A rebrand, website redesign and PR program increase contact form fills by 532% while differentiating edtech provider in crowded space
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placements in one year
(42%) top tier placements
Yes Lifecycle Marketing (YLM), set a goal of becoming a trusted source for marketing thought leadership. Walker Sands set out to earn one media placement a day for a whole year with a three-tactic strategy consisting of reporter relationships, tailored outreach and newsjacking. Walker Sands exceeded its goal, earning hundreds of high-quality media placements — all in one year.
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Yes Lifecycle Marketing (YLM) is solving the problem that every multichannel marketer faces today: how to use the available tools, tactics and data to connect with customers. As a company that takes an innovative, integrated approach to align email and digital marketing services, YLM recognized in 2012 that it needed help evangelizing its new brand, announcing product launches and promoting high-value thought leadership content across digital media. These initiatives required B2B PR expertise, so YLM turned to Walker Sands.
For the first three years of the program, Walker Sands’ YLM team succeeded in generating high-volume coverage in support of YLM’s data reports and other content assets. The media came to value YLM as a brand capable of providing original marketing insights that could be spun into valuable content for their respective audiences.
After helping YLM achieve defined goals (rebranding, product launches and content promotion), Walker Sands worked with YLM on a new goal of establishing YLM as a trusted source for thought leadership in the marketing industry. To achieve this goal, the Walker Sands YLM team issued itself a challenge: In 2015, Walker Sands would earn one placement for YLM every day of the year.
To meet the ambitious goal of a placement per day, the Walker Sands team pursued a three-tactic strategy that would ensure high-quality coverage, the targeted reach of audiences and a high volume of awareness throughout the year.
The Walker Sands YLM team exceeded its internal goal of a placement a day, earning 404 placements in 2015 on behalf of Yes Lifecycle Marketing. These placements were in high-quality publications: 169 (42 percent) of these placements were top-tier.
At the following quarterly review, YLM’s VP of Marketing shared that the executive team was thrilled with the volume of coverage. YLM’s goal of establishing itself as a trusted, relevant source in the marketing industry had been achieved.
Goals are at the core of the Walker Sands approach. We set them, we meet them, and when we exceed them, we set even more ambitious goals. In many cases, we need to set internal goals to help our clients meet their goals. With YLM, our process resulted in wins for their business, our agency and our trusted media partners.