Integrated Marketing Successes: Crossing the ChannelMarch 2013 By Erik Cagle, Senior editor
The real beauty of digital enhancements such as QR codes and Augmented Reality is that they catapult the printed piece into another stratosphere, incorporating a dynamic dimension that enhances its value from a cross-channel marketing perspective. It allows marketers to be even more creative and analytical with their campaigns, while making it easier for the end user to interact and experience the full gamut of a product or service.
We've assembled a small cadre of case studies that drive home the point that the printed piece need not be viewed as a one-dimensional tool, but as a jumping-off point that stirs the creative juices and engages the end user in new and exciting ways. While we're at it, we'll illustrate the role that printers and marketing services providers (MSPs) are playing in the integrated marketing solutions heirarchy.
Story Time for Child Care Chain
Marketing Services Provider: WebbMason, Hunt Valley, MD
Client: Kiddie Academy
Background: Kiddie Academy has been a leader in educationally-focused child care for more than 30 years. The growing organization now operates 100-plus independent franchises nationwide. One of Kiddie Academy's popular programs is Storytime LIVE!, a series of events it holds to promote literacy and increase enrollment in its learning centers.
Campaign Objective: Event marketing is an important part of Kiddie Academy's corporate marketing strategy, particularly during its fall and spring enrollment periods. In the past, Kiddie Academy had provided franchisees with direct mail campaigns to attract event attendees, but the organization had no way to automate or track event marketing ROI. Also, franchisees wanted to better gauge the interest level of targeted prospects, and follow up with "warm leads" in a faster, customized way.
The organization turned to WebbMason, which suggested an integrated marketing approach that could automate the collection and segmentation of registration information for StorytimeLIVE! events, blend print and non-print marketing methods for improved targeting and messaging, enable Kiddie Academy's event organizers to track and respond to leads, and increase attendance in the organization's long-term programs.