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Mission ‘Hidden Retreat’ had been months in the making, with the busy bees at Kathmandu and the Keep Left team arranging clandestine calls, photo shoots and site recces in the lead up to the big day.
Set up the ultimate campsite in a secret location somewhere in Australia for the public to find. Those who could break Kathmandu’s cryptic clues on social media and uncover their Hidden Retreat would be in with a chance of winning the ultimate campsite set up, worth over $4,000, along with an excellent range of runner-up prizes.The concept was the brainchild of Thomas Rennie, our Art Director and magic ideas machine. When we asked him what the inspiration was for the Hidden Retreat, Rennie told us that as a kid he used to make forts in the woods near his house. “I liked the idea of someone else coming along after me and finding this place all set up and waiting for them. There’s something quite Hansel and Gretel about it!”.
With the help of Account Director Jasmin, Consultant Mary and the Keep Left team, Rennie’s vision was brought to life.
The set up
An ultimate campsite doesn’t just set itself up. Under the cloak of two inconspicuous rental vans, with Jasmin and Mary at the wheels, our team of Lefties and an audacious amount of bug spray departed the big smoke in the direction of the countryside.
“I’m an outdoors kind of guy”, Rennie tells us, as though we didn’t already know. “There’s nothing like the satisfaction you get when you put the final guy rope in place, but it was a bit different with the Hidden Retreat. We sat back after we nailed the first tent, and realised we had seven more to put up! We paid a well-earned visit to the Kinglake Pub that night.”
Blood, sweat and tears, alright.
But there’s no rest for the wicked. At 5.00am the following day, the team were bright eyed and bushy tailed, and back on the campsite to put the final touches to the Hidden Retreat.
A few hours later, and with Jasmin in a high-vis vest doing her best bouncer impression, over 100 happy campers arrived at the site keen for some competition.
After a spot of clue trivia and a gruelling game of quoits (the athletes’ game of choice), the overall winners were announced. Congratulations to Jamie and Mark, who had driven over two hours to get their hands on the prize – here’s to many happy camping trips!
The after party
But the festivities didn’t end there. With the secluded spot in the woods packed with hungry competitors, it was time for the great Aussie tradition of a cook out. “We’d set up seating areas and games so people could enjoy the sunshine, and having food meant that the runners-up also had a fun day out with their family, so it wasn’t all about the winning,” Jasmin told us.
“It was just like a big family picnic,” Rennie added. “That BBQ, too – the food was homemade by a local caterer, and those were the best burgers I’ve ever eaten.”
Given the number of burgers Rennie has put away in his life, that is some accolade.
WHAT: Kathmandu Hidden Retreat
WHERE: The Gums, Kinglake National Park
WHEN: Saturday 24th February 2018
WHO: Jasmin, Rennie, Tash, Jacob, Mary, Ben and Johanna from Keep Left + Wombat + the Kathmandu team + 100 happy campers
Last week, a small contingent of Keep Left’s content and PR specialists swapped their colleagues for giant bugs and impromptu client picnics on an exciting shoot – this time a little far out from our regular leafy South Melbourne office.
Bugs aside, the team was tasked with shooting a teaser video for an upcoming activation campaign, and a good hearty dose of wilderness was compulsory. “Despite the 33 degree heat, it felt good to take Keep Left out of the confines of an office for a day, and we can’t complain – it was a pretty picturesque satellite office,” says Jasmin Watts, one of our Account Directors.
The team is beyond happy with the raw footage, and is looking forward to utilising it in the coming months as the campaign rolls out. We’re really proud of the team and it was invigorating to work so closely with the client and collaborate so successfully on a challenging but beautiful project.
Thomas Rennie, our Art Director, was beaming quietly when he showed us some of what they captured: “I just had the best day,” he sighed.
Melbourne-based PR and Content Marketing agency announces appointment of new CEO.
PR and content marketing agency, Keep Left, has today announced the appointment of Gillian Yeap as CEO, with former CEO and founder Caroline Catterall transitioning to the role of Executive Director.
Yeap is stepping into the role after eight years with the agency, having become a co-owner in 2015 and Keep Left’s Director of Strategy for the past two years.
As CEO, Yeap will oversee the running of the core PR and content production business, implement the agency’s strategic plan and nurture key client relationships alongside Keep Left’s long-standing management team.
After 15 years as CEO, Catterall’s transition to Executive Director will see her focus on the growth areas of the business with a particular focus on content marketing.
Yeap explained: “This move will allow us to keep the core business solid, while Caroline focuses on developing our capability in content marketing, exploring new tools and technologies and establishing relevant partnerships that will help future-proof the agency.
“The launch of our content production studio has been game-changing for the agency and for our clients, and we’re keen to continue innovating with our creative and digital services.”
With 11 years’ experience across a diverse range of sectors including property, social change, food, travel, health and technology, Yeap joined Keep Left in 2009 where her progression through the agency has seen her rising up the ranks in eight years. Since becoming a partner, a succession plan to CEO has been in place.
As part of the internal reorganisation existing team member Sarah Robertson has moved to the role of Strategy & Marketing Manager. Keep Left has also recently appointed Brooke Stephenson as Marketing Coordinator and Elena Goh as Finance & Operations Manager.
The announcement comes after a period of significant growth for Keep Left, with Catterall and Yeap achieving a 20 percent increase in revenue since they launched the content production studio in 2016.
Melbourne-based PR and Content Marketing agency expands its Content Production team
Melbourne-based PR and Content Marketing agency, Keep Left, today announces the expansion of its content production studio seven months on from launching the content marketing arm of the agency.
Jordan Gold has been appointed Production Manager for the studio and brings a mix of production and editorial expertise to Keep Left, having previously worked at innovative integrated media businesses within the UK market, such as VICE and Konbini.
Jordan Gold, Keep Left’s new Production Manager
He is joined by three recent Content Producer recruits, Ant Dinham, Kate Tärtsus, and Corinne Innes, who will work alongside the studio’s Copywriter, Laura Carpenter Davies, and Art Director and Designer, Thomas Rennie. The expansion brings the agency’s staff up to numbers of 25.
CEO and founder Caroline Catterall said: “It’s been great to add this creative bow to our services. Jordan’s appointment comes at a critical period for Keep Left, as we continue to branch into content marketing and content production, and integrate our new services with PR.”
In July last year, Keep Left launched its integrated PR, content and digital 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 aim is to move clients beyond the traditional ‘safe’ PR to future-proof and to elevate their communications” Catterall added.