Is CRM Quick & Easy?
How to Launch Your CRM Program
Direct Marketing Tips by Mediapost Hit Mail
People are lazy
We all know that people are lazy.
Promise them a "quick" and
"easy" solution of their problems
and you will get a significant
You have many examples: “Learn
English in 30 Minutes a Day”,
“Learn Japanese in 2 months”,
“Lose Weight While You’re
Sleeping” are just wonderful titles
of some successful self-training
or weight losing programs.
You should give your product or service an impressive name.
Otherwise you could lose customer’s attention.
Of course, marketers are also customers in their everyday life.
That’s why they are also lazy. So lazy, that if you ask most of
them what DM is, most of them won’t know.
That word “direct” is not so popular in our business. It reminds
people of these disturbing, intrusive junk mails they receive
quite often. Blah...…
CRM sounds much better, don’t you think? Customer
Relationship Management. Wow, it’s so impressive!
And sometimes, ‘Loyalty programs’. Just great!
What CRM is?
CRM is... direct marketing in action. If you need a detailed definition of
“direct marketing”, we can send you our article on the topic. Just ask for
it. But to make your life easier, we’ve put a brief definition below:
“DM is every measurable activity that builds and
maintains direct and personal relationship between
someone offering a product or service and his
customers or prospects. “
What CRM is not
CRM is not a software, although many companies think it is.
The software is just a tool to manage and coordinate your
CRM is not easy. If you want an easy solution, stop reading
now. Direct marketers can promise growth, but it won’t be
easy at all.
CRM is not quick. How long it will take to build a database, to
keep it well organized, to start exploiting it, to run many
tests, to compare results, to pick-up the best solution, to
segment your customers, to try different channels, to control
deliverability, to personalize your messages?
Everyone wants better results, but almost nobody wants to
work hard for them.
70% of the CRM programs fail. Mainly because companies
launch such activities before even having some basic idea on
what this really means for their business.
The shortcut mentality is another important factor - the
company does not plan for a long journey but rushes and
stays at the "quick wins" level. CRM programs often fail
because your business depends on its attitude to customers.
Quick rushes cannot change attitudes, it takes time.
Why most CRM programs fail?
Another one is the execution failure: people are ‘wowed’ by
the CRM achievements, but they just don’t use its strengths
properly. Because they don’t know how, or just because they
don’t want to change the cozy everyday way of working they
are used to. Yes, people are lazy...
Before you go for CRM...
Ask yourself some questions:
1. Do you really know what your customers want?
2. Do you know what they think you promise them? Are they the same things?
3. Can you clearly identify their desires and beliefs, before and after they have
4. How will you find out them? This is your priority task!
5. Are you making realistic promises, and deliver them to your customers?
6. Do you tell your customers what they want to know?
7. Are you sure your IT department could deliver what you want them to provide
you with? If not, how you could change it? How much time it will take?
8. Can you track every customer’s history, step by step? Is everything being
recorded in your database? Do your colleagues that may need this
information can access it?
If the answers are “Yes”
You have enough resources to launch your CRM program
and you know much more than most of the CRM
consultants. Go for it and don’t forget to ask your
customers about their opinion and their suggestions. It’s
the best research you will ever get.
If you need a step by step guide, follow our Direct
Marketing Tips set and start re-reading it from topic #1. If
you need our help, we at Mediapost Hit Mail are ready to
support your DM / CRM activities.
If the answers are “No”
Stop. Go back and fix every weak link in your relationship
with the customers and prospects.
If you don’t have a database, build it;
If you have it, but it is not arranged, organize it;
If you don’t segment your customers, group them;
If you don’t do tests, start testing;
If you don’t personalize your promotional materials,
do it and you will lift responses up etc.;
Use our support materials you already have. If you still
need our help, just call us or drop us an e-mail.
More on this on the next slide.
If you are now convinced that our DM knowledge is good
enough, you know we can help you to get better results.
We are Mediapost Hit Mail.
We do direct marketing.
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Close to the end:
1. Why Do You Need Your Own Database?
2. How to Build a Database?
3. How to Manage Your Database?
4. How to Segment your Customers?
5. Tests - How to Run and Analyze Them?
6. The Deliverability Problem
8. Online & SMS Promotions
9. Useful Direct Marketing Tips
10. How to Launch Your CRM Program?
11. The Advantages of Direct Marketing (Summary)
two more slides...
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Do you believe in magic?
Most marketers tend to. They often need a magic to bring excellent
results and top quality services.
We at Mediapost Hit Mail don’t believe in magic. We believe in
common sense. Moreover, we use it broadly in order to achieve our
only goal - YOUR better results. Because this is the only proof we
have that our job is done as it has to be done.
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