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Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology logo

How we helped put this eco charity on a firm footing and champion a zero carbon world

Objectives

The Centre for Alternative Technology showcases sustainable building technologies in their visitor centre in rural Wales. They also run courses in sustainable building. They wanted help to put their charity on a firm financial footing, and thus better champion a sustainable future.

Approach

Multi-stage approach to:

First, primary research with key management and stakeholders, and secondary market and local catchment research to identify new business opportunities, and opportunities to better structure the charity and better market themselves.

Second, working collaboratively with the CEO, Chairman, to review and refresh their business strategy. Specifically to create compelling vision, mission, and set of guiding principles to help realise their goals.

Third, review and optimisation of advertising and promotion activities, particularly via Google Ads to boost requests for course prospecti and course sign-ups.

Results

We identified several dozen opportunities and prioritised those most likely to boost demand and income quickly. We then focused marketing effort on realising those opportunities working with hand-in-hand with key management. Through optimising online advertising we helped exceed annual course targets within 3 months.

In addition, we helped finesse CAT’s mission, vision, and devised a more customer and stakeholder focused organisation structure. All instilled renewed enthusiasm and also focused collective energy to champion a zero carbon world.  Read more about and then visit the Centre for Alternative Technology

Interface Exhibitions, Events and Interiors

Interface Worldwide Events and Exhibitions

Challenge

To better differentiate Interface, and attract more exhibitions, events and interiors clients. However, mid-way through our work, the world was struck by Covid-19, and the exhibitions’ sector shut-down. The focus of our work therefore switched to both short and long-term planning.

Approach

Multi-stage approach involving close working with the client management team. Also website and search engine performance analysis. Then client and prospect research, strategy development and website revitalisation.

First, management team interviews to understand strengths, weaknesses, what worked and could be improved. Then as lock-down eased, research depth interviews with a score of clients and prospects to understand their experiences and service needs in the future.  These covered companies in several countries. As a result this allowed us to develop new strategies to better meet the needs of customers. In particular, to convey Interface’s capabilities and boost business efficiency and marketing effectiveness.

Results

Outcomes included a new advertising campaign targeted at local businesses and which also championed Interface’s interiors capability.

Also a new website promoting their unusual ability to create, build and deliver new brand experiences.

Interface Worldwide Success Story

This inspired an immediate and significant jump in search traffic. High search levels and enquiries continue to date. This is despite the exhibition sector and global remaining in lock-down. Check out Interface Worldwide for inspiring exhibitions, events and interiors  for your brand.

Rackleys Chiltern Hills

Rackleys Chiltern Hills logo

How we launched an amazing wedding venue

Challenge

  • To research and develop a marketing strategy and plan to launch Rackleys Chiltern Hills; a new luxury wedding barn and event venue in the heart of rural Buckinghamshire. As the refurbishment took over 18 months, careful staging was needed to develop the venue, while attracting guests, and building a high quality reputation.

Approach

  • Staged collaboration with the management team and also graphics and web designer, over 18 months.
  • Firstly, secondary research to understand, the range and nature of current wedding venues, and offers, in and around Buckinghamshire.
  • Secondly, qualitative research, comprising depth interviews, with prospective and recent brides and grooms, and wedding planners to understand their needs and decision making criteria.
  • Thirdly, we defined the Rackleys Chiltern Hills brand positioning, product and service offer, and other elements of the marketing mix. Then created a website and established a social media presence.Rackleys Chiltern Hills Wedding Barn Buckinghamshire
  • As the build nears completion, test events, and marketing, will increase in proximity to, and beyond the official opening.

Results

  • Marketing for Rackleys Chiltern Hills wedding barn and event venue started in Spring 2020 with the launch of their new website, and social media sites.
  • The impressive refurbishment is well underway and opening on track for 2021. Rackleys is now open for show-rounds, taking bookings and welcomes first guests in April 2021.
  • After 2 months of (low key) marketing activity they have already received a ‘significant number of enquiries and bookings’.
  • Take a tour around Rackleys amazing wedding barn in Buckinghamshire and check out their social media for latest news.

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Guys and Dolls Casting

Guys and Dolls Casting logo

How we helped a TV and film casting agency achieve record placements

Background

Guys and Dolls Casting provides supporting artistes (SAs) to the television and film business.

Challenge

To grow the customer base of Assistant Directors (ADs) in TV and film, and also provide even more supporting and featured artistes to TV and film productions.

Approach

  • Review of company and market situation with the CEO, including financials, customers and productions served, and also strengths and weaknesses.
  • Depth interviews with a range of Assistant Directors (mainly 2nds/3rds, some 1sts) in TV, film and commercials sectors. Our aim was to understand their needs, attitudes, behaviour. And also reactions to proposed new Guys and Dolls Casting services.
  • Analysis of findings and production of recommendations to better meet AD’s needs.
  • Also analysed online marketing performance. And then developed communication strategy and plans to refresh the website, increase awareness of services (such as new Extras Manager), and leads.
Guys and Dolls Casting Agency Website

Guys and Dolls has built an envious reputation for supplying fabulous extras; high calibre supporting srtistes and crowd for feature films, television programmes and commercials.

