Promerit Advertising

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Strategy and Implementation Summary

Promerit Advertising's strategy is to utilize the extensive network of contacts both Robert and Cheryl have with companies already sold on the value of email marketing.  In addition, Promerit will use its internal expertise to launch an email marketing campaign directed at a select group of its target customers. 

5.1 Marketing Strategy

With over two million potential customers, Promerit Advertising will focus an email campaign on a select group of 50,000 businesses each fiscal quarter.  We estimate a five percent response rate to the campaign which will generate 1,250 leads.  These leads will then be used to generate business contacts.  Over the year, we will generate 5,000 leads.

5.2 Sales Strategy

Promerit Advertising's sales strategy is simple.  We will use the email marketing campaign directed at our customer base as a model of what we can accomplish for them.  We anticipate that online companies will be most accessible to our services.  We will be successful with offline companies overtime, but initially sales will be weak with this group.

5.2.1 Sales Forecast

The following is the sales forecast for three years.  We have no cost of sales, as all of our deliverables are electronic, and our labor costs are included in the Personnel table.

Sales Forecast
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Online Companies $178,830 $270,000 $360,000
Offline Companies $47,000 $100,000 $170,000
Total Sales $225,830 $370,000 $530,000
Direct Cost of Sales Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Online Companies $0 $0 $0
Offline Companies $0 $0 $0
Subtotal Direct Cost of Sales $0 $0 $0

5.3 Competitive Edge

Robert Humphrey has five years of experience in email marketing campaigns and ten years of experience in direct marketing.  He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in marketing.  Robert worked with several advertising companies before arriving at Kemp and Johnson Advertising in 1997.  With Kemp and Johnson, Robert created and grew the Internet marketing group.  Robert was project leader for the successful and Verison email marketing campaign. 

Cheryl Littlejohn graduated with a BS in computer science from UCLA in 1996.  She immediately went to work for the Internet start-up Temple Communication as an IT administrator.  She left in 1998 to join the start-up as the technical lead of its email campaign.  In 2000, she joined Richard's Internet group at Kemp and Johnson as technical lead of the Verison email marketing campaign.

Email marketing is an emerging marketing tool with few industry experts.  Robert and Cheryl's accomplishments over the past three years has been singled out by the industry as models for successful email marketing campaigns.