Blog : Relationship marketing

Flèche d’or 2019 award nominees – check out our three campaigns

Flèche d’or 2019 award nominees – check out our three campaigns

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.

OSM – 2019-20 SEASON LAUNCH

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 / EUROP AUTO – DISCOVER AUTHENTIC EUROPE

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 SPRING – INFLUENCE CAMPAIGN

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.

THANK YOU TO THE JURY FOR THIS RECOGNITION
These nominations in such a prestigious awards competition is already a great victory for us. We sincerely thank the Jury of the Flèche d’or competition, under the chairmanship of Mélanie Roth, Senior Director, Strategy and Marketing Execution, National Bank for having recognized the quality of our work. Will we be the winners of one or more awards? This is what we will soon find out at the 2019 Awards Gala on June 11, 2019 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit the Association Marketing Québec website.

 

Stratégies wins 4 awards at the AMR 2018 Gala [video]

Stratégies wins 4 awards at the AMR 2018 Gala [video]

At their annual Awards Gala, the Relationship Marketing Association (AMR) and the Flèches d’or Awards (Golden Arrows) jury recognized the excellence of our marketing campaigns by awarding four Top Awards and a certificate of merit including the Best Multi-channel Marketing Campaign as well as Gold in three categories.

We are honored by this industry recognition of the quality of our team’s great work. It’s thanks to our clients and the confidence they place in our strategies that we are able to shine.

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Email marketing defined – everything you need to know!

Email marketing defined – everything you need to know!

Email marketing is a powerful tool…if you know what you’re doing

Email marketing is sometimes equated with sending out newsletters. But it’s so much more! Simply put, Email Marketing is the systematic and structured use of email in order to initiate, build and consolidate a relationship between brands and people. Email is the most popular media for Relationship Marketing. This is largely because of its impact, its ROI and its ability to grow sales.

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What’s the true role of Marketing? Hint: It’s Not What You Think!

What’s the true role of Marketing? Hint: It’s Not What You Think!

I often ask my workshop and conference participants – typically seasoned marketing executives – what the role of marketing might be? Their answers are, by and large, always the same. They revolve around advertising and marketing communication.

They tell me it’s all about branding and image. About differentiation and value. This, of course, is all true and essential. Part of what we are tasked to do as marketers. But is it enough?

Marketing : beyond the four Ps

Strictly speaking, marketing encompasses what we all know as the four Ps. This is how marketing is taught in most business schools on the planet. Price, Place, Promotion and Product. This model for marketing management was first published by E. Jerome McCarthy, back in 1960. But has it kept pace with the times?

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What is a marketing collaboratory?

What is a marketing collaboratory?

Collaboratory: [Coˈlæbrəˌtɔrɪ]  noun :

The word collaboratory (pronounced co lab ratory) is a blend of the words collaboration and laboratory. The term is borrowed from the scientific community and is defined as a virtual collaborative environment. It’s a place where scientists and researchers from around the world work together on research projects.

This environment allows them to share resources, research and knowledge. The objective is to achieve innovative solutions faster by leveraging collective knowledge.

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Your 2018 Marketing Resolutions – Three dumb things marketers should stop doing right now!

Your 2018 Marketing Resolutions – Three dumb things marketers should stop doing right now!

My, how time flies! The year is quickly coming to a close. And most of us busily preparing for the new marketing challenges that lie ahead. Fine-tuning budgets. Tying up loose ends. And perhaps looking forward to some time off with family and friends. But before we break for the holidays, why not take a few minutes to reflect on how we hope to change and improve in the coming year. Here are three 2018 Marketing Resolutions : dumb things you should stop doing in the next year. Heck, why not stop doing them right NOW!

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When recommendation engines go terribly wrong

When recommendation engines go terribly wrong

One of the most popular forms of personalization used on eCommerce sites is the “people who bought this, also bought that” recommendation. The assumption is that people have similar tastes and so if other people are buying the same things, so should you. Sometimes, the intention is to ensure that someone who buys an item requiring additional accessories be reminded of all that is needed before checking out their shopping cart.

Some sites use an algorithm to predict which products should be paired with each other. Others simply tag products and bucket them into groups. Now the latter can same time and money, but sometimes leads to some strange recommendations as seen below on the Tiger Direct website.

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Do you and your customers speak the same language?

One of the guiding principles of B2Me is to use simple language and familiar terms in order to clearly communicate what you need to say to your customers. Get rid of jargon and marketing speak — Make it a priority!

American insurer Cygna clearly understands the importance of simple and effective communication. The company prides itself on systematically simplifying the language it uses in its marketing communication and more important, in its contact between their employees and customers.

If you’re trying to persuade people to do or buy something, it seems to me you should use the language they use every day. -David Ogilvy

To help achieve this goal, they created a program for first-line staff that dictates what words should be used to describe insurance concepts, products, terms and conditions. The program is called “Let’s be clear”, and is designed to help employees “translate” the obscure language of the insurance industry into plain English.

Here are a few examples: “you” instead of “claimant”, “process your claim for payment” instead of “adjudication” and “start date” instead of “activation”.

The goal is to make customers feel comfortable, to create a climate of trust and allow the customer to feel valued – not diminished by the use of language they don’t understand.

Cigna even created a website that provides a dictionary of common insurance terms and their translation into plain English in order to be clearly understood by a customer.

At the end of the day, it simply a question of respect for “me”, the customer. Do you speak the same language as your customer? Or are you forcing your customers to speak yours?