Gain Clients Via Referrals
After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
- Identify and create referrals.
- Prioritize referrals.
- Convert referrals.
Meet New Customer Needs
A referral starts with a customer need. A customer needs something—a mortgage, retirement planning, or a new credit card. An existing client, a partner, or a colleague knows you can help. So they send you a referral.
Let’s look at an example. Kotori Mizono is a client associate at a financial services firm. Her client, Kiara Shah, has been saving to buy a new home. Kiara has finally met her savings goal. Now she has a new need: a mortgage.
Kotori learns that Kiara is ready to buy her house. She creates a referral for Kiara with an in-house mortgage broker named Bob Akua. Bob follows up and helps Kiara get her mortgage. Kiara, a satisfied customer, moves into her dream home.
Let’s follow Kiara’s referral from beginning to end.
In this unit, we show you the steps you would take to create a referral in Financial Services Cloud. In the next unit, you'll get hands-on by signing up for a special Developer Edition org that contains Financial Services Cloud and our sample data. The special Developer Edition org enables you to try out some of the steps in unit 2 and take the unit 2 challenge.
Create a Referral
Kiara tells Kotori she needs a new mortgage. Her client associate, Kotori, creates a referral to a mortgage broker to help Kiara along her journey. The mortgage broker, Bob, works for the same financial services company as Kotori.
- Click .
- Select Wealth Management or Retail Banking Console.
- In the navigation bar or menu, choose Leads, and click New.
- Select the Person Referral record type and click Next.
- Fill out the values for the new client. In this example, Kotori creates the referral for Kiara Shah.
- First name:
- Last name:
- Expressed Interest: Mortgage
- Internal Referrer:
- First name:
- Click Save.
Financial Services Cloud automatically routes the referral to the person who handles mortgages. In this case, that’s Bob. Kotori isn’t working on Kiara’s mortgage, but she can still follow her referral. She clicks Leads in the navigation bar and selects Kiara’s referral. She wants to make sure that Kiara is well taken care of.
Here’s how Bob checks the score of his new referral.
- Click .
- Click Retail Banking Console.
- In the navigation menu, choose Home.
Bob’s home page shows him Kiara Shah’s referral score.
Kiara’s referral score is pretty high, so Bob quickly gives her a call and starts working to get her prequalified for a mortgage.
Convert a Referral
If a referral is qualified, you convert it into an opportunity. You then work with your opportunity until you close it, either by completing it or canceling it. But how do you qualify a referral?
Qualifying a referral indicates that you believe the client has a use for and interest in your product. A sale to this referral is a definite possibility. Some businesses choose to qualify referrals more quickly than others. The exact criteria for qualifying and converting referrals is part of your company’s unique business process.
Bob’s company requires that he follow these steps, which are common in the financial services industry, to convert Kiara’s referral.
- Confirm her interest in a mortgage.
- Determine that she’s likely to move forward quickly.
- Prequalify her to make sure that she can afford the mortgage.
Bob calls Kiara and confirms that she meets those criteria. Now he’s ready to convert the referral to an opportunity.
- In the navigation menu, choose Leads.
- Click the client name. In this example, Kiara Shah.
- From the actions dropdown menu, choose Convert.
- Select whether to create an account or choose an existing one. Since Kiara already has an account at Bob’s company, he selects Choose Existing and searches for her account.
- Click Convert.
A dialogue appears telling you that you’ve converted the referral to an opportunity. Click the opportunity to finish fulfilling the client’s need. Just like the process for converting a referral to an opportunity, your company determines the steps you take to complete an opportunity.
You’re comfortable with referrals now and understand the role they play in helping customers and expanding your business. In the next unit, you learn how to track important client metrics across your books of business.