Last summer, Keep Left and Kathmandu co-ordinated a live scavenger hunt that encouraged Kathmandu fans to embrace their inner explorer and get outdoors. New and existing customers unlocked a series of clues on social media to find a secret campsite hidden away in the Great Australian Outdoors.
All the late nights, early mornings and country film expeditions to make the competition happen have paid off with Keep Left winning PRIA’s Experiential Marketing Campaign of the Year.
Our paid social media strategy through Jules Lund, Wombat and NOVA was a success with almost 1.5 million social impressions and over 100 people travelling to Kinglake in search of the grand prize. At the end of the campaign, Keep Left reached 3.9 million people through eight pieces of earned editorial content, making the experiential marketing campaign a success.
Hidden retreat proved that the true power of social media lies in its ability to connect a brand to its fans, not just online, but also in the real world. Mobile technology doesn’t have to inhibit outdoor exploration, in fact, it can encourage it.
The Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media merge is one of the most significant events in Australia’s media history. This will have a profound impact on public relations specialists who need to adapt to provide valuable media relations in an uncertain broadcast future.
For PR teams to cut through, an integrated approach to client storytelling is crucial. Only the most agile agencies who can offer multimedia content packages with data, expert opinion, case studies and cross-channel graphic content will survive.
Want to learn more about how to succeed in a post-Fairfax world?
Check out this Mumbrella article, featuring out Head of Corporate Communications, Tim Lele.
While the rest of our office was acclimatising to the oncoming winter this past May, Account Director Tom escaped Melbourne for sunny North Queensland. Luckily for his hard-working team back home (not to mention Tom’s delicate skin), this trip wasn’t just about lazing on sandy beaches, but rather helping Greening Australia announce a breakthrough in its water quality project that’s helping to save the Great Barrier Reef.
Next to climate change, poor water quality is the biggest threat to the future of the Great Barrier Reef as it reduces the ability for coral to recover – but unlike climate change this is an issue we’re able to address in the short-term. Greening Australia has been working with local landholders, corporate partners and the Australian Government to help meet the goals set out in the Reef 2050 plan.
As part of the Gully Remediation program held at Strathalbyn Station just south of Townsville, where gullies had previously exported an average of 956 tonnes of sediment per hectare per year since 1945. This May, the Greening Australia team of experts revealed that the Reef Aid program had seen a 97 per cent decrease in sediment concentration at the site, with potential for these results to be replicated in other areas.
Members of the media who joined Tom on his Townsville trip were treated to a presentation of the scientific findings, given access to Greening Australia experts and the site’s landowner, as well as a helicopter ride to provide an aerial perspective of the work being done and its effects further downstream.
Greening Australia’s impressive results speak for themselves, but they still require support to be able to scale up the project and meet the Reef 2050 goals, including a 50% reduction in sediment load by 2030. To support this fantastic initiative, you can give a tax deductible donation here: https://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/donate-reef-aid/
This February, over 2,000 guests gathered for an evening of fine dining and culture for Melbourne’s fourth Diner en Blanc. Dressed all in white, guests arrived at the Melbourne Museum Plaza ready for an elegant evening of fine dining at the chic picnic. And of course, FIJI Water was there to ensure everyone was properly hydrated throughout the night.
Despite a worrying weather forecast that made a dark cloud hang over the event during preparation, the rain passed to make for a perfect evening.
Anna McEvoy and her partner were our guests for the evening, sharing their unique date night on Instagram and in a vlog with subtle nods to FIJI Water scattered throughout.
The beautiful blue of the FIJI Water bottles stood out against the brilliant white backgrounds of the dinner setting, making them a favourite feature for guests’ photographs.
Recently, a contingent of the Keep Left content production team embarked on something of a mammoth task: to shoot footage for a high production value campaign at over 12 different locations across Victoria, in just four days.
From the South Melbourne Market to the Northern suburbs and a beach on the Mornington Peninsula, the team covered significant ground. Not only was producer and director Ant Dinham managing a team of three Lefties and several highly specialised external crew members, but also co-ordinating a cohort of 11 actors, including six kids, and one very enthusiastic canine.
