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How to ask for a Testimonial / Recommendation?

Best Email Format? When to ask for it?

     
8:45 am on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Is there a preset format to follow when writing to a satisfied client, requesting them for a recommendation?

When is the best time to ask for a testimonial? Say you're working on a large project and you've delivered a portion of it. The client says they are satisfied / happy with the quality. Should you ask for a testimonial now or only after the entire project is over?

Any ideas?
9:59 am on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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When it's over.
10:15 am on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Good question. In general:if you postpone your query,it will be less memory. So, fast as you can get your recommendation. Large project is the same as short in this manner.
11:44 am on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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There is no special "writing format" to request testimonials. Usually a standard business type email is sufficient. Most folks will not be willing to write a testimonial before the work is completed, so keep that in mind.
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I offer my new clients a strong link from my website in exchange for a short testimonial. Most of them take me up on this.
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Good point toplisek. Usually, it takes a couple of requests to receive a testimonial from a satisfied client. However, it's good to know that it's not important to follow a specific format.