Behind An Integrated Ad Campaign
The Knot turns Chase into an authority on wedding-related purchases.
From an advertiserâs perspective, there are few things to get more excited about than weddings. You canât have one without pulling out the credit card, which gave rise to an integrated marketing program that wedding specialists The Knot launched with Chase.
Central to the campaign was utility. Couples that are about to get married are essentially embarking on a spending spree and what better way to introduce an advertiser than during the highest spending stages of the process? Yet, for Carrie Reynolds, vice president of sales, branding alone wasnât enough. âWe wanted to make sure this was focused on delivering solutions for the customer in authentic ways,â she says. âWe looked at all the different places the customers were going to make their decisions and we planned to connect with them during the highest-spending parts of these different stagesâwe wanted to integrate a conversation into those areas.â
Chase was looking to promote its Blueprint brand of credit cards and needed a campaign that could showcase it as an authority on financial responsibility. âLike a lot of customers these days, they are looking for conversation and authenticity,â says Reynolds.
Reynolds and her team crafted a program that included print, video, social and online elements that were attached to specific parts of the spending arc that wedding couples typically go throughâthe dress, reception, new home furnishings, baby room, and so on. âWe pulled all those elements together and created a custom hub that housed them allâa video series, case studies, and so onâand each was focused on specific solutions,â says Reynolds.
The content hub gathered the various elements together in one spot, but individually those assets were also spread across XO Groupâs brandsâTheKnot.com, TheNest.com and TheBump.com. A custom video series, for example, appeared on all of the sites, and Twitter chats were created that featured conversations with financial experts and XO Group editors.
In print, Reynolds wanted to avoid the typical advertorial approach and devised a way for Chase content to interact with edit without actually integrating the two. While The Knot magazine acts as a source of inspiration, and the Chase content was printed on vellum inserts that layered messaging on top of the fall issueâs content. One insert touts Chase Blueprint as a way to âPay Off Your Gown Fasterâ and overlays a pictorial of wedding gowns.
Pricing these programs comes down to measuring production time along with the value of each media. âThe way I look at it is production, peopleâs time and the value of the media,â says Reynolds. âItâs pulling those elements together and the value of the media is based on impressions and how weâre pushing it out. We donât do the âif you by 12 pages weâll add this other stuff.ââ
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