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Systems : 4 ingredients to a seamless booking process

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Hey you! There is money sitting unopened in your inbox. Let’s do something about that, shall we?!

Your inbox is at 9,400. You know you need more business, but you can’t even stay on top of the business you’ve booked now. There are inquiries sitting unread, unopened, and unresponded to. Your job is overtaking you! You need help, but you can’t yet afford an assistant. And by the way, who has time to train an assistant anyways?

Oh friend, take a deep breath. I see you on those late nights trying to juggle all the things. I see you heading to bed with a to-do list on your mind ready to interrupt those sweet dreams.

I’m about to say something that will be hard to hear:

The only way to manage the chaos is to take some time to systemize it.

One of the first and most important systems to put in place is your client on-boarding sequence. That’s a fancy way of saying this: It’s time to create a step-by-step sales process for booking new clients. The cool thing is, once this system is setup, you can rest assured your inquiries are being responded to. You’ll never miss out on booking new clients again because you’re too busy trying to manage your current clients. How bout it?

FOUR ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS TO A WOW WORTHY CLIENT BOOKING EXPERIENCE (you can create in less than one hour!)

This will take less than an hour! So pull out your calendar, block one hour this week and start seeing more inquiries turn to bookings! (I hear your moans, but I promise you’ll thank me later!)

1.

THE INQUIRY FORM

Every website should have an inquiry form. I’m a fan of a short form with just some key data points. Name, e-mail, and how they heard about you. That’s really all you need. If you need to, you can get industry specific with things like date of your event, budget, and services interested in as well.

Additional reading if you’re curious: Why you shouldn’t list pricing on your website.

2.

THE RESPONSE EMAIL

Once you receive an inquiry form, you want a pre-scripted email response to send to them. (You can find mine in The Ultimate Guide to Talking About $$$.) It should go something like this: 

  • Thanks for reaching out
  • Something unique to their form, like “So excited for your engagement,: or  “I love that venue,” or “Working with artists is my favorite.”
  • The next step in the process. I recommend a 15-minute phone call here to gather more data or the completion of a more detailed questionnaire.
  • Your welcome packet.
3.

THE WELCOME PACKET

A welcome packet is a way to reiterate all the beautiful work put into your website that more than likely they didn’t see (let’s just be honest here). It’s a way to introduce them to your more of your work, but more importantly, to help educate them on how you are the solution they’ve been searching for!

A welcome packet should include:

  • A beautiful + visual title page.
  • A “why me” section with more about you and your story! Again, why does the client care?
  • More about the process. Tell the how it works!
  • The offerings. What packages you provide and what your set pricing is (or how pricing works)

 

The goal for a welcome packet is to keep it visual! And within your content, make sure to reiterate the problem (they need a florist, a photographer, an artist, etc.) and show them that you are the solution.

4.

THE CALL TO ACTION

What is the next step? Never, ever just send an open ended email! You need to provide the next step.

Is it booking a 15-minute call with you? Ps. I use Acuity Scheduling for all my calendar needs. Never again back and forth emails trying to find a mutual time to meet!

Is it to fill out a questionnaire? I love Google forms or Typeform for questionnaires, and they’re both free!

What is the next step – the call to action? You always want to be moving the prospective client forward from inquiry to booking, booking to project completion!

A great client on-boarding process leads a prospective client the entire way. It doesn’t leave the decision up to them, but continually asks questions in order to provide a solution (not sell a service). A great client on-boarding takes your client experience from mediocre (or just plain bad) to wonderful from the get-go. And friends, it’s all something you can set up in one hour or less!

 

OTHER RESOURCES YOU MAY LOVE :

Need a template for a great welcome packet? Check out The Blueprint Collective.

Need help taming the chaos and creating systems for your business? I put together my six best productivity hacks right here.

Hey! I’m Shanna, business strategist & financial coach. I help entrepreneuers like you set up a business model built for the life you really want.

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