Marka Outlines the Principles Behind a ‘Customer Nurture Program’

Last time, Marka the marketer and Zoot the salesperson discussed the importance of “moving the battlefield away from price.” This week, marketing nuts & bolts begins with a discussion of the “Customer Nurture Program.” Remember, fire is just a fancy metaphor for print.

Org surveyed the majesty of Mount Olympus from his oak chair. As the president of Fire Enterprises, Inc. (FEI) and grandson of Prometheus, Org knew employees looked to him for guidance when monthly sales were lower than Hades. But this time FEI’s fearless leader had no answer.

Marka threw open Org’s office door. Behind her stood Zoot and Numo the accountant. In contrast with his colorful coworkers, gray-haired Numo usually played it close to the toga. The numbers-focused accountant consistently counseled that absolutely nothing trumped profits.

“What brings you all to my office today?” Org asked.

“We need to do a better and more cost-efficient job of reaching ‘key business influencers’ in Olympus who need fire,” Marka said eagerly, rubbing her hands together.

Org nodded. “I’m glad FEI has decided to focus our marketing efforts on other businesses.”

“Marketing to the president of Fire Wholesalers involves a different approach than advertising to Joe Fire-buyer,” Marka said. “If we don’t win top-of-mind positioning with key business influencers at dealers, distributors, wholesalers and end users direct, our B2B business is up for grabs the first time a Pyro runner or a FlintStone rep wanders through the front door. It’s all very uncomfortable.”

“Speaking of wandering through the front door—Zoot, I remember your grandfather Custo used to visit every dealer, distributor and manager in person,” Org mused.

“Today, Flintstone does the same thing,” Zoot said, taking a seat on the heavy oak stump next to Org’s matching knotty oak desk. “His business offers a one-on-one sales call for even the smallest client. They’re the ‘personal touch’ sellers, and that’s how they cement relationships. But we can’t afford the manpower for an approach like theirs.”

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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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