What the Bleep?

Still trying to figure out this one ... 

Where's the logic? Maybe they know something I don't know!

I've been a marketer for a long time but I know things are strange when I get an offer like this one. Oh, I get the usual financial offers: 0% for a year, 20% off and free this and that. But when I get a free airline companion ticket for trying Travel + Leisure, the world's leading travel magazine – I know the entire world is upside down and under water – never mind mortgages. 

If it's the world's leading magazine why do they have to give me a free airline ticket (worth up to $744.) to try two free issues on a $19.99 subscription? Where's the logic?

As an educated consumer, I'm reading the fine print, reading between the lines and holding the paper up to the light. All I can think of is what's the catch? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Now this is a reputable company the gold standard, not some sleazy spammer. Well, financial companies used to be the gold standard – now they are just below coal.

Still, where's the profit? I've heard of lifetime customer value but it's going to take a lot of lifetimes to get the value. And the airlines are running fewer planes and people get bumped just so the airlines can run economically. 

I'm not one to pass up a good deal so will someone, please explain this one to me?


Katalin said...

When all other options fail I usually call and find out what is missing from the offer. Perhaps there is a disclaimer that you get to keep two magazines, but only get the airline ticket if you had paid the subscription for 15 years.

Lieber Brewster Marketing said...

I believe when it sounds too good to be true, it is.