Generate Buzz Among Truckstops and Travel Plazas


Enthusiastic customers can often do more for a supplier than even the splashiest ad. When you factor in that they target the exact market you’re seeking and they come at a much lower cost, encouraging customers to talk is a no-brainer.

“You know, you struggle sometimes getting the word out that your product has unique benefits to a particular market segment. You can get that through national advertising, but then your cost-per-image to these guys gets pretty expensive,” said Jim Gavin, vice president of key accounts for AccuTemp, foodservice equipment manufacturers based in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Happy customers are the first step when it comes to word-of-mouth marketing, so Gavin focuses on customer service, quality products and overall satisfaction.

Referral programs can provide incentives for existing customers who tell a friend about your services. Percentage discounts on future purchases or cash incentives may be just the catalyst a happy customer needs to spread the message about your business.

 Guy Kawasaki, author of The Art of the Start, recommends companies use caution when implementing referral programs so customers don’t lose the true motivation behind a good recommendation.

To get customers talking, Andy Sernovitz, author of Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking, encourages companies to be interesting. “Nobody talks about boring companies, boring products or boring ads,” he writes. “If you want people to talk about you, you’ve got to do something special.”

That something special could be an interesting new product, industry information or an amazing customer service program. Sernovitz notes that, an online shoe store, boasts a one-year, no-questions-asked one-year return policy.

In the next edition of Highway Business Matters, NATSO shares truckstops' top-selling products, in addition to the little things that keep suppliers on the mind.
Need Leads? Connect With Decision-Makers

The NATSO Show attendees are seeking out supplier information. In a 2008 survey of NATSO members, more than 90 percent of respondents ranked new product and supplier information among their top information needs.

The NATSO Show provides exhibitors the opportunity to generate sales leads and gain access to the $65 billion truckstop and travel plaza industry. Show sponsorship presents an additional option for potentially reaching hundreds of customers for less than the price of one customer service visit.  

For more information, contact Marc Benson at or (703) 739-8575 or visit The NATSO Show website.

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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