How can I word my massage therapy advert...
...to make it clear that I offer ONLY massage and no (ahem) more "personal" services? I had a request from a client for a service I definitely don't provide! I'm sure this must have happened to other therapists!
Hi Allison. What was the wording of your ad?
In my experience you can be as clear as a sunny
Day with your advertising and still get these types
Of enquiries. Some of the free search engines
Such as gumtree do request you to add 'I do no
Provide a sexual service' to your advert but I
Think this is off putting to the genuine customers.
So you won't be able to avoid this completely. Just be
Prepared to reply with a polite answer.
Hope this helps
Thanks. I think my ad is quite clear, I have explained what each massage *does* include. I'll put this client down to experience and maybe recognise what's going on more quickly if I get a similar one.
I'm afraid Bridgette is right - those who are looking for 'other services' will always ask, particularly if you are a new advertiser. They don't seem to remember that they've spoken to you, so you'll probably get the same one ringing from time to time. No point at all putting 'this is not a s.. s ,' or 'no withheld numbers'. At least they seem to have the courtesy to be up-front about asking, I suppose! Another thing I do is NEVER take a same day booking over the phone from a new caller. I make the appointment for a couple of days hence, and ask them to ring me first thing in the morning to confirm that they are keeping the appointment, and explain that if they don't phone, I will assume they are NOT coming. (actually I have a good client base now so very seldom have same day appointments anyway, and if I get a cancellation it's usually a good chance to catch up on admin!) Holidays and full moon seem to be prime times.
Interestingly, it's not just male clients that proposition female therapists: a male therapist acquaintance also confessed to being hassled now and again. Hmm.
Thanks - I had a couple of phone calls today. One from someone who wanted an appointment this afternoon but wouldn't book in advance, and one from someone who changed his mind about booking when I said I wouldn't do a massage on him if he was nude. Fortunately I have had some genuine bookings too!
yup, that sounds like a familiar pattern. think of it this way - for every couple of naff timewasters you get a genuine client, so think of the timewasters as taking you closer to your goal of building a good client base. I found in my early days that it was quite easy to get good male clients and they do tend to be more regular. But my experience is that they don't recommend you to their friends. Female clients are harder to attract - tends to be by word of mouth, and once you get them, they do recommend, but they tend not to be as regular/frequent. Aim for a mix of both!
Hi what I tend to do is say to those I have concerns about, "I would like to send you a questionnaire before your appointment,to highlight your expections of my treatment"..ask lots questions on the telephone...and throw in lots of terminology... if they are looking for extras that will sure put them off... good luck
yes - that's another really good tactic. Check out the address on google tho - i've had a couple in hte past giving fictitious addresses who of course didn't turn up for the advance appointment they had made!
I have added a paragraph to my adverts along the lines of, "My clients' modesty is important. Depending on the area to be treated, the client may be asked to undress but keep on their underwear." Hopefully that will help deter those who are barking up the wrong tree without putting off genuine clients.
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You could simply say something like I have done on my website
Sharon is a Sport & Remedial Massage Therapist offering professional treatments in Southampton. Please do not ask for anything else!