SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING CASE STUDY
Business Marketing and Events for Lotus Cars
An incredible marketing success story working for Lotus Cars Australia with one of the most famous brands of sports car in the world. We provided an entire mix of marketing services to completely overhaul the brand’s profile in Australia delivering over $3M in sales growth and market share with a budget of less than $50,000.
The strongest growth period in 4 years
Lotus sports cars had changed ownership many times in recent years and in Australian had been passed around multiple distributors. Simply Sports Cars in Sydney had become the leading Dealer in Australia and also won the rights to distribute the brand. The business didn’t have a marketing function so we were contracted give them the expertise they needed to develop the brand.
With a limited budget the brief was to leverage any asset or relationship available to generate exposure for the brand & the lifestyle that comes with ownership. Without resorting to price discounts or typical automotive promotions we used our mix of photography, social media, community management and digital marketing expertise to bring to life the cars, events and driving experiences on offer.
Our marketing for Lotus.
The brand was unable to make any changes or develop the global Lotus Cars website so we used the existing local dealer website as a platform to build from. Our first steps were to improve the website content to bring the ownership experience to life then use new places like forums, Facebook groups, local car clubs and other locations to get exposure beyond their ‘owned’ platforms.
Our contracted period covered just over two years without agency involvement with the bulk of the work done in-house to reduce costs, maximise efficiency and deliver a very high level of authenticity.
These are the key areas we worked on, take a look at their profiles that are in still in use today
The first year of growth in 4 years.
We delivered immediate results that were tracked and measured using Google Analytics, Google Search Console & the social media platform insights tools, not to mention comments from the Lotus Community. We made a huge improvement to website traffic, grew engagement levels across all social profiles, became the leading contributor in local Forums and even secured TV coverage for the brand on four occasions.
The brand experienced their first year of sales growth in 4 years at a time when other brands were in decline. The community became fully engaged with a constant flow of content created that told stories about the cars, the people and the fellowship Lotus ownership created.
Here are some highlights from our marketing services;
While it is always easy to highlight the great marketing achievements delivered we also make sure we provide recommendations for our clients to follow after our contract is completed. For Lotus Cars Australia we had suggested they focus on the following areas;
Reviews of our marketing work
Here are some reviews of our marketing services that have been written by people we have worked closely with.
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