Increase BlaBlaCar’s market share within the Benelux

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH BLABLACAR TO RESEARCH THE BENELUX MARKET, THEN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A GO-TO-MARKET STRATEGY

BlaBlaCar

French unicorn BlaBlaCar was founded in Paris in 2006 and is now the worlds leading community-based travel network, enabling over 90 million members to share rides across 22 countries. BlaBlaCar leverages technology to fill unused seats in cars on the road by connecting members who wish to carpool or travel by bus. This makes travel more affordable, sociable, and convenient.

BlaBlaCar has conducted several rounds of fundraising, most recently on 20 April 2021 through Convertible Notes. Since 2006, BlaBlaCar has acquired 13 organizations – their most recent being the acquisition of the French long-distance bus provider Ouibus in November 2018.

Challenges

  • Consumers in the Benelux had low brand awareness of BlaBlaCar
  • BlaBlaCar had limited knowledge of bus travellers in the Benelux, their demand patterns and local market dynamics
  • BlaBlaCar had no Benelux customer base that could be leveraged to fuel expansion into the region
  • BlaBlaCar had limited market knowledge, language capabilities, or local specialists in the Benelux

The objective of the partnership between Fish and Burger and BlaBlaCar is to increase the bus market share significantly and to establish BlaBlaCar as the go-to shared travel platform within the Benelux region.

Goals

The Benelux travel market presents an enormous opportunity. Consumers in the region are keenly aware of the impact that traffic has on the environment, and we expect to see a shift from individual cars to cleaner methods of transport including carpooling, buses, or trains. BlaBlaCar is in a unique position to capture this market through its established network, platform, and travel experience in over 22 countries.

‘’We began working with Fish and Burger to help us develop a Marketing & Distribution plan which will fuel our business growth in the Benelux. Their flexible mindset & access to specific local specialists is what made the difference.’’

The goals for the partnership were as follows:
1. Increase bus ticket sales significantly 
2. Improve brand awareness of BlaBlaCar
3. Remain ROI-positive while realising growth goals 

Deliverables

Phase 1: research & planning
Fish and Burger, in collaboration with BlaBlaCar, produced:

  • Market analysis for long-distance travel
  • Audience analysis
  • Go-To-Market analysis for long-distance travel
  • Turnkey commercial strategy
  • Marketing plan for BlaBlaCar’s operated buses in Belgium and The Netherlands

Phase 2: implementation 

  • Implementation of the Go-To-Market strategy
  • End-to-end execution of the commercial strategy
  • Campaign & Partnership management

Results

  1. Overperformed the ticket sales target.
  2. Launched a large out-of-home campaign to reach the target audience in large cities in the Netherlands and Belgium.
  3. Reached 5 million potential clients reached across all channels in 3 months. This contributed a lot to the increase of its brand awareness.
  4. Stayed ROI positive.

Learnings

In fast-growing companies, it’s wise to bear a number of things in mind to maintain growth.

Firstly, there should be room for experimenting. Testing and learning on-the-go enables organisations to make timely adjustments as they progress towards their goals. Secondly, it’s important to remain flexible and scalable, which also enables swift adjustment with as little risk as possible following unexpected occurrences (such as a lockdown). Finally, guarantee expert quality by using the best specialists in the market.

Are you a start-up looking to grow your revenue or market share, or perhaps enter a new market? Fish and Burger is here to help you realise those ambitions. Feel free to reach out to Mikel: mikel@fishandburger.com (in the photo right) or leave your details in the contact form, then we will reach out to you!

 

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