are answers to some of the questions we’re hearing most often about
WiseGuys CRM a Sales Force Automation (SFA) package?
A: No – although it has unique B2B marketing capabilities. SFA started as the most common
niche for CRM software (and dominates to this day), but it is not the
focus of WiseGuys CRM. WiseGuys fits into the category of CRM Marketing
Q: What is meant by CRM
A: Francis Buttle, in
“Customer Relationship Management: Concepts and Technologies,” describes
this as event-based trigger marketing used to launch messaging and offer
presentation to customers at particular points in time. The advantage that
WiseGuys CRM brings is that it not only triggers the communications, but
it measures the results.
“More to the point - and this is the hallmark of a
good small business
product, it (WiseGuys) provides the refinements
needed to make a
system usable in the real world."
- David Raab, Raab
else qualifies the re-launch of WiseGuys as a CRM tool?
A: WiseGuys fulfills the promise
of 1-to-1 marketing first described by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers a
decade ago. Research by ATG Services has shown that, even with advances in
technology, 3/4 of consumers want personalized product recommendations,
but only 1/4 of marketers offer them. WiseGuys CRM has begun to fill that
void. In fact, our early results show up to a 30% response rate from
1-to-1 email campaigns.
you give examples of 1-to-1 messaging that WiseGuys CRM
A: Yes - here are some common examples:
welcome messages to new customers/donors, personalized with their most
messages with an irresistible offer to re-activate former high-value
messages to recognize your best customers, perhaps with an offer of free
messages based on previous purchases: see Amazon example below.
marketing campaigns that rely on repeated contact, or "touches," with
potential customers. This is
ideal for high-value products with a long sales cycle.
Note: mobile devices are rapidly emerging as a dominant platform for
email messaging. WiseGuys CRM
carefully configures email images for mobile devices, to expand your
media can be full analyzed within one tool
– that’s pretty
- Joe Dodds, Rapids Wholesale
user since 2005
type of organizations can benefit from WiseGuys CRM?
A: The audience seems to be growing! Small to medium-sized catalog companies were the first adopters of
WiseGuys, due largely to its superior analytical features. Now, with the availability of CRM
messaging capabilities, many organizations are taking advantage of this
exciting functionality, including associations, internet-based retailers,
and fund-raising organizations – all of which want more data-driven,
personal interaction with their customers, donors, and constituencies.
are the unique B2B capabilities of WiseGuys CRM?
A: DMSI recognized early on how
business-to-business marketers struggle with data consolidation –
specifically, rolling up transactions and reporting to the business site. WiseGuys has achieved
significant innovation to meet this challenge. All of our RFM targeting,
matchback/response reporting, LTV analysis, and personalized messaging can
now identify either the business entity, each customer at the business
entity, or both. You can now
have a true 360 degree view of your customer accounts – which can be very
hard to get otherwise.
data mining a part of the WiseGuys CRM solution?
A: Yes, in a big way. Most
marketers are familiar with the recommendation engine that made Amazon.com
famous. (“People who bought
Product A also bought... ")
CRM includes an algorithm that is quite similar. Step 1 calculates the correlation
between items sold, using your own database (e.g., softballs often are
purchased with bats). Step 2 launches an email promotion
to people who bought softball bats within the last 3 days, offering a
this can be trickier than you would think... People who buy bats might be
likely to buy balls, but people who buy balls might be more likely to buy
a glove than a bat. This is one reason WiseGuys software is so useful – it
does this analysis for you.
much training is needed to use WiseGuys CRM?
A: As little as 4 hours will get you started. After initial configuration,
WiseGuys CRM messaging can be auto-scheduled to run each night, with
little or no operator intervention. For the analysis of your campaign
results, you will probably want help interpreting your reports and we are
happy to do that – it will make it easier for you to see the full power of
the metrics you can get from WiseGuys.
will I know if WiseGuys CRM can jump start my marketing
for your free trial! You can use the program for 30 days risk-free,
and we guarantee you will see the value of data-driven messaging. Just
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Database Marketing: Two New
rapid changes in multi-channel marketing in the last decade, staying
abreast of the industry continues to be a challenge. Here are two new books that I recommend for the direct marketing
Dr. Lisa Spiller and Martin Baier
& Interactive Marketing
This came to our attention
from one of our WiseGuys users who is a former student of Dr.
Spiller. Lisa Spiller and Martin Baier are well-known names in the
direct marketing industry, with many awards to their credit. This books is
very accessible to new and emerging marketing professionals. Look for a
description of WiseGuys functionality within!
Marketing Performance Measurement Toolkit
David is a colleague who has been writing
eloquently about marketing metrics for as long as I can remember. You
don't often find analytical/technology folks who can write well about
their craft. David is surely one of the best.
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are always happy to recommend marketing students and staff who can help
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