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The Golden Goose

One of Aesop’s Fables tells the story of a farmer who owned a goose that laid golden eggoosegs. The farmer surmises that there must be a large supply of gold inside the goose, so he kills the goose to capture all the gold at once. Once the goose is dead, it stops laying eggs completely and the farmer learns a difficult lesson—in his eagerness to get rich quick, he has destroyed his chance to get rich at any pace.

Your top customers are the business equivalent of the goose. If you neglect them, you might make the same mistake as the farmer. Unfortunately, most firms don’t realize when they’re neglecting their best customers. Here are some ways that you could be unwittingly killing your goose right now:

Assuming that the customer won’t leave because they keep buying from you. Your lower-level contacts may not know what’s going on at the top of their organizations. Your contact might say that everything is fine, but a competitor that delivers innovative ideas to his bosses can create a completely new vision without you.

Forgetting to do what’s best for your customer. Business models change, so it might not make sense for your customer to continue buying the same quantities of the same products. If you never discuss the alternatives because you’re afraid of losing a bigger order, a competitor that tells the whole story could make you look bad.

Keep those golden eggs coming by helping your customers grow and be profitable. Forgetting to do that is one of the best ways to kill your goose.

Interactive Meetings are Successful Meetings

OnlyATMeetings are essential for an organization’s management  and communication. A well-executed meeting can deliver motivation, increased productivity and motivate sales. But the only way any of these are going to be achieved is by creating  a sense of connection between the company and the people who organized on their behalf.

There is nothing worse than an ill-organized meeting, and like our friends at Event Marketer and Proscenium say, “Bad meetings suck! (but they don’t have to!)” Give someone a memorable, outstanding experience from beginning to end, and you will see an engaged and willing meeting participant.

Attendees are shaping the way they connect and interaction is the name of the game! The interactivity  – a giving and receiving between you and your target market- becomes part of the relationship between the individual and your message.

The more forms of media, the better, try to reach your audience on all levels: socially, visually and technologically. The boom of social and digital communication channels gives us dozens of potential touch points to reach out and gain the attendees involvement in the meeting. Integrating digital and print will surely grab your attendee’s attention.

Integrated media is the trend in all content-delivery and offers unique opportunities to show that your company is ahead of the curve. Here are some examples to help grab your attendee’s attention:

Event Registration:
Event invitations can be sent with a link to a webpage to register for the event. After registered, the registrant will receive an email confirmation and an event reminder. Maybe add a QR or AR code as an introduction for the event.

Event Signage:

  • According to Marketing Profs, “When the attendee enters the room, branding creates an air of importance, something that lets the attendee know that this meeting is special,” and we couldn’t agree more, this is where your signage is key!
  • Lead your guests to the event using floor clings and directional signage. This will be a great way to carry out your branding throughout the event space. Create backdrops and posters including vital information about the meeting, and have them coincide with social media for the event.
  • Creating a hash tag for the event lets attendees and organizers interact before, during and after the event. Have attendees “Check-In” or sign in online, this will help gather and compile attendees’ information for future use.

Event Materials:TGI Meeting Planning

The old brochure is no longer likely to engage audiences. Integrated media is the trend in content delivery and offers unique opportunities to show that your company is ahead of the curve.

  • Every meeting has packets – Creative design is essential for engagement and often include: a binder or folder, an itinerary, an introduction of the speaker or your company, a notebook or notebook paper and a pen for taking notes at the meeting. This will not only provide attendee with materials to use during the meeting, it will also help maintain their interest. Go digital and make the event package available as an app or through a microsite created for the meeting.
  • Provide a survey at the end of the event taken electronically via a landing page. Or, send out electronically.

Remember to make it memorable, from start to finish. And don’t forget, if you make it interactive, they will love it! Make it special, new, and out of the box.

Cross Media Campaign launched for the B&P Scholarship Fund

BP-Scholarship-logoHere at TGI, we have a strong bond with the Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School, due to our President, Jack Glacken, who is a very passionate Alum of Monsignor Bonner and Hall of Fame recipient. Because of Jack’s involvement and dedication to the Alumni Association, he was chosen to help lead the B&P Scholarship Fund campaign.

The B&P Scholarship Fund came from a desire to connect with its beloved past to support its future. The school needs enrollment to remain open. There is a list of kids eager to attend B&P but require some fiscal support to do so. The school hoped to bridge that gap.

The result is a campaign driven for each graduating class to sponsor one student each school year, through monetary donations.  Keeping with the past to the future idea, the school has a digital copy of class yearbooks for each person who donates.

To get this campaign up and running, there was a lot of brainstorming, how could TGI do something different, while rewarding those who donate with something special? TGI came up with a cross media campaign integrating print, email, web, social media and video that would surely give back to its supporters, by providing a digital copy of their year book.

2,400 pieces of Direct Mail were sent out to a set of  8 graduated classes. Using Direct mail and integrated media, each Alum would receive personalized letters.

Some of the campaign mediums included:

Print: A 4 page, full color direct mail piece. Personalized graphics were selected for every Alum being contacted. There were 9 variable fields, including; name of the Alum, their school’s crest, graduation year, their class yearbook, and their graduation yearbook picture.

Purls:  A personalized URL led each Alum to their own B&P scholarship fund website.

Landing Page:  Visitors could watch a video, leave an email address or click to donate via a secure online transaction.

Video:  A video of past scholarship recipients played on the directed website, there was a short and a long version of the video.

E-Mail:  Email campaign supported the direct mail piece.

Digital:  Upon donation, they would receive a receipt of their donation and a digital copy of their class yearbook.

The cross media campaign was a hit, and we are looking forward to continuing our work with the B&P Scholarship Fund.

Here are our Initial Results:

  • 7% response rate (measured in  unique visits)
  • 1.7 % landing page click through rate
  • Average gift size $100

 
 
 
 

“No other School anywhere that we are aware of is doing anything like this…not in the Archdiocese, not in the City, not in the Country….it is completely unique. It demonstrates the exceptional leadership and creativity of TGI, the Team and the BP community….this is one one of the most creative experiments I have ever seen in the entire area of Organizational and Alumni Relations”.
~Anthony J. Mullen, CEO, Royal Star Properties and Chair, Bonner/Prendie

To see  the Direct mailer click here: bp_mailer

For more information on TGI’s marketing tools go to: www.tginc.com/tools

If you are interested in more information about the campaign, or if you would like to make a donation, please visit: www.bpscholarshipfund.com.

Monsignor Bonner 2012 Hall of Fame is huge success.

Monsignor Bonner High School held their 2012 Hall of Fame Induction this past Saturday night at Drexelbrook and by all accounts it was a huge success. TGI produced all the tribute videos for each inductee, as well as the commemorative books for the event. Among the Inductees, were Anthony Becht who played Tight End in the NFL and during his career played in 158 consecutive games, third best behind Brett Favre and Payton Manning. TGI President Jack Glacken, coached Anthony in grade school. The roster of inductees also included Steve McWilliams, Author of 4 books and producer of a number of documentaries, Brian Colamosca, who developed RVSM for the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing planes to fly closer together and fly more safely.

Here is the entire list of honorees:

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Brian Colamosca ’60; James Mayrides ’60; Steve McWilliams ’72; Gerard Cuddy ’77; Joe Donnelly ’77 (Deceased); Tom Quinn ’80; Jon Schaffer ’88; Mike Pecko ’90; Anthony Becht ’95; Bob Staffieri ’95 (Deceased)

MONSIGNOR BONNER MEDAL WINNERS

Dave Krmpotich and Bob StrattonHALL OF FAME TEAM INDUCTEE
’87-’88 Championship Basketball Team