Over the years, I have run a multitude of business promotions for all manner of reasons, the latest being an 8th Birthday Celebration for our Community publication. We offered a prize of $10,000 worth of furniture and/or bedding from a leading local furniture store. The winner could choose whatever they liked. Great prize eh? I thought so!
It was a brilliant prize and gave all 60 or so participating businesses the opportunity to thrill their customers no end. I mean, just think about it, you go into a shop, buy something and then get offered a coupon to fill in where you could win the $10,000 prize. I ask you – what customer wouldn’t appreciate that? Would that not also go a long way to exceeding any customer’s expectations and cause them to think well of you?
I also ask you, what business with that opportunity to give wouldn’t knock themselves out to make sure every customer that came into their business got an entry? Sadly too few.
Would you believe that although several of the participating businesses gave out a bucket load of entries to their customers, many didn’t. In fact when we collected the entries from one takeaway food business in the promotion, the total number of entries in the box totalled about 20. They placed the entry box over in one out of the way corner of the shop and left a pad of entry coupons nearby for people to fill in. From a business point of view, that’s absolutely crazy, particularly when you consider the business had recently been taken over by new owners and the previous owners did not have the best of reputations.
The new owners have the shop looking terrific, the food looks very fresh and inviting and the people behind the counter seem very friendly and efficient.
These things alone will all work in their favour as they set out to build new customers or regain previous customers, and as the word of mouth gets around but imagine how much quicker this process would happen if they had also given every customer the chance to win our $10,000 prize?
Who knows what the goodwill alone would have done for them.
The food shop mentioned was only one of many where the number of entries in the entry boxes when we picked them up, suggested that the participating business did little or nothing to capitalise on the opportunity the promotion provided. Very sad really.
The moral of this story is quite simple – if you pay good money to participate in a business or shopping promotion like the one I’ve mentioned, PARTICIPATE by not wasting any opportunity to thrill your customers… every one of them.
I’d even go so far as to say, to go a step further. Give thought to how you can use such promotions to even greater advantage. Anything that will help you build your customer base should be considered and if you do that, you might be surprised with the creative ideas you come up with.