The world is going mobile, and so are your clients. That means you should too.
For some business owners and entrepreneurs, initial reaction to the terms "mobile" and "text message" may seem unprofessional.
For some professionals, after a long day of running the day-to-day and dealing with clients, having to sit in front of the computer for busy work is just a necessary evil of being a small business owner.
Well, the times they are a changing...and mobilizing.
The benefits of text message far surpass the "what I'm used to" feeling you might have while sitting in front of a desk.
Payment speed, customer convenience, workflow efficiencies, relationship building, marketing and more -- these are all fundamental reasons why your peers and competitors are rapidly adopting apps and mobile tools to help their businesses succeed in today's mobile world.
And your clients? Not only do they accept mobile with open arms, but nowadays they expect it.
You should be happy that your clients live in apps and over text message. As evidenced below, this mobile wave will actually help you build a lightening fast business without causing you any stress.
Get Paid Faster
Here's a fun (yet slightly depressing) fact: the average time it takes a customer to pay a standard invoice is 14 days.
Newsflash: the average time it takes a customer to pay a PocketSuite invoice (sent over text) is 1 day. (See more)
Why is that (you're probably asking)? Well we asked some of our 15,000 business owners on PocketSuite, and they responded simply: "Because it's easy".
Clients don't need to get cash from the bank, or remember to mail a check, or go back home to their computer to log in somewhere online to make a payment. On mobile, your customers can pay anywhere, and they can pay over SMS text message. This isn't some new technology or app your client needs to learn in order to make a payment. Heck, they don't even need to create an account (i.e., PayPal). It's a simple tap to pay. Or how about "text to pay" :)
In short - you're not moving mobile for selfless reasons. You get paid quicker. Seize the day!
Save Time Scheduling
There are two types of businesses I run into these days when it comes to scheduling: (1) Tech Savvy, and (2) Old School. Now, there are of course others who don't fall into these 2 groups, but for the most part, these are the 2 main types you might fall into.
You've got some business software with a proprietary calendar. It helps you add really detailed stuff to your calendar, it's on the web, has a log-in, sends reminders, maybe has some other cool business features, etc. The problem with the 'TechSavvy' approach is that the software that is being used is completely isolated from the rest of their life and it's at your desk. Most software out there does not sync with your personal or any other calendars you use (i.e., Google, iCal, Outlook, etc.). If you want to see your business schedule, well you need to log into some portal from your desktop and view what's on tap. You can't see if you have a lunch scheduled that day, or if you have a doctor's appointment, or your schedule to pick up kids, etc. You're stuck seated, isolated. No bueno!
You do scheduling your own way. So a paper calendar or you use your Google Calendar because it's handy and it gels with all the other personal events you've got going on in your life. The problem with the 'Old School' approach is that you're missing out on tons of efficiencies that can help you save tons of time running your business. I get it though - "time" is tough to value. But think about a calendar that gels with your life that's also mobile, that also sends automatic reminders to clients, that puts appointments directly on your customer's calendars FOR them, that supports "credit card confirmation", that auto-sends Thank You! when the appointment is complete, and more. Things you do yourself and things you also can't even imagine doing yourself.
Start adopting a tool with the best of both worlds. Make sure it's easy, make sure it syncs with your entire life schedule, and (most of all) make sure you can use it anywhere!
Improve Client Relationships
If you work in an industry where your client needs to trust you, then communication is key.
If I'm hiring anyone to come to my home, or to depend on for a special occasion, or to take care of a love one (animal or human of course), or who I'm simply paying a lot of money -- I want to make sure I can contact that professional at any time. And that doesn't mean I'm going to call you at 4 o'clock in the morning to ask you a question.
There's a reason why people have adopted (and LOVE) text messaging as a mode of communication -- it's convenient, fast and reliable. So why not give that feeling of convenience and reliability to your CLIENTS when building a relationship with them?
Have you ever simply forgotten to respond to an email? Or lost an important email in the midst of junk mail? Or had a client be upset at your "email response time" (however reasonable that might actually be)?
Be available when your clients need you, and give them that warm & fuzzy convenient experience. Build mobile communication into the core of your workflow, and form a deeper and more direct relationship with your customers.
Give Customers Mobile Convenience
We're talking CONVENIENCE across the board here.
Payments, scheduling, messaging, e-signing documents, and more.
In a major way, introducing all these parts of your business to clients in the palm of their hands is incredible. Your clients can be literally ANYwhere and pay an invoice you send them....Get a reminder about tomorrow's appointment...Field a text saying "Running 15 mins late"...Receive a waiver to sign. Literally ZERO effort on them to take any action.
And that last sentence ties into why convenience is good for YOU. The "zero effort to take any action" I just mentioned? Well that "action" typically drives the success of your business -- your getting paid, winning a new client, filling up your schedule, etc.
Give clients what they want and good things will happen :)