After moderate success employing a freelance publicist to promote their yearly awards night, The CEO Magazine decided it was time to employ an external PR agency to take their yearly #ExecutiveOfTheYear awards to the next level.
Communication is key
Taurus Marketing is well aware of how intense event planning can be, especially on the scale of The Executive of the Year Awards. The team had to know all of the ins and outs of the planning, progress and execution in order to continually tailor our PR efforts to maximise the PR reach.
Taurus strategically breaks the project down in the TaurusBullseye©. The Taurus Team analysed the task and previous years results and decided it was best tackled in a three phase strategy.
Pre Awards: Defining the story, key messages and warming the media. The Taurus team reached out to key media in the lead up to the event to ensure front-of-mind consideration and buzz around the awards plus the guests expected in attendance.
The night of the Awards: Taurus developed an invitation list of key media that would be invited to attend the awards. What differentiation the media invites from previous years’ was that the Taurus team attacked industry verticals as well as the mainline dailies. Ensuring a greater variety of media across different industry publications, widening the target audience.
Post Awards: After the winners were announced, it was all hands on deck in the Taurus office ensuring that every relevant publication in Australia heard about the winners and was briefed and ready to interview their industry respective winners. Winners were interviewed for television, radio, print and online.
“After considering numerous PR and Marketing agencies that excel in the business and executive space, one stood out from the crowd – the Taurus Team. After talking to Sharon and the team, it was evident that we had made the right decision by commissioning Taurus to undertake the scope of work. The Team provided a strategic vision and direction followed by sharp execution, which delivered results that exceeded our expectations.”
Daniel Di Loreto, Managing Director, CEO Magazine
Results speak for themselves – 60% more coverage year on year
In comparison to previous years, the Taurus team were able to boost the coverage reached by a whopping 40 pieces, which was 60% more than the previous year.
Taurus was able to effectively diversify the reach of the media to hit 20 unique verticals, with most covering the awards for the first time. Ultimately, close to 9 million people were exposed to the Executive of the Year Awards. A significant achievement.