- September 27, 2006 at 12:34 PM #42580FitzufilmsParticipant
Does anyone offer a referal fee to their freinds, past clients, etc?
I have been in sales (currently Insurance) for about seven years (only the past year have I ventured into videography) and my peers have always provided an incentive to their current clinents to provide referals. If they booked one of those referals they would pay a referal fee. Maybe $20 or $50. I have never done this with my video business nor have I seen anyone else in the area, photographers or videographers, do it either. So I was wondering if anyone does it and what are your thoughts. It seems to work in othe types of sales business.
I’ve been planning to start offering a fee. It seems it would be a great way to get previous clients to show your stuff around.
Sure do, and it’s been a great thing for me.
Sure, you make a little less on a job, but you also get some work out of it. For the fairly inexpensive cost of it, it’s better than advertising in local media.
I should add that while I do extend the offer to brides and grooms, I really set the referral system up for other vendors. I’ve got a few photographer friends who have practically been on my payroll in the past from sending me clients. It makes them happy, and keeps me in business.
From my perspective, if someone offers me $50 to send them their way, I’d do it in a heartbeat. It seems to work for others, too 🙂
I agree entirely.
My policy is usually not to bring it up, but if a couple asks, I’ll let them know we do a referral program.
I prefer to have people refer others to me because we do good work. But vendors are another breed altogether.
I’ll agree to that as well. I couldn’t put my finger on it but, there was something about the idea of offering money to my clients that just did not sit right. It was like saying they would not refer me if I did not pay them. But, as On a Role said, if they did ask $50 bucks would be money well spent. And offer it to vendors is a good idea too. Thanks for the input everyone.