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Game Changer: The Importance of Nurturing Relationships

How would you answer when asked: What are the key ingredients needed to operate a successful title company? You might point to factors such as industry knowledge, attention to detail and top-notch customer service. While these certainly are important, the significance of building long-term business relationships is paramount. It can even be a game changer for your company.

Like any type of relationship, business relationships need to be nurtured in order to thrive and be mutually beneficial. And, just as with personal relationships, in order to nurture your professional connections, you must invest time, energy and effort into them on a consistent basis.

Fostering healthy business relationships isn’t achieved overnight, but it can yield substantial returns for your title company, including gaining referrals, partnerships and support. Your ability to build and maintain these relationships can set you up for growth and long-term success.

What You Put into Your Company’s Relationships Counts 

As you work to establish your title company, you can easily get caught up in the day-to-day operations and neglect building strong professional relationships. However, the strength and longevity of these relationships is critical to your company’s success.

So, what does it take to cultivate business relationships that stand the test of time? Here’s a look at some of the ways to nurture like a pro: 

1.     Build a foundation – Understand your clients and their needs, challenges and goals. Learn how to best communicate with them. Be generous when it comes to focusing on their needs and giving them what they need (the word “give” cannot be overemphasized). Show a genuine interest in your clients and colleagues, taking the time to listen actively to them and offering assistance whenever possible. By authentically nurturing these connections, you can prove your company is a reliable and valued partner.

2.     Create trust – One of the hallmarks of any successful relationship is trust, and business relationships are no exception. Being reliable and consistent in your communications, along with delivering relevant information, can help establish trust with clients and colleagues. When honesty, integrity and transparency are built into your connections, the more likely it is that they will keep in touch and bring you new opportunities. People are more likely to do business with those they like and trust.

3.     Be personal – Creating a personal connection with your contacts and anticipating their preferences is one of the best things you can do for your business. Take the time to personalize email templates and other communications and show a genuine interest in the individuals your company encounters. Get to know them and their vocations, hobbies and more. Send them personalized cards on their birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. These simple acts can go a long way toward building a rapport.

4.     Think long term – As mentioned above, it’s important to focus on the long game when nurturing relationships. Continue to provide support, adapt to the needs of your clients and colleagues and celebrate milestones. Be proactive in resolving issues that may arise and put forth the effort, month after month and year after year, to build a growing base of clients who stand by your company and its services.

Top Ways to Nurture Your Relationships Effectively

Creating lasting business relationships comes down to one word: communication. By consistently keeping in touch with your business contacts, you’ll stay top of mind and boost awareness of your company. You can then leverage that into repeat business and referrals.

Some of the best methods for staying top of mind with your clients and colleagues include:

  • Email – An easy and cost-effective way of keeping in touch, personalized emails can be used to reach out to business connections periodically, to simply check in or share specific information. By strategically planning and writing valuable content such as company updates, industry news and holiday greetings, you can stay current and top of mind when your services are needed.
  • Events – Hosting or attending events such as conferences, fundraisers and company parties is an ideal way to bring larger groups of contacts together, often at off-site settings. This provides a more relaxed atmosphere in which to grow your relationships.

·      One-on-one in-person networking – When a more personal approach is appropriate, one-on-one networking meetings over lunch or coffee, for example, can prove particularly effective. Away from the distractions of the office or larger crowds, you can take the time to focus on the needs and goals of individual contacts.

·      Phone calls – It may seem old-fashioned, but a simple phone call can help to build quality business relationships more than you may think. While emails and social media are effective tools, the connections made when you speak to people are often more meaningful.

Proliant Helps You Focus on Building Your Relationships

When it comes to nurturing business relationships, slow and steady really does win the race. When done right, your nurturing efforts can lead to a boost in satisfied clients, sales and loyalty. However, it requires a significant amount of time to give your contacts the attention that yields long-lasting benefits for your title company.

Fortunately, Proliant Settlement Systems dramatically simplifies starting, owning and operating a successful title agency. With Proliant’s private-label franchise system, you can focus entirely on building your brand, while we provide your back-office support. Our fully compliant system helps you run a full-service title company with the tools and expertise that set you up for success as you work to nurture your relationships.