September & October - Month in Review

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Lights, Camera, Telly Award!

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Keep Left short film wins Telly Award

PR and content marketing agency, Keep Left, in partnership with innovation agency, SecondMuse, has been awarded a Bronze Telly Award for non-broadcast production excellence for a documentary-style short film produced for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange (DFAT iXc) in 2016.

Tonga and Timor – Turning the Tide on Obesity and Undernutrition explores how changing cultural norms and the globalisation of the world’s food supply has shifted the way people act and eat, resulting in high levels of impaired development and disease such as diabetes and avoidable deaths – particularly in low income countries.

The Keep Left team joined with the SecondMuse storytelling and engagement team to travel into communities in Tonga and Timor and speak to experts on the ground to understand the impact of under-nutrition and over-nutrition across the Pacific Islands, and the health issues it causes.

The short film was produced as part of the LAUNCH Food program, a global innovation challenge to improve nutrition and health outcomes worldwide.

Through a combination of drone footage, traditional imagery and detailed interviews, the film set the scene for the DFAT supported food challenge, and highlighted the magnitude of the problem currently being faced in Pacific communities around issues of health and nutrition.

Keep Left Telly Award- Tonga and Timor: Turning the tide on obesity and undernutrition

The award win comes a year after Keep Left launched its in-house content production capability offering services in visual storytelling, animation, graphic design and copywriting.

Keep Left’s CEO Gillian Yeap said: “Our production crew completed the Tonga and Timor shoot in just over five days. It was an incredible exercise in logistics and stamina, traversing two countries in this time, interviewing experts, capturing beautiful overlay footage using our drone and knitting together a compelling narrative that would effectively explain the severity of over and under nutrition.

“Our job was to create a piece that would motivate and inspire LAUNCH Food participants to tackle and overcome a huge social problem, and the feedback was that our film did just that.

“We’d like to thank innovation agency SecondMuse for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this program,” Yeap added.

Keep Left Telly Award - Tonga and Timor: Turning the tide on obesity and undernutrition

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honouring outstanding content for TV and Cable, Digital and Streaming, and Non-Broadcast distribution. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

“We are extremely proud to once again recognise outstanding productions in the film and video industry” said Executive Director of The Telly Awards, Linda Day. “The quality of work submitted each season continues to exceed our expectations.”

With over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, the 2017 competition was one of the most successful and competitive in the long history of the Telly Awards. A full list of winners can be viewed here.

Stevie Award winners

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Keep Left wins gold at international Stevie Awards

PR and content marketing agency, Keep Left, has been recognised for its work with ME (formerly ME Bank) and Red Nose, taking home a Gold Stevie and Bronze Stevie at the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards in Tokyo on Friday night.

keep left wins gold and bronze stevie award

Keep Left was awarded gold in the category ‘Innovation in the Use of Events’ with ME’s Super Smashaday campaign. Following commentary from economist Bernard Salt in the Weekend Australian that Australian millennials are overspending on smashed avocado brunches instead of saving for a home, ME was perfectly placed to capitalise on the ensuing debate with an existing home loan advertising campaign already in the market “have your smashed avocado and eat it too”.

Hijacking super Saturday auctions across Victoria with smashed avocado canapes for new home buyers, the Gold Stevie honoured campaign was concepted and executed in just four days by Keep Left’s property and finance PR team.

The efforts of the agency’s social change team in launching the new Red Nose brand (formerly SIDS & Kids), and its mission of reducing the current reality of nine sudden and unexpected infant deaths each day to zero earned the team a bronze within ‘Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications’.

Working closely with the team at Red Nose, the team executed an integrated campaign, comprised of a national media launch that kicked off with a parliamentary briefing at Canberra’s Parliament House, supported by social media campaign with custom GIFs and graphics, and powerful video content bringing the organisation’s new mission to life, utilised across all platforms.

Keep Left’s CEO Gillian Yeap said: “It’s a real honour to take home two Stevie Awards this year to acknowledge two campaigns we’re incredibly proud of. We’re lucky to work with amazing clients like Red Nose and ME that allow us to be so creative and to execute clever and memorable campaigns. We’d like to thank them for coming on the journey with us.”

Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organisations in more than 60 nations. Honouring organisations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognise outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. A full list of winners can be viewed here.

The truth behind the barcode

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Baptist World Aid’s Ethical Fashion Report.

For the fourth year, Baptist World Aid released its industry-leading research report, revealing the fashion brands succeeding and failing at mitigating the risk of worker exploitation in their global supply chains. With 106 apparel companies (or 330 brands) receiving a grade from A to F, this year’s Ethical Fashion Report was bigger than ever. While highly anticipated among industry players as a benchmarking tool, and among consumers as an ethical shopping guide, there was uncertainty surrounding potential media fatigue.

Baptist world aid's ethical fashion report - cotton picking behind the barcode

Keep Left’s community engagement PR team took to the challenge. While the launch date has always coincided with the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, the team decided this year’s report needed to transcend the conversation beyond the accident. Ultimately, the report’s reputation provided an opportunity to demonstrate the impact of putting pressure on fashion brands to be transparent, while at the same time increasing consumer awareness that an issue exists.

Baptist world aid's ethical fashion report - behind the barcode

Armed with fresh angles, a strong visual package and 3rd party spokespeople at the ready, the team seeded story angles to key outlets and secured prominent media interest well prior to the report release day. A vital part of this process was Baptist World Aid spokesperson, Gershon Nimbalker, who has extensive media experience and was able to participate in interviews ahead of the report release.

Cue launch day. Having coordinated print and online coverage already, and broadcast interviews from 6am, Gershon used the day’s spotlight to highlight some of the most prominent findings from the 2017 report and explain what consumers can do to vote with their wallets. Coverage was achieved across print, radio, television and online media outlets including:

Baptist world aid ethical fashion report

The explosive launch day and subsequent coverage saw over 50 million people reached with news of the Ethical Fashion report. Of the 247 pieces of coverage, four in every five included an interview or quotes from Gershon and 73% directed its audience to the Baptist World Aid “Behind the Barcode” website. In seven days following launch, more than 42,000 people went online to see the report and after four weeks the website traffic was still 35% higher than average.

Find out more about our work with not-for-profits across Australia, including St John Ambulance, Red Nose and Wesley Mission Victoria, or get in contact to see how we could work with your brand.

The Light & Shade of Puppies

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International Guide Dog Day & Guide Dogs Victoria’s 60th birthday.

To mark International Guide Dog Day (IGDD) and their 60th birthday, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) came to our social change PR team with news of a collaboration with Public Transport Victoria. A tram wrapped in pictures of puppies would be travelling the CBD. Knowing a media opportunity when we see one, our team jumped at the chance to extend the gravity and reach of the day with a dual-strategy campaign and activation.

puppy tram PR - The light & shade of puppies

Building on the collaboration, the team organised ambassador dogs and sweet treats to join commuters on the tram for the organisation’s 60th birthday, news that lifestyle and consumer media would love to share.

But we also wanted to draw the audience in beyond puppies and highlight the profound value of Guide Dogs. This IGDD we worked with GDV to show the data behind this value and release GDV & Swinburne Uni’s preliminary findings into how Guide Dogs offer much more than mobility.

GDV 60th birthday - the light & shade of puppies

More than Mobility

The research revealed that Guide Dogs act as social facilitators, help to manage mental and physical health issues, and encourage the handlers to try new challenges, develop new skills and think differently about themselves.

Alongside our PR work, we filmed a case study to give life to the research findings. The 40 second video represents years of companionship and guidance, a snippet of the relationship Peter and his Guide Dog Barry share.

Celebrating with Guide Dogs Victoria

With a set date for the 60th birthday and IGDD, our social change PR team created a newsworthy package to generate broad media interest. This included GIFS, photos and interview opportunities with GDV’s CEO Karen Hayes and CEO of Public Transport Victoria, Jeroen Weimar, a long-standing supporter of Guide Dog accessibility.

