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The One to One Future: Building Relationships One Customer at a Time Hardcover – 6 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (6 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385425287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385425285
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The only thing about books like this is it should have been a must read for all businesses

I like it's concepts and reading and looking at the way most Internet Marketers run their business this way they stay in the blue and those that don't well guess......

Highly recommended
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 16 Jun 2013
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This is no longer the one to one future time has caught up and in some cases passed the concepts in this book. But intersting never the less
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant concepts; desperately needs an editor. 29 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Peppers and Rogers may be the pioneers of one-to-one marketing techniques (or maybe even not), but they're terrible book writers. I've read their articles on the same topics, and they're much more concise. In the book, you learn all you really need to know in the first few paragraphs of each chapter; the rest is just regurgitation. I eventually gave up; I just couldn't read it anymore. You'd be better off reading a few articles, or someone else's books, unless you have an extremely high attention span or no background whatsoever in the concepts they discuss. They're very smart people, but if you've already learned the basics, this book will waste your time.
37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
What is a "Relationship?" 14 May 2000
By Theresa Welsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Peppers and Rogers wrote a pioneering work on reaching customers, that taught marketers to look beyond "segments" to the individual people who actually bought their products or services. But they make an essential mistake in confusing the customer's familiarity with a particular business with having a relationship. Relationships exist between people who know one another, and a business relationship is one in which the customer deals with the same provider for each transaction. An example is a personal trainer you go to each time you work out, or a using the same accountant (not just the same accounting firm) for many years at tax time, or going to the same hairstylist, even following her when she moves to a new salon. These are real relationships, but phoning a catalog company and talking to a different person each time, even if that person can check your past orders and already has the billing information, is NOT a relationship.
Using technology to make a transaction more efficient can be a service to customers. People do not always seek a relationship with their provider; sometimes they want anonymity, and the idea that the provider organization "knows" all about them can be scary. Only by distinguishing between real relationships and the kind of "pseudo-relationship" that Peppers and Rogers advocate can you sort out these issues.
To learn more about the concept of "relationship" versus the more common service encounter (between customer and provider who do not know each other and do not expect to interact again), read The Brave New Service Strategy by Dr. Barbara A. Gutek and Theresa Welsh. They postulate a service model that consists of a triangle of Customer, Organization and Provider (COP).
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Marketing Strategies for the Future 16 Jan 2000
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Clear and well-written exploration of market share approach to marketing versus the one-to-one approach to marketing. Explained well, and backed up with solid and very applicable examples.
It's important to remember that this book prepared the way for current Internet-based/personalized approaches to marketing. To a current marketeer, it may feel a bit dated (many of the examples are dependent on using snail mail and fax machines) but it given how many large IT projects are centered around database marketing, it's worthwhile reading for a lot of professionals and technical workers who may be missing part of the point of the systems they're developing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A prophetic message at the time, still right on today 21 Dec 2006
By Josiah Mackenzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mass marketing believes in making one product for everyone, then shouting it's features over the thousands of competing products. An alternative to this approach is customizing your product for individuals, based on their needs and preferences.

When Don Peppers and Martha Rogers wrote The One to One Future in 1993, their message was very prophetic. The Internet and individual customization were not yet popular, yet the authors foresaw the effects technology would have on marketing.

The book focuses on three foundational ideas.

1. Aim for share of customer, not share of market

Instead of selling to as many customers as possible, ensure each person that buys your product buys only your product, and is completely happy with it. This way, you don't sell to people that will buy the competition's product half of the time.

2. Focus on your best customers

It's the classic Pareto Principle at work here. A small portion of your customers provide the majority of your profits. If you don't focus on these customers and "fire" the rest, the majority of your time and resources will be spent on an unprofitable minority.

3. Encourage customer dialog

To develop customized products and services, it is essential that you maintain communication with your prospects. While some of the techniques the authors suggest are dated, the principles remain true. Technology is the enabler of one to one marketing.

Over the past decade, the concept of customized marketing has become more and more popular. Companies such as Amazon and Dell have become extremely successful using this model, and Peppers and Rogers may well deserve the credit. Reading this book is an excellent way to understand how this movement started, and how your business can profit from it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Plan for the new marketing future with this book 31 May 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book helps bury mass marketing and even writes the tombstone "killed by relationship marketing."

Chapter by chapter, this book spells out how to market to your customers instead of marketing your product. For instance, it shows you how to aim for customer share instead of market share. It is through examples that the authors show you how to win at 1:1 marketing.

If you're in a competitive market or want to improve your marketing focus, read from it. Learn from it. And execute strategies from it. Neither you, your company, nor your customers will be dissapointed.
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