Good afternoon Mr. Peters,
My name is Rick Stephens, president and founding partner of Granite Coast Entertainment, Corp. I believe we spoke a few weeks back on one of Ray Freedell’s calls.
As exciting as it is to be living in Maine, the leader in micro-brewing in the states, I understand the need for existing company’s, like D.L. Geary, to protect and grow their market share. Changes in Maine state law make this ever more important as new brewers find it easier and cheaper to open up and distribute throughout New England.
I know that some of the larger brewers, like Shipyard Brewing, are embracing these changes as it benefits them directly. Big, small, or in-between, marketing has never been more important for this industry.
As you know, marketing is about visibility. Granite Coast Entertainment is unique in that we provide our partners with multiple media sources: Full color print magazine, three radio stations, web/social media, and live events. Even though our focus is regional, i.e. the six New England states, our reach is worldwide. 10,000 issues of our free magazine is distributed through retail stores and venues (many offering Geary Beer) throughout New England. The New England Music Award edition will also be distributed at the event in Foxboro, MA. A digital version is available on line. Our radio stations have listeners from around the United States and 24 countries’. Our website is currently getting over 30,000 page views per day and growing.
A Granite Coast Entertainment, “Marque,” sponsor receives visibility at all events sponsored or supported by Granite Coast Entertainment. This includes New England Music Awards and the Maine Blues Festival. Other events and festivals around New England are still in negotiation but include Portland Beer Week, and several large shows.
We are excited to announce that we are the only station permitted to broadcast live at The Music Awards.
In conclusion, I believe we would be a good addition to your overall marketing plan.