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The ONE Question To Ask Customers

Larry Freed really tees off on Fred Reichheld and the Net Promoter Score concept on his blog, calling the book a fraud. I think Larry is too harsh — but I would assert that “likelihood to refer” is not the ONE question to ask. I’ll propose a different question, but first want to share some […] Read More

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What’s The Value Of An Email Address?

In response to a post about how to calculate the value of an email address, Benry comments that the value can’t be determined simply by looking at email marketing campaign results, because We use email to market to people, but also to support communication or to enable sales staff to converse with [customers] in the […] Read More

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ING Direct’s Emotional Connection With Customers

I have believed for some time now that financial services firms had to earn customer loyalty by making emotional connections (just like we do with our own personal relationships). In a Forrester report I wrote in September 2004, I said: To earn the loyalty of customers, banks must do more than offer the best rates […] Read More

Article Image: Constructing Marketing’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Constructing Marketing’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Been listening in on a conversation between Gary Angel and Eric Peterson regarding web analytics KPIs. Eric says: Key performance indicators should be included or excluded from a hierarchical reporting strategy…based on the likelihood that the indicator will spur some type of action in the organization when the indicator unexpectedly changes…[although] the action the organization […] Read More

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Whose Product Review Do You Trust?

It seems like every day someone comes out with a survey that shows that the most trusted source of opinions are our friends and family. My reaction: Duh. This has always been true. Web 2.0 didn’t cause this — it only enabled the sharing of opinions. One recent source of this data point is Forrester […] Read More

Article Image: Retailers Must Improve The Cross-Channel Customer Experience

Retailers Must Improve The Cross-Channel Customer Experience

Allurent recently released results of a survey which found that 41% of consumers — up from 28% in 2005 — said that a frustrating online experience would make them less likely to shop that retailer’s physical store. Nearly six in ten said that a frustrating online experience negatively impacts their opinion of the retailer. According […] Read More

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Why Wesabe Matters

I realize that I’m a little late in commenting on Wesabe, the money management community (?), which launched this past November, but… It’s a shame that most banks will ignore this site. A former colleague of mine said “…interesting concept, but I don’t see how they make it into anything real.” Reading about Wesabe reminded […] Read More

Article Image: Response To MarketingNPV's Predictive Analytics Predictions

Response To MarketingNPV's Predictive Analytics Predictions

If I’m the first person to point you to Pat LaPointe’s MarketingNPV site, go there and spend a few hours perusing the great content on that site. On his blog, Pat posted his predictions for the “Path of Predictive Analytics.” I wanted to share some of those predictions, along with my thoughts on them. Pat […] Read More

Article Image: If You Want To Win A Marketing Award, Use A Calculator

If You Want To Win A Marketing Award, Use A Calculator

An article in Chief Marketer called How to Win (More) Marketing Awards: Practical Help from a Real-Life Judge offers some advice on how to win an award, even if you’re not the “best marketer on the planet.” Here’s reason #1: Most entries are riddled with mistakes and slapdash efforts. [S]ponsoring organizations…get 1% of entries in […] Read More

Article Image: Investing Beyond The Four Walls Of Marketing

Investing Beyond The Four Walls Of Marketing

There are some common complaints I hear senior execs voice about marketing: Marketing is too insular — they’re not out there with customer service and sales trying the better understand the customer”, and “Marketing doesn’t tell us where we should be investing to deepen our customer relationships.” If this frustrates you, I can understand why. […] Read More

Article Image: Nationwide’s Super Bowl K-Fed Ads: How Consumers Will React

Nationwide’s Super Bowl K-Fed Ads: How Consumers Will React

Nationwide is previewing their Super Bowl ads with Kevin Federline on its site. When millions of viewers see it during the Super Bowl, here’s how they’ll react: “That was cool, but what the hell is an annuity? Hey, any more beer in the fridge?” Financial professionals are fond of saying that insurance products are sold, […] Read More

Article Image: Other Uses For Personalized Billboards

Other Uses For Personalized Billboards

News of the personalized billboards that Mini Cooper is testing got me thinking of some other firms that might use this new medium: Ron Shevlin, your current bank balance is $1.17. Get a payday loan at Sonic Cash. Ron Shevlin, your STD tests are in, contact us immediately. Lahey Clinic Thank you for your continued […] Read More

Article Image: Affluent Baby Boomers Don't Want Financial Education

Affluent Baby Boomers Don't Want Financial Education

Interesting study from Cogent Research on affluent baby boomers was featured in today’s Investment News. Key data points: More than one-third of the 4,000 investors who were born between 1956 and 1964 with investible assets of more than $100,000 surveyed in the study said they don’t work with an investment adviser. 57% of the respondents’ […] Read More

Article Image: Google’s Faulty IT Innovation Logic

Google’s Faulty IT Innovation Logic

Google’s general manager of enterprise business, Dave Girouard recently told the Mass Technology Leadership Council that: “the insane complexity of technology is leading companies to spend 75% to 80% of IT budgets simply maintaining the systems they have already.” And what should they do instead, Mr. Girouard? Simply ignore — or better yet, throw away […] Read More

