Top Five Business-Growers
By Gayle Buske, President and CEO, Team Double-Click®
You may not have the financial resources to hire a full-time administrative assistant, receptionist, or marketing assistant to join your staff, but that doesn’t mean growing your business is out of the question. Read on to learn how to grow your business this year utilizing Team Double-Click® pay-only-for-what-you-use cloud-based virtual administrative assistants.
Hiring a full-time assistant to join your staff may not be in the plan this year, but growing your business should be on your must-do list for the coming year.
Want to know the top five business-growth tasks you should be focusing on to keep your business moving forward? We asked our most successful clients what they were doing to grow their businesses right now. Here are their top picks:
- Cold calling
How do new clients and customers find you? If yours is like many companies, cold calling is a must to reach more and more people and more business. You have target markets and geographic regions which are preferred. But do you have the time (or the desire) to sit down and cold call all of those prospects in order to make the sales?
While we can’t speak for independent virtual assistants or other staffing agency’s cloud-based virtual administrative assistants, Team Double-Click’s cloud-based virtual administrative assistants are sent through a very thorough cold calling course. The cold calling course teaches them how to successfully get past gate keepers, how to effectively present products and services to the prospect, and how to gain the best advantage when it comes to making a sale.
Why not pass that icky cold calling task and your list of prospects on to a cloud-based virtual administrative assistant and watch your business grow?
2. Lead follow up
Your company’s quick follow up (or lack of) to new, inbound leads gives potential clients a glimpse into what working with your company will look like. Additionally, if you don’t follow up fast enough, experts agree that the potential client will quickly move on to someone who either answers their call on the first try or calls back quickly. Missed lead follow up results in lost sales. Period.
Make sure there is always time for quick lead follow up. If you don’t have time to personally follow up with leads, have your cloud-based virtual administrative assistant follow up for you. It’s quite simple to create a list of common FAQs to pass along to your cloud-based virtual administrative assistant so she can answer any question that comes along. It’s equally easy to educate your cloud-based virtual administrative assistant on your company’s product and service offerings so he or she can seamlessly follow up with and reel in new clients for you.
3. Social networking
These days, social networking on sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Plaxo, and others is all the rage. And with good reason. They’re helping businesses connect with new prospects and new clients.
However, it’s hard to find the time to sit down in front of the computer long enough and consistently enough to get maximum value from the hundreds of social networking sites out there. With social networking, consistency is key. Your cloud-based virtual administrative assistant can efficiently and consistently use these social networking sites to drive new business your way.
4. Internet marketing
It goes without saying that if your business is on the internet in any manner, getting your internet marketing done and done well is a must. And again, consistency is the key to making internet marketing a success.
Again, while we can’t speak for independent cloud-based virtual administrative assistants or other staffing agency’s cloud-based virtual administrative assistants, Team Double-Click’s cloud-based virtual administrative assistants are sent through a very thorough internet marketing course. The course teaches them internet marketing trends, terms and principles, web analytics, affiliate marketing, search marketing, blogging, social media, email marketing, and digitally enhanced productivity strategies.
These cloud-based virtual administrative assistants can unleash those internet marketing talents on marketing your business on the internet and bringing new clients your way.
5. Customer service/reception
First impressions are often made when a client calls your company. Do your phones roll to voice mail? Or worse still, do they go nowhere when you’re out of the office? In economy like this, you can’t afford to miss an incoming phone call from either a current client or a prospective client.
Make sure your phones are always answered, your current customers taken care of, and potential clients get their questions answered and are shown how to become a new client by having a cloud-based virtual administrative assistant answer the phones for you. You gain instant “bigger company status” by not answering the phones yourself. And what’s more, if you are out of the office, your customers and potential customers still receive the assistance they need. Since cloud-based virtual administrative assistants only “clock in” when they’re performing your tasks, you don’t pay for unproductive standby time.
Talented cloud-based virtual administrative assistants are available for either ongoing work through Team Double-Click® or direct placement through our new Direct Placement Cloud-based virtual administrative assistant Program. With ongoing work through Team Double-Click® you receive all of the benefits of working through an agency, such as ongoing cloud-based virtual administrative assistant coaching, we do the hiring and firing, we do the billing and payables, etc. With our new Direct Placement Cloud-based virtual administrative assistant Program, for just a $495 one-time fee, we’ll expertly match you with one of our screened and trained cloud-based virtual administrative assistants and then you’re free to work directly together. Most clients enjoy savings of more than 50% without the ongoing agency fees, etc.
About the author:
Gayle Buske is the co-founder, president and CEO of Team Double-Click®. As the head of a virtual staffing agency, Ms. Buske is uniquely qualified to aid small business owners in their growth and development through virtual administrative assistant outsourcing. Clients across the country look to Ms. Buske and her organization to supply quality cloud-based virtual administrative assistants.
Team Double-Click®, the country’s foremost staffing agency for trained cloud-based virtual administrative assistants – Matching Top Virtual Workers with Top Companies! Visit www.teamdoubleclick.com or phone 888.827.9129 for a variety of full-service virtual staffing options.
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