Traveling, even on a vacation, can be a wonderful opportunity to view other lives and other businesses through the “Eyes of a Marketer.” John (me) and Dorothy did just that this Christmas when they took a three-day cruise on the Carnival Inspiration out of Long Beach California to Ensenada Mexico and back. It included a relaxing day at sea.
The wonder of this all-inclusive cruise was how many ways the Carnival Inspiration managed to do up sells. Technically, there is no claim that everything is included. But for all practical purposes, a typical cruise vacation includes all your basics: your room and all your meals as well as snacks 24 hours a day plus live entertainment daily. Nevertheless, the cruise ship has all sorts of up sells:
The “Taste of Mexico” shore excursion included learning to make your own salsa and to make a corn flour “dish” to hold the meat they gave us. It was a wonderful experience that added the depth of learning about new foods and a broader understanding of another culture. It also offered the opportunity to do some shopping.
It also serves as inspiration to how a smart, enterprising entrepreneur can do a joint venture with a much larger organization to create a win-win-win for their mutual customers, the larger business and the small business.
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Dorothy and I loved the experience of making salsa with peppers graded to our own preference for mild so we used the roasted chipotle and roasted poblano chilies. Our only disappointment was that they used only one chef to deep fry the rimmed dishes we made from masa for our meal. Dorothy told me that each one you drop in lowers the temperature of the oil so it took longer to cook everyone’s little dishes. (Obviously, I missed the name of these dishes – they weren’t flat like a tortilla. Instead we put a rim on them sort of like a tart.) Otherwise, Les and his partner Gustavo, provided a marvelous experience.
This whole Christmas cruise experience is an example of enjoying a “Business Lifestyle.” By getting out and experiencing other businesses and ways of life, you expand your horizons and increase your ability to be creative in your own business.
In particular, it is fascinating to see how many ways Carnival has found to do an up sell that significantly increases their revenues while greatly enhancing their customers’ enjoyment. Look too at the things they do to make a better all-around event for you.
Recently on the Inspiration, they replaced their outdoor deck restaurants on the Lido Deck with Guy Fieri’s “Guy’s Burger Joint” and the Blue Iguana Cantina. And to confirm that they have heart, Carnival supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. They are the Official Celebration Partner for St. Jude. This brings in with the power of cause marketing, showing that you are socially responsible by supporting a worthy cause.
From a customer loyalty point of view, they seek and respond to customer feedback. This year, they had a smartphone app that you could download and connect to onboard for free. It gave you the day’s events plus other important information. Additionally, you can send them comments.
Additionally, Carnival rewards loyal customers with VIFP Club member status. For instance, at the Gold level, you get a complimentary Gold VIFP (VIP + Fun) pin with the year of your cruise on every sailing and a free liter bottle of water.
The point here isn’t for you to try to imitate a major cruise line any more than “Santa’s Visit Was a Clever Marketing Experience” was about your trying to put on a Christmas shopping and Santa Claus program on the scale of Disney and Victoria Gardens. Just like “JV Partners Are Where You Find Them” tried to give more practical examples of joint venture partnerships you can try, look at this article for three things:
If you got some ideas of value from this article, please share it on your favorite social media site: “Travel through the Eyes of a Marketer.” I’d also love to hear about your favorite examples of marketing ideas and up sells.
Open your heart in selling,
John R. Aberle, Aberle Enterprises
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