Three 'Red Hot' Ideas for Building a Customer Nurture Program (Part I)
Marka had heard enough. She’d always encouraged sales reps to write letters, but had quickly discovered that many either lacked the writing skills or weren’t disciplined enough to keep it up. “What would the letters say?” she asked, setting up Zoot for the slam dunk.
“The letters could serve as reminders, personal congratulations, Thank You notes, you name it,” Zoot said, listing the example off on his thick, calloused fingers.
“This is working smart. I’m convinced,” Numo added.
“As am I,” Org said.
“The only problem with writing letters one at a time? It takes too long!” Zoot continued. “I’d rather not spend all night cranking out letters to each potential client. I have better things to do.”
“That’s where mass customization comes in,” Marka said.
“Tell me more,” Zoot implored.
“First, we create a number of different letter templates, each designed for a specific occasion,” Marka explained. “When that event comes up in the course of business, all you need to do is plug the right contact information into the right template, customize a sentence or two, print the letter and send it!”
“I bet mass customization is a useful feature for other marketing communications,” Zoot mused.
“Patience, Zoot,” Marka said. “Next week we’ll talk about more ways to use mass customization to our advantage.”
Today’s FIRE! Point:
Customers and prospects who receive personalized letters from you will appreciate the time and care you’ve invested into your mutual business relationship. Use these letters to apologize for a missed deadline, offer a ‘Thank you for your business!,’ or simply to remind the customer that you haven’t worked together in awhile. Whatever the occasion, these customized letters will stand out from the clutter of mass e-mails your prospects receive every day and further your company’s top-of-mind position.
Fire! In Action
Dr. Gilbert Snow hired a marketing company to create and mail a postcard to a targeted list of recipients twice a year. The mailing generated a whopping 2,300% return on investment!
Next week: Two more “Red hot” CNP ideas.