The proliferation of marketing technology poses a major challenge
Each year, the Quebec Marketing Association (formerly the AMR) holds a competition to select the top marketing campaigns created by prominent brands and their agencies. Year after year, Strategies does quite well in the standings. Last year, we were awarded Best omnichannel marketing campaign. The year before, we were honoured as the Agency of the year.
This year, we have three campaigns nominated for an award (out of three submissions) for three of our clients. Check out the videos below to learn more about the nominees.
In order to highlight Kent Nagano’s last season as artistic director, the OSM commissioned Strategies to design an email campaign to launch programming for the upcoming season and begin the season ticket renewal process.
This campaign was highly personalized according to the various client segments. It integrates many interactive content elements, including musical excerpts from featured concerts from the upcoming season that can be listened to directly in the email. The engagement rates for this campaign are truly exceptional, which probably explains part of the nomination of the campaign.
Renault Canada and Europ Auto turned to Strategies to help it better convey the value of “short-term lease” car rental format and in the process help to boost sales. Our agency redesigned the brand experience and implemented a relationship marketing strategy centered on the freedom and rich travel experiences that a only a car can provide.
The “Discover Authentic Europe”, program showcases destinations that are off the beaten path throughout Europe. Including a welcome series, a renewed e-mail template, destination campaigns and conversational programs geared towards the joys of traveling, this program resulted in higher engagement, increased website traffic and a significant sales increase for Europ Auto.
Levenswater produces a range of small batch craft gins in the Niagara Valley, including Levenswater Spring 34. This unique gin recently won the Best Compound Gin Award at the World Gin Awards. When it secured its first order from the SAQ, Levenswater needed to create awareness for its product in Quebec and quickly sell out inventories in order to stimulate a new order from the corporation. Levenswater turned to Strategies to set up an Influencer Marketing program to reach out to the mixologist community and gin-lovers in Quebec.
Working closely with a group of influencers, online publications and mixologists, we deployed an outreach strategy that generated over 600,000 earned impressions over an eight-week period. Tasting events were held in Montreal’s Frank & Oak stores and recipes were developed and distributed in partnership with several popular bars including the Alt+ hotel’s Les Cousins bar.
A lot has been written about the customer journey, or path to purchase, and about the importance of communicating the right message at the right time according to what stage of the journey your customers find themselves.
In today’s cluttered always-on marketplace, strong Marketing ROI is often illusive. One of the reasons is that as channels multiply, marketing communication becomes increasingly siloed. Digital on one side, traditional on the other. Same for social media, PR and event marketing.
With some many teams working independently, it’s a challenge to get everyone on the same page, delivering a consistent brand message regardless of the channel.
Now image how hard it is to get these channels to understand how they are connected. And how they need to work together instead of independently in order to have a multiplier effect – not just additive – on results. That’s the true meaning of a synergy.
The secret to synergy is understanding media interaction, what role each channel is best at, and how you can move customers forward in their decision-making process by using media combinations along with the right call to action. But the key is using the right channels at the right time and providing content that speaks to the need and the state of mind of the customer at that point in time when they reach a given journey stage.
I had the pleasure of speaking at the FFWD Advertising and Marketing Week in Toronto on the convergence of physical and digital media. The presentation was held at the TIFF Bell lightbox – an incredible venue in the heart of the city — and was sponsored by Canada Post. This was the kick-off event of the Canada Post DM Education and Awareness Program called We’re Rethinking Direct Mail.