Marka Outlines The Principles Behind a ‘Customer Nurture Program’ (Part II)

Last time, Fire Enterprises, Inc. (FEI) President Org, Marka the marketer, Zoot the salesperson and Numo the accountant covered the basic principles of a “Customer Nurture Program” (CNP) for targeting businesses. Today, these same characters discuss cost advantages of the CNP compared to in-person sales calls. Remember, fire = print.

Org plucked an olive out of a jar by his desk and dropped it in his mouth. “Olives?” he offered the tribe, glancing out his window at the grey day outside.

The tribe knew that jar had been in Org’s drawer since the days of Prometheus. They were hungry, but not that hungry.

“Thanks, Org, but we’re saving our appetites for lunch,” Marka said, rubbing her belly.

“How are we going to implement our new Customer Nurture Program?” Org asked, leaning back in his heavy oak chair contemplating the authoritative sounding acronym CNP.

“This program will help us maximize the use of Zoot’s sales force by letting them focus on the most promising prospects in person, while still keeping in touch with everyone else,” Marka explained. “There are lots of ways to get our brand and message in front of important business influencers at important companies.”

Zoot, the consummate people person, was skeptical. He grabbed a comb out of the pocket in his toga and ran it through his shiny black hair. “We don’t want any customer or prospect to feel neglected.”

“Of course not,” Marka said. “But your sales runners can’t be everywhere at once. The idea is to provide information that speaks to our customers’ needs in an entertaining, usable way, which will reinforce our reputation for being reliable and a source of knowledge. Then, they’ll think of us first when they need fire. A Customer Nurture Program is a cost effective way to keep the FEI brand in front of our repeat customers and hook new ones. We show them we care about their needs, at a fraction of the cost of one of your sales calls.”

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.
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