The Best of the Best Indian Gaming Casino Promotions

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The Best of the Best Indian Gaming Casino Promotions
The Best of the Best Indian Gaming
Casino Promotions
Panelists:
Michael Michaud, Director of Sales & Marketing, Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Michael Broderick, Director of Marketing, Soboba Casino
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Moderator:
Dennis Conrad, President & Chief Strategist, Raving Consulting Company
Wednesday, April 1
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Winner of 2015 Barona/VCAT Award
for Excellence in
Indian Gaming Marketing
Northern Quest Resort & Casino
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The Best of the Best Indian Gaming
Casino Promotions
Michael Michaud, Director of Sales &
Marketing, Twin Arrows Navajo
Casino Resort
Pick one?
Fonzie’s Motorcycle w/Henry Winkler
• Purchase one of three Triumph motorcycles
used during the filming of Happy Days
through an Auction House
• Coordinate cross-country deliver of vehicle to
property
• Create a promotion featuring vehicle and
incorporate cast from Happy Days
Happy Days
• Happy Days was an eclectic group of actors that were
watched in homes from 1974 to 1984 and beyond.
• Henry Winkler (the Fonz) and Tom Bosley (Mr. C) were
the only two actors in every episode.
• Several now well-known celebrities appeared in the show,
such as Tom Hanks, Henry Aaron, Robin Williams,
Frankie Avalon and Lorne Greene, to name a few.
Getting the band back together
• We developed a month-long promotion with
the culmination of the motorcycle giveaway
with Henry Winkler drawing the winning
name.
• Throughout the month we would have Happy
Days cast members in for various meet and
greets.
Meet and Greet Opportunities
• Cast members don’t necessarily like each other, so don’t assume
they’ll agree to “group” meet and greets.
• Actors don’t always stay in character or want to be remembered as
one from their past.
• Negotiate your requirements before putting in an offer and
CLEARLY state them in the contract/agreement.
• Establish strict rules for team members when celebrities are onproperty.
• Limit signing to one item only per guest.
• In the entertainment industry, once an offer is accepted, you are
locked into doing the event regardless of a signed contract.
Other Promotional Opportunities
• Always hire a locksmith when your promotion utilizes
keys
• Don’t overprice your bonus entries
• Audit your paper ticket drawings after each drawing
• Don’t ship items from China around the Chinese New
Year
• If you have a promotion lasting longer than 6 hours, have
backup announcers
• You can never test enough - KISP
Other Promotional Opportunities
• Always check players club number and ID for verification
BEFORE acknowledging they are the winner
• Surround your Promotion - Use themed exhibit displays to
compliment your promotions
• Get your team members involved by hosting a co-promotion,
contest or rally.
• Don’t get ring girls loaded before the fights
• Players need to know they have a chance to win
• Communication, Communication, Communication!
Some of the Best Are Often the Simplest
The Best of the Best Indian Gaming
Casino Promotions
Michael Broderick, Director of
Marketing, Soboba Casino
Personalization
More Moolah
Pumpkin Pie
(Dennis liked this one)
Think Outside the Box
Stone’s Throw
Money Talks
Leverage Pop Culture or Nostalgia
Pawn Star Payout
Leverage Pop Culture or Nostalgia
Elvis Lives
Set Your Boundaries and Push
to the Limit
Pig Races
Set Your Boundaries and Push
to the Limit
Tim Tebow
Q&A
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