Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has appointed marketing communications agency Keep Left as its national public relations partner, to drive external communications in collaboration with its in-house sales and marketing team.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has tasked Keep Left with increasing the brand exposure of the Melbourne Star, along with growing visitation with both the locals and tourists.
The scope includes public relations, influencer management, strategic partnerships and events.
Keep Left’s appointment comes alongside strong growth in visitation for Melbourne Star, which recently reported over 25% year-on-year increase in the international tourism market.
Melbourne Star Observation Wheel’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Nicole Hill explained that Melbourne Star is looking to reposition from a tourist attraction to an experiential venue ahead of its two millionth passenger in 2020.
“Melbourne Star Observation Wheel has been successfully operating as an attraction for six years, and we continue to see significant visitation growth from both local and international markets,
“Bringing Keep Left on board is a strategic move to position Melbourne Star as an intrinsic part of Melbourne – a natural extension of the city’s popular events, celebrations and must-do tourist itinerary.”
Keep Left CEO Caroline Catterall said the agency – which has just celebrated its 18th birthday – welcomed the opportunity to work more closely in the travel and tourism space.
“The addition of Melbourne Star Observation Wheel to Keep Left’s diverse portfolio leverages industry expertise across our Strategy, Creative, PR and Digital + Experience departments – as well as the teams’ passion for the industry.
“We’re excited to support Melbourne Star in its next phase of growth, re-positioning it to become an intrinsic part of the tourism and events scene in Melbourne.”
Keep Left’s client portfolio across its multi-disciplinary business includes Kathmandu, ME Bank, University of Melbourne, FIJI Water, NEFF, Charter Hall, Experian, and Guide Dogs.
Leading child rights organisation Save the Children has launched an integrated marketing campaign called ‘Living in Fear’ to fundraise $100,000 in seven days, to help tackle the scourge of child abuse in Australia.
Every day, 88 children suffer abuse in Australia. That’s one child every 16 minutes.
The campaign designed by marketing communications agency Keep Left will be rolled out across Save the Children’s owned media channels, as well as paid and earned media.
Keep Left based the creative on the insight that child abuse, whether emotional or physical, may have a lasting impact on the social and intellectual development of children. Without appropriate care from their families or support services, this may carry into adulthood.
As a result, many victims live in fear, which can make the most innocent things terrifying. This insight has been conceptualised in the campaign creative through the playing of the popular Australian children’s game ‘Duck, Duck, Goose.’
Save the Children Head of Marketing, Caroline Reid explained: “Childhood is supposed to be carefree, but in Australia, a child is abused every 16 minutes. This isn’t some foreign statistic; it’s occurring right around the country. The creative illustrates the shocking effects of abuse on children, and it’s a problem Australia needs to address.”
Keep Left CEO, Caroline Catterall said: “This was a difficult, but extremely important topic to tackle creatively. No child should live in fear and it’s our hope the funds raised through this campaign will help make large strides towards this being a reality.”
CEO of Save the Children Australia, Paul Ronalds said: “Save the Children is known for its work overseas, but child abuse in Australia is no less significant, yet much less understood. We have been developing Australian programs to help children suffering from abuse for over 100 years, but we need the nation to recognise the issues occurring in their own backyard and know how they can help save a child’s life.”
Consumer research linked to the campaign shows 35% of people don’t believe abuse is an issue affecting children in Australia, despite over a third saying they have been abused or know someone who has been.
“Intervening now could make a difference to thousands of lives. Child abuse, whether emotional or physical, is proven to have a lasting impact on the social and intellectual development of children that they may carry into adulthood,” concluded Mr Ronalds.
Marketing communications agency Keep Left has bolstered its creative arm with the appointment of Helen Neville as Senior Art Director.
Formerly Art Director with Clemenger BBDO, Neville brings eight years’ experience as both a conceptual and visual Art Director to Keep Left, having worked across a diverse portfolio of consumer-facing brands, namely in retail and automotive.
In her role with Keep Left, Neville will provide creative leadership across Melbourne and Sydney client portfolios, working closely with the existing team of strategists and creatives to develop brand-led, audience-centric campaigns that are channel agnostic.
Caroline Catterall, CEO of Keep Left said Neville’s appointment would move Keep Left from a content and storytelling agency to a more holistic creative agency, with an advertising lens.
“We’ve operated as a content agency for the past three years, and have increasingly seen our content used in advertising, particularly in digital placements, so it’s been a gradual but natural evolution that we’re ready to embrace.
