sure to put a smile on the business owner’s face. When received, we know it does ours!
You can spend thousands of dollars on advertising and marketing but you can’t buy referrals. According to Neilsen, 92% of consumers trust referrals from friends and family over all other forms of advertising. If you want to show your appreciation, thoughtfully refer a qualified friend or family member. Ask them, if they are equally satisfied, to refer more friends and family. Watch the positive snowball effect this has on a business.
An Introduction to a Networking Group
Networking groups are a valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients, and educate others about your business. Networking groups are also a great way to partner up with a business that compliments your business. This partnership will allow you to easily refer business to each other, which will increase sales and revenue. When appropriate, ask an associate from the business you want to express your gratitude to, to attend a group with you. Take time to introduce them to mutually beneficial associates.
You do not have to be a celebrity to endorse a business or product. An endorsement is a convenient way to send a positive message to people in your network. Your endorsement will create a level of trust between those who know you and the business you are endorsing.
An eMailed Testimony with Permission to Print
This method works for so many reasons. It encompasses all the above methods because with your permission they can use your testimony on Facebook, Google, their website, printed advertisements and virtually anywhere they choose.
People will remember how you made them feel long after they will remember the amount of money you spent. The amount of future sales you can generate by doing any one of the above is priceless. While the words you use might be free, the value placed on them is immeasurable. So next time you find yourself wanting to show a business appreciation, try using one of these free techniques. Not only will your bank account thank you, but the business owner will forever be indebted to you for the new clients you have created.
About ON POINT EXECUTIVE CENTER
Founded in 1999, On Point Executive Center offers a variety of virtual office solutions, virtual assistants and physical space to entrepreneurs needing offices or conference rooms on an as-needed basis. In addition to offices and meeting space, On Point Executive Center provides copy / fax / scanning machines, on-site notary services, wireless internet, address and mail services, translation, toll-free long-distance services and other telecommunications services, as well as a variety of office necessities at either at a package price or on an a ’la carte basis. Clients can also use the professional receptionist service, and/or secure a business mailing address and mailbox.