Providing something tangible, professional and valuable to the recipient will make you stand out in today’s web-driven world. An information package can include your brochure or take the place of a brochure.
Key Components of an Information Package
Benefits of an Information Package
An information package can deliver professional results on a limited budget. You can write or assemble relevant pieces and have the package printed and bound at a copy shop. Or you can contain the materials in folders—this strategy allows you to customize the information package as needed.
Giving someone your information package makes a good impression and gives you a reason to follow up with the person. For example, you can ask: Did you receive it? Do you have any questions? Is there anything else I can do to help? We often give the person a sample inspection report, which we consider to be one of our strongest differentiators, separately from the information package. If you have something that is exceptional, let it stand alone.
Let the Other Person Lead—
Although a well-presented information package is an effective tool, your approach and presentation can make or break the relationship. Rather than simply leading with the package, you should engage the person by asking questions and then letting them lead the conversation. Once you have established rapport, your marketing materials will be more effective. This is especially true if you can point out items in the package that address comments or questions that came up in your conversation.
Testimonials are powerful, but they need to be sincere. You always know when people are impressed with your services and it is okay to ask for a positive comment on social media or in a note or email. We use an automated survey tool that reaches out to clients in a professional and simple way by asking a single question. The tool collects the testimonials and posts them on our site.
Some additional tips for testimonials:
- Write the letter yourself: Most people find it difficult to write a letter. Often, they are relieved if you offer to help write it for them and have them review and sign it. If they choose to edit it, that’s great.
- Use excerpts: Most testimonials have one or two powerful phrases or sound bites. Capture those and use them in multiple marketing messages.
- Video testimonials: Video testimonials are very effective and easy to produce with today’s technology. Chat with the person on camera first to get them to relax and forget that the camera is there. Again, you don’t need to use the whole thing, just the best sound bites. You can display the speaker’s name across the bottom of the screen to add credibility.
Information Package Format
Your information package can be a paper presentation, or you can present it in a more tech-savvy way, such as by providing a memory stick. Some of the best information packages include both paper and technology.
Most people find it difficult to take the time, devote the energy and make the effort required to produce professional, effective marketing pieces. This is an opportunity for you. Keep in mind that a one-time effort pays long-term dividends. Also, if you want to stand out, this is not the place to skimp on costs. When it comes to developing creative and compelling materials, a design professional can be a great asset. However, you don’t want to hand off your materials to the designer and hope for the best. Top-quality results come when you collaborate with the designer. Remember, no one knows your business better than you do.
We hope this information helps you put your best foot forward, every time.
Thanks to Kevin O’Hornett and Roger Hankey for some very helpful input for this article.