Everyday brings an onslaught of activity, and we are all inundated with new to dos. Staying in touch with a client, pursing a lead, or following up with a potential employer can easily fall by the wayside. Don’t let that happen.
As, Rishi Shah, points out that could be a dream client, a fantastic lead or the job you’ve desperately wanted to land.
Staying persistent and getting noticed afterwards matters. In this post from the Young Entrepreneurs Council, Shah showcases a fantastic way to keep those follow up notes top of mind called FollowUpThen.com. It's a simple email reminder service.
For example, if you send an email to “firstname.lastname@example.org” you will receive an automatic reminder in your inbox in exactly two days. When emailing a potential client or interviewer, just BCC “email@example.com” and you will be reminded to follow up with that person again in two days—even if you’ve forgotten about it as well.
People Fail—Systems Don’t
Also, if you use an email client that features conversation mode (such as Google Mail), the FollowUpThen reminder is sent in the same thread, making it super easy to find the email you need to follow up with!
Here is the schedule I personally use to follow up with my potential customers three times over a six-week period:
- Step One: Send 1st Contact Email, BCC “firstname.lastname@example.org”
(FollowUpThen sends me a reminder in 2 days)
- Step Two: Send 1st Follow Up Email, BCC “email@example.com”
(FollowUpThen sends me a reminder in 1 week)
- Step Three: Send 2nd Follow Up Email, BCC “firstname.lastname@example.org”
(FollowUpThen sends me a reminder in 1 month)
Customers very rarely email me back on the first email, but after I follow up, I usually receive the reply I’m waiting for. Don’t miss out on your next opportunity simply because you didn’t follow up.
Rishi Shah helps people get customers. He is the CEO of Digioh, an easy way to sell PDFs on your own website, and Flying Cart, an easy way to create an online store. Join his newsletter here to download his eBook “10 Paying Customers in 10 Days” for free.
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC leads #FixYoungAmerica, a solutions-based movement that aims to end youth unemployment and put young Americans back to work.