Start Up Your Auto Dealer Promotions

The Internet has revolutionized how consumers shop for cars. Face-to-face car selling now resembles something like speed-dating – consumers know what they want and where to find it, and they come armed with information on prices, reviews, recommendations, specifications, and more. If you don’t meet the customers’ expectations for service, they’ll move right along to the next dealer until they find the deal that’s right for them.

With leverage shifted entirely in the buyer’s favor, how do you stand out from the competition to entice prospects to visit your dealership? SCA offers a library of proven promotions to drive traffic, improve visibility, and build recognition for your dealership in the local community.

One of our most popular promotions for gaining attention in the community is our hole-in-one contest. Many organizations use golf to raise funds for worthy local causes. With SCA, you can offer golfers the chance to win a new car if they sink a hole-in-one. The increased excitement surrounding the grand prize will help the organization raise funds, and you’ll get positive press if someone wins. For an even bigger splash, dealers can engage fans of local sports teams with on-field promotions, such as field goal kicks, half-court shots, and more. The buzz around these promotions is palpable – one SCA promotion for Carmex ended with LeBron James bear hugging the contestant and resulted in 35 million You Tube views.

Of course, nothing beats old-fashioned dealership foot traffic. For dealerships that want to woo customers directly to their showrooms, send direct mail pieces. Together with SCA Promotions’ prize coverage, your mailers entice readers with the potential to win a new car, no strings attached. There are many different ways of promoting this incredible prize, from scratch-offs, to matching driver’s license numbers, to a potential winning key included in the mailer. You may have heard rumblings that direct mail is ineffective in the 21st century, but our case studies show that they’re a boon for car dealers.

If your customers are active in the digital space, you can follow other dealers who lean on SCA’s social media promotions to generate traffic to their website or identified social media pages. We also offer innovative promotions using PrizePad, in which you deploy iPads throughout your dealership. Roaming employees can not only bring promotions to customers, offering them the chance to win instantly with interactive games, but they also will collect demographic information for future marketing efforts.

Regardless of your location, audience, or size, SCA Promotions has the promotional offerings to entice your customers. All of our promotions are tailored to your objectives and budget. Contact us today to begin building your promotion.

Jumpstart Your Media Promotions

Not many industries are as fiercely contested as the radio and television markets. During booking and sweeps season, every ratings point matters in the battle for local or national airwave supremacy. Offering your audience the chance to win life-changing cash and prizes is a proven way to differentiate your station while attracting listeners, viewers and sponsors alike.

Radio Promotions

Over the past 28 years, SCA has fine-tuned our radio promotions to ensure that listeners tune in to your station and increase your market share.

  • Lucky Bucks: With a Lucky Bucks promotion, a listener could win big with just a dollar bill. Colorado station KKMG-FM offered $1,000 prize if a listener had a dollar bill with a serial number that matched the number read on-air. If the same dollar bill was a winner several times throughout the contest, the holder of the bill could win up to $100,000. The promotion helped to solidify KKMG’s number one rating and generated extensive TV and print exposure after they had a $100,000 winner.
  • Birthday Bash: WWZZ-FM in Washington, D.C. offered listeners $1 Million during Spring Book in order to boost ratings and generate publicity. Each day, the station announced a month. Callers whose birthday fell in that month called in and won $1,004 instantly. They then provided their birthday, with a successful match earning them $5,004. If the day was correct, the caller could predict the birthday year for the $1,000,004 prize. In addition to awarding $1 Million, the station generated tremendous publicity and increased its audience share.
  • Television Promotions

    Television is facing challenging times. The internet, mobile devices, and other media sources have pulled viewers away from their TVs, and viewership and ratings are down almost across the board. Sweeps are more important than ever, and program directors are making critical decisions to squeeze ratings from the competition and to hold onto their existing audience. Many stations rely on big-money promotions during sweeps week to both engage and reward viewers with the chance to win big cash and prizes.