We broke a sweat just thinking about it, but Ant was cool as a cucumber when we asked him to tell us about the experience. “It went very well”, he responded, with a look that said ‘duh’.
We’d expect nothing less!
Ant’s small crew were shooting handheld, which meant they could be nimble in getting from one shoot to another. “Whenever I direct a shoot, one of my goals is to maximise value. Working with a pared-back team as we did on this shoot, it meant that no crew member was sitting around waiting for their part to happen. It was all very hands-on throughout the four days,” Ant told us.
“Even as the director, when I wasn’t blocking out our shots or working with actors to get their performances down, I was functioning as our art and wardrobe departments. As a producer, I was always conscious of the tight deadline we had with this project, so time management was key.”
In the yoga studio
Kate Tartsus, who was director of photography on the shoot, is a self-confessed lighting geek, and the range of locations put her skills to the test. “Shooting at the beach was a bit tricky as there was a storm brewing and the light was inconsistent. I’m pleased with the result, though!” she tells us.
The perfect storm
“That’s actually one of my favourite scenes,” added Ant. “We could have gone for a spectacular beach with a dramatic landscape, but it wasn’t about that. The scene was about a mother and daughter reconnecting and sharing a moment. In the sequence, we followed them walking out of the trees and onto the beach, and although it’s beautiful, the scenery is secondary to the action and the story we’re telling.”
Surely, with so many locations and actors in the mix, there must have been some funny moments?
“Actually, there were a couple”, says Ant. “We had cast two actors independently in mother and daughter roles, as we thought there was some similarity in their features. But when they turned up on set, they knew each other. It turned out that they were actually distantly related!”
“Plus there were a few moments of improvisation. But, you know, nothing a bit of creative thinking can’t fix,” Kate adds.
Well, the best laid plans and all that.
No car rig? No problem!
So who is the mystery client behind this mammoth project? We’ll give you a hint: what could you do in three years?
Keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal!
TEAM: Kate, Ant, Tash, and Tom from Keep Left + 2 external crew members
Traffic congestion is changing the way Australians think about transportation. The more clogged our cities’ roads become, the more changes we are willing to make to avoid the fight against traffic on our daily commute. This is what Keep Left discovered in the latest research we commissioned for HERE Technologies.
Designed by the Keep Left content team, the report Where to from HERE: Mapping multi-modal movement in Australia, uses HERE’s location data capabilities to conduct traffic analyses of the major cities in Australia to identify their most congested roads and areas. It also includes consumer insights garnered from Pure Profile, to find causal relationships between the congestion of roads and the changing behaviours of consumers.
Despite the public and private sectors’ best efforts to tackle the issue with a renewed investment transport infrastructure, HERE’s report provided a snapshot into how consumers will interact with transport well into the future, demonstrating that a world of four wheels per person is completely unsustainable.
To help understand and guide authoritative perspectives on the road forward, the report explores how location technology based solutions can help build a sustainable future for Australia’s road networks and burgeoning population of commuters.
Making use of HERE Technologies’ tools, Keep Left brought the traffic congestion data to life by creating a full suite of GIFs showing the impact of traffic on each of the surveyed cities during peak rush hour.
We spoke to real people to capture their thoughts on Australia’s congested cities, producing a vox-pop style video to share with media.
A targeted strategy and offering a complete package to media – consisting of localised media releases with city-specific news hooks, interviews, a robust report, illustrative GIFs and a vox-pop video – helped Keep Left achieve its most successful campaign to date with HERE Technologies, securing nationwide print, online and broadcast media.
The report launch resulted in 39 pieces of earned media coverage, getting in front of almost 30 million people with newspaper stories appearing in The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, The Herald Sun and The West Australian to name a few.
The report has further positioned HERE a thought leader that is assisting to solve the complex challenges impacting the way Australians travel.
After thirteen editions of their biannual Household Financial Comfort Report, super-fund owned bank, ME, is now firmly established as the go-to experts on what’s impacting Australians’ hip pockets. For the 5th year in a row, Keep Left took the reins for a PR campaign to release the report to the public, targeting national and metropolitan news outlets spanning TV, radio, print and digital media with exceptional results.
