Category Archives: Marketing

Devil in the Details

This morning, I received an automated business email from an organization that a colleague had once referred me to, as a source of a potential project.  After reaching out to the CEO – a good friend of my colleague’s –  several times about this opportunity and never hearing back from him, I simply dismissed the whole thing as something that was just not meant to be.  No harm, no foul.

However, I had been placed on the company’s mailing list, but since I get roughly 8 zillion emails a day, I didn’t bother to remove myself from it.  Who knows, maybe the project opportunity I was seeking might rear its head again.

So this morning, I noticed the email from this company.  They recently modified their business name, and started utilizing a spiffy new email application to communicate with their audience.  Since email marketing is one of the services I provide, I opened the email to see what how they were doing with it.

Now, the whole reason that email marketing applications like Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc. have a process for “personalizing” the email greeting is that, on a psychological level, recipients feel a little more comfortable receiving and reading an email when it is addressed to them by name.  It gives the impression, or illusion, that there is a relationship of sorts between the emailer and the emailee.

However, this warm & fuzzy illusion is completely blown, right from the get-go, when your email begins “Dear Dennis, Chuck,”.  My name is not Dennis, Chuck.  No one calls me Dennis, Chuck – at least not anyone who knows me.  Certainly, our mutual friend does not refer to me as Dennis, Chuck.  If this sounds like I am just being grumpy about having my name messed up, that misses the point.  I really don’t care about that.  But as a businessperson who has chosen to utilize electronic communications to engage his customers and prospects, this CEO should care a lot about this.  And you should, too.

Too many businesses shoot themselves in the foot by overlooking or dismissing details like this.  Your mailing list is one of your business’ most precious assets; it warrants your attention to detail.  It should be reviewed for accuracy and formatting.  If it is not, it sends the message, loud and clear, that your business does not care OR it is simply incompetent when it comes to communicating with its intended audience.  Neither impression inspires customer confidence.

— Chuck Dennis

Relationship with Innovators

Looking at customer lifetime value is an important metric in applying and measuring the success of relationship marketing efforts for a key account.  Vetting those accounts to see which perform better than others when relationship marketing is applied can help you hone your strategies and tactics.

Taking it one step further – if you look at the highest stage of a relationship, one that I will call “Innovator,” you should consider applying the same life-time value principle with a twist.  When a relationship is at the Innovator stage, that means they are literally co-creating with your organization and building each other into each respective company’s strategy.   Check out this blog post by Braden Kelley of Innovation Excellence:

Being able to measure the performance of innovator-lifetime-value makes sense so you can gauge and manage these crucial high-end customers and give them the right kind of attention so you can keep and deepen that relationship your company worked so hard to gain.

Lisa Dennis

Three challenges facing today’s Chief Marketing and Sales officers – Forbes

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Three challenges facing today’s Chief Marketing and Sales officersForbesFor all this opportunity, however, your strategy is more important than ever but I’m surprised how often a company’s social media strategy is really just a collection of tactics.

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Marketers and Data Scientists: A Love Story – Business 2 Community

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Marketers and Data Scientists: A Love StoryBusiness 2 CommunityBy Lisa Arthur, Published June 10, 2012 While it may never light up the silver screen or show up in the pages of a dime store novel, there is a burgeoning romance between smart…

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Small Business SEO & Internet Marketing Strategy Guide, 2012 …

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Webcasts — BtoB Magazine: Marketing News and Strategies for BtoB … BtoB Online — The Leading Source of B2B Marketing … Interactive Marketing Guide … BtoB Webcasts bring together business-to-business marketers …

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Marketing execs told to catch up to Asian peers – BusinessWorld Online Edition

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Marketing execs told to catch up to Asian peersBusinessWorld Online EditionFor the local marketing scene, that only accounts for only around 3% [of marketing campaigns],” Donald Patrick L.

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How to Tell If IT and Marketing Have a Good Relationship – CIO

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How to Tell If IT and Marketing Have a Good Relationship .

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Science or Marketing?

I recently read an interesting article titled Engagement Energy: 10 Ways to Power Up Sales and Marketing to Capture Attention and Drive Action, that looks at engagement as “activating the brain” of the desired target.  This is based on psychology and neuro-science – but sounds like smart, externally focused marketing to me!

MyTop 5 of their Top 10:

1.  Ask questions

2.  Present problems

3.  Tell stories

4.  Paint Pictures

10. Add WIIFM (What’s In It For Me)

The full article is posted on, and you will need a (free) log-in to read it in its entirety.  Well worth it, and if you’re a marketer, you should already be a member of this site. Lots of great ideas and resources here!

Lisa Dennis

Are You Experienced?

I recently read an fascinating post on Fast Company’s Expert Blog, called Experience is the Next Frontier in Marketing, by Jacob Braude.

This post talks about “experience” – i.e. physical world experience – influencing how one perceives and takes in information.

I see interesting implications for the delivery of marketing messages.  Organizations frequently talk about a creating the right “customer experience.”  So what if we tap into what the brain has already experienced- the impressions humans have of things – with the understanding that our brain uses those previous experiences to filter and make sense of all that we discover or is presented to us.

Opens up an intriguing arena for marketing in the future.  Read Mr. Braude’s article, and let me know what you think.


Lisa Dennis

Your Competitor’s Claims have Caught your Prospect’s Eye

Your competitor’s claims have caught your prospect’s eye.

Here are 5 points to consider to avoid an “us vs. them” approach.

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