Partnering with businesses in your industry is a great way to tap into new resources and a whole new database of potential customers. For instance, if someone is printing an industry-specific publication for their database of clients, being a part of their message can help you find new leads. Here, we outline why creating such partnerships can be a really beneficial strategy to add to your marketing efforts.
Choosing the right businesses to build relationships with
One of the first things to consider is that you really need to research and think about businesses that complement yours. Also, consider what expertise would be beneficial to you and your clients, and what businesses would benefit from your expertise and database. For example, if you run a wedding invitation company, you may want to partner with a florist, wedding photographer or videographer.
Recognition in the community
If you run a new small business, partnering with an existing business that is well established in an area and has a good reputation will help you build rapport with your potential customers before you even start trading. Leveraging off existing businesses’ reputation means it will be easier for you to build trust with potential leads.
Both of your businesses will have hundreds of clients in your databases. If both sets of clients could potentially benefit from the two businesses that are promoting one another, then you could have an influx of new leads that cost you virtually nothing to obtain.
One surefire benefit of such business partnerships is the referrals that you’ll get as result of your relationship. Using the same example as we did before, if you run a wedding invitations company, you can refer and suggest brides to a suitable wedding photographer and florist. And vice versa; the florist and the photographer could suggest you to their clients when it comes to their invitations. Word of mouth referrals are often the best way to get warm leads and customers who are already convinced that you have the right services to meet their needs.
Joint projects that benefit both businesses
Partnering up with another business can mean opening the door to projects you wouldn’t have considered previously. The two of you may want to have a meeting with your printing services company to discuss options for producing an industry publication to distribute to both of your client databases, for example.
Building relationships with complementary businesses isn’t always easy. However, if you can find a business that wants to work with yours, both businesses will benefit and develop a strong working partnership that will not only have it’s advantages for you, but for both of your client databases as well.
By firstly identifying the right type of business to partner with and then listing out the benefits and reasons for harnessing this alliance, you’ll not only see that partnerships are a great way to get your small business out there, but it’s also a great way to find new clients without having to spend exorbitant amounts on advertising that can really eat into your budget.