cMarket/BiddingForGood and LVI/Thomas Cook Group Sign $1.5 Million Marketing Agreement
August 4, 2009, Cambridge, Ma. — Cambridge, Ma; cMarket/BiddingForGood (previously known as cMarket), the leading online auction platform connecting charity auctions, consumers, and commercial item donors, announced today a signed $1.5 million marketing agreement with LVI/Thomas Cook Group, a world-wide leader in wholesale travel.
The agreement calls for BiddingForGood to make available for bid a specially designed Concierge Travel Club package to be placed into thousands of online fundraising auctions. The package will include a Three Year Membership, valued at $100 plus an additional $100 in Free Travel Cash to be used on vacation bookings. The total value of $200 for this package will be added to BiddingForGood’s auctions, allowing non-profits to include a luxury Concierge Travel Club offering in their list of auctionable goods in their fundraising efforts.
The BiddingForGood product placement marketing program involves a commercial entity providing sample items to be placed into live online fundraising auctions, enabling the marketer to reach category specific, affluent donors just at the time their spending decisions are being made. The client receives detailed reporting along with a losing bidder outreach program. Ken Sternfeld, spokesperson for LVI/Thomas Cook, says “We are excited to be using BiddingForGood’s fundraising auction platform and tap into the $16 billion charity auction market. Hopefully, millions will be raised with this unique travel offering we have developed specifically for this market, while allowing our industry leading travel services to be exposed to attractive customer segments.”
LVI/Thomas Cook’s items will soon be placed within with a program enriched with measureable ROI and backed with hard metrics, something traditional advertising vehicles have often not been able to offer. “Because online charity auctions reach affluent consumers through their trusted causes just as they are making discretionary purchasing decisions, they are a highly measureable and experiential marketing channel”, says cMarket CEO Jon Carson.