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About TJ

T.J. is team leader of Grow Sales, Inc., a marketing and social media services company operating at the intersection of compelling content, clear vision and quality communication practices. In this blog, fire is a metaphor for print. Hang on, this ride will be weird...

Prometheus crept into Mt. Olympus, stole fire, returned to the lowlands, ran from house to house distributing it, got caught, was chained to a rock, lost his liver to a huge ugly bird and was rescued by Hercules. Leveraging his fame, Prometheus started Fire Enterprises Inc.  (FEI). Since fire was the hottest technology of the time, company success came fast and furious. Two generations later, fire isn't such an easy sale. Now led by Prometheus' grandson Org, FEI's growth is non-existent, competitors are pounding and prices are in the toilet.
 

Event vs. Relationship Marketing (Part I of IV)

 
The FEI saga continues with part one of a new four-part series. Remember, fire = print.

“May I bounce something off you, Zoot?” Marka asked. The two sat in FEI’s conference room early the next morning.

“Of course,” Zoot said, smoothing out a wrinkle in his blue embroidered toga.

“Even though everyone tries to make it complicated, I think business is simple,” Marka started. “Business success derives from saying what you do in the marketplace and doing what you say in the shop.”

Zoot slunk into his stump chair and made himself comfortable. He knew Marka, and this had all the makings of a soliloquy.

“Revenue generation, market share development and capture and business success starts with competent branding, innovative marketing and structured sales activities.” Marka stood up and ambled around the room. “It means knowing the difference between event and relationship marketing!”

When the marketer got excited about an idea, she had a tendency to pace and gesture wildly. Zoot had to make sure he didn’t get hit in the chin like last time.

Zoot sighed. “I appreciate your passion, Marka. But do you know why I’ve always been skeptical about marketing? I’ve never understood how one system can work for so many different industries, many of which are greatly different. Like fire and chariots, for instance.”
 
“Oh, Zoot. Your grasp of marketing fundamentals is even worse than that yellow suit you wore to our last office party.” Zoot winced. Marka could see she’d hit a raw nerve—never insult a salesman’s fashion sense. “Sorry. But nobody’s ever claimed that marketing is a one-size-fits-all deal. Marketing strategy and tactics must be tailored based on what we call ‘typical purchasing behavior.’”

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