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Follow Up – The Cherry on Top of the Sales Process

By October 30, 2019 No Comments

Imagine this scenario.  You have a consultation with a prospective patient. It goes really well. You establish a good rapport. You answer all their questions and smoothly handle all of their objections. However, when it comes to closing the deal and booking a procedure, they can’t quite commit at this time. 

So, what do you do? Write it off as “You win some. You lose some?” If you are like most clinicians in the aesthetics industry, you chalk it up and move on to the next patient. But the truth is not every prospect will say yes on the spot.

 

The Facts on Follow Up

Did you know that 80% of all sales require five follow up touch points to close?  According to research by Marketing Donut,  

  • 44% of sales reps stop following up after one rejection or ignored email
  • 22% of stop after two attempts
  • 14% of stop after three attempts
  • 12% of stop after four attempts

That means 8% of salespeople are scoring 80% of the deals!

So how does that translate or apply to generating revenue for your med spa? It means that establishing a prospective patient follow up protocol is crucial as well as a process to nurture existing patients for additional sales. This is how repeat business and referrals are generated –through consistent follow up.

 

Why Follow Up?

Following up DOES NOT mean being a pest or annoying people. If you shift your mindset from selling to educating, you are simply providing additional opportunities to educate them about what you offer and why they need it. 

If you can detach or release the expectation for WHEN the sale happens and instead focus on:

  • Cultivating the “know, like and trust” factor and genuinely communicating educational information with prospective patients;
  • Continuing to reach out to people who already know who you are or with whom you have established some relationship vs. spending more money on generating new leads through advertising;
  • Respecting that some people really do need time to think about a large financial outlay, but not letting too much time elapse for them to linger on a decision; and,
  • Putting a concrete, consistent follow up plan into place, 

You can experience the magic of following up and watching your revenue increase.

 

Create a Post-Consultation Follow Up Plan

If a patient doesn’t book post-consultation, here is my six-step follow up plan:

  1. Send a thank you email (or better yet a hand-written note that will really set you apart) and include follow up information about the physician, practice or procedure they were interested in
  2. Schedule a follow up call two days post-visit (or whatever protocol your practice decides works best) to offer more information, see if they have had time to think about it or have any questions, and schedule the appointment if they are ready.
  3. Track all communication in your practice management software program
  4. Continue to stay in touch when appropriate. Invite prospective patients to education events or seminars
  5. Send monthly newsletters out to prospects, as well as to all established patients, as future touch points to highlight a particular procedure, treatment or special you might be running. Use these newsletters to credential your staff, educate on the latest trends or new equipment you might have or a particular retail product that is a much smaller investment
  6. Vary your message in email communication – include a provider video or a testimonial, or perhaps take the opportunity to just say thank you for their continued support and just check in to see how they are doing.

If you need help with establishing a strong follow up process or feel you or your staff could use expert sales training, I am here to help.  Please reach out via email to terri@terriross.com if you have any questions or book a strategy call here.

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