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This past weekend I got to go skiing for free. Yes for free. How you ask... All because of this great marketing program initiated by Volkswagen. Still not quite sure how I got to go skiing? Intrigued about what is so great about this Volkswagen marketing program that I am dedicating an entire blog post to it? Curious as to why I am calling this the best marketing idea I have seen yet this year? Click on this blog post and listen to the podcast to find out the entire story.

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Executive Summary

- it is always a good thing when you make your customers feel special

- wow your customers and they will talk about your company

- wow your customers and they will convince other people to buy your product

- wow your customers and they will be less likely to stop buying from you

- wow your customers and they will be more likely to buy more from you

- when you sell high ticket items or services you require much fewer sales transactions to break even on a marketing initiative meaning lower conversion rate activities can generate a healthy positive ROI


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The Key Marketing Idea

Wow your customers by treating them special and treating them to special gifts and experiences.

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The Break Even Of The Volkswagen Program

Even though I don't have the data to be able to calculate the ROI for this program I can calculate an estimated break even with some basic assumptions.


Components of the Volkswagen Blue Mountain Ski Day

Staff = 10 (2 parking attendants, 6 booth attendants/picture takers, 2 hill patrols)

Staff Outfits = 8 normal plus 2 hill patrols

Website = https://www.volkswagenplus.ca/en/benefits/ski-2for1

Ticket Fulfillment = 3 hours of an employees time to send ticket confirmations

Tickets = 200 all day & night passes (estimated 200 skiers)

Blue Mountain Arrangements = 8 hours of a managers time

Booth = Large Volkswagen branded tent booth

Volkswagen Flag Markers = 30 flags

Give Away Items = 50 Hats, 50 Gloves, 50 Mints, 100 Zipper Tags, 100 Kleenex


Costs For Volkswagen Ski Day

Staff = $1,800 (10 employees x $15/hour x 12 hours)

Staff Outfits = $1,132 (8 x $80 + 2 x $200 (for skiing outfit for ski patrols) + 2 x $46 (for ski equipment rental)

Website = $10,000

Ticket Fulfillment = $45 (1 employees x $15/hour x 3 hours)

Tickets = $14,400 (200 x $72 from Blue Mountain assuming no discount given to Volkswagen)

Blue Mountain Arrangements = $320 (8 hours x $40/hour)

Booth = $5,000  (tent cost)

Volkswagen Flag Markers = $3,000 (30 x $100)

Give Away Items = $1,475  (50 Hats x $12, 50 Gloves $15, 50 Mints X $1, 100 Zipper Tags x $0.50, 100 Kleenex x $0.25

TOTAL COSTS = $37,172


Break Even

Volkswagen profit per car = $1,744/car*

Program Cost = $37,172

Break Even = 21 Cars (that equals 10% of attendees of the event either need to buy a Volkswagen or convince someone to but a Volkswagen)


Break Even (If Scaled Back Program)

Volkswagen profit per car = $1,744/car (source: Calculated from Volkswagen 2012 annual report*)

Program Cost = $9,597 (negotiate tickets with Blue Mountain 25% of cost -$10,800, no booth tent -$5,000, no flag markers, except 2 for where the staff with congregate -$2,800, simplified website -$8,000, only give away mints but give people 3 of them each -$875)

Break Even = 6 Cars (that equals 3% of attendees of the event either need to buy a Volkswagen or convince someone to but a Volkswagen)


*896,000 vehicles sold in North America in 2012 with an operating profit of $221 Million Euros, +$629 Million Euros in fixed interest expense and +$196 Million Euros in fixed General & Administrative expenses. At an exchange rate of $1 Euro equaling $1.52 Canadian, that equates to $1,774.46 in profit per car sold in North America.

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