Bringing In Sales Even During The Slow Times

21 02 2007

Every business has it. It’s called the cyclical slow time. It may last for a month or even several months. But as a business owner, turning this time period into as short of a period as possible will help you become a stronger business.

As a business owner, you can either bring in new prospects and turn them into new clients, or you can sell to your existing client base and bring in repeat business. During your slow times, concentrate on getting repeat business from your existing client base. 

Some times of the year are just easier to sell to a new client. Lets take senior portraiture for a moment. The following years’ seniors start thinking about their final year of school and begin planning in May. Their schools hold fairs and begin giving them direction on everything there is to do. It’s natural to plan your own photography mailings around this time frame.

If you’re a studio specializing in portraits, particularly the senior market, you’re busy time is predictably May through December. Come January, things start slowing down, and by the springtime, you may be wondering how to pay the bills.

Instead of spending the early months of the year planning for the new senior market, concentrate on the seniors that are about to graduate, and on your other existing clients. Your current clients know you, have worked with you, and understand your business. Create special promotions just for them. Things like:

  • Selling additional wallets for friends, family and graduation announcements
  • Additional portrait packages
  • Cap and gown images
  • Family portrait before the senior goes off to college
  • Family portraiture of past clients (if you’ve been doing seniors for a number of years, some of your clients may be getting married, or even having babies)
  • Instead of trying to bring in new clients during your slow time, concentrate on building options for your existing client base. They know you and have worked with you before. They are a much easier sell – so sell to those that love what you do!

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