Small business owners spend too much time trying to make a direct sale. What smart marketers do is focus on generating qualified leads and nurturing those leads with information that's useful to them.
Blue Chip Athletic is a small, 20-person athletic sportswear company based in Kansas City, Missouri. Their co-founder Gonz Medina shared with me how he has a passion for delighting his customers and ensuring he treats each one with tender loving care.
His secret to success is that instead of spending time struggling to get a new customer, he spends the bulk of his time generating new leads.
Here's a bit of background to their company.
Medina explained that when it was just him, his co-founder, and handful of employees, they could keep all the important customer details in their head (or maybe a few yellow sticky notes and an Excel spreadsheet).
Today, with a growing company, it gets harder (near impossible) to remember all the details about customers, orders, and even employees. While there are many individual systems he could turn to for email marketing, landing page creation, customer database, and more, Medina knew that an all-in-one customer relationship management (CRM) system was best.
Here's how he's using small business CRM and marketing automation to help boost his business.
No New Customers...Lead Generation
Instead of trying to "make a quick sale" or ask someone to buy, Blue Chip Athletic's focus is generating qualified leads. They do this by first offering something digital to the prospective customer to capture their email address, through a landing page. Medina will then incentivize the customer further by offering them a bumper sticker - which he will mail to them. If the prospect opts for the bumper sticker, he now has captured their email address and their mailing address and can nurture them further along the buying process.
Small business owners spend too much time trying to make a direct sale. What smart marketers like Blue Chip Athletic do is focus on generating qualified leads and nurturing those leads with information that's useful to them.
Would you rather have 10 new customers a month (or whatever number will keep you afloat)? Or would you rather have 100 prospects a month that, through your nurturing, could be converted to 20 or more new customers each month?
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Ramon Ray is Marketing and Technology Evangelist at Infusionsoft and Smallbiztechnology.com. He's a speaker, media pundit, journalist and author. His latest best seller is "The Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing".
Some of the events Ramon has produced include the Small Business Summit, Small Biz Big Things with Seth Godin and the Small Business Technology Tour. As a speaker, Ramon has presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with Guy Kawasaki, SXSW, Inc 500 and more.
As a journalist and freelance writer, Ramon has written for Inc Magazine, OPEN Forum, Entrepreneur.com and Clikz.com. Although Ramon is not a comedian, his audiences find him humorous. Despite no law enforcement experience, he is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Although Ramon does not know Jim Henson, he loves to do puppet shows in developing countries. See Ramon's full bio on his website.
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