  • Watch to Win: Watch to Win contests are an excellent way to boost ratings during a specific show or time slot. KTUL in Tulsa printed unique codes inside the Tulsa Lifestyle Magazine, which was mailed to 100,000 homes in the viewing area. Each night during the 10pm news, a code was announced and the viewer with that code was given eight minutes to call in and win $8,000. Three people won during the two-week broadcast, ratings increased during the second quarter hour of the newscast, and the station saw an increase in advertiser business – many of them first-time buyers.
  • On-air Promotion: Choosing a promotion with visible appeal will keep your audience engaged throughout your promotion. Windy City Live in Chicago used SCA’s Cash Blast machine to drive ratings and encourage online interaction. Viewers registered online to be one of the four weekly contestants to step into the Cash Blast and grab as much cash as they can. If a contestant caught the bill with the preselected winning number, he or she won $100,000. The promotion contributed to an outstanding May ratings period, in which the show finished number one in every category and won its 9AM time slot.
  • Contact us today to start building the perfect promotion for your audience.

    Recap: Highlights of Promotions in 2014

    It’s been a busy year for SCA Promotions so far and this June, we surpassed the $185 million mark for total cash and prizes paid out on promotions since 1986. We have enjoyed working with our clients on a myriad of contests helping each one achieve their objectives. Here is a recap of some of our client’s exciting promotions so far this year.

    For the second year in a row, SCA’s clients scored big around the Big Game. During Seattle’s second-half opening kickoff return for a touchdown in February, many of our clients and their customers jumped to their feet in celebration, but not for the score. Thanks to SCA’s promotional risk coverage, companies ran promotions leading up to the Big Game with incentives for their customers. If a touchdown was scored on either half’s opening kickoff, SCA Promotions would pay out the prizes or award businesses the money so they could refund their customer’s previous purchases. A total of $400,000 in purchases was returned to both Furniture Mart and Baillio’s store customers. Hutcheson Ford was able to refund the purchase cost of cars bought within the promotional period, which created a flurry of excitement in the area. These types of high-visibility promotions are a great way to drive customers to retailers in all industries.

    In Tennessee, a successful half-court shot netted a winner at a Middle Tennessee State University basketball game. Local store Tigermarket, radio station 104.5 The Zone, and Mountain Dew partnered to launch the half-time promotion. Throughout the season, fans and customers had a chance to win $10,000 at the school’s home basketball games. One student drained his half-court shot, sending him home with big money. The sponsors loved the incremental sales and higher profits during the length of the promotion. It was a win-win for everyone!

    One long-time client of SCA Promotions continues to see amazing results. MacDonald Auto Group in Sydney, Nova Scotia most recently used hockey shot promotions during local hockey games, in conjunction with a local radio station and sponsor Scotia Bank. Two fans who had never held a hockey stick scored from center ice, shooting the puck through a target to win $10,000 each. A few nights later, a fan won a brand new F-150 truck by shooting the puck from face-off dot to face-off dot diagonally across the ice. At the end of the season, SCA Promotions awarded $55,000 in cash and prizes on behalf of MacDonald Auto Group. It’s not hard to see why the auto dealer keeps returning to SCA Promotions for prize coverage. These types of promotions have significantly increased awareness for MacDonald Auto Group, causing sales to increase from 125 new car sales a year to more than 1,000.

    Legendary annual golf tournament, The Byron Nelson, put SCA’s PrizePad™ to use to bolster their attendee database. On the tee box were many golfing greats, but Byron Nelson officials wanted the information of the fans in attendance. Loaded onto Apple iPads, the PrizePad program allowed representatives to roam the grounds freely, letting visitors play games on the device for a chance to win a prize in exchange for entering their information. The initiative netted thousands of names and emails, and a staggering 85% of those opted in for future communications. This information will give Byron Nelson officials an advantage as they seek to expand the event in coming years.

    One restaurant wanted to bolster their slow mid-week sales. With SCA, Chicken Bones Bar & Grill offered a dice roll promotion during their slow weekday nights. Patrons rolled six large dice for a chance at prizes, including a new car from a local dealership, which was parked outside. To win the big prize, six Chicken Bones logos had to be rolled, and US Army Sargent Job Ramirez did just that. He drove home in his Dodge Charger, paid for by SCA. Chicken Bones loved the promotion and results so much that we are implementing even more promotions during 2014.

    If you would like to generate excitement about your company locally, or even nationally, our promotions are a perfect fit. With more than 30 years of experience, we tap into our database to discover what your customers will engage with most. Prize coverage allows you to offer tantalizing prizes for a fraction of what it would cost you out of pocket. Contact us today to begin building your perfect promotion.

    Why Should My Promotion Use Promotional Risk Coverage?

