This week’s smart marketing move goes to South of the Border for their ingenious billboard marketing.
South of the Border has one way of marketing and they do it extremely well. These billboards, are a play on words like “Pedro’s Fireworks, Does yours?” they count down the miles on every billboard and they get you excited even if you don’t know what it is! I know I was as a kid. Yes, many say this is a tourist trap, but even if it is, it doesn’t mean they are doing it wrong. They’re doing it all right. Their target audience is tourists and tourists travel on I-95 which spans the entire east coast. So their CAPTIVE target audience is traveling I-95, this is a no-brainer if you ask me! Many travel from NJ, PA and NY to drive to Florida. They have nothing else to focus on and after so many billboards kids are excited as well as parents.
Lesson Learned: Know who your target audience is, learn where they are going, what they are going to do, and learn what they want to spend. South of the Border has everything from Fireworks to beer to small kitschy items. Even though they don’t tell you exactly what they offer and who they are, you know it’s a tourist area. So for your marketing, don’t be over wordy but make sure your target audience knows what your business is and why they would want to use your business. Learning about your audience can pay off big, just like it did, and still is, for South of the Border.