Sharpen your Prospecting Power with Ideal Client Profiles

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Does your business run better with a shotgun? Or a laser?

Lemme ‘splain.

When you want to hit something with a shotgun, you point it in a vague direction, and hope to hit something when you pull the trigger.

With a laser, you have to be precise.

Aiming at one specific point.

Most small business owners have a scattershot method of promotion. They go ‘blam, blam, blam’ all over the place hoping to hit some customers, and sometimes, they do.

Eventually, these shotgun entrepreneurs look at all the resources they spend to try and hit everything, and they realize:”I need to get specific.”

If this is happening to you, ask yourself….

Who is your ideal client?

(Don’t say ‘anybody,’ because it’s not.)

By getting specific on who you are aiming for, you can generate more referrals from your network, and make more money for less work. I’ll give you two examples:

1 –  The Ideal Client Profile Makes You More Money

A car insurance agent once told me, ‘Everyone is a prospective customer for me.’ Most people have a driver’s license, and are required by law to carry car insurance, so his Ideal Client, he told me, was – anybody.

There are two big problems with this:

  1. Some customers are more profitable than others
  2. Referrals don’t come from vague descriptions about who your clients are

After we worked together in a marketing consultation, he was able to specify who he was really looking for: drivers between 35 and 55 with a clean driving record and a college degree.

These were the people that made him the most money on a policy, and gave him the least amount of hassle. Now, he makes more money in less time.

2 – The Ideal Client Profile Generates More Referrals

A massage therapist I worked with used to say that she could “work on anyone with a body.”

When she said this in networking groups, nobody gave her any referrals.

After hiring me to write up her ideal client profiles, she now says, “I work on pregnant women who are losing sleep due to lower back pain.”

She gets referrals all the time, because anytime one of her colleagues talks to a pregnant woman who mentions lower back pain or sleep loss, they remember – this is someone’s Ideal Client!

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My Own Ideal Client Profiles

After spending some time analyzing my past clients, I found that my best clients all shared some common characteristics.

By comparing my data with the answers to the questions below, I was able to create three Ideal Client Profiles.

These are the personas that I talk to when I am creating a blog post, or a newsletter, or a new service offering. If my blog post is not addressed to one of these three profiles, then I know I am writing off topic.

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Ideal Client Profile 1-PVMM

Ideal Client Profile 2-PVMM

Ideal Client Profile 3-PVMM

Now, how about you?

Have you defined your Ideal Client Profiles? If not, get started here:

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By | 2016-12-20T07:37:09+00:00 February 5th, 2014|Blog, Business, Entrepreneur, Pura Vida MultiMedia, Slider|

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Father of 3. WordPress website designer. Creative director @ Stellar Platforms. Writer, multimedia producer, digital marketer, and retired superhero.

3 Comments

  1. Candia February 6, 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Caelan,

    As always my friend, you were on the mark. I enjoy your blogs and your emails. You really do a fine job. The best part is, you do it why you play with your family! It’s really exciting!

    All the best to you!

    • Caelan Huntress February 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Candia! I’ve been having a really fun time, and I’m glad that I can share it with you.

      Congratulations on your husband’s rapid recovery! Having a medical intuitive for a wife was, I’m sure, instrumental in his healing.

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