Larry Hillis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Puts Frosty Spin on Contest | Edmunds

Larry Hillis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Puts Frosty Spin on Contest

POPLAR BLUFF, Missouri — When Mother Nature dumped 12 inches of snow last week on southeast Missouri, the sales staff at Larry Hillis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram joked they should host a snowman-building contest.

The marketing department was listening.

Employees promptly put together a contest asking for people to post a photo of their snowman to the dealership's Facebook page. The person whose photo got the most likes won a summer fun basket that included a hotel stay for two in one of three locations — winner's choice — in Florida.

The Monaghan family of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, built a "Spillway snowman" on top of their truck bed and it earned 426 likes, making them the winner over everything from a snow firefighter to a bride and groom.

"It was a Chevy truck, so when the family comes in for their prize we might have to show them a Ram truck," Julie Limpert, marketing executive for the dealership, told Edmunds.

The idea for the Facebook contest was to help raise awareness about the dealership.

Limpert said it was a success, based on the number of Facebook likes it got. Before the contest, it had hoped to get about 200 likes to hit the 4,000-point on its page. The dealership surpassed that and received about 500 likes.

"We think this snowman contest will help sell cars because now we have a lot more people reading our Facebook feed," Limpert said.

Edmunds says: A dealership with a playful spirit and a sense of humor about bad weather can't help but win friends and admirers.

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