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Case Study – THE PRODUCTIVITY GAP – Winner of Cannes PR Lions 2009

Posted by prnext on September 6, 2009

telstraTELSTRA ENTERPRISE & GOVERNMENT / OGILVY PUBLIC RELATION, AUSTRALIA, Sydney

The Campaign

The ‘enterprise and government’ arm of Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, Telstra, needed a platform to promote information and communication technology (ICT) products and services to finance and information executives at Australian organisations.

Understanding that the key benefit of Telstra’s ICT market offering is enabling companies to work smarter with fewer resources, a ‘productivity’ communication platform was devised. To enable this, an independent white paper investigating technology and business productivity was commissioned along with a survey which discovered 78 per cent of Australian organisations say improving productivity is a high priority, but only half have any systems in place to measure improvements or set targets.

This finding was called the ‘productivity gap’ and provided Telstra with a versatile and thoroughly considered leadership platform. Teamed with Telstra’s Chief Economist and third party case studies, content was created for outreach to traditional and social media, employees, existing and potential customers.

Blanket media coverage was achieved in targeted business and technology media thanks to a strategic use of pre-briefing interviews and embargoed media materials. Telstra took public ownership of the concept, with ‘productivity gap’ becoming media vernacular during the first news cycle. Almost 75% of the annual coverage target was achieved in just four weeks.

Client Brief:

The goal of the campaign was to position Telstra Enterprise & Government as leaders in the productivity space and take ownership of the thought leadership platform. Competitor research showed no telecommunications brand was synonymous with ‘productivity’ in the Australian media landscape, despite the fact it was the main business benefit of ICT investment. Criteria for success was based not only on generating quality editorial coverage in business and technology media, but also developing a platform that was dynamic enough to be used for internal communications, contact with existing customers and strengthening the sales pitch for potential customers.

Results:

The key performance indicator was 50 pieces of strategic coverage in 2009. More than 75% of the annual target was achieved in the first month, with the campaign still rolling out. To maximise effectiveness, each story needed to meet the following: – Positive or neutral tone; – Appear in pre-agreed media targets and meet size requirements; – Include campaign messaging.

Coverage highlights included a full page in the Australian Financial Review and coverage in The Australian, major metropolitan dailies, industry websites, was picked up by influential personalities and appeared on business radio and television. A leading commentator wrote an opinion piece in a national broadsheet reporting the spokesperson, “…was everywhere. He was on television, in the papers and the trade rags, promoting new research…” Telstra’s ‘productivity gap’ became part of business and technology media parlance and the messaging was adapted seamlessly for internal communications, existing customer communication and sales tools.

Execution:

There were five phases of the national campaign.

1. Two pieces of INDEPENDENT RESEARCH were commissioned in October 2008: ‘The Telstra Productivity Indicator: A Report on business attitudes towards improving productivity in Australia’ and a white paper titled ‘ICT as a driver of productivity’.

2. EMBARGOED MEDIA INTERVIEWS accommodated the busy schedules of both Telstra executives and key journalists. This tactic ensured the availability of spokespeople and media to undertake in-depth interviews and achieve cut through in a busy media landscape.

3. Once the embargo passed, a GENERAL NEWS RELEASE was distributed to all media and a TAILORED BYLINE ARTICLE was placed with industry specific publications.

4. A series of SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES were coordinated for key Telstra executives to share more insights.

5. The research was launched on Telstra’s INTRANET for employees and the SALES TEAMS were furnished with new tools embracing the productivity theme. The campaign ran to plan.

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Case Study – ‘Best job in the world’ campaign winner of the inaugural PR award at Cannes 2009