“Helen brings the ideas, creative thinking and processes to help us navigate that bridge from content to creative,” Catterall added. “Her advertising-led, proposition-based approach will be a great complement to the data-driven storytelling approach Keep Left is known for.
“Our clients are looking for assistance from insights, audience, and strategy through to creative and execution, so it’s great to be able to work with them every step of the way.”
Commenting on her decision to join Keep Left, Neville said, “The opportunity to join the team at this pivotal time was too good to refuse. I can bring all the inspiration of ad-land to the table, and I’m excited to see where we can take it combining the different skills in the agency”.
Neville’s appointment coincides with Keep Left recently completing an org redesign that has seen the establishing of four distinct departments including:
Insights + Strategy, led by Managing Director Gillian Gosling and Strategy Director Susan Horn.
Creative, led by Senior Art Director Helen Neville and Lead Creative (Video), Ant Dinham.
Digital + Experience, led by Johanna Murray as Head of Digital + Experience.
Public Relations, led by Tim Lele as Head of Public Relations.
Other recent new appointments to the agency include Sylvie Ellis who joined Keep Left as Content Strategist from Columbus, where she’d spent three years as Content and Social Specialist.
Keep Left’s client portfolio across its multi-disciplinary business includes Kathmandu, ME Bank, University of Melbourne, FIJI Water, NEFF, Charter Hall, Experian, Moula, and Guide Dogs.
Keep Left has been awarded the creative and content account for Coles Local, an exciting new retail offering from Coles Supermarkets.
Coles Local is designed to inspire a love of quality food and provide a tailored, in-store culinary experience for the local community.
The first Coles Local store opened in Melbourne’s Surrey Hills on 13 November. The smaller format supermarket features 100% Australian grown fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fresh seafood. It also boasts an in-store chef and exclusive products from speciality and artisan suppliers such as Meatsmith, MoVida, Brunetti and Laurent, with a strong focus on the environment and local community.
Peta Allsopp, Head of Local & Special Projects Marketing at Coles, said the support of a creative and content agency that understood storytelling was essential to help differentiate the Coles Local brand in Australia.
“Coles Local is here to give local communities the convenience of a supermarket, with the character and experience of a speciality store and to make shopping, cooking and eating a joy.”
“We were looking for an agency with a strong strategic, creative and digital skillset to help us launch this new brand in Australia and were impressed with Keep Left’s integrated offering.”
Keep Left’s scope of work includes creative and content production, including OOH and print advertising, bespoke magazine content and design, hero video production, always-on social creative and management of biddable media across Facebook and Instagram.
Keep Left Acting CEO, Caroline Catterall, said working with Coles Local had provided a great opportunity to road test the agency’s new in-house kitchen studio.
“The Coles Local magazine shoot gave us the chance to put the space to the test and I’m pleased to say the feedback from the photographers and stylists was very positive,” said Catterall. “It’s a real bonus to have a fully-functioning kitchen in our Melbourne head office that we can use for recipe shoots, flat lays and to generally produce high quality food creative at a competitive price.”
On the eve of its 17th birthday, communications and content marketing agency, Keep Left, has opened its first office in Sydney.
The office will be led by long-time team member Libby Britten, who has been promoted to Strategy & Client Services Manager and will lead the growth of the company’s PR, creative and performance clients headquartered in Sydney.
Keep Left has also bolstered its management team with the appointment of Susan Horn as Head of Content Marketing and Creative Services. Horn first established Keep Left’s consumer division in 2007, and in the last eight years has worked at L’Oréal and Fonterra in general brand marketing roles, before rejoining Keep Left in September 2017.
Horn will lead Keep Left’s portfolio of content clients including the University of Melbourne and NEFF Australia, as well as providing creative leadership to the agency’s thriving creative production studio.
Completing the growth trifecta, former General Manager of Vizeum and Posterscope, David Campbell, has joined the Keep Left management team in a commercial advisory capacity.
Campbell will work with the Keep Left management team on the implementation of the agency’s three-year strategic plan and key initiatives associated with this.
Keep Left CEO, Gillian Gosling, said the appointments would help Keep Left prepare for its next phase of growth as it edges closer to full-service.
“Keep Left has doubled in size since the launch of our integrated offering and we plan to continue the growth while promoting a high-performance culture in the next three years.
“It’s only natural for us to have feet on the ground in Sydney and we’re confident that this, combined with the recent management appointments, will take the agency to the next level,” she added.
Gosling will be on maternity leave from mid-October, handing the CEO reins back to Founder Caroline Catterall for six months. As Acting CEO, Catterall will oversee business strategy, people & culture, client satisfaction and finance.