Why Save Your Love Letters?
How many of your clients Love You?
How many people send you a complimentary letter or email?
Your love letter may arrive by way of the U.S. Postal Service, via a fax or e-mail, or through a voice-mail message.
There are two great reasons why you should save a copy of every love letter or "white mail" (positive messages) that you receive.
Here’s the first:
When clients tell you what they like about your product or your service, you'll discover you may have the ability to improve the things that they like.
If they approve of a product, then you can make or acquire more of it.
If they like your service, then you can make sure that you maintain its quality.
Odds are good that if one customer takes the time to send a message to you, then the way that they feel would apply in a similar way to many other customers.
Negative comments can also be turned positive.
They show your honesty.
They show you are not perfect.
They show you are human.
People know mistakes happen and that nothing is perfect.
“The trouble with most of us is
that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
- Norman Vincent Peale
The second reason for hanging on to your “Love Letters” is to use its comments as positive testimonials about your product/service.
Unsolicited remarks tend to be more open and honest than testimonials for which you have to ask.
If you want to use a customer’s comments in your promotional material, you should ask for his/her permission.
Oh. By the way. It's okay to paraphrase and/or edit a testimonial so long as you do not change the meaning of the message.
Or you could pull out a short phrase. Even a word or two and use as a testimonial.
Give him/her credit in your marketing by including name, city, and state.
Phone numbers, e-mail addresses and photos also are extremely beneficial.
However, only use them when your client gives you specific written approval.
Sometimes, I'll use a stock photo of a different person that fits the same age range if I can't get permission.
Some people are overly concerned about their privacy, but most people probably will grant you the permission that you seek.
I can’t stress it enough:
Testimonials are a great tool.
Use them to your advantage.
When you talk about how great your product/service is, people assume that it is part of your marketing and salesmanship—and rightly so.
However, when someone else praises your product/service, it sends a much more powerful message.
Now, what are you going to do with the Love Letters that you receive?