FreeSticky Logo
           Free content for your website
Available FREE Content
Cartoons & Jokes
Guides & Directories
Horoscopes & Astrology
Kids and Teenagers
Lottery Results
Message Boards
News Headlines
Syndicated Articles
Syndicated Articles (Manual)
Tips and Advice

FreeSticky Main
Advertise with us
Link to us
About FreeSticky

Selected free content
Interesting Facts
On This Day in History
Ultimate Questions
The Daily Phrazzle®
Hollywood Lessons
Random Joke
Lottery Picker
Sticky Tetris
Wine Content
The CodeProject Latest
Top Software Downloads
Site Features
SEARCH Freesticky
Latest Additions
Article Index (Content Syndication)
This Weeks featured article
Recommended Books
Submission Guidelines
Made with FreeSticky
Webmaster Links
Create your own FreeSticky

Knowledge is Power

- Syndicated Columns - 
Just for Webmasters
Sticky Marketing
Sticky Business
Web Clues
WMP Weekly Webmaster Tip
Articles on FreeSticky
- Article Index -
Content Hunting
Syndicate your content with ASP
Use Perl to harness XML data sources
Online Taxonomy
Free Scientific Content ?
Finding Content Through Networking
Creating Targeted Content
Viral Marketing Tips
Copyright Your Content
Rolling out the free content is Closing its Doors: Another Door Will Open
Developing Free Content
Ezine Publishing Primer
Content Writing Quickstart
Free Content Generator
Free Reprint Rights
Using the F - word in sales
Amazon Micro-payments
How to build an online community
Add thousands of Free News Headlines using Servlets and JSP
Content Writing Editing Tips
Free Content as a linking strategy
Plagiarism on the internet
Should you really give away your content ?
Writing free articles to promote your website
Where To Get Great Ideas For Writing Your Next Article
Use free sticky content to keep your web site visitors returning
Practical content creation
Professional Website Marketing Strategies
Syndicate your content using PHP and MySQL
How to generate referral content
Why good copywriting (and editing) matters
Writing Original Topics
Syndicate your own content
Ezine Promotion
EBook Publishing
Desktop Syndicator Released
Self Publish your own articles
This Day in History - on your website
Self Publishing for profit AND pleasure
Recycle Your Old Ezine Articles!
Community Tips
Usability Issues
Creating Quality Web Site Content
I Have Nothing to Say!
How to write an article and generate a revenue

Premium Sites

Article List

How to generate referral content
10 tips on asking for recommendations

19th February 2002

Referrals & recommendations are some of the best content you can have on your site, but sometimes it can be hard getting your visitors to leave one, so Roy Sheppard has put together 10 tips to help you generate them.

Successful small businesses rely on recommendations by their existing contacts, customers and clients for future business. However, most entrepreneurs - even the savvy ones, don't know how or when to ask or what to say and what NOT to ask. And they feel uncomfortable about it. You can still feel good about what you do when you know how to set the scene ethically for low cost, profitable referrals.

1. Realise that many of your customers would love to give you referrals if only they knew you wanted their help.

2. Make sure your business is worthy of being referred. Make any necessary improvements before implementing your referral programme.

3. Write a profile of potential clients. Define them by age, gender, ethnicity, income level, geographic location, size of company, buying power or responsibility, membership of common interest groups, trade associations and business organisations. This will help the people you ask understand what kind of clients you would like.

4. Target anyone you know who would want to help you. Dismiss no-one.

5. Choose the right time to ask for a referral. Ideal opportunities are when a client offers a compliment about what you have done for them or when they are most happy with your product or services.

6. Ask potential sources open questions such as "Who do you know who...?" rather than questions requiring a "yes/no" answer like "Do you know anyone who...?" Closed questions will not encourage them to think about who they know to refer you to.

7. Ensure the person does not feel under any pressure to comply with your request. Give them the opportunity to say "no". If they do say "no", gently try to find out why.

8. Always thank the source of your referral as well as the new customer. Sending 'thank you' notes is a priority - an essential part of your referral system.

9. Tell every new customer/client at the earliest possible moment in your relationship, that your entire business or service is based on satisfying your customers, clients or patients so much they choose to recommend their friends, family and colleagues.

10. If you can't or won't ask for referrals, get therapy!

Copyright © 2000 Roy Sheppard, All Rights Reserved.

Author Information:
Roy Sheppard

From Rapid Result Referrals by Roy Sheppard.
Visit for more information.

FreeSticky recommends
Apollo Hosting
Want Fast, Reliable Web Hosting? Click Here!
Web Hosting Made Easy-2500 MB, 75 GB Transfer -$7.95


#1 Web Hosting Pick!!- Only $7.77/mo!

Dot5 Hosting
ONLY $5 Web Hosting!!!

Top 50 Online Syndication Company
Freesticky makes it into the top 50 online syndication companies

CompTIA ActualTests HP ISTQB Braindumps Microsoft PMI PRINCE2 Certkiller Symantec Vmware

Copyright ©, 2000 - 2014. All Rights Reserved.
The products and external links referenced in this website are provided by parties other than makes no representations regarding either the products or external links.