MARKETING MATTERS

We like to share our thoughts on matters relating to the integrated marketing services we offer – including marketing strategy, corporate branding, marketing communications, website design and development, digital marketing (search engine optimisation, digital advertising, social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing and marketing automation), and non-digital marketing (advertising, direct marketing, sales promotion, event marketing, public relations and corporate incentives).

BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE

by BGL Communications on June 23, 2017
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BLOOMBERG NEW
ENERGY FINANCE

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is a research organisation that helps energy professionals to create business growth opportunities within the new energy industry, with a focus on the use of environmentally-friendly and sustainable sources of energy. We were commissioned to provide event marketing support for their annual summit, a premier invitation-only forum at the nexus of energy markets, industry, finance and policy.

The project involved working with the marketing team at BNEF to develop a website to promote the event, and to host materials on it that were to be created during the event, such as video clips of keynote speeches and presentation slides. We developed three creative concepts and worked with the client to develop their preferred design route. This included developing a logo for the event, and the whole design had to complement their corporate guidelines.

The website was built in Joomla, as the client required an off-the-shelf content management solution that they could manage internally. We provided training support and videos to explain how to fulfil various tasks identified by the client.

We also created a range of marketing communication materials to support the event, including a sponsorship brochure, a partner prospectus, a summit overview and an event programme. We provided copywriting and copyediting support, as well as image search, design, retouching and artwork. All materials were hosted on the website, and emails were sent out to a client-supplied database of event invitees to promote the event.

We also created a suite of digital adverts to promote the summit on various partner websites used by the target audience.

Finally, we created brand guidelines for the event, to ensure consistency of materials created during and post-event by third parties.

 

‘Working with Abacus Marketing was an excellent experience. Their creativity and professionalism were outstanding, and the results were second to none. They became an invaluable part of our extended team. I can’t recommend them highly enough.’

Vince Russell
Head of Knowledge Management
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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DORA THE EXPLORER

by BGL Communications on June 21, 2017
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DORA THE EXPLORER

We were commissioned by Nickelodeon to develop strategic and creative concepts to support promotional point of sale concepts for Dora the Explorer, campaigns that could be tailored to the requirements of individual multiple grocery retail chains located across Europe – in the UK, this meant companies such as Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s, some of whose stores provide an important sales channel for Dora the Explorer products.

The objective underlying the project was to provide their sales force with presentation tools that they could use in preliminary discussions with their corporate customers to demonstrate a variety of sales promotion concepts to increase sales of products specifically featuring the Dora the Explorer brand. We additionally looked at opportunities to demonstrate the potential benefits of an integrated long-term strategy outside of these retail channels that would support and encourage repeat sales on an on-going basis.

The process began with market research, which revealed powerful insights about purchasing patterns, needs and values amongst the target audience. This helped to clarify strategic direction. The core objective identified in the client briefing process was to reward milestones – the achievement of “firsts” by children. Dora the Explorer is a powerful role model for kids, and our research identified a need to create an environment which rewarded family-specific issues, as well as firsts that might be small as well as big, and to reinforce positive new habits concerning everyday behaviour.

We saw an opportunity for the Dora the Explorer brand to recognise, reward and reinforce a wide variety of positive behaviours in children. We identified four types of ‘firsts’ and we proposed that the POS was provided in the form of a pack with physical elements to help parents to celebrate important milestones.

We created three different creative concepts – each of which could be offered to a specific multiple retailer and tailored to fit their corporate brand strategy. We developed add-on promotional ideas for retailers to use in-store to make the campaigns come alive. We identified third-party collaboration opportunities that would make the idea bigger and more powerful. We proposed shopping centre roadshows to provide wider exposure with positive PR opportunities supporting the key message that Dora the Explorer is the perfect brand guardian for important milestones in a child’s formative years. Finally, we created a concept to launch Dora into the world of social media with ‘Dora’s World’, where families would be able to safely share firsts and photos of their kids with family and friends in a secure way. This idea included an Explorers Club concept to encourage loyalty to the brand past the initial point of purchase.

 

‘Great concepts. Very pleased.’

Marketing Manager
Nickelodeon

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EBCS

by BGL Communications on June 21, 2017
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EBCS

We were appointed to create a sales and marketing plan for Elmbridge Borough Council’s building control division, which was being spun out of the council into the third sector as a social enterprise, as part of the government’s policy to safeguard important local authority services.

An essential part of the exercise was to understand the business and the people who ran it. With this in mind, we went out on site visits, interviewed every member of staff to better understand their roles and responsibilities, and held workshop discussions to discuss their views concerning the business, corporate branding, marketing communications and marketing strategy. We also looked closely at customer segmentation to identify key target markets.

Our 60-page marketing strategy included a systematic review of the business plan, comprehensive research of the competitor marketplace, the creation of a strategic corporate brand proposition, the identification of the marketing communications platforms required to meet the needs of key stakeholders, and the creation of a lead generation strategy to raise consumer awareness in their services. We looked at the sales pipeline process and made recommendations concerning the implementation of a CRM system to minimise churn and maximise conversion. We advised on customer lifetime value and the opportunities for cross-selling and up-selling via marketing automation software. We recommended the development of customer lifetime value strategies to encourage recommendation and referral to exploit word of mouth opportunities.

The next part of the process was the creative development of the corporate brand proposition. This involved the design of a logo and the demonstration of its application across different media. We created three different creative concepts and developed the chosen route in partnership with the client. We demonstrated how it would look across various marketing platforms, including the website, brochure and folder, stationery and uniforms. Once finalised, we provided a suite of logos and icons. We developed a site map for the website and analysed the customer journey to understand content needs and navigational logic.

 

‘Just what we needed. Thank you for all the help you gave us.’

Mark Webb
Managing Director
EBCS

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