Case Studies

PR Alchemy: Promoting a Project When Basic Details Are Unavailable

October 3rd, 2017 by

A PR firm was primed to publicize the launch of an HGTV series about Pittsburgh-based home renovator Kris Bennett. Trouble was details about the date, time and content of the show were kept secret until just weeks before the premiere episode. This case study examines how the PR team handled this perplexing issue.

How a Former Brand PR Pro Upgraded a Church’s Earthly Messaging

August 29th, 2017 by

A 2200-member church hired a former corporate PR pro with design training to make its brand more approachable and bring it into the modern age. The pro has responded with an integrated media plan that leans heavily on graphic elements.

How a 17-Year-Old Brand Changed Public Perception in 12 Packed Days

June 19th, 2017 by

Can a 17-year-old brand in the television space shout loud enough to make sure stakeholders hear that it’s about to undergo a major rebrand? This case study describes how National Geographic Channel planned and executed a whirlwind campaign, mounting more than 30 events during 12 busy days in April.

An Integrated Campaign Meets Challenge of Two Skeptical Demo Groups

June 12th, 2017 by

Nearly every new product must break through the clutter of a crowded market. In the case of Cellfina, it had to do this and more. For years, women had tried to defeat cellulite with a bevy of creams, lotions and exercises. Few if any found relief. This meant Cellfina had to convince a skeptical market that it was more than just another empty promise.

The Economist Group Taps VR, 3-D, Food and Sports to Tout Porsche

May 8th, 2017 by

As people spend more time online, brands are constantly competing to break through the barrage of digital content and ads to drive consumer engagement. Advertising and content marketing campaigns must offer compelling content that provides value to keep consumers’ attention. The Economist Group combined VR, 3-D, food and sports to bring attention to a new Porsche.

Parking Reboot: How a Startup Used Serendipity to Grab Media at Low Cost

March 20th, 2017 by

Parking enforcement technology hadn’t evolved much since the invention of the boot, a driver’s nemesis since the 1940s. The ubiquitous metal device is attached to the wheel of a car whose owner often is guilty of having failed to pay multiple parking tickets. Weighing nearly 50 pounds, the boot requires a police officer or parking official to haul the object around, kneel down (sometimes in or near traffic) and attach it. A startup company developed an alternative to the boot. Here’s how it attracted attention.

How Influencers, a Road Trip and Video Helped Duck Tape Fly High

March 6th, 2017 by

“New.” It’s the magic word reporters worldwide love. But what if your product isn’t new? How do you gain media interest when said product has been around since World War II and already is a leading consumer brand (and has been for decades)? Such was the dilemma facing Duck® brand. It wanted to show its audiences that Duck Tape® remains relevant, exciting even, while engaging new audiences unfamiliar with the brand’s unlimited possibilities. Here’s how they did it.

How PR Sweetened the Tale of City’s Sewer Project

January 30th, 2017 by

Not every campaign you undertake will deal with a glamorous subject. Still, as this case study about a sewer project shows, you can use the same kind of PR tactics that are deployed for sexier topics.

The Secret Sauce for the Cranberry’s Social Media Win With Millennials

November 21st, 2016 by

It’s an age-old issue for communicators: How do you create content for your brand that can break through the noise and find its way to new audiences? In the following case study, we added a few more conditions. First, can your content take a fruit—the cranberry, which is associated mostly with its peak harvest and holiday season—and make it trendy with millennials? Cranberries contain vitamin C and fiber and may help maintain urinary tract health, but with many other foods touting benefits, how could this superfruit stand out from the crowd?

How a Small Brand Used Google Analytics and a Blog to Grow

November 17th, 2016 by

You’re a communicator at a tiny company. Almost nobody knows it. And you’re based in NY City, a place where bigger often seems to be better. The founder of the company, which was started in an apartment, wants you to get the brand to rank high, number one, if possible, on Google search pages. Oh, and you have about $500 in your marketing budget.