Spotlight on 2012 Integrated Marketing Award Winner: Ontario SPCA
Posted by Mike Johnston at Oct 25, 2012 07:02 AM CDT

In August 2012, the Integrated Marketing Advisory Board announced three award winners for our first-ever Integrated Marketing Awards. The Ontario SPCA, one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Canada, won in the category of The Organization, demonstrating how an effort across the organization aligned strategy, structure, culture, and skills to impact the organization’s ability to integrate its marketing efforts. Following is the program for which the Ontario SPCA won the award:

The Challenges
Before 2012, the Ontario SPCA faced several challenges:

The Campaign
In 2012, the Ontario SPCA developed an integrated marketing strategy to support their province-wide Friends for Life! walk-a-thon event. The provincial office worked with community branches to build a singular event brand and communicate to participants, donors and prospects across all media channels in Ontario. Marketing strategy included email, online advertising and social media combined with the traditional channels of telephone, postal mail, radio, television and print to appeal to diverse audience across Ontario.

Audiences were driven to the newly redesigned event website. Effectively using the event website, updated event logo and a comprehensive integrated marketing strategy across all channels helped the Ontario SPCA to increase donations and recruit and engage participants.

When registration for the spring 2012 walks plateaued at around 675 participants, the Ontario SPCA saw this as an opportunity to run the 1,000 Walker Challenge, a mini-campaign aimed at recruiting a thousand participants for the spring walk events.

This mini-campaign included:

The email series was sent on April 17 and April 28, and the Ontario SPCA reached their mini-campaign goal of 1,000 participants by May 1. This unique mini-campaign was successful because of the integrated elements combined with a fun incentive that was appealing for both people and their pets. The Ontario SPCA plans to include this challenge in their integrated marketing strategy for the 2013 event.

The Results

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