Friday, June 24, 2016

What's Your Marketing Pink Toilet?

Can you keep a secret?

I have a pink toilet in my bathroom. It’s kind of a unique focal point in our home that Beth and I wish wasn’t so unique.

However, I rarely think about it. I see it several times a day, but I’ve gone blind to it. As long as it … uh, works … it’s basically invisible.

Until recently.

I won’t go into graphic detail, but suffice to say it’s time.

Until now, I never realized how many decisions there are in choosing a toilet. (I’m sure the buying process will become fodder for many posts to come. So, stay tuned.)
I think we all have a pink toilet or two in our lives. Something we see everyday, but no longer really see.

In marketing, it may be your logo or your literature or your website.

Websites are common Pink Toilets. Design and technology changes so quickly that we often don’t realize how out-of-date our site it is and how poorly it reflects on our brand. As long as it … uh, works … it’s basically invisible. But it you wait until it stops working completely, you could be in for a big mess.

I’ve been helping a lot of clients with website redesigns lately. And because I do this every day, I know all the modern features that make websites more productive and improve search engine ranking (RWD, SSL, SSD, XML Sitemaps, etc.).

It may sound like alphabet soup to a new website prospect, but to many of my happy clients it spells almost daily prospect phone calls and emails.

Step back and take a look at your marketing. What’s working? What’s not?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How Do You Celebrate your Customers?

How Do You Celebrate Your Customers?

Do your customers feel unnoticed?

Customers are tired of just being satisfied. They want to be celebrated. They want to feel important. (Doesn't everyone feel a bit unappreciated?) And whether you’re in sales or marketing, aren’t your customers the most important thing to you?

How can you celebrate customers?

Starbucks knows how to make a customer feel special on their special day. They give them a free cup of birthday Java. Not just a small cup with a whole bunch of fine print strings attached. You can get ANYTHING. This guy in the video above (click image to view) is excited that he created the most expensive Starbucks drink at $47.30. But what he doesn’t say is it’s his birthday.

(Hmmm....Seems like I have a coffee theme going the last few weeks. I think I need to get a bit more sleep. Or maybe I just need a hobby or something! But I digress...)

You can celebrate a customer’s birthday, business anniversary, or any special day. Don’t have a database of special days?  Just create a Customer Celebration Day to show your appreciation.
If you’re in marketing, send them an email or mail them a birthday postcard with a discount or freebie.

If you’re in sales, email or a card is fine. Or better yet, give them a call. For your biggest customers send them a restaurant gift card or buy them lunch.

Or get more creative.  Want to see what we do?  Join my email list.

How do you celebrate your customers? 
  Email me and let me know.

 -- Phil Sasso 

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Your First Day Back...

I'm at the AAEX / SEMA tradeshows this week. If you were here, too, I hope you had a great show.

Every year at this time I write the same basic tip. Hope it serves as a reminder to not let all your hard work as an exhibitor go to waste ...

Your trade show or special event is over. Great! Time to breath a sigh of relief and catch up on things.

Whoa! Not so fast.

Consider using your first day back like it's your last day at the event.

It's easy to get so swept away catching up that you put off following up.

But what's more important? The day-to-day grind -- or reminding that hot prospect that you're the one exhibitor out of hundreds they met that they want to buy from?

Take a moment to jot a quick thank you note, send a catalog, or ship that sample you promised. Don't let your follow-up get fouled up by competing priorities. Set your priority on contacting the hottest prospects first and working your way down the list.

How do you know who's hottest? You should use a lead sheet that asks questions that will help you, like:

When do you plan to buy?

How many do you plan to buy?

Are you considering any other brands?

This is also a good day to make notes on improvements for next year's show while everything is still fresh in your mind.

But above all try to avoid calling anyone you met at the trade show the first day you're back.  After all, they'll probably be as swamped catching up that day as you'll be -- tomorrow.

BTW, If  I don't call you today please don't be offended, be inspired.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Assumptive Selling....

This morning, I called my local phone company to confirm details on my new contract. The representative assured me everything was OK. Then she jumped into a sales pitch for an add-on service. 

I stopped her mid-sentence. 

"I very busy," I said "I'm happy with my service. Don't change my mind." 

Yesterday, at the bank the commercial teller told me about their new credit card offer. 

"That's interesting..." I said, feigning interest. 

Then, instead of handing me an application, she actually began filling it out. 

"Whoa!" I said. "I said 'that's interesting,' not 'sign me up'!"

Ending a customer service interaction with a sales pitch is all too common today. But it's gone from suggestive selling to downright pushy.  And that can breed resentment. 

Remember, today's customer's are the same ones that created the firestorm for Bank of America and Netflix. Customers are demanding more of business than sales pitches: they want authenticity and integrity. 

A better approach than being pushy: hand the customer a flyer, offer to email them the information, or ask if you can mail them a brochure. 

Are you nudging customers to buy -- or shoving them?