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Hooking Iowa Anglers: A 3-Year Fishing License Marketing Program Kevin Baskins, Communications Bureau Chief Iowa Department of Natural Resources Iowa Goals Increase sales of fishing licenses in Iowa. (reverse the trend of 3\% annual decrease) Connect Iowans with the outdoors!

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Hooking Iowa Anglers:A 3-Year Fishing License Marketing ProgramKevin Baskins, Communications Bureau ChiefIowa Department of Natural Resources
iowa goals
Iowa Goals
  • Increase sales of fishing licenses in Iowa. (reverse the trend of 3% annual decrease)
  • Connect Iowans with the outdoors!
background stats
Background Stats
  • Between 2002 and 2004, Iowa had 635,000 unique fishing license purchasers.
  • Of those, only 32% purchased a license in all three years (avid anglers).
  • 428,000 purchased inconsistently(casual anglers) = HUGE MARKET!
background stats4
Background Stats
  • The primary barrier for not going fishing is lack of time.
  • The top two motivators for going fishing:
    • Spend time with family
    • Relax
2005 marketing effort
2005 Marketing Effort
  • Questions We Asked (Marketing Basics):
      • Who Should We Target?
      • Where Should We Target?
      • What Should Our Message Be?
      • What Tactics Should We Use?
target audience
Target Audience
  • Pilot program for Interstate 380 Corridor, including Linn, Johnson and Black Hawk counties
  • Male casual anglers (do not purchase

every year),

ages 30-54,

with families

key messages
Key Messages
  • “Take Me Fishing”

Partnership with Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

  • “Get into the Lure of Iowa”
2005 marketing strategies
2005 Marketing Strategies
  • Family Fishing Guide
    • Customized for Linn/Johnson and Black Hawk
    • Tips and locations
    • Testimonials
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2005 Marketing Strategies
  • Follow-up Postcard
  • Web Site
  • Videos at local

Wal-Mart stores

  • Movie Theater Ads
    • May 7 – July 31
  • 3 Live Radio Remotes
    • Giveaways, live fish, fish fry, kids games, handouts
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2005 Marketing Strategies
  • License Vendor Packets
  • Media Coverage
    • Weekly video news packets and radio shows
    • DNR director fishing trips with media
  • Iowa Lottery Ticket: “Reelin’ in the Cash”
movie ad
Movie Ad
  • “Reel” big
  • “Reel” bold
  • “Reel” cool
  • Not “reel” effective
  • But ad was a morale booster for staff showing that marketing was being taken seriously
2005 measuring results
2005 Measuring Results
  • Results:
    • Overall target county sales increased by 16.2% in May 2005 over May 2004
      • an 8.8% higher increase than in control counties and 3.7% higher increase than statewide levels.
    • Recall of marketing pieces:
      • 31% recalled direct mail
      • 55% recalled postcard
      • 26% recalled retailer fishing events
2005 lessons learned
2005 Lessons Learned
  • Multi-faceted approach had an impact – need to focus so can take statewide.
  • Direct mail had high awareness – need stronger call to action.
  • One year effort just the beginning – need to build.
2006 planning
2006 Planning
  • Big Question About Lapsed Anglers: What can we do to increase purchasing consistency?
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2006 Planning
  • Focus Groups with Lapsed Anglers:
    • One in each target county -- March 2006
    • Males ages 30-54 who purchased twice in last three years

We Found Out They:

    • Want to know where to fish, when to fish and how to increase success (what’s hot NOW)
    • Are unaware of DNR information, including web site, press releases, fishing forecast
    • Frequently use web; want our information
some excellent feedback
Some excellent feedback
  • Spending time with family was important, but fishing also looked at as an escape from daily routine, some looking for escape from family chores as well.
  • Fishing success was key.
  • Because of daily pressures and competition for time, reminders are needed. Looking for that additional push.
  • Desire for timely information to increase success and reminders of fishing opportunities fit direct mail/advertising strategy
2006 marketing strategies
2006 MarketingStrategies
  • Marketing Strategies:
    • Direct mail letter from

biologists

(where to go, when to go,

how to be successful)

    • Personal touch from biologist – “my tips”
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2006 Marketing Strategies
  • Major radio campaign

- May 15 – July 7 (Wednesdays – Fridays)

  • Free Fishing Weekend events with live radio remotes
  • E-Mail Distribution Promotion (weekly DNR Fishing Forecast)
  • License Vendor Packets
  • Earned media (press releases, radio shows, etc.)
2006 measuring results
2006 Measuring Results
  • Advertising combined with direct mail had the most impact.
  • Results indicate an increase in license sales, an 8.8 percentage point difference overall between target audience and control counties.
effect of advertising and direct mail on resident fishing license sales may 16 through july 31 2006
Effect of advertising and direct mail on resident fishing license sales: May 16 through July 31, 2006
2006 survey results
2006 Survey Results
  • Campaign awareness:
    • 49.5% recalled radio ads
    • 37.8% recalled letter
    • 29.2% recalled family fishing events
  • 48.6% think using DNR web site would be very helpful, but only 3.2% ever had used it.
  • 45.3% think tips in the mail would be beneficial; 61.6% of those rememberingletter found it very to extremely useful.
2007 marketing goals
2007 Marketing Goals
  • Build on success – expand to five major areas in the state.
  • Increase sales by 8% to target audience (those receiving direct mail).
  • Test radio versus no radio in different markets.
2007 marketing strategies
2007 Marketing Strategies
  • Five custom letters

according to counties

  • Highlight local fishing

hotspots “from the expert”

  • Maps and tips
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2007 Marketing Strategies
  • Four fishing educational events with live radio remotes
  • Radio buys in four major markets
  • “Van and Bonnie” radio show (largest morning radio show in Iowa
  • Earned media (press releases, radio shows, etc.)
  • Web site
2007 results
2007 Results
  • More than 150 attendees at each event
  • Direct mail and radio promotion results – Cross your fingers! (results in August)
  • Continued commitment to marketing in the future.
for more information
For More Information
  • Julie Tack, Iowa DNR

Marketing Specialist

E-mail: [email protected]

  • Marion Conover, Iowa DNR

Fisheries Bureau Chief

E-mail: [email protected]

  • Stephanie Hussey, RBFF

State Outreach Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected]

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Hooking Iowa Anglers:A 3-Year Fishing License Marketing ProgramKevin Baskins, Communications Bureau ChiefIowa Department of Natural Resources
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