Have you ever noticed how often the group of people who create ads, run promotions, and manage sponsorships are called the marketing department? That’s always struck me as kind of odd. I think marketing is the process of figuring out who your customer is, or can be, and why they buy your product. Advertising and promotion are the tactics you use to reach and attract those customers after you’ve reached some decisions about your customer based on your marketing.
- It wasn’t some esoteric, company wide, long term, epic undertaking that produced a ream of data that nobody knew what to do with. It was practical, cheap, quick, and the return was immediate and measurable.
- It reduced risk. They knew much better who they were doing a mailing to and why. Maybe just as importantly, it also reduced the perception of risk.
- It generated additional sales- quickly.
- It didn’t cost them money- it saved them money.
- It wasn’t some change of direction, risk the company strategy. It was a fairly minimal, common sense sort of thing. If it hadn’t worked out they would have been out $4,000 and a little time and would have learned something.
- It focused on their customers- not on their competitors and not on the industry.