Guide dogs victoria 60th birthday- puppy gif

Unsurprisingly, news of dogs on a tram gained huge traction online. After being published on Broadsheet, fans came hunting for the tram in the city where they could cuddle GDV ambassador dogs and take home a celebratory cookie to promote the organisation taking the lead for 60 years.

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The two strategies gained broad media coverage nationally, with an approximate audience of 5.7 million people. Among the 120 articles covering GDV and IGDD, the story was featured on ABC News Breakfast, 3AW, ABC Breakfast Radio, Channel 9 News, Channel 10 News, Herald Sun and The Urban List.

Find out more about our work with not-for-profits across Australia, including St John Ambulance, Red Nose and Wesley Mission Victoria, or get in contact to see how we could work with your brand.

Experian selects Keep Left

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Delivering storytelling services across Australia and New Zealand.

Leading global information services company, Experian, has selected integrated PR and content marketing agency Keep Left to deliver its storytelling services across Australia and New Zealand.

Experian unlocks the power of data to create opportunities for consumers, businesses and society across 37 different countries. Its technologies help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organisations to prevent identity fraud and crime.

Experian’s Marketing Director Karl Miklis said the news comes at a time when Experian is strengthening its presence and commitment to the region.

“In this new partnership, we see a huge opportunity to communicate to consumers and businesses about the possibilities that can be achieved through data and analytics in the business world – and the positive role it can play in society.”

“This win truly aligns with our belief that storytelling should be backed with data-driven insights,” Keep Left CEO Gillian Yeap said.

“Globally Experian is a data powerhouse, but traditionally the brand hasn’t had a large share of voice in Australia. The company is host to a wealth of data and insights of critical importance to both businesses and consumers, so we are excited to help Experian communicate this content.”


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So far, Keep Left’s storytelling has drawn attention to important societal issues such as shifting credit and debt trends among millennials, and highlighted heightened fraud risks for businesses and consumers, with the forthcoming introduction of the national real-time payments system.

The partnership commenced in September and to date the work has spanned traditional public relations and content production services – including digital copywriting, creative design and video production services from Keep Left’s in-house content production studio.

“The brief from Experian plays well to our experience and growth across technology, financial and professional services,” Yeap said.

Keep Left’s corporate and technology PR team already works with global technology companies such as IT giants Infosys, Australian tech success story Nitro, global mapping and location company HERE, and FinTech startup Airwallex. It also has a footprint in the financial services space with challenger bank, ME, and VicSuper as clients.

Across the business, Keep Left’s portfolio of clients includes FIJI Water, Dairy Australia, the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO), MAB Corporation, St John Ambulance Victoria, DFAT and Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids). Find out more about Keep Left’s PR, content marketing and content production services.


Content team expansion

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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 Content Production Manager

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.

Keep Left’s clients include Dairy Australia, VicSuper, Tassal, Red Nose and ME. Find out more about Keep Left’s content production services on the website.

SXSW 2015: Content, content everywhere

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One little word certainly packed a lot of punch at this conference and that was content. There were five solid days dedicated to discussing how to best create and distribute content, with the mix of speakers including news outlets, news wires, entertainment website and brands.

One standout was the presentation from Dao Nguyen, Publisher at BuzzFeed.

The measure of success for BuzzFeed is not just creating content that people will click on (because you can trick people into doing this), but actually creating something interesting enough that people will share it. Sharing is really the Holy Grail, but it’s not that easy.

According to Dao here are the things that people will share:

While this might all sound simple enough, predicting what’s going to get people talking is not that easy. It was discussed at length that it’s both art and science. While you absolutely need a good dose of editorial gut instinct to create great content, some analytical data to back this up is imperative too.

A good example of this is the question BuzzFeed recently asked it’s readers ‘What Colours Are This Dress?’ which went completely nuts and sparked debate across the globe. This was all art, but they have a lot of amazing ‘science’ tools to work with as well, including a social reproduction rate (R=) which predicts how popular content is going to be.

