Recently, a casino manager of a large local-oriented gaming property had an epiphany. He realized that Labor Day was only six weeks away and he wanted to do something for his regular players. He assembled his marketing team and together, created a plan to give each customer a gift on the holiday if they earned a certain number of slot club points. The general manager defined some caveats: the gift had to have the casino’s logo on it, it had to be something patriotic and it could not cost more than two dollars. The purchasing director and marketing director then ran off to contact their vendors and see what they could find.
Unfortunately, the items that were available in sizable quantities were limited. None of the samples impressed the general manager. Further, some of the available items could not accommodate
the casino’s logo. Worse, all of the items presented cost well in excess of two dollars. Meanwhile, the ad agency was contacted and asked to start work on an ad. However, until the item was selected, the agency could not produce anything more than thumbnail sketches.