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Influence Mapping
A Competitive Gap
The Real Problem with Sales
A Credibility Gap
Rethinking Your Business Model
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Influence Mapping

The two hottest topics in marketing are "social marketing" and "Marketing ROI." This month's paper shows you how the true nature of social marketing points to a methodology we call Influence Mapping, which provides marketing managers with a means to optimize Marketing ROI. Read Using Influence Mapping To Optimize Marketing ROI.

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Customer Manufacturing Update
September 2011

Dear Mitchell,


Here is your September Customer Manufacturing Update. This month we are combining three topics into one paper: Social Media, Improving Marketing ROI and the increaing power of Influencers in the buying decision process. Read Using Influence Mapping To Optimize Marketing ROI.
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The U.S. Post Office is under tremendous pressure to get costs in alignment with revenues and stop losing so much money. The Postmaster General stated that the U.S. Post Office was going to consider everything in an effort to fix its revenue shortfall. The Post Office has not been a true monopoly for a long time, and their inability to compete is at the root of their issues. 


Sure the entire business model for information delivery has changed, but the Post Office monopoly, like many other companies that compete in a monopoly or near monopoly environment, has been blind to competition both direct (Fed Ex) and indirect (email). And further, for the most part, they still work with a mindset that they are doing you a favor to allow you to use their service, and not as a supplier happy for customers.

Two more examples to share to demonstrate this gap. We recently made a mistake and shipped a package via FedEx Ground to a post office box address in Tennessee. As we all know, Fed Ex cannot deliver to post office boxes. We expected to get the package back after about a week to ten days with the error noted. Instead we got a call from Fed Ex in Tennessee asking us for the phone number of the recipient so they could arrange for home delivery. Wow, talk about above and beyond.


In contrast we shipped a book via media mail to an address in Florida. The address even included the 9-digit zip code. Ten days later the book was returned to us as undeliverable. It took some time but we contacted the recipient and found out we had left the apartment number off of the address. Two problems with this from our perspective: 

  1. It would have been "nice" if the mail person had delivered it anyway. It is likely that the apartment was obvious given that this person gets other mail at that address. Maybe the regular mail person was not on duty and the substitute did not recognize the name, who knows. 
  2. Had the return notification noted that the apartment was missing, we could have corrected that quickly instead of having to guess at what was wrong with the address.

How are you  working to surprise and delight your customers to create a competitive gap between you and the rest of the pack?


As a quick note we are pleased to report the Post Office, as part of their cost saving measures is finally considering closing a Post Office branch serving a town of about 80 people about 10 miles from a major city. The branch has been open for 80 years, so the decision is traumatic for the town. There is no Fed Ex office there.

The Real Problem with B2B Sales 

 The Secret to Selling More

We were reading Mark Gibson's blog post, "Quality Trumps Quantity in B2B Marketing Lead Generation." He cited a Marketing Sherpa study showing the #1 and #2 challenges reported by marketers were generating better quality leads and needing to create a larger number of leads, respectively.


He then conducted his own research with sales people. He admits that his sample size was small and not necessarily scientifically valid, but we found the result intriguing. In his survey, Sales people's number one challenge was also getting quality leads, but their VERY close #2 challenge was communicating product value. In our experience most sales people are unable to communicate product value effectively simply because marketing can't either. We wrote a book on this subject, so we clearly are in sync with Mark's findings.


What are you doing to help your sales people succeed, other than trying to "motivate them?"

A Credibility Gap .. or Chasm

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Recently, James
was out for lunch (note we did not say out to lunch), so Mitch answered our phone and was greeted by a meek and mild voice who told him his name and the company he was calling from, and then asked if he had called our company. Since we answer the phone with "Welcome to Customer Manufacturing Group," that was Mitch's first clue that he was not listening.


He then proceeded to tell Mitch that he had visited our website and concluded that we offer marketing coaching to small businesses. Not really a conclusion we would expect you to draw from our website, but Mitch played along by saying we have done that upon occasion in the past.


The caller then launched into his pitch about how his company provided cold-calling lead generation and appointment setting services for companies like ours and our clients. Mitch thanked him for calling, said goodbye and hung up.


It was pretty clear to Mitch that if that was the caliber of person they used to get their own business, what kind of person would they provide to us or our clients?


Make sure you don't have a credibility gap in your business.


Rethinking Your Business Model


Especially in today's continuing chaotic economy it may be time to reconsider your business model. To learn more about how to do that, read this article in Chief Executive.

We are excited to tell you that Mitch's classic Marketing book, It's Not Rocket Science is now available as a Kindle book. Check it out.

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Mitchell Gooze

Customer Manufacturing Group, Inc.


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