Feb 23 2020
.You only get one chance to launch a New product
If you tell buyers your product is good, what can you do to prove it? Produce an immersive experience. Prove to them your promises are real and better yet, let them discover it for themselves. LOOK Marketing, a Space Coast creative idea and strategic marketing agency, recently won awards for Best B2B activation and Best Event for our Sea-Doo ‘More Than Donuts Experience.’
The other key opportunity a new product launch provides is launching the go-to-market creative campaign in a manner that’s remarkable. For 2020 our professional friends at Sea-Doo launched a new family oriented watercraft with the creative campaign focussing on donuts as the key visual. We took the donut creative theme and built the experience around that. The event guests would not only see the campaign but live it, smell it, taste it, and feel it.
Proving it’s So Much More Than Donuts
The 2020 line of Sea-Doo watercraft was launched at Club BRP, the recreation product giant’s global dealer meeting taking place in Las Vegas. LOOK is the outdoor event marketing agency for the global leading Sea-Doo brand. We were tasked to produce the test ride experience where over 2400 dealers from around the world converge to see the new model year products. Here they would test ride the Sea-Doo to see if the product lived up to the promises and then place their wholesale order that accounts for $1billion in revenue for BRP. The Test Ride experience was key to the success of the new Sea-Doo GTI model launch with he dealer network. We had to prove this new watercraft expanded the on-board experience. We had to prove it was so much more than donuts.
Here’s our highlight video of the Sea-Doo ‘More Than Donuts’ Experience. This is our double award winning project.
We served nearly 900 pink frosted donuts to dealers from the famous Las Vegas Pink Box Donuts at our pop-up ‘Doo-Nut’ truck. The Doo-Nut stop also served as a social activation for dealers to share on their social pages. Followed by four experience stations that dealer guests participated in to gain strategic insights and first hand, or first butt, experience on the new watercraft. And all station were strategically designed for maximum efficiency to safely process the large number of guests, while offering a fun an immersive experience. An epic location like Lake Las Vegas with great weather also greatly contributed to the success of producing a Best Event.
Neptune Award and Addy Gold for BEST B2B and Best Event
At the 2020 Miami International Boat Show LOOK Marketing won two Neptune Awards. One for BEST B2B for the Sea-Doo ‘More Than Donuts’ Experience. The Neptune Awards are presented by the Marine Marketers of America organization to celebrate the best marketing campaigns and activations in the Marine Industry. These are LOOK Marketing’s fifth and sixth Neptune Awards, and includes wins in five different marketing categories. The ‘More Than Donuts’ Experience also won a Gold Addy from the American Advertising Federation (the AAF) Space Coast of Florida Chapter for Best Event.
Great Experiences are those that connect all the dots and tap into emotions. And it’s said the way to your heart is through your stomach. Delicious donuts help. And showing the new Sea-Doo GTI watercraft is so much more than donuts contributed to record orders.
Help your brand connect with your audience in a deeper, more emotional level. Give them an experience they’ll feel, remember and share. Share your brand’s experience. If you need help. #lookatus
Feb 14 2020
Public Relations is the marketing communications art of having people tell your story to audiences of people that you want to hear it. There’s science and best practices behind good PR and there’s also knowing what’s a questionable seed of an opportunity and fertilizing it properly to watch it grow it into a redwood forrest. In today’s media landscape that seed of a story can turn into a forrest in hours, or even minutes. That’s called PR gold, when your brand story goes viral.
In the later half of last summer we were sent a seed of a PR opportunity via e-mail for our BFF client Sea-Doo watercraft. Mr. David Pike of Jersey City, NJ sent an e-mail about an opportunity to do something unique on a Sea-Doo and that the media may pick up on. Now, as the PR agency for the global, industry leading personal watercraft brand for the past 15 years, we get dozens of, “great ideas” every year about how people can promote Sea-Doo through exotic, sometimes crazy rides. We do our due diligence on everyone of them. LOOK makes sure we don’t miss that hidden, golden nugget. Nearly all of the ‘pitches’ are passed on for various reasons; no plan, lacking physical skill, no experience, not thought out, doesn’t understand what the media are interested in, doesn’t understand brand positioning, or is simply so wacky you wonder what bar stool they were sitting on when the idea developed.
the golden seed.
David Pike was one of the rare idea guys that actually had a solid, and very doable idea. Pike is smart, business savvy, and simply found a better way to commute around New York City. And at the same time live the Sea-Doo Life. For years he was commuting 90-minutes each way from his home in Jersey City to his business, The New York Trolley Company, in Brooklyn, New York. That’s an hour and a half each way or three-hours out of each day lost simply getting from one point to another.
Pike, sick of the grind and losing his time looked at a map. He realized a straight shot across New York Harbor is less than three-miles. This is where his e-mail to us comes in. He figured out how to beat the NYC Commute by riding a Sea-Doo from his condo with a private marina in Jersey City, past the Statue of Liberty and to his office in Brooklyn. He would cut his commute down to 20-minutes door-to-door and do it with a smile as he lived the ‘Sea-Doo life’ everyday.
It all fit. David is a good looking, young entrepreneur with a young family and figured out how to make his life better by riding a Sea-Doo to work. Great story right? Right. After a few weeks of commuting via Sea-Doo the New York Media (the biggest in the country) were, ah hum, informed of his ‘system beating’ commute. Then ABC called and the 2:57 segment aired on Good Morning America and the ‘seed’ exploded. Pike on his Sea-Doo smiling and cruising by lady liberty was picked up by The New York Post, CBS Radio, Yahoo News, CNBC, the Wall Street Journal and more.
David’s NYC Sea-Doo Life Commute went viral…Public Relations Gold.
Neptune Award for Best Public Relations
At the 2020 Miami International Boat Show LOOK Marketing won two Neptune Awards. One for Best Public Relations. The Neptune Awards are presented by the Marine Marketers of America organization to celebrate the best marketing campaigns and activations in the Marine Industry. These are LOOK Marketing’s fifth and sixth Neptune Awards, and includes wins in five different marketing categories.
Great PR includes great story telling. David Pike’s Sea-Doo life was unique, engaging and relatable for so many New Yorkers. He had a great story to tell and the media of NYC loved sharing it. It would’ve been easy for us to delete his short e-mail as ‘another dude with a crazy idea,’ yet we studied that seed, fertilized it and low and behold it grew bigger than we ever expected. Every person and every brand has a story. Tell your story. And if you need help. #lookatus