    When it comes to launching a promotion, every company has broad goals that typically focus on customer acquisition, brand awareness, and product sales. The specifics of the promotion – the mechanism of entry and the incentive – are what make you stand out in a competitive marketing landscape and leave an impression with your target audience. The impact of your promotion is limited only by your creativity and the resources to get the promotion off the ground. While creativity has no bounds, your budget certainly does, which can potentially limit the incentives you can offer your customers.

    The challenge for companies and marketers is finding a ‘carrot’ that resonates with consumers. In a media-saturated marketplace, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd. Offering cash and other grand prizes is a great way to start, but after designing an amazing promotion, the budget might not allow for an attention-grabbing prize.

    So, how can you offer a larger-than-life prize? By utilizing promotional risk coverage. Using nearly 30 years of past promotion data, SCA Promotions calculates the odds of a prize being won, and you only pay a percentage based on the odds, typically between 3-15%. If someone wins, SCA gives you the money to award the prize. We have covered billions of dollars in cash and prizes and paid out over $183 million, so you can rest assured that you will not have to pay the winner out of your pocket.

    A promotion incorporating promotional risk coverage has been a concern for some companies, who are worried that their audience will only respond if a prize is guaranteed to be awarded. The lottery provides a fair reference for comparison, and studies show that consumers display the opposite behavior – in fact, their willingness to purchase lottery tickets swells as the jackpot grows, even though their odds of winning plummet. When the jackpot rises, the added attention draws consumers in.

    On November 28th, 2012, the Powerball game offered a record jackpot of $580 million. 281 million tickets were sold for the chance to win this jackpot. Eleven days earlier, Powerball featured a $214 million jackpot and sold only 35 million tickets.

    We won’t claim that your promotion will achieve hundreds of millions of responses, but time and time again we see that dangling a carrot motivates people to act – and the bigger the carrot, the greater the response. If you’re ready to see the traffic and sales that a promotion with prize coverage can create, contact us today.

    By working with companies big and small, you can be sure that we have the tools to match the goals of your promotion. Your promotion will be customized for you, ensuring that you have a manageable fixed-cost promotion that targets your ideal customers. And, we do it all while leaving the majority of your budget for marketing the promotion, rather than paying for the grand prize.

    Marketing in the Digital Age

    The saying, “Things were simpler then…” elicits a vigorous nodding of heads from marketers. As technology advances, so does the complication of reaching target markets. With the advent of the Internet, mobile phones, wearable tech, and more, marketers can no longer create one TV commercial and reach their entire market. They must utilize all marketing channels in order to communicate in their consumers’ space.

    On the other hand, these technology advances also put thousands of engagement options just a click away. Digital promotions have come of age as a means of engaging customers on the Internet, and these interactive promotions are a segment in which SCA Promotions offers proven solutions for brands and their agencies to stand out. Marketers love them because results are measurable and viral, while customers love them for the interactive game play and chance to instantly win big prizes. Companies are spending upwards of $22 billion on digital promotions annually. Isn’t it time for your message to be heard where your customers are listening most?

    As of 2014, 90% of American adults have a cellphone or smart phone and 42% own a tablet. Nearly 80% of the American population uses the Internet. Given those stats, you can see why companies are spending as much as they are to be online – and not just with a static website. A digital promotion motivates customers in ways other web assets typically cannot by using a ‘play to win’ strategy. By tying in prizes to the promotion, you motivate potential customers to not only engage with your brand and product but also help you complete your marketing goals, which are typically lead capture, brand awareness and sales.

    The difficulty for marketers is finding a prize that will entice visitors to click and respond to your marketing message. SCA Promotions offers the solution for marketers by housing not only the promotion concepts and know-how, but also providing prize coverage that allows large prizes to be offered for a fraction of the actual cost. Research shows that 72% of people prefer cash prizes. Other tangible prizes may not be the right color, style or just may not appeal to certain people. Cash is king!

    SCA Promotions offers a variety of online promotional solutions designed to increase site traffic, generate leads, build your database, encourage customer loyalty, and create excitement around your brand. Whether it’s via Facebook, SMS, tablet promotions, or a custom online game, we will work with you or your agency to bring your vision to life. Our proprietary PromoEngine™ technology and cutting-edge digital promotions make it easy. It’s simple: plug in our existing turnkey games and prize coverage to your Web site or design a custom promotion from start to finish. With SCA you have peace of mind knowing that SCA guarantees security and a means to create secure, random, and auditable prize drawings.


    If you’re ready to venture into digital promotions, or just want to take your promotion to the next level, contact us today.

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