Posted by prnext on July 20, 2009

Challenge:
Tourism Queensland of Australia, required an innovative and truly global campaign to raise the awareness of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and reflect the brand’s positioning concept  ‘Life Above’.
Objectives:
The agency (MS & L) had to reach ‘Global Experience Seekers’ on a mass scale, drive them to a branded website and expose them to the unique beauty and experiences available on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Brief Given:
Awareness objectives were to be measured by achieving global news coverage, web traffic, and reaching a goal of 14,000 video applications across 8 key international markets. The target audience was defined as ‘Global Experience Seekers’. These people were primarily targeted across key markets that have a higher propensity to travel to Australia  UK, USA, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, India, China, Korea. Existing research from Tourism Queensland and Tourism Australia, plus learning from key international markets, informed the definition of the target audience and the strategy of how to reach them.
The Situation:
The Best Job in the World’ campaign was created for Tourism Queensland, a government industry body designed to promote Queensland as a tourist destination throughout the world. When tourists plan an island holiday, destinations such as Hawaii, the Maldives and the Caribbean Islands immediately spring to mind. Although the Great Barrier Reef is a world-heritage listed natural wonder, the islands of the region are relatively unknown.
With a budget of $US1.2M to execute a global marketing campaign, there was need to create something newsworthy around the brand and rely on free mass-media coverage and social media to achieve our goals.
The Strategy and Execution:
The communications strategy was quite different from a traditional tourism campaign. The agency created ‘the Best Job in the World’ and opened applications to anyone anywhere around the world. The best thing about the generously-paid position was its location, the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Classified ads, job listings and small banner ads were strategically placed in key markets. Each market was provided with media releases, story lines, photography and access to core destination footage. Additionally, each market developed local ideas and media opportunities. The project scope incorporated set stages for further PR and media opportunities throughout the 12-month campaign. For example, the release of a short-list of 50 applicants provided the opportunity to drive greater awareness and exposure through targeted media releases. For each of these stages, content was planned and then adapted to suit each market and the actual project outcomes at the time.
Outcome:
No single tourism campaign (and potentially no single campaign) has ever had such a significant global reach across the spectrum of media and generated such a high volume and highly impassioned response from consumers. Global news coverage included CNN stories, BBC documentaries, TIME magazine articles and everything in between. Media coverage has been estimated at over $US100M from a campaign budget of $US1.2M.
34,684 applicants from 201 countries created 610 hours of video content which passionately promoted Tourism Queensland’s product.
– Over 450,000 votes for the Wild Card applicant.
– In 56 days islandreefjob.com had 6,849,504 visits, 47,548,514 page views with an average of 8.62 minutes spent on the site.
– A Google search for “best job in the world island” achieves about 52,500,000 listings, 231,355 blogs and 4,360 news stories.

Challenge:

Tourism Queensland of Australia, required an innovative and truly global campaign to raise the awareness of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef and reflect the brand’s positioning concept  ‘Life Above’.

Objectives:

The agency (MS & L) had to reach ‘Global Experience Seekers’ on a mass scale, drive them to a branded website and expose them to the unique beauty and experiences available on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Brief Given:

Awareness objectives were to be measured by achieving global news coverage, web traffic, and reaching a goal of 14,000 video applications across 8 key international markets. The target audience was defined as ‘Global Experience Seekers’. These people were primarily targeted across key markets that have a higher propensity to travel to Australia  UK, USA, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, India, China, Korea. Existing research from Tourism Queensland and Tourism Australia, plus learning from key international markets, informed the definition of the target audience and the strategy of how to reach them.

The Situation:

The Best Job in the World’ campaign was created for Tourism Queensland, a government industry body designed to promote Queensland as a tourist destination throughout the world. When tourists plan an island holiday, destinations such as Hawaii, the Maldives and the Caribbean Islands immediately spring to mind. Although the Great Barrier Reef is a world-heritage listed natural wonder, the islands of the region are relatively unknown.

With a budget of $US1.2M to execute a global marketing campaign, there was need to create something newsworthy around the brand and rely on free mass-media coverage and social media to achieve our goals.

The Strategy and Execution:

The communications strategy was quite different from a traditional tourism campaign. The agency created ‘the Best Job in the World’ and opened applications to anyone anywhere around the world. The best thing about the generously-paid position was its location, the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Classified ads, job listings and small banner ads were strategically placed in key markets. Each market was provided with media releases, story lines, photography and access to core destination footage. Additionally, each market developed local ideas and media opportunities. The project scope incorporated set stages for further PR and media opportunities throughout the 12-month campaign. For example, the release of a short-list of 50 applicants provided the opportunity to drive greater awareness and exposure through targeted media releases. For each of these stages, content was planned and then adapted to suit each market and the actual project outcomes at the time.

Outcome:

No single tourism campaign (and potentially no single campaign) has ever had such a significant global reach across the spectrum of media and generated such a high volume and highly impassioned response from consumers. Global news coverage included CNN stories, BBC documentaries, TIME magazine articles and everything in between. Media coverage has been estimated at over $US100M from a campaign budget of $US1.2M.

34,684 applicants from 201 countries created 610 hours of video content which passionately promoted Tourism Queensland’s product.

– Over 450,000 votes for the Wild Card applicant.

– In 56 days islandreefjob.com had 6,849,504 visits, 47,548,514 page views with an average of 8.62 minutes spent on the site.

– A Google search for “best job in the world island” achieves about 52,500,000 listings, 231,355 blogs and 4,360 news stories.

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