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Clients Need to be Touched

How do you Touch?

Do you make sure and “touch” your clients? I’m talking about current, past, and those you hope to be future clients? Most would agree that people like to receive their touches in different forms, so it is important to alternate the ways that you send out the message that you are still around to serve them.

Direct mail, phone calls, emails, drop-by visits, gifts, and get-togethers are all the typical methods people use to stay in touch. People will actually receive your touch in different ways. For some clients it will mean more if you have an auditory conversation with them while others prefer the visual in a piece of mail/email. So it is important to mix up your touches with different methods.

Vary it Up

Get creative. What do you do with the “same ole” flyers that arrive in your work mailbox? I know I stand at the recycle bin. Dump! Do you even remember the phone call from your vendor, “Kim, I’m here to help whenever you have clients that need a provider that will get the job done right.” ? Delete!

Be You

Are you tired of hearing this from me yet? I think one of the biggest mistakes people make in any type of selling role is that they focus on the sale and not the individuals. Ya see, you have to make and continue the connection if you expect people to trust you for their transaction.

Try These for Starters

Some automated contact is alright, but you have to get adventurous and do some things that the competition isn’t thinking of. Here are some things that I have tried and plan to try that are a little bit off the wall, but sure to be remembered!

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  • Pick up the phone and sing Happy Birthday, the whole song, even if on voicemail. Do you sing great or horrible? Does it matter? Do you think they’ll remember it regardless? Yes!
  • Find a short, meaningful quote and email it to your list. Nothing about Real Estate. No signature block.
  • Use a service like Eyejot and send a personal (not generic) video email message – short & sweet.
  • Send a text message when you plan on being at a coffee shop for a while, “I’m at __, come by for a cup on me!”
  • Support charities together. Send a postcard offering to match a prearranged drive with funds, food, toys that your contacts donate.

What can you add to the list?

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Kim resides and works selling Real Estate in Chester County, PA. She is a blogger and also writes for her own blog, West of Philly Burbs and Mothers Fighting for Others. Kim is a Social Networking Junkie and you can connect with her in many places including Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr.



  1. Missy Caulk

    December 5, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I send out stuff that I think will be valuable to my past and present clients. Like last night Comerica Bank released a paper on the implications of the bailout (bridge loan).

    It was a really good report with graphics of the automotive industry, with GIP since 2001. It was obvious they did not get in trouble over-night.

    So I just try to pass on helpful things I find. As soom of my clients have moved out of state and their homes are on the market, I wanted them to know what another local MI Corp like Comerica was saying.

  2. Kim Wood

    December 5, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Great idea Missy! I’m sure that your clients appreciate the thought that you forwarded the information to them as well 🙂

  3. Matthew Hardy

    December 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Of course the prerequisite is having client/prospect contact data in a primary system where you can manage and track all of the touches. It’s unfortunate that most agents don’t have this. I like the creative examples you’ve offered.

  4. John Wake

    December 14, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Thanks for the tip on Eyejot! It has real possibilities.

    I can see it as a way to touch higher potential internet leads, “Thank you for your request for X. I just emailed it off to you. [Comment on what was sent.] [Closing]”

    All in 60 seconds or less, the max message length for the free version. If I end up using it, I would want to upgrade for $100 per year to get rid of the Eyejot logo and replace it with my own logo. The upgrade also gets rid of the Google Adwords ads and extends the maximum length to 5 minutes.

    Here’s what I’m thinking (imagine business attire).

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