Eric Pedretti | 05/27/2016


Two different dealers, located in polar opposite marketing areas of the country, just finished their first Sharp Shooter Program the past couple weekends. 


Shenandoah, located in Virginia, is used to having perfect riding weather this time of year getting them ready for spring. Vandervest H-D®, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, never knows what the weather will bring in late March. Unfortunately, for both dealerships, they both got a snowstorm!



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 The Sharp Shooter program, at least on some level, is weatherproof. We only market to proven riders in your backyard (past customers and competitor’s customers). So even if Mother Nature drops a foot of snow on top of your dealership three days before your event, the Governor declares a, ‘State of Emergency’, and not a single customer walks through the door, you can still sleep well at night knowing that every penny spent on a Sharp Shooter Program hit a proven rider. That is a HUGE victory over any and all other types of mass media advertising. In order to grow your business, you need to ‘touch’ your


buying base 52-104 times per year. The Sharp Shooter program helps our clients achieve this critical number much faster, by utilizing up to 12 touches per campaign including direct mail, emails, call blast, social media updates, event signage, fliers, web banner, lead magnet, survey site and even more. 


Having said that, there’s something even more powerful that helps make our clients events weather proof: The Survey Site. 


Every piece of communication is driving customers to a survey site, to capture First Name, Last Name, Email Address and Phone Number for future marketing. The more contact information you have on each individual customer or prospect, means the faster you’re going to be able to convert them into a sale. That means that the results on the day of the event are actually just a happy by product.





The Wednesday before the event is when we send over the Campaign Update, which includes a list of leads generated by the program so far. For both dealerships, Vandervest and Shenandoah, they had snow in the forecast. Erik Vandervest said, “The phones are ringing off the hook (because of the call blast), we’ve already set 5 sales appointments from the leads and everything’s working great…but we’re supposed to get a foot of snow tonight through 11 p.m. the following night (Thursday).” A foot of snow at the end of March is just plain bad luck. However, if Vandervest H-D had spent the money through any other type of marketing, they would have missed out on over 750 sales opportunities generated up to that point and over 150 new & used unit sales opportunities.


Below is the review they left for our team at


Vandervest H-D: There were 987 surveys completed, which created a total of 803 sales opportunities in P&A, Service, and riding gear, PLUS 204 responses for a new or used bike.


The same was true for Shenandoah H-D. They too had snow in the forecast and it was supposed to be a balmy 30-something degrees on Saturday for their event.  Shenandoah ended up with 66 New & Used Bike Leads, 109 Parts & Accessories and 37 Service Leads and 92 MotorClothes Leads! On the day of the event, they rolled 3 units, $11,000 in P&A and $6,000 in MotorClothes with over an inch of snow on the ground. Since then, they’ve, rolled four more bikes! 



Erik said, “We had a really good turnout – got busy early and stayed busy all day. I think we sold 3 that day but did a lot of write-ups that day. Did $27,000 over the counter. It was a great day! Still working on following up on the leads.”







What’s next? May and June mean Summer Kickoff Parties. This is what you’ve been waiting for. If you don’t already have a Kickoff to Summer Open House on the books, plan one today. Check out the insert for an example of a proven winner for May or June.


For more information on how the Sharp Shooter Program can help kickoff your Summer Selling Season with a bang, give me a ring on my direct line at 

877-242-4472 ext: 112 or visit us at and click ‘Sample Campaigns’. Happy selling.