Another great presentation I attended was by Oracle and American Sports Network NBC. They talked about the challenge for brands to produce enough content, in a cost and time effective manner to meet the requirements of your audience. The explained there are three types of content and you should prioritise as follows:

So if you follow the statistics, you’re best to prioritise low effort content followed by medium and then high. I personally think the medium effort content makes a lot of sense. If you can answers the questions your customers are asking and be useful to them that sounds like a recipe to success for me.

Hope you found this useful!

SXSW – Day 1: The power of video

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Day 1 felt a little bit like the first day of school. Everyone arrived looking fresh, eager and buttoned up. There was a funny sense of anticipation in the air.

A recurring theme was the growing dominance of video in the content mix. While in some ways this may seem like stating the obvious given how big TV has been for years, there’s a number of converging factors that are making video an increasing powerful communications tool:

Snackable content: People have always liked to skim read and now they like to ‘snack’ on interesting, entertaining or informative content. Video is a quick and easy way for a viewer to get bite-size, entertaining chunks.

How we learn: Apparently the majority of people (65%) take in information better by seeing, watching and touching over reading. Let’s face it, we’re surrounded by content so want it served up as easy as possible.

The millennial effect: We call millennials Gen Ys and they are a big focus as they’re group that can deliver the greatest lifetime value for a brand. Millennials love video. When they go online they first thing they do is look for the ‘play’ button.

Less appointment viewing: For news media in particular, less people are tuning into scheduled programs and getting their news either from YouTube or catch up with TV online. They would also prefer to see footage of what happened than hear a journalist do a piece to camera. While a viewer might only watch 15 seconds of a traditional news report they’ll watch 3 minutes of a building burning down.  Sightly depressing but true.

Better connectivity: A few years ago, it was hard to watch video on your phone because of the buffering issues, but things have improved. Better connectivity means easier access to content. And more people are viewing content generally on their phones, which is now regarded as the ‘first screen’. BuzzFeed produce all their content for mobile these days.

Changes at Facebook: This is a big one. Facebook‘s next revenue stream will be pre-roll advertising so the Facebook algorithm favours video. One speaker from sports network NBC spoke about having to rewrite their Facebook strategy totally ahead of the Super Bowl on account of this. Video vignettes formed a major part of their content mix in the week leading up to the big game.

While video might be the preferred way for a lot of people to consumer their news and information – in particular millennials – engagement levels are lower than other forms of content and there is still the cost issues to overcome.

But not everything has to be top quality. In fact, some of the best performing footage is out-takes and bloopers. A few people I’ve been speaking to have talked about segregating your content mix in A, B, C, D or high, medium and low effort. There’s an art and science to this. Stay tuned for more on this tomorrow…

SXSW eve – 1 day to go

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For two people who run late for almost everything, it’s been a blessing and in hindsight, a necessity, to arrive in Austin a day before the official kick off SXSW 2015

That’s because the program is so big and so diverse that it took 5 hours of ‘studying the form’ today to decide which events to go to, which speakers to prioritise and how to get across town. Fortunately I’m here with my husband so we can divide and conquer, which is the only way to come even remotely close to covering everything on offer at SXSW.

Like many big events, there’s that feeling of the calm before the storm. On every street corner there are marquees being erected and last minute preparations going on… And that’s because SXSW literally takes over the town. Over the next 10 days 30,000 delegates will flood into Austin and by all reports, it’s intense.

A key draw card is the interactive program, which is so big it’s billed as the ‘Davos of Digital.’ While I knew the digital lineup was impressive, what I didn’t realise is that the tech start-up scene in Austin is absolutely thriving. It’s like a mini Palo Alto. This afternoon we’ll stumbled across SpiceWorks, Homeaway (a competitor to AirBNB) and Spredfast which is like a hybrid Facebook and Twitter and according to locals, is going to take over the world.

Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in America and it’s largely thanks to the tech scene. My husband and I have quickly realised we’d be a lot more popular if I said I was a blogger and he a VC. Something to think about…

Wise heads have told us that SXSW is a marathon not a sprint so it’s fortunate that we’ve somehow managed to avoid jetlag and that I’ve packed a lot of flat shoes. A belly full of Texan BBQ apparently also helps too!

For us, tomorrow’s program includes:

Wish us luck!!