Article Image: One Loyalty Program’s Impact On A Bank’s Customer Relationships

One Loyalty Program’s Impact On A Bank’s Customer Relationships

The Aite Group recently published an excellent report on reward/loyalty programs in financial services. I can’t share their analysis and forecasts here, but they did give me permission to share the following chart, which shows the impact that Banco Popular’s loyalty program, Premia, had on the depth of their customer relationships. [Note: The point of […] Read More

Article Image: The Unrealized ROI Of Blogging

The Unrealized ROI Of Blogging

Forrester recently published a report on the ROI of blogging and a follow-up case study focusing on the ROI of General Motors’ FastLane blog. According to Forrester’s calculations, GM’s first-year ROI on the blog was 99%. The primary contributors to the top line: 1) $180,000 in customer insight, which was estimated by assuming a cost […] Read More

Article Image: Bank's Ad Spending Effectiveness

Bank's Ad Spending Effectiveness

AdAge reported that Miller Brewing is shelving its Man Law ads. Apparently, Man Law #1 is “advertising must boost sales.” If that’s so — and who am I to challenge Man Law — then some banks may have to re-think their ad spend. Using data compiled by TNS and published in American Banker (pw req’d), […] Read More

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The Unseen Barrier To Marketing Innovation

Following my post on sense-and-respond marketing, I exchanged emails with Steve Haeckel, who coined the term “sense-and-respond” as a business concept in the mid-80s. One comment from Steve sheds light on why many innovation initiatives (which includes building a sense-and-respond marketing capability) are doomed to under-deliver, if not fail outright: The legacy managerial framework systematically […] Read More

Article Image: What Smart Marketers Will Focus On In 2007

What Smart Marketers Will Focus On In 2007

You didn’t think I was joking when I suggested that the Crankys were a new emerging consumer segment, did you? I wasn’t. There are millions of relatively well-to-do, highly-educated Boomers (and some Seniors and Gen Xers) who are dissatisfied with many of the firms they interact with. Why? Because few firms understand what the Crankys […] Read More

Article Image: You Can’t Compete On Analytics If You Don’t Use It

You Can’t Compete On Analytics If You Don’t Use It

In a 2005 Harvard Business Review article (get free summary report here), Tom Davenport described the emergence of a: New form of competition based on the extensive use of analytics, data, and fact-based decision making. Instead of serving all customers, [companies] serve optimal customers. Instead of throwing money at business problems, they optimize their use […] Read More

Article Image: Want To Compete In The High-Yield Savings Accounts Market?

Want To Compete In The High-Yield Savings Accounts Market?

Then get ready to pony up some serious online advertising dollars. According to data compiled by TNS and published in American Banker (pw req’d), financial services firms competing for deposits by offering high-yield savings accounts are spending big bucks online. Granted, online spending from the big firms doesn’t support just their high-yield savings accounts. But […] Read More

Article Image: The Hot New Profession: Consultainment

The Hot New Profession: Consultainment

Want to break in to this new field? Here’s the formula: Write a book, create a blog (or vice versa), then get hired to speak at conferences and company events. You know who today’s consultainers are. They’re not strictly consultants (they don’t do “projects” — their call to action on their blog is usually “hire […] Read More

Article Image: The New Emerging Consumer Segment: The Cranky

The New Emerging Consumer Segment: The Cranky

I’ve been accused of being cranky. Turns out, I might not be alone. I could be part of a whole segment of cranky consumers. Some evidence: Cranky.com. Eon’s new search engine designed specifically for aging baby boomers. (#1 search term: “sex”, #9: “arthritis”). MrCranky.com. Movie reviews with a rating scale that starts with “almost tolerable” […] Read More

Article Image: Word-Of-Mouth Recommendations

Word-Of-Mouth Recommendations

Recent research from professors at Nanyang Technological University and the University of British Columbia about word-of-mouth recommendations should be of interest to bank marketers. According to the study: Consumers are more likely to provide WOM for products that are relevant to self-concept than for more utilitarian products. There was some indication that…consumers exaggerated the benefits […] Read More

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What Marketers Should Learn From IT

Not “about” IT… but “from” IT. It’s not news that marketers are under the gun to demonstrate ROI. CIOs are laughing under their breaths — they’ve been dealing with this for 25 years. And they’ve learned a few things about how to deal with the issue. (But they’re not going to tell you, because, hey […] Read More

Article Image: BankerSpank: Cute, But Ineffective

BankerSpank: Cute, But Ineffective

A series of ads on BankerSpank.com parodies the PC/Mac ads, this time with Bank and Credit Union. They’re cute ads…but they won’t drive any business a credit union’s way. One reason why Apple fanatics are devoted to the brand is that they see themselves as different from the stuff-shirted, boring business types who use PCs. […] Read More

Article Image: Email's Impact On Customer Loyalty

Email's Impact On Customer Loyalty

Relevance is the mantra for today’s email marketers. But it shouldn’t be the only consideration. The emotional level of the interaction or transaction that an email message pertains to is an important factor in understanding how an email message will impact a customer’s relationship with a product, brand, or company. Irrelevant email about things a […] Read More