Marketing and Sales Lessons from my 7-year-old twins on Halloween

Halloween was just a week ago.

I know it seems like FOREVER ago, but only a week.

My twins are 7, and they are really into Halloween.

Don was DJ Marshmallow (I know he is a pretty big deal. You will have to google it later)

Dylan was Harry Potter.

We live in a quiet neighborhood on the golf course with about 25 houses. Most owners are seniors, and 5 of us families who have kids. We didn’t know if anyone would be “doing” treat or treat this year, but we thought, well, let’s try it and see!

About 75% of the houses didn’t have their lights on – the universal signal that “we don’t have candy for you,” so it was a little dark, and because I am not winning Mother of the Year, I forgot a flashlight.

Dylan said to me:

“Mom, I love Halloween but being out here in the dark – I am scared. You are not scared of the dark, and I want to walk with you.”

I told him “Dylan – I am here with Don and you, and it’s OK – I wouldn’t let anything happen to you. So just walk beside me instead of running ahead with your brother.”

Sales Lesson #1: You are always braver when you know someone has “done this before” and was “OK.” Follow the plan. We lay out our marketers’ plans months in advance. We have been down this road and we know it produces referrals! It will for you too! Confidence!

We finally came to some houses with tables outside with bowls of candy, and the neighbors were sitting in rocking chairs on the porch. The boys were so excited. Earlier in the day, we talked about manners and to say “Thank you” when they gave you candy. Don stepped up right away – took one piece of candy and said, “Thank you!” and went off skipping.

Dylan was timider. “He said, Mom- they are so far away – do I have to say Thank you?” I said – Yes, just like we practiced but LOUDLY so they can hear! To which he did, “THANK YOU!” And the neighbors yelled back – “Your Welcome.”

Sales Lesson Number #2: When you practice what you will say – It is EASY, and you can make modifications on the fly when you know the structure! Weekly Sales Messages are KEY- knowing what you are going to say BEFORE you walk in the door or pick up the phone – is key to your success!

Once we got home, of course, the big Halloween Candy Trade began.

2 Laffy Taffys for 1 snicker – 2 Twix for 2 boxes of Milk duds the trades went on and on.

Which brings us to Sales lesson #3: Know your Ideal Patient Type. We all have our “sweet spot.” The patients and clients we LOVE to work with AND are good for the agency. OWN it!

These kids had no problem saying I want “snickers” you need to own it too. “We specialize in Parkinsons! Which Parkinsons patient is struggling with ADLs?”

With all that is going on in the world, it was great for one night to have some semblance of “normal.”

 

It was good for the kids and our senior neighbors who stayed socially distanced but got to see and interact with the kids plus all those cool costumes!

Wishing you a Bountiful November! I hope you had some fun during Halloween!

Keep serving seniors!

Melanie

P.S. If you are looking for a “plan” we got it! Click here to find a time on Mike’s calendar that works for you and he can show you the system!

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