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For a few lucky fans who sent direct messages to Mercedes-Benz USA via Facebook and Instagram this past holiday season, Mercedes-Benz sent back more than a simple response.

Inspired by the approximately 100 messages the company gets on Facebook and Instagram every day, the company launched the #MBSecretSanta program to reward customers—current and prospective—who engaged with the company via direct message.

The holiday season is about giving and receiving, and Mercedes-Benz USA would like to offer you something special to make that possible. If you’re based in the United States, leave a comment telling us which state you live in, and keep an eye on your Direct Messages. #MBPhotoCredit: @gtrecordings #Mercedes #Benz #MercedesBenz #MBSecretSanta #HappyHolidays #Instacar #carsofinstagram #germancars #luxury

A photo posted by Mercedes-Benz USA (@mbusa) on Dec 16, 2015 at 12:01pm PST

In an interview with Adweek, Mark Aikman (General Manager of Marketing Services at Mercedes-Benz USA) said, “We had this clever idea of helping our customers find the perfect Santa gift. We hope people will continue to follow the brand [on social] for some pretty amazing things.”

Through the #MBSecretSanta program, Mercedes-Benz and agency Razorfish gave away 1,000 prizes leading into Christmas to customers in the United States. A quick scan of the #MBSecretSanta hashtag on…

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