||A04. Travel, Leisure, Retail, Restaurants & Fast Food Chains|
|Product/Service||VELORETTI BIKES |
G-UNIT Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
G-UNIT Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
In its pledge to reduce pollution, Paris, city of the COP21, set different regulations to motivate Parisian car owners to switch for a cleaner alternative. But Ecotaxes, higher parking charges and regular gas price increases have resulted in lower purchasing power of many car owners, making it even harder for them to switch to an alternative. Seeing this as an opportunity to develop its business out of the Netherlands, Veloretti, a small Amsterdam-based bike manufacturer and online retailer set out to help these million of Parisians to switch to a cheaper and cleaner alternative: a Veloretti bike. Paris being a minor market for Veloretti in 2018, the business objective was increasing the sales by at least 300% to cover media budget investment. The second objective was environmentally led: By encouraging car owners to switch to bike to commute, Veloretti was hoping to significantly reduce pollution in Paris.
Describe the creative idea (30% of vote)
While Paris is making lives of car owners harder and harder, Veloretti wanted to get their attention by being the first to help them with a sales campaign. On Car-Free Day in Paris (16th September) we turned 5 million Parisian car license plates into a promo code offering car owners a cheaper bike on veloretti.com. Not all the plates were granting the same discount. Fetching the french car plates database with an API, the website granted a bigger discount to car owners of old and environmentally unfriendly cars. From a 5% percents for an electric Toyota Yaris to up to 35% for a Diesel Mercedes Class M from 2003, the promo was favouring those who really needed it. Therefore, the promo was designed to turn those who pollute the most into those who pollute the least.
Describe the strategy (20% of vote)
The strategy that led Veloretti to campaign in Paris has been motivated by insights gathered from different French Media. We discovered that 80% of cars has only 1 passenger (paris.fr), that for distances lower than 5 km, a bicycle is always faster (liberation.fr) and that 60% of car trips in Paris never exceed 3km (insee.fr). To target people who are most likely to be car owners, we targeted people living in Greater Paris, between 20 and 40 of age. We then reached out to them with a sponsored video, posted on Instagram and Facebook, where they were just one click away from the store. To create urgency the video was counting down days before the end of the promo and since people need some time to make a decision, we used technique of personalised ads to remind them of the offer after they once showed the interest.
Describe the execution (20% of vote)
We developed a Shopify extension that connects our store to the French license plate API in order to verify the entered numbers and region vehicle comes from. Algorithm also fetched more specific data like model, year of manufacture, type of fuel and average consumption of the registered vehicle, which allowed it to calculate different discounts based on cars pollution contribution. The campaign was started on the Paris Car-Free day - 16th of September - and was running until the end of the European Mobility Week, closing on the 25th of September at midnight. French visitors were automatically redirected to the French version of our website where they inserted licence plate number in the checkout and got offered the calculated discount. Only people having a car registered in Paris and its suburbs could benefit of the promo, which represents more or less 5 million promo codes for 5 million cars.
List the results (30% of vote)
In only 1 week, CAR 2 BIKE has increased the number of Parisian visitors by 1320% compared to the week before, jumping from 509 to 6719 unique visitors per week. Bikes’ sales in the Greater Paris have increased by 2770% compared to the week before, going from 10 bikes sold per week to 277 bikes, our sales in Paris went up from 3700€ per week to 81.992€. This turned France into Veloretti’s most performing market for the first time in its history. With the average discount granted on our website and social media investment of 1500€ in mind, our gross profit per week increased for 2352%. Last but not least, CAR 2 BIKE has turned 277 cars into bike which can potentially prevents the emission of 194 tons/CO2 per year just within the greater Paris.