December 28, 2011

Low-Cost Customer Acquisition

Now, please take this infographic with a grain of salt ... there's a lot of theory and unsubstantiated numerical wizardry going on here ... click here for the article/chart.


The point isn't to argue or defend the chart ... the point is to get us to think about low-cost customer acquisition.


As catalogers, we cling to high-cost customer acquisition.  We love to pay co-ops and Google money for new customers.  It's easy.  It's predictable.  It scales ... we can hire one person to acquire new customers via co-ops and search ... one person!


A lot of what we're going to be asked to do in the future is like the old-school, two-step programs.  Remember those?  We'd advertise with a blow-in, allowing the customer to request a catalog ... this request got the customer on our customer file, where we'd market to the customer in the future.


Our future includes a lot of "two-step" activity ... using social/mobile as a "prospect list", eventually converting prospects into buyers, with luck.  At first, this won't appear to "scale", it will seem like a lot of work for very little payback.


It sure seems like we're headed in that direction though, doesn't it?

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