David Meyer

Why Referrals Work

Spoke has been able to grow during the ‘great recession’ and ‘slow rebound’ not just because we do great work and focus on finding our clients’ fastest path to cash™; it’s through referrals. Literally 90% of our business comes in the door that way.

When a prospect calls, we always find out how they heard about us, or why they chose us. Then, we (subtly) let them know that most of our work comes via referral. This does two things: it lets them know that our clients think highly enough of our services to refer us and also plants the seed in their mind that they, too will likely refer us business.

Whenever someone refers us business, whether it turns into a client or not, we always reach out and thank them in a personal way that will resonate with them. We want them to know how much we appreciate their faith in us, and keep them posted on the progress of the prospect. Not only is this common courtesy, it also opens up a line of communication between the prospect and the referring client. The client is very likely to follow up with the prospect to see how the meeting went…and answer any questions the prospect may have (that they didn’t feel comfortable asking us). Again, this reinforces the quality of our service from an unbiased third party.

Finally, all throughout a client engagement we have regular ‘check-ins’ to ensure that the project is going as well as they’d hoped. We always try to over-deliver. We don’t want clients to simply be happy, we want them to be thrilled.

It’s been our experience that business owners tend to know other business owners (whether through EO, Vistage, TAB, church or a golf club), and they like to share success stories (maybe even more than they enjoy sharing horror stories). This not only reinforces their relationship with us… it often turns in to new prospects who know exactly what to expect when they call.

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David Meyer


There are a lot of great story-tellers, but there aren’t enough story-understanders. When clients have trouble explaining a new value proposition, David can name that tune in fewer words than they imagined possible. When prospects come to us with a symptom, David asks the (sometimes hard) questions that get to the root of the problem. Then he solves it. After decades in account management and creative roles, David is able to bridge the gap between creatives and clients (and back). Oh, and he can tell stories, too.

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