Here is a simple tip for how to get free stuff (including coupons and discounts) from the companies that you love.
There was a fast food restaurant in my old neighborhood that normally had very bad, slow service. Every time I left, I was sorry that I ever went! It was that bad.
But then one day I went in and everything was completely different. The clerks were nice, the service was lighting fast and the fries were very fresh and crispy. I decided to write the fast food chain headquarters a nice letter about how much I appreciated the change to that location.
A few weeks later, I opened up my mailbox and there was a letter from the fast food chain’s headquarters. Inside was a bunch of coupons for free food! I was so excited.
I learned a crucial lesson that day: positivity trumps negativity any day. I have sent negative feedback to businesses in the past — some didn’t ever send a reply and some did, but never can I remember getting such a great reward from it.
So if you want to increase your chances of getting free stuff, coupons, benefits and special deals from the companies you LOVE, take the time out to write more letters to tell them how great they’re doing. Here’s a quick step-by-step list of what to do:
- Make a running list of all of the major businesses (medium to large companies) that you love and appreciate. Think of all the places that you visit each day, whether it’s the coffee shop, a restaurant or the gym. Include their name, corporate address and email address on your list (use a spreadsheet if possible).
- Write a standard letter for each company. Here’s a simple format:
- Paragraph 1-describe the purpose of your letter (you recently visited the business and had a great experience and wanted to say thank you)
- Paragraph 2-include specifics about what happened at your recent visit that was so great.
- Paragraph 3- thank the company again and wrap it up.
As you can see, the only paragraph that you’ll probably have to edit in each letter is #2 – the rest can be the same or similar. A handwritten letter is a special touch — it shows that you put extra time and effort into the task.
- Include your address, phone number (optional) and email address in the letter so that the company will have a way of contacting you back.
- Drop your letters in the mail.
That’s it. Add to your list and do this as often as you’d like, but please remember one thing: make sure that your feedback is genuine and true.
The potential of getting free stuff and coupons isn’t the only benefit of writing positive feedback to the companies that you love. The more you take the time to do this (spreading positive energy), you may find that more and more positive experiences begin to happen when you patronize businesses in your area and beyond.
Posted by Jade
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