Where can I get a good seminar attendee list?
need to first know exactly who you want to invite. At the library, find
Research and Data Service (SRDS). It's a catalog of every list you
can rent. For simple age and demographic lists both CIS and Americalist
are high quality. These are the lists we use for our seminar systems.
What's the best way to invite people to a seminar, to market your seminars? Direct mail
allows you to target exactly the audience you desire. Also, direct mail
produces a higher quality seminar attendee than telemarketing or newspaper ads
If my attendance is low, how can
I fix that?
Most of the time, low attendance results
from a non-compelling invitation, i.e. poor seminar marketing. Your invitation must be emotionally compelling.
For example, this seminar title will bomb: "Investment Opportunities
for 2003." This
title has a good chance of succeeding: "How to Avoid the Three Biggest
Threats to Your Estate—for Owners of Apartment Buildings."
This seminar title is focused on a narrow audience (so when people get the
invitation they say "this is for me!") and people are much more
motivated to avoid threats (avoid fear) than they are to pursue opportunities
(a logical, rather than emotional motivator). You can learn to write
better invitations by studying books such as The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan
Kennedy, Magic Words That Bring you Riches by Ted Nicholas, Cash
Copy by Jeffery Lant. If you want to excel at seminar marketing, you must learn copy writing or hire someone that has expertise.
My attendance is good, but I don't get many appointments.
Why is this happening?
You maximize your appointments in
- Get people to like you
- Show them that you have their interest as a priority
and that other advisors (and their current advisor) does not
- Understand that your job at a seminar is NOT to educate
people. They may get educated as a by-product, but educating people
WILL NOT get you appointments. You get people to like you by telling
stories, telling jokes (if you like to), smiling, answering questions
succinctly and clearly, becoming a good speaker (join your local Toastmasters Club),
being polite, and making friends as attendees arrive. Like them and
they will like you.
You show your superiority and the fact that you
are on the side of the investor by introducing each topic with a phrase
think most advisors don't explain this very well, and maybe on purpose…" "As
you know from reading the newspapers, Wall Street does not have your best
interest in mind. Here's what they seem to leave out when selling you mutual
funds…" "I think that most investors never get the following explained to them
by their advisors….."
Your entire seminar marketing effort will be for naught if all you do is stand in front of a room, present some good ideas on slides and recite your memorized script. People are not interested in hiring robots.
My attendance is good, but the quality of attendees
You need to set your income or net worth criteria on
your mailing list higher. If you are using ads or flyers, you must insert
a criterion in your ad or flyer like "For investors with investment
portfolios of $500,000 or more."
I get a fair number of appointments, but almost
no new business
Your sales skills or sales process needs work. Either take
the Dale Carnegie sales course, the Sandler Institute sales course
or get a quick fix system at http://www.javelinmarketing.com/products/closing-financial-sales.html
Why bother to market seminars if your selling skills
are not top notch?
My attendance used to be good but has
The interest and "hot buttons" of
your market change, and if you keep sending the same old invitation,
it stops working. You must listen closely to your prospects to find
out their current "hot buttons" and
change the topics or approach of your invitation. One key to successful seminar marketing is to survey your prospects--send a survey or do a focus group or call them on the phone and ask what financial concerns they have. DON'T GUESS.
What's the best location?
A restaurant is best even if you are not serving food. Plenty
of restaurants will rent a room to you or rent a room with coffee
What's the best time of day and the best day?
That depends on your audience. For business owners, it's
lunchtime or breakfast Tuesday through Thursday. For seniors, it's
during daylight hours and varies based on the area of the country.
What's the best way to keep in touch with people
after the seminar?
Send a monthly newsletter. Any less frequently than monthly
is a waste of money as people are too busy to remember you after
90 days. The newsletter must have your picture and be sent monthly.
For a newsletter that gets people age 55+ to contact you, see http://www.javelinmarketing.com/products/personalized/print-newsletter.html
How can I avoid cancellations of post-seminar
Many advisors have this problem. We recently did
a presentation on this topic attended by over 300 advisors. The one-hour
presentation with accompanying PowerPoint can still be obtained here.