PATS' marketing/sales strategy will be two pronged, one to address each of our two segmented targeted groups:
PATS' competitive advantage will be based on an incentive system that rewards the driver economically when they achieve good service, develop repeat customers and act in a team fashion instead of competing against other company drivers. This incentive system will reward drivers when:
Through this complicated but purposeful system, PATS is incentivizing behavior that they believe will help the company succeed, while not rewarding behavior that is destructive to the company.
Additionally, PATS will be having the drivers lease the cars through PATS for several reasons:
As stated earlier, we will be going after both families/individuals as well as business travelers. PATS will have a different strategy for each group. For the individuals, PATS will use contacts through membership associations and clubs to build customers. Customers that are a part of an association tend to put more trust in a service provider when the service provider is aligned with the association. PATS will offer a discount for the association members to try to build up a following. Our selling spiel will be total convenience at a cost that is competitive with the price that they currently pay when they leave their car in the parking lot. Offering the ability to schedule in advance pick up from home and then pick up from airport should be a big selling point. People like convenience, and people are willing to pay for conveniences. One phone call to arrange all of your transport needs to the airport is quite a convenience.
Our strategy of wooing the business travelers will be a campaign to introduce PATS to the different travel departments of the larger companies in the area. The initial contact will be a letter/brochure describing our services along with a pricing guide. PATS will then follow that up with a phone call to try to receive a commitment from the company. By including the pricing information within the brochure, PATS believes that this will catch the eyes of the companies' travel departments as they are acutely aware of the costs that they are paying now and PATS believes that they can convert the lead into a customer by offering essentially the same service of a limo company at a reduced rate.
The first month will be spent setting up the business. It is unlikely that everything will be ready to go so that we could begin to take fares. By month two the business office will be in order, brochures will have been sent out and PATS will have been working with associations to create visibility for the company. PATS will have two drivers and will be paying a base monthly wage on the assumption that PATS wants to have the drivers ready when fares come up but there is not likely to be enough fares to support the wages of the two drivers.
Month three will see an increase in fares and things will be getting busy. Business will continue to grow and by month five a third driver will be brought on board. It will not be until month 11 that a fourth and final driver will be brought on board.
PATS will have several milestones to aim for: