At a very basic level, most companies realize the importance of keeping their customer base happy and inclined to continue purchasing from them when there is a perceived need. The best spent marketing efforts are often in the area of customer retention, where loyal customers can significantly impact the bottom line. Brands should make the effort to make their current clients feel special and feel as though the value they receive from the brand relationship is meaningful.
Few organizations today could thrive if they relied solely on Rolodexes, paper lead sheets, or Outlook address books. Whether they use a SaaS solution like Zoho or Salesforce.com, or a robust customized CRM solution, most organizations are convinced that they’re getting an excellent result from their CRM investment. The question is, could they be getting more if they added a robust distributed marketing platform to their CRM solution? According to Edgar Rodriguez, Distribion’s EVP and a 20-year-veteran of the industry, the answer is yes. In the example below, a local insurance agent uses a system that seamlessly links corporate marketing’s distributed Read More
Multichannel marketing is a given for most marketers. None of us can afford to bet our company’s success by trying to reach our customers through just one channel. In large, distributed marketing organizations where creative and brand management are handled at the corporate level and local or field sales and marketing organizations execute their own campaigns, the process of planning, managing, executing, measuring, and reporting on marketing activities can become very complicated, very quickly. So what do you do to simplify a process that isn’t simple? Start by recognizing the three basic problems that are inherent in a complex marketing Read More
After the LIMRA Social Media Conference in Cambridge, MA a few weeks ago, one of the attendees who downloaded the presentation deck used for the Customer Service Meets Social Media panel posted this question: “One of the points made in this panel is that front-line employees are often recorded (audio and video) and the results can be posted on social media sites immediately. How do I stop people from doing that? I could be held liable if one of my employees is photographed or videotaped without their permission.” In following up with the person who drafted the question, we found that Read More
Guest Blog By David Potter, Vice President, Professional Services, Distribion, Inc. One of the basic assumptions this blog makes is that its readers are marketers who are interested in improving their multi-channel marketing results through almost any means possible. Another is that there is a place for technology in almost any distributed marketing organization – that it in any situation where there is a centralized corporate marketing department and one or more field or local marketing and sales organizations that use marketing materials created by corporate marketing to reach local prospects and customers. But is that an accurate assumption? Can Read More
Here’s this week’s round-up of “must read” news stories for marketers. What makes these stories stand out? They offer key information or lessons that multi-channel distributed marketing organizations should take to heart. Facebook Launches SMS Service — This week, Facebook launched Facebook Messenger, a free app that lets users access Facebook messages from their phone without installing Facebook Mobile. It’s the first time Facebook has unbundled one service from the rest of its services, and the media reaction has been mixed at best. Some love it, because it simplifies the process of checking for messages without waiting while your friends photos attempt to load Read More
Back in February, Forrester analyst Suresh Vittal published a report titled Marketing Technology Adoption 2011. With his usual thoroughness, Vittal documented the kinds of technology that marketers are using in detail. More importantly, he documented a sad truth: 51% of large companies admit that they are still behind the curve when it comes to using technology to streamline complex marketing processes. It’s worth the cost of purchasing the complete report if your company is considering a technology solution for 2011, especially if you believe that your company would fall into one of these two categories defined by Forrester: Average adopters: “Not very Read More
Brand marketers invest billions creating an emotional connection between their brand and prospective or current customers. In fast food, packaged goods, entertainment, fashion, automotive marketing and many other industries, brand loyalty is the Holy Grail for marketing. For any distributed marketing organization – companies who rely on franchise networks, VARs, dealers, agents, or chain store marketers to take the brand’s corporate messages to the local level – loyalty among every link in the chain between the brand and the buyer is vital. In a conversation overheard while standing in line at the multiplex last weekend, two friends were comparing their Read More