Last week, Fire Enterprises (FEI) marketing whiz Marka told Zoot how offering inexpensive giveaways in FEI’s direct marketing promotions can lead to new sales opportunities. This week, Marka and Zoot come up with some creative giveaway ideas. Remember, fire = print.
Zoot took off his Thinking Cap. “Marka, I got it,” he said. “Most of our customers love grog. We could offer everyone who responds to our postcard a $10 Drachma gift certificate to Hercules’ Grogaccino Palace.”
“You’re on the right track,” Marka said. “But how will offering free grog make our business look smart? I suppose customers will think we’re nicer. But we can do better than that.”
“What do you suggest?” Zoot asked.
“Let’s hold a raffle,” Marka said. “To enter, recipients must scan a QR code on our postcard and enter their contact information. The winner gets a copy of our award-winning book 101 Fire Tips
“I’ve heard when Pyro at Pyro’s Maniacs Fire Store holds raffles, he just awards the prize to whomever they’ve got a large bid in with at the moment,” Zoot said. “Last month he awarded a free O-Pad2 to Agamemnon from Agamemnon’s Grape Bar. Pyro just happened
to have responded to an RFP from Aggie hours before—as did FEI.”
“Yep, but who ended up getting that job?” Marka said. “FEI did. Aggie told me that after winning the O-Pad he had no choice but to turn Pyro down. Otherwise, it would’ve felt unethical.”
“Clearly, choosing our top prospects as ‘raffle’ winners can backfire,” Zoot said.
“But it’d be naïve to deny that Pyro and many other businesses do just that,” Marka said. “All I can say to those companies: be careful how you describe your giveaway. Avoid using words like ‘raffle’ and ‘drawing,’ which imply a random selection. Instead, say ‘We’re giving away a free O-Pad2 to one lucky customer’ or ‘We’re choosing one lucky customer to get a free O-Pad2.’”
“In any case, the raffle is a brilliant idea!” Zoot said. “Now we’re providing value and
associating our brand with useful info! Plus, this book can double as a selling opportunity.”
“Bingo,” Marka said.
Three weeks later, the O-postcards were mailed to 500 carefully chosen customers and prospects. Forty recipients entered the raffle. From this list, Zoot randomly selected a winner—Androcles from Androcles’ Crepe Cafe—to receive 101 Fire Tips
. Two weeks later, Androcles called Zoot, gushing about how much the tips had improved his business. Later he bought two kilns.
“That giveaway was genius,” Zoot said to Marka. “Guess I should leave marketing to the marketers, huh?”
“Oh, come on, Zoot,” Marka said. “This mailer couldn’t have happened without you.”
“Don’t get mushy on me now!” Zoot teased. Next week: Marka and Zoot discuss how including low-cost “stuffers” in job invoices can help FEI win more business.
Today’s FIRE! Point
Use inexpensive giveaways to drive responses and create sales opportunities in your direct marketing campaigns.FIRE! In Action: Moosejaw Uses Social Media Giveaways to Boost Sales
The outdoor gear and apparel company ran a series of giveaways on Facebook and Twitter. They were able to tie this activity to a 15 percent sales increase
for the items they gave away.