Relationship Marketing Principles

5 Steps to an Online Relationship Marketing Strategy

October 28, 2010

With most products and services competing in largely parity landscapes, the relationship a brand, product or service has with its customers is often its only competitive differentiation. Said another way, businesses with strong customer relationships usually lead their categories. That’s because the economics of relationship marketing are compelling; there are five sources of revenue from [...]

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How Thrifty Missed an Opportunity to Create a Brand

October 19, 2010

While traveling to LA last week, I had an experience with Thrifty Rent a Car that was an opportunity missed, an opportunity for them to demonstrate that customers are important. So what happened? Nothing exceptional, really, just a routine transaction that, if handled differently could have, at no cost to Thrifty, begun the shift from [...]

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Effective Marketing – a Positive Sum Equation

July 9, 2010

Business often thinks about marketing as a zero sum effort. “You pay me this much and I will give you equal value in return.” Well, to be effective, marketing needs to be positive sum. “You pay me this much and I will give you equal value and this much more in return.” This is a [...]

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