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Colorado Cross Country Ski Association

The CCCSA’s mission is to define Colorado as a premier destination for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing while introducing new people to the sport.

10 Pound Gorilla has developed programs and acquired grants to generate recurring revenue streams to fund the association. A revamped website, e-newsletter, social media, and digital advertising help spread information to new and existing customers and drive business to CCCSA members and their resort communities in the state of Colorado.

1,200%Increase in Revenue from $5,000 to $65,000
108%Increase in Newsletter Subscriptions in 3 Months
50%Open Rate for Newsletters
73%Increase in Memberships from 11 to 19
67%Increase in Website Visitors
4,567,800Impressions from Social Media Campaign
CCCSA President
Igor Guzuir
“10 Pound Gorilla always did more than was expected from them. It was a great help for the organization to get the name out there and to help us redirect our mission and vision for the organization. The social media campaign they did for us was just huge.”
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10 Pound Gorilla has worked with the Colorado Cross Country Ski Association since 2007 with minimal involvement until 2014. In 2014, we pitched a campaign that increased the Association’s annual funding by $60,000 and changed the organization overnight. This year, the CCCSA expects to bring in more than $75,000 through its annual fundraising campaign.

10 Pound Gorilla developed a social media strategy to promote CCCSA members and introduce new enthusiasts to the sport. In 2016, the campaign raised over $47,000 in revenue and attracted roughly 2,800 visitors, of whom 2,380 were new to the participating resorts. In just 4 months, the campaign generated roughly 4,567,800 impressions for the CCCSA.

During the 2016/2017 season, we implemented an e-newsletter sign-up offer, which increased subscribers by roughly 1500 in less than three months. The newly redesigned website increased website visits by 67% in less than one year.

10 Pound Gorilla conceived and implemented a Season Punch Pass program and a Colorado Nordic race series. The Punch Pass launched in November 2016 and earned the CCCSA more than $10,000 with roughly $25,000 in paid ad value from a single press release. The race series opened relationships with Nordic clubs and sports shops and created sponsorship conversations with industry partners. PR efforts led to an internationally syndicated radio interview with an audience of over 10.5 million.

Due to our successful marketing efforts and a hands-on push to attract new members, we increased membership by 73% in 2016. Additionally, we succeeded at getting more members actively involved in the Association’s efforts and missions. Our program revitalized members and energized visitors.

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Just last season, 10 Pound Gorilla performed a website overhaul for the CCCSA. We considered what our visitors were wanting based on years of analytics. Second, we considered the goals of the CCCSA and the needs of  members. During our review and audit phase, we conceived the “Discover Your Next Adventure” tool that became the focus of the home page.

This tool allows visitors to discover new resorts based on their needs and desires and gives members equal opportunity to showcase their products and events to the most qualified visitors. Additionally, an interactive map was implemented based on user behavior from previous site analytics. This map allows the user to get a quick overview of all locations and easily understand the proximity between members.

A Blog, Race & Get Social pages were conceived to help increase CCCSA’s position in becoming a key informational resource for Nordic enthusiasts.


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