The report came up against stiff competition in the financial news cycle, with the ABS releasing their cost of living data, a widely-publicised ASX crash, and a similar report from a partnership between Newscorp and Australian National University (ANU) all going live within the same three-day period as ME’s HFCR.
By implementing a tried and tested media strategy, which included pre-pitching a week out from the report’s launch and targeting property writers and publications with data relating to mortgage stress, the Keep Left team garnered an incredible 286 pieces of coverage for the report. Volume of coverage is an important KPI for ME with the HFCR, so this was a terrific result.
This includesd 40 print and online stories including AFR, The Age, The Australian,Domain, Business Insider and The Herald Sun; 16 radio interviews on ABC Radio National; and 230 pieces of TV coverage, including an interview with ME’s Consulting Economist, Jeff Oughton, for Channel 10 which was syndicated 47 times.
Taking their learnings from previous years on board allowed the team to expand their pitching opportunities and gain national attention for the report despite a particularly competitive cycle. Well done team!
For the third year in a row, Keep Left had the pleasure of working with Dairy Australia to help run the communications campaign for the prestigious Australian Grand Dairy Awards in 2018. With consumer engagement being a key campaign objective, we built on last year’s inaugural People’s Choice Award and gave dairy-loving Aussies the opportunity to get involved.
With a year’s supply of Australian cheese up for grabs for two lucky entrants, we were able to garner outstanding interest in the People’s Choice Award with more than 13,000 online votes cast for local producers (almost 4 times the votes cast for the 2017 awards) and The Yoghurt Shop’s Passionately Passionfruit Yoghurt creaming the competition to be crowned the people’s favourite.
Using a multi-faceted digital strategy combining media coverage (Urban List, HIT network and a live cross from the Today show), influencer marketing, and a targeted Facebook campaign, we were able to drive consumer interest in the awards. Our digital campaign included the new Facebook Canvas, which used high quality video, still images and a ‘vote now’ link to draw consumers to the voting page.
On Thursday 1st February the cream of the crop of the Australian dairy industry gathered at Higher Ground in Melbourne for the much anticipated awards presentation hosted by Dairy Australia. The industry’s night of nights saw the 18 best dairy products in the country announced in front of an excited crowd of farmers, producers, media and bloggers.
The venue was transformed into an Instagrammer’s delight, with beautifully styled tables overflowing with fresh produce and a smorgasbord of delicious dairy products from our winning producers.
Melbourne-based PR and content marketing agency, Keep Left, today announces the bolstering of its content marketing capability with the recent hire of Annemarie Hunter.
Hunter has been appointed as Keep Left’s SEO, Content & Analytics Specialist and brings with her a mix of digital and content marketing expertise, transitioning from her role as Manager of SEO & Digital Channel Insights at Fairfax.
In her role at Fairfax, Hunter was responsible for delivering customer-focused SEO strategies across Fairfax Media’s News and Business verticals to ensure strong visibility online.
At Keep Left, Hunter will spearhead the agency’s data-driven philosophy and work with the teams to embed this across both the PR and content marketing divisions.
Founder and Executive Director, Caroline Catterall, said: “Annemarie’s appointment is another big step forward in our data-driven proposition.
“Search behaviour and social trends give us valuable insights into how our content and pitches should be angled, and is adding a lot of value across our PR and content marketing clients.
“Simple things like being able to include keyword research in our media pitches has helped take our PR programs to the next level. On the content marketing side, being able to conduct in-depth keyword strategies, technical audits and content analysis is proving highly beneficial.
“Annemarie’s experience working at Fairfax was the perfect entrée to her joining Keep Left.”
In July last year, Keep Left launched its integrated PR, content marketing and production offering to reflect the value that brand storytelling informed by data can have for an organisation wanting to connect with the hearts and minds of its audience.
“Our mission is to future-proof and elevate our client’s communications. Having digital experts on our team to complement our existing skill-set plays a big part in this,” Catterall added.
This appointment follows a recent round of internal promotions, with Keep Left appointing Tim Lele to Head of Corporate Communications, Maggie Stergiopoulos to Account Director, Molly Bruce to Account Manager, and Jessica Pullar and Brooke Stephenson to Account Executive.