Results

Marketing collateral, processes and resources put in place to grow the business. As a result, in 2019, the team smashed previous records for getting SAs and featured artistes on set. Lots more artistes are also being lined up for 2020 productions.

If you need professional supporting artistes or want to be one, get in touch with Guys and Dolls Casting.

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Marlow Monster Fireworks Show

Marlow Monster Fireworks Show flyer | Marketing success story

Challenge

To create an engaging event for the local community, boost interest and trial of new sports, and local clubs. Also to raise the profile of Marlow Sports Club, and raise funds to pay back the land purchase cost

Approach

It all started with an idea from a tennis club member who is a qualified pyrotechnician. Thereafter, we set out to fill a gap in the local market. Also to create a distinctive experience to inspire kids and adults alike. Nearly 9 months of planning goes into staging the show. It is an organisational challenge led by members of Marlow Tennis Club, and also involving help from all other sporting sections.
Marketing promotion aims to reach over 90% of the community half a dozen times in the 2 weeks before the show.
The offer itself is also designed to involve local sports clubs, great music, as well as purveyors of fine local beers, wine and food.

Marlow Monster Fireworks Show

Results

The Marlow Monster Fireworks Show is now in its 5th year. From a standing start, attendance has grown every year, and visitors now include over 10% of the local community.  As a result, it has raised over £30,000 to pay back Marlow Sports Club’s land purchase cost. Thus also helping to provide a lasting legacy for the local community.

The 2020 show is on Saturday 7th November (social distancing guidelines permitting); for advance tickets, visit the Marlow Monster Fireworks Show ticketing website after October 1st.  Thankyou for supporting the cause.

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The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

CIMA logo | Professional Services Marketing Success Story

How we researched and developed a new global professional services marketing campaign

Challenge

Having concerns about the effectiveness about their current advertising, CIMA wanted to understand how it worked, understand accounting students, and also their student journey. In particular, to develop a new and effective strategy and campaign to attract more students.

Approach

Professional services marketing success story

Professional services marketing success story | How we helped CIMA research and develop a new global ad campaign and increase members

  • Interactive workshop followed by team working to create brand positionings and also advertising ideas.
  • Qualitative international management team depths, student creative workshops (group discussions) and depth interviews. This enabled us to pinpoint the target market sweet-spot, understand the customer journey, and develop a brand strategy. This then inspired ..
  • Further marketing communication development followed by quantitative research in 8 countries: UK, China, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa and UAE.  Three different agencies were challenged to develop creative work to match our brief and compare with ideas developed thus far.
  • Finally research analysis followed by a management team debrief.

Results

Through our work we identified key motivations and barriers to taking CIMA qualifications. Also a blueprint to enable consistent and distinctive global brand communication covering rational and emotional benefits, personality and style and tone. In turn this inspired a new advertising campaign which launched globally. As a result student acquisitions grew by 15% in year one. This exceeded the goals originally set.

Considering a career as a management accountant? Visit the CIMA Global website.

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GlaxoSmithKline

GSK logo | Healthcare marketing success story

How we helped increase sales by nine-fold in three years

personal care marketing consultancy

GlaxoSmithKline Corega

Challenge

Faced with low consumer penetration and demanding targets, GlaxoSmithKline wanted to understand consumer motivations, and potential barriers, to a new personal care product. In addition, to devise strategies to increase product penetration in Central & Eastern European markets.

Approach

  • Collaborative working to develop hypotheses, create stimuli and plan international research.
  • Research took place in 3 countries; Russia, Poland and Hungary. All consumers also ‘tried’ the product before research. Research methods also included in-facility paired depths, group discussions, and in-home observation. Observations allowed us to film respondents using products.
  • Video editing of consumers in Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia. This helped bring-to-life our findings and also better brief UK based colleagues.
  • Research analysis, then an initial debrief, followed by an international marketing team presentation.

Results

Identified compelling needs and product benefits. In turn this also informed marketing strategy and communication development. In so doing, we drew global management attention to the growth potential of this ‘overlooked’ market.
As a result, a new advertising campaign was created and then aired across Eastern Europe. This inspired a nine-fold sales increase in three years.

Watch the Ukrainian Corega advertising.

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The Chartered Institute of Marketing

The Chartered Institute of Marketing logo

How we’re helping boost marketing performance and careers

Marketing training courses

Strategic marketing masterclasses with Guy Tomlinson

Challenge

To help senior marketing executives create and deliver distinctive customer (brand) experiences and marketing communications. In particular, by developing two advanced-level marketing masterclasses.

Approach

    • Created and delivered highly interactive two 2 day strategic marketing training courses. These enable learning by ‘discovery and doing’ rather than ‘chalk and talk’!
    • Delegates also leave the course with a workbook, and new skills, and experience to take back to the workplace.

 

Results

Professionals from a wide range of sectors and countries enabled to create effective marketing communications and deliver distinctive customer experiences.
Delegate ratings are also 85-100% and at the top end of CIM performance measures.
Course intellectual property is inspired and also owned by The Marketing Directors.

Read more about our Brand Masterclass to create and deliver distinctive customer experiences. Also our Marketing Communications Masterclass to create cut-through communications.

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