Here’s one of my favorite marketing approaches that I’ve come across lately: a helmet trade-in program. Pro Italia, a Los Angeles-area dealership carrying European brands, advertised such a program recently in its e-mail blast to its consumers.
The program works like this: “Trade in any motorcycle helmet for a $50-$100 credit toward a new one at Pro Italia.”
Not only does it seem to come at a good time of the year — as some riding seasons are coming to an end — but the e-mail plants some possible reasons for consumers to consider this outside of the possible savings. Like: “If your helmet has taken a fall and you have doubts about any internal damage, this is a great chance to put those fears to rest.” Or: “Likewise if it has been a number of years since you’ve bought a helmet and, perhaps, the internal padding has compressed enough to affect a proper fit.”
The offer also contains a deadline, always an important ingredient in ensuring consumer response.
Anybody ever try this approach at your dealership? If so, what kind of response have you received?