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ASK THE EXPERT BY TIMOTHY R. HAWTHORNE Putting the Caboose First If you haven’t thought about your campaign’s back end lately, this may be the time to give it a good, hard look to figure out if it’s operating up to snuff. Defined as any product transaction that takes place after your infomercial or short-form commercial does its job, back-end sales go a long way in boosting a campaign’s profitability. In fact, the Electronic Retailing Association reports that anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of all DRTV product sales are generated on a campaign’s back end. That’s a big chunk of change, and one that deserves your attention if you’re planning on making money through infomercial and short-form commercial advertising. Still not convinced? Consider these points: • More than one-third of DRTV viewers purchased via catalog, at retail or online after seeing a product advertised on direct response television. • Your campaign’s back end has the built-in support of television advertising with nationwide reach and frequency, and it pays for part or all of itself. • DRTV creates high name recognition and a clear brand image at a low net cost, thus increasing the chances that consumers will become familiar with the brand and purchase it via channels other than DRTV. • The detailed demonstrations shown on DRTV help to enhance and dramatize your product’s benefits and work hard to establish clear consumer preference. Whether you use telemarketing upsells, outbound telemarketing sales calls, the web, direct mail, catalogs, club and continuity programs, or a combination of all of these methods, the goal is to stretch those media dollars to the point where consumers are doing more than just buying a single product from TV. Building a robust back end for a DRTV campaign sounds simple enough in theory, but in reality the task abounds with challenges. To increase the odds of a long-form infomercial’s success, back-end services must be best of class. They need to be able to hit a wide variety of consumers, and go beyond just picking up the phone to take orders. Let’s look at telemarketing scripts as one backend component that’s overlooked in many DRTV campaigns. These scripts can make the difference 24 between success and failure on the back end. In fact, we’ve seen marketers increase their sales by 30 percent by making adjustments to telemarketing scripts that weren’t delivering. When trained, knowledgeable phone operators were added to the mix, sales went up another 20 percent. That’s a 50 percent increase in campaign sales thanks to a few script tweaks and some extra hours of telemarketing training. Fulfillment is another often ignored front on the typical DRTV campaign. One of those unglamorous support functions of direct marketing, it may mistakenly get put off until the last possible minute. But unless your orders are packaged, handled and shipped in a timely and professional manner, your entire infomercial effort – both in time and money – will be a colossal waste. From lead generation to back-end selling and follow-up, selecting a professional fulfillment house can be one of the most important investments you make in your entire program. Several full-service companies specialize in meeting the needs of infomercial marketers by providing everything from warehousing to custom packaging, reports and customer service. One way to ensure that your campaign’s back end gets the attention it deserves is to look at it not as the last piece of the supply chain, but as the first contact you’ll have with all new customers. Whether they are talking to a phone operator, chatting with a representative online or tearing open a box that was just delivered via UPS, that customer contact is a direct reflection of your company. It represents your brand and ultimately determines whether that customer will ever buy from you again. If it doesn’t go well, your competitors will get the next call, and you’ll lose revenue that could have gone to cover media expenses and other costs. By paying attention to your campaign’s back end, and tweaking and improving it as needed, you can make sure that doesn’t happen. Tim Hawthorne is founder, chairman and executive creative director of Hawthorne Direct, a fullservice DRTV and new media ad agency. electronicRETAILER | June 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Electronic Retailer - June 2011

Electronic Retailer - June 2011
Contents
Calendar of Events
Your Association, Your Bottom Line
Industry Reports
FTC Forum
eMarketer Research
IMS Retail Rankings
Jordan Whitney’s Top Categories
Lockard & Wechsler’s Clearance & Price Index
Ask the Expert
The Evolution of a Global Business
UK Home Shopping Finds Its Niche
Guest Viewpoint
Brendan Condon Wants it All
Managing an Order from Start to Finish
Radio
Legal
Support Services
Fulfillment
Member Spotlight
Advertiser Spotlight
Bulletin Board
Advertiser Index
Classifieds
Rick Petry

Electronic Retailer - June 2011

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Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Electronic Retailer - June 2011 (Page 3)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Contents (Page 4)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Contents (Page 5)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Contents (Page 6)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Calendar of Events (Page 7)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Your Association, Your Bottom Line (Page 8)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Your Association, Your Bottom Line (Page 9)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Industry Reports (Page 10)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Industry Reports (Page 11)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Industry Reports (Page 12)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Industry Reports (Page 13)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - FTC Forum (Page 14)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - FTC Forum (Page 15)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - eMarketer Research (Page 16)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - eMarketer Research (Page 17)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - IMS Retail Rankings (Page 18)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - IMS Retail Rankings (Page 19)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Jordan Whitney’s Top Categories (Page 20)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Jordan Whitney’s Top Categories (Page 21)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Lockard & Wechsler’s Clearance & Price Index (Page 22)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Lockard & Wechsler’s Clearance & Price Index (Page 23)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Ask the Expert (Page 24)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Ask the Expert (Page 25)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - The Evolution of a Global Business (Page 26)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - The Evolution of a Global Business (Page 27)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - The Evolution of a Global Business (Page 28)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - The Evolution of a Global Business (Page 29)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - The Evolution of a Global Business (Page 30)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - The Evolution of a Global Business (Page 31)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - UK Home Shopping Finds Its Niche (Page 32)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - UK Home Shopping Finds Its Niche (Page 33)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - UK Home Shopping Finds Its Niche (Page 34)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - UK Home Shopping Finds Its Niche (Page 35)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Guest Viewpoint (Page 36)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Guest Viewpoint (Page 37)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Guest Viewpoint (Page 38)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Guest Viewpoint (Page 39)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Brendan Condon Wants it All (Page 40)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Brendan Condon Wants it All (Page 41)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Brendan Condon Wants it All (Page 42)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Brendan Condon Wants it All (Page 43)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Managing an Order from Start to Finish (Page 44)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Managing an Order from Start to Finish (Page 45)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Managing an Order from Start to Finish (Page 46)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Managing an Order from Start to Finish (Page 47)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Managing an Order from Start to Finish (Page 48)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Radio (Page 49)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Legal (Page 50)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Legal (Page 51)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Support Services (Page 52)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Support Services (Page 53)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Fulfillment (Page 54)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Fulfillment (Page 55)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Member Spotlight (Page 56)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Member Spotlight (Page 57)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Advertiser Spotlight (Page 58)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Advertiser Index (Page 59)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Classifieds (Page 60)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Classifieds (Page 61)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Rick Petry (Page 62)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Rick Petry (Page Cover3)
Electronic Retailer - June 2011 - Rick Petry (Page Cover4)
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