Consumers Energy has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in initiatives promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in the schools, including sponsorship of Michigan’s FIRST Robotics program. They wanted to make their customers aware of their efforts, and encourage them to get involved with robotics and STEM-related programs in their communities, too.
Brogan interviewed eight key individuals within Consumers Energy and Michigan FIRST Robotics. Then we developed a strategic marketing plan, a well-rounded media plan, and a name for the program—The Generation Genius Project. We created an inspiring video that features middle-school students repeatedly failing and then finally succeeding with math and science projects, while a voiceover (also a young student) describes the nature of genius. We also created a microsite, posters, digital ads and T-shirts for robotics teams.
The efforts were received extremely well at the FIRST Robotics State Competition and at the Mackinac Policy Conference.
"Great, great work!! The commercial made an impact – we had a customer call right away asking how they could get their middle school engaged." --Carolyn Bloodworth, Director of Corporate Giving at Consumers Energy
Michigan Women's Foundation
In 2009, more than 11,000 unopened, untested rape kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit. A lack of adequate funding had stalled the testing of the kits and the investigation and prosecution of the cases. In 2014, Michigan Women's Foundation spearheaded an initiative to raise the needed funds and bring long overdue justice to these thousands of sexual assault victims. They came to Brogan for help promoting the cause.
First, Brogan created a name for the initiative: Enough SAID, which stands for Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit. A powerful brochure/case statement used the USB code that labels each rape kit as a design element, and brought home the point that each code represents the suffering of a real victim without justice. Brogan also created a coordinating Crowdrise page for people to donate and/or fundraise, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts and a microsite.
Since launch, the campaign has raised over 1.3 million dollars in private funds and helped raise over 8 million dollars in public funds. The creative materials have been featured in several news outlets, including PRWeek and the front page of the Detroit Free Press.
University of Toledo Medical Center
UTMC was perceived as a "small fish" in an area of big competitors. We needed to develop a brand identity that would positively distinguish UTMC and highlight its unique competitive advantage—university quality care from the only academic medical center in the region.
We used real patients to demonstrate UTMC's "Higher Degree of Healing." The campaign increased website and phone traffic significantly, and we received extremely positive feedback from physicians and associates, as well as greater internal pride and a strong brand identity.
National Education Defense Project: STEM
The National Center for Education Statistics reported that significant numbers of U.S. students are severely behind in basic mathematical skills and science. Our students fall below the international average for 21 countries. The result? Fewer college degrees in math and science. Yet these areas are where the US Department of Labor expects the fastest growing occupations for the near future. To successfully compete for these jobs tomorrow, today’s students need to acquire significant math and science skills.
Talk to parents of children from pre-K through 12th grade. Make them aware of the issue. Engage them. Where? In their living rooms. The agency produced a lighthearted TV commercial featuring young children in a job interview situation, stating their dubious job qualifications (e.g., “I like chipmunks”). The more serious underlying message? There’s still time to get them qualified for these new careers—get started now.
The spot garnered an overwhelmingly positive response; in addition to its TV time, the spot was shared spontaneously on social media and at conferences as well.
Despite the dramatic growth in the number of "technical" jobs available in Southeastern Detroit, there was a shortage of "technical" workers in the area. ClickOnCareers was created to link potential employers with training, education and future employees.
We created awareness among high school students and graduates about ClickOnCareers.com. From restroom posters to bar coasters, we used traditional and guerilla advertising tactics to increase the number of technical and skilled laborers in the area. The site obtained an average of 9,000 visitors in the first three months.