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How to Find the ROI in Social

Ted Rubin | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Ted Rubin

In the world of coordinated creation of social media stories, there's typically two kinds of success, or ROI, on social campaigns -- Cost Mitigation and Sales Increase.

Driving Word of Mouth Referrals: 5 Research Findings and 5 Tips

Ernan Roman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Companies rely on customer referrals to bring in new business. But, they continue to struggle to interact, listen, and respond in a manner that provides the engagement and motivation for customers to actually provide those referrals.

Don't Use CRM to Automate Bad Behaviors

Ernan Roman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Here's the good news about the state of CRM today: Most companies recognize the financial value resulting from improving their customer experience (CX...

Why Isn't Your Customer Service Better?

Ernan Roman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

As marketers adopt new and more sophisticated technologies and methods for servicing customers, you would assume that we've gotten to the point where a satisfactory customer service experience would be a given.

How Social Listening Helps the Red Cross and Dell

Ernan Roman | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Challenge: Today's consumers are more connected via new media than ever before. To fully engage the multichannel consumer, companies need to leverage ...

Experiential Marketing; Creative Ideas From Vanity Fair and Frito Lay

Ernan Roman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Challenge: Customers want to be actively involved in their own brand experiences. To meet this demand companies are developing innovative experiential marketing campaigns utilizing the virtually limitless opportunities of multichannel engagement.

6 Multichannel Takeaways from Best Buy's Marketing

Ernan Roman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Challenge: Marketers are having a tough time maintaining engagement with today's multichannel, multi-device consumers. According to ShopperTrack, whi...

Macy's Rewards Customers for Providing Tracking Permission

Ernan Roman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

New technology allows companies to track consumer's every move; however, caution must be taken to ensure that permission is gained before tracking commences.

Montreal Transit's Innovative App Drives High Engagement

Ernan Roman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Today, engaging customers through ongoing, personalized, experience-based interactions is the key to developing loyalty and future sales.

4 Tips That Transform Holiday Shoppers Into Loyal Customers

Ernan Roman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Challenge: 'Tis the season for customers to think "sale." However, while customers are concentrating on transactions, companies need to think beyond t...

Preference Centers: Are CMOs Overlooking Their Importance?

Ernan Roman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

A good preference center is akin to a good first date. It is all about initial appropriateness, understanding, and communication. Once accomplished, you have earned the right to a second date and deeper levels of discussion.

Pizza Hut: Preference Driven Communications and Pizzas

Ernan Roman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Many companies capture large quantities of customer data. But few use the data to deliver a competitively differentiating customer experience.

Never Drop Your Prices Again! How to Stop Selling on Price

Marc Wayshak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Marc Wayshak

Let me introduce you to two salespeople: Don and Liz. Both have been selling bathroom accessories for 20 years. However, they each sell in a completely different way.

Delta : Preference-Based Offers for Friendlier Flying

Ernan Roman | Posted 12.08.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

The airline industry has been fighting passenger negativity regarding a barrage of fees for services that were once free and taken for granted.

The Sales Funnel Is Dead

Ernan Roman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ernan Roman

Article posted on September 17, 2013 on Direct Marketing News (DMNews.com) The sales funnel is dead. A circle of continuous engagement is born. W...

Transforming Intrusive Customer Tracking to Valued Information Exchanges

Ernan Roman | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

The bad news is that consumer resistance to unauthorized data tracking is growing. The good news is that many consumers understand that in order to receive more targeted and relevant communications, they need to provide companies with more of their personal information.

5 Questions You Should Ask in Every Selling Situation

Marc Wayshak | Posted 11.13.2013 | Small Business
Marc Wayshak

Salespeople often have no clue as to why their prospects would even want to buy from them. This question is the ultimate paintbrush in the hand of your prospect. This is where you fully understand what the prospect wants to accomplish from a high level.

Preference-Driven Personalization: What Men's Wearhouse Can Teach Us

Ernan Roman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

Many companies are still not using preference based personalization. This compromises relevance and sacrifices engagement and potential sales.

How Viral Emails Can Drive More Sales Than Promotional Emails

Ernan Roman | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

Viral emails can often generate greater response and revenue than sales-focused emails. Following are examples and tips for sending engaging/interactive emails that do not contain sales pitches or feature products.

Hewlett-Packard -- 5 Actions to Improve Social Media Effectiveness

Ernan Roman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

Social media has become one of the most important points of contact for consumers. Marketers however, seldom access the gold mine of information waiting on their fan pages.

It's How They Want to Buy... Not How You Want to Sell

Ernan Roman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

Companies that focus on what they want to sell -- not how customers want to engage -- miss the boat on opportunities to drive initial and ongoing sales.

Free Shipping and Returns: Cost, Value and ROI

Ernan Roman | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

It's no secret that online shoppers don't like to pay for shipping. With carrier rates on the rise e-commerce businesses are fully aware that there is no such thing as "free shipping," it is an expense that has to be factored into pricing one way or another.

Is Social Media Damaging Your Brand?

Ernan Roman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

The Challenge: Companies who do not monitor what customers are saying about them online can wind up using social media for damage control rather than ...

Online Reviews: 4 Tips for Building Customer Trust

Ernan Roman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

Do you have a strategy for encouraging reviews? Do you monitor reviews? Are you responding to reviews and taking action based on this powerful voice of customer guidance?

JC Penney: If You Don't Listen to Your Customer... You Lose

Ernan Roman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Business
Ernan Roman

Few companies know as much as they should about their customers and their expectations for meaningful engagement.