After I left Advertising… I Learned How To Ask For The Order.
I left advertising for the first time in 1995 to start one of my two Internet / digital companies. You can catch up by reading How I Discovered the Internet After Saatchi. It is a decent read about my asking for a new career and about how to ask for the order.
When I founded and ran New Jersey Online, a very hot and popular first-of-its-kind online news website, my owners, the Newhouse family (think Conde Nast, mucho magazines, mucho newspapers, and Random House) handed me Jim Hageman as my sales director. Jim had been very a serious sales director at the Miami Herald.
As Saatchi & Saatchi’s USA and European business development director – I thought that I knew how sales worked. That was until I went on sales calls with Jim (we were inventing and selling first-gen Internet advertising.) One of the key things he taught me was to never leave a sales meeting without doing for the ‘ask for the order’ dance. If the prospect said yes, great. If, no, we tried to craft a program that fit their needs – and gave some stuff away to soften them up. i.e. we’d sweeten the pot. It worked a lot. And, it became of of my atomic habits.
Today I See A Lot OF Advertising Agencies That Are Way Too Shy – They Do Not Ask For The Order.
Below is a quick example of a smart guy that knows how to perform the ASK. In this case, Jim Clear (a New York Times Best Selling author of “Atomic Habits”) is asking me to share his newsletter with my friends. A clear ASK (yes a clear ask from James Clear). My point, see how he does it… Nicely plus an offer for you.
Learn from this to grow your company’s newsletter and even your advertising agency client Referral Program (you have one, right?)
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