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Today the hottest new area of marketing is Customer Relationship Management (CRM) -- the discipline of identifying, attracting, and retaining a company's most valuable customers. Drawing upon more than ten years of testing, tryout, and implementation in hundreds of companies, CRM expert Jay Curry, and his Internet-expert son, Adam Curry, have written a clear, step-by-step guide to profiting from this exploding movement, with strategies that are aimed at the small and medium-sized business owners who need them most.

Jay Curry explains how CRM can help managers boost profits by implementing a customer-focused strategy. Using easy-to-understand graphics, he introduces the customer pyramid -- segmented as "Top," "Big," "Medium," and "Small" -- to help the reader visualize, analyze, and improve customer profitability. Success comes to those who follow this three-step Customer Marketing Strategy: (1) get new customers into your pyramid; (2) move customers higher into your pyramid; (3) keep the customers in the pyramid. Combining practical how-to directives with vital CRM reference information, the book includes a case study, "InterTech," that allows readers to see customer-focused strategy in action.

The final third of this practical, easy-to-read book is devoted to the Internet. Here Adam Curry introduces the "Permission Pyramid" and the "e-Customer Marketing Pyramid" to explain the nature of "virtual customer relationships" and how to use them to create, keep, and upgrade customers. This section includes mini-cases and tips to help managers use the Internet to complement current marketing and sales activities and ends with guidelines to test out the new paradigms of e-commerce.

Throughout "The Customer Marketing Method," the emphasis is always on practical steps to "make it happen." It is essential and timely reading for owners of small and medium-sized businesses as well as managers of small business units within larger firms.

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