With December well underway and Christmas just around the corner we thought it was only fitting that our client of the month is a business that really knows how to get into the festive spirit!
The Gardeners Arms is a free house dog and child friendly pub offering home cooked food based in the village of Alderton near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. However, the word ‘pub’ doesn’t really tell people anything about what they offer so here’s how we’ve been helping them to spread the word:
The Gardeners Arms has been run by Mike and Wendy Wakeman for over 15 years. When they first took over the pub, trade was booming. However, like many over the past decade they were hit hard first by the smoking ban and then by the recession. Being a free house means they aren’t tied to a particular brewer and can choose who to buy their products from. This gave Mike and Wendy a distinct advantage over others and combined with their determination to try new things meant they were able to keep the pub going when others weren’t so lucky. After putting huge efforts into trying to change lots of things and market the pub themselves they realised that they couldn’t do both successfully and that they needed help with marketing.
They approached Exceptional Thinking because they had lots of ideas but weren’t sure what would work and needed us to put together a strategy for them. They also wanted a plan that would enable them to grow their business and attract more customers. We helped them to re-evaluate what they are doing and reprioritise the focus their business needs. We also developed a strategy for helping them to identify and exploit market opportunities and increase their revenue. This has involved brand development, email marketing, a customer loyalty scheme, social media marketing and telemarketing. The results have been an average increase of 16% month on month growth and improved audience awareness. One particular new growth area that we have helped them discover and tap into is the vegan market. They now offer a range of vegan menus and even have a Christmas menu available.
Their success also meant that last year they were able to refurbish the pub and bring the interior more up to date. Mike said: ‘After 15 years thanks to Exceptional Thinking we’ve changed our focus and are actually growing and have moved the business forward’. They also now have the time to focus on operations and are constantly looking to improve their offerings by building relations with local suppliers such as Prescott Brewery and Battledown Brewery.
Over the coming months we will be continuing to work with the Gardeners Arms on promoting the vegan menu. We will also be revamping their printed menus and focussing on local ingredients from local suppliers. As Wendy said: ‘We love that Exceptional Thinking are adaptable and come up with great ideas. Plus they get the job done, whatever the task’.
To find out more about the Gardeners Arms, their menus and specially selected wines, lagers and ciders visit http://www.gardenersarms.biz/.

Author's Bio: 

If you ask us to get your marketing done at Exceptional Thinking, not only will we promise to get it done, it’s one of our guarantees!
In fact, as your dedicated marketing team, one of the first things we’ll do is agree a full strategy tailored to you and your business and a plan of action, which includes what we will do, when and how, with target dates and deliverables. We’ll review the plan each time we meet, usually monthly and discuss progress, targets and any additional marketing we feel may be beneficial.