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Steve
09-28-2006, 06:53 AM
Do you run a referral program in your business? How has it worked out for you?

If you don't why have you chosen not to?

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tiedeman
10-03-2006, 10:26 PM
I use a $20 referral system for customers. This year I only had 3 people take advantage of it. One customer in particular earned $80 in referrals.

Steve
10-04-2006, 11:03 AM
Do you think some industries work better with referral systems than others? Or is it just that it takes time to promote them?

tiedeman
10-04-2006, 01:24 PM
When it comes to our service industry I don't think that it works as good compared to...cable tv, or cell phones, etc. Something that is a solid product, compared to a service

MJK
10-05-2006, 08:25 PM
so you gave them a $20 credit kind of thing off there next bill for refering someone to you company?

tiedeman
10-05-2006, 08:31 PM
yup, customers can only earn credit, no cash back if they refer a customer, and that customer uses our services

Steve
10-06-2006, 12:08 PM
This makes me wonder what other kind companys an lco could partner up with to provide a gift card for new referrals.

tiedeman
10-13-2006, 06:58 PM
Perhaps if they are a chamber member, offer customers chamber cash. This can be used at any one of the local chambers member businesses

Steve
10-16-2006, 12:57 PM
Oh I have never heard of that kind of promotion. Have you heard anything about how that works? Does it work well?