If your business handles a lot of clients who come into your city from out of town, then you are probably interested in making sure they enjoy themselves during their time with you. One way to achieve this goal would be to invite them out with the company during the evening hours after business has closed. But just heading to the nearest bar can get old, especially if your client travels a lot to multiple cities. If you want your business to stand out, you'll want to come up with a fun and unique idea. Here are three ideas for client entertainment that might give your business the leg up on the competition.
Schedule a Private Tour
If you own a large enough company, you might be able to flex your muscles within your community to arrange some sort of private tour for your client. For example, you could contact a local museum and let them know that you are entertaining an VIP or even a large group of people. Some local museums or galleries offer private tours after public hours by request. You can make your client feel special and show them something they would not have gotten to see otherwise.
I Am The Captain Now
If you live in a city with a large body of water nearby, then maybe it's time to hit the open sea, or at least the local river. Yes, renting a yacht or boat might be expensive but compare the cost against how much new revenue your business stands to get from the clients you are entertaining. If you need to entertain not just one person but a large group of people, then taking over your own boat for the evening will give everyone enough space to spread out and relax.
Dinner at Home
This one won't work for every client or situation, but if you are looking for a more intimate way to entertain and you are only dealing with one or two people, then why not invite them to your own home for a private dinner and wine tasting? Inviting a business client into your own home will demonstrate that you are a real person and not just another executive and it might very well be the personal touch that puts your business ahead in the client's mind.
If you are trying to win over a client from out of town, consider thinking outside the box when it comes to providing the evening client entertainment. If your client travels a lot, they will likely appreciate anything that is something different than just hanging out at another hotel bar. If none of these options seem like they will work for you, reach out to an event management company in your area and see if they have any ideas that will get the job done.