Although Barney's Bullpen has a major edge with very little competition in the local area, it will be imperative that we send e-mail notifications to youth league coaches and make personal contact with the high school and college coaches to be successful. Quality of service, availability, and price are keys to meeting the sales forecast.
Barney's Bullpen will start with a critical competitive edge: there is no competitor we know of within a 20-mile radius of the targeted area that has a facility of our type. The management also has a 9-year relationship with the targeted youth leagues, as well as the high schools and colleges. In addition to these attributes, the management at Barney's Bullpen has an extreme love of the sport and enjoys teaching baseball skills to all levels.
Marketing for the Barney's Bullpen will differ throughout the year, depending upon demand for the facility. During the winter, when weather restricts outdoor activity and leagues are not playing, we will not need to do as much marketing or advertising. However, during late spring and early summer, we will need to make sure we remain in front of our customers.
Spring and Summer Marketing:
Fall and Winter Marketing:
We will direct our sales efforts and funds to the primary customer base. Coaches, parents, and players will be informed of the facility and services through e-mail and direct contact. Sales efforts during the start-up phase will be direct and beneficial for the customers. Continuous sales efforts will vary depending on the time of year.
Startup Sales Strategy for the first month:
We expect sales to peak October through March; the rest of the year will be slower but could be higher than forecasted due to weather conditions for the local area. In 2005 and 2006, we expect 10% to 20% sales growth as we add new services and the customer base grows. We will do sales on credit only for businesses and large groups with whom we want to establish long-term relationships. We are estimating 10% of sales will be on credit.
Our direct Cost of Sales are limited to the fees that we pay to individual Instructors and Skills & Drills League prizes. We keep 20% of instructor fees as a facilities usage fee, and pay the other 80% to our independently-contracted Instructors within the same month that sales are recorded. We estimate that about 50% of the registration fees collected for the Skills & Drills League will be used toward the prizes awarded to the best three contestants.
The operating costs for maintenance, repair, and replacement of equipment as it becomes worn out, broken or lost are reflected in our Profit and Loss table
The following milestones are to be used as a roadmap to the success of Barney's Bullpen. The marketing milestones will be ongoing. While the Internet site will be a useful tool in marketing, it is not critical that it be launched on opening day. The dates given for the Web milestones are optimistic. All other milestones will need to be followed as closely as possible.