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The Daily Perc

Execution

Marketing & Sales

Marketing Plan

Marketing Strategy

First and foremost, The Daily Perc will be placing its Drive-thru facilities in locations of very high visibility and great ease of access. They will be located on high traffic commuter routes and close to shopping facilities in order to catch customers going to or from work, or while they are out for lunch, or on a shopping expedition. The Drive-thrus are unique and eye-catching, which will be a branding feature of its own.

The Daily Perc will be implementing a low-cost advertising/promotion campaign which could involve drive-time radio, but not much more.

The Daily Perc will rely on building relationships with schools, charities, and corporations to provide significant free publicity because of its community support program. By giving charitable contributions to these institutions, they will get the word out to their students/faculty/employees/partners about TDP. Word of mouth has always proven to be the greatest advertising program a company can implement. In addition, the media will be more than willing to promote the charitable aspects of TDP and provide the opportunity for more exposure every time TDP writes a check to another organization.

Promotion Strategy

The long-range goal is to gain enough visibility to leverage the product line into other regions and generate inquiries from potential investors. To do that, The Daily Perc needs:

  • Public relations services at $1,000 per month for the next year intended to generate awareness of editors and product information insertions, reviews, etc. It is anticipated that the school fundraising program will generate a fair amount of publicity on its own and will, perhaps, minimize–or even eliminate–the need for a publicist.
  • Advertising at $1,000 per month concentrating on drive time radio. The Daily Perc will experiment with different stations, keeping careful track of results. As with the school fundraising program, TDP expects the facilities and signage to be a substantial portion of our advertising. However, in the start-up phase, TDP needs to let people know where to look for the facilities.

Marketing Programs

Distinctive Logo:
"Papo" is a very happy and conspicuous sun. The sun is one of infinite mental pictures. The sun touches every human being every day. Obviously, TDP wants to touch every customer every day. That is why the use of the sun lends itself to being the corporate identifier. Papo is already an awarding winning logo. Papo won in the New Artist Category of the 2001 Not Just Another Art Director’s Club (NJAADC).

Distinctive Buildings:
TDP is using diner style buildings for its Drive-thru facilities. TDP has worked closely with the manufacturer to make the building distinctive, so that it is easy to recognize, and functional.

The Fund-raising and Catering Trailer:
The Mobile Cafe will be a key marketing tool. The similarities between the Mobile Cafes and the Drive-thru facilities will be unmistakable. The exposure these units will provide cannot be measured in dollars. The Daily Perc will negotiate visits with the Mobile Units at schools, hospitals, corporations and other entities. In the case of schools and certain corporations, a portion of all sales made while on their campus could go to a program of their choice. The organization would promote its presence to their constituency and encourage them to frequent the Drive-thru establishments so that their charitable cause is nurtured. This will give those patrons an opportunity to taste the products and become a regular customer of the Drive-thru facilities. The Mobile Cafes will also be appearing at community events such as fairs, festivals, and other charitable events.

Advertising and Promotion:

We will be using Social Media to help create and promote our brand.  Twitter tweets and retweets will be used to make sure we have a conversation with our customers. It will also be used to let them communicate directly with us. Facebook page views and promotions of our charitable enterprises will be used to get people talking about us and wanting to stop by and try our unique coffee. Everyone appreciates a good cause. 

In the first year, The Daily Perc plans to spend moderately on advertising and promotion, with the program beginning in September, after the opening of the first Drive-thru. This would not be considered a serious advertising budget for any business, but TDP feels the exposure will come from publicity and promotion, so most of the funds will be spent on a good publicist who will get the word out about the charitable contribution program and how it works in conjunction with the website. TDP also believes that word-of-mouth advertising and free beverage coupons will be better ways to drive people to the first and second locations.

In the second year, The Daily Perc is increasing the budget, since it will need to promote several locations, with particular emphasis on announcing these openings and all the other locations. TDP will continue to use publicity as a key component of the marketing program since TDP could be contributing over $70,000 to local schools and charities.

In the third year, The Daily Perc will double its advertising and promotion budget, with the majority of the advertising budget being spent on drive time radio. As in the previous years, TDP will get substantial publicity from the donation of nearly $200,000 to local schools and charities.

Sales Plan

There will be several sales strategies put into place, including posting specials on high-profit items at the drive-up window. The Baristas will also hand out free drink coupons to those who have purchased a certain number of cups or something similar. TDP will also develop window sales techniques such as the Baristas asking if the customer would like a fresh-baked item with their coffee.

Operations

Locations & Facilities

The Daily Perc will open its first drive-thru facility on Manchester Road in the Colonial Square Shopping Center. Twelve more drive-thru facilities will be placed throughout the metropolitan area over the next three years. The drive-thru in the Colonial Square Shopping Center will serve as the commissary for the first mobile unit.

The demographic and physical requirements for a Drive-thru location are:

  • Traffic of 40,000+ on the store side.
  • Visible from the roadway.
  • Easy entry with light if less than 30,000 cars.
  • Established retail shops in the area.

Technology

The Daily Perc’s delivery system is based on its technology. TDP is using state-of-the-art, two-sided, Drive-thru facilities to provide convenience and efficiency for its clientele. An architectural exterior diagram of the Drive Thru building can be found on the following page (removed from this sample plan).

The Daily Perc has also designed state-of-the-art Mobile Cafes that will be deployed from time to time on high school and college campuses, corporate campuses, and at special events.

Milestones & Metrics

Milestones Table

Milestone Due Date
Website
June 12, 2017
Open Drive through #1
Jan 02, 2018
First break even month
Feb 05, 2018
Open second drive thru
Feb 20, 2018
First Mobile unit
Mar 19, 2018
Website Voting
June 07, 2018

Key Metrics

  • Sales, Gross margin, profits
  • Average sales per day
  • Average units per day
  • Facebook likes
  • Twitter follows
  • Average unit prices for main sales lines

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