In 2015, eckfactor managed the PR and social media for the annual ASTRA Awards for the sixth time.
The ASTRA Awards celebrate the outstanding talent, programming and diversity of subscription television and coinciding with 25 years of subscription television in Australia, eckfactor built a national publicity campaign for the 2015 ASTRA Awards that promised the biggest results yet.
Reaching in excess of 540 million people, eckfactor’s PR campaign delivered the best results since the Awards inception in 2003 with the 2015 ASTRA Awards anticipated by media more than ever before evident through pre-event coverage growing by more than 190%.
More than 120 accredited media attended – with others attending ‘socially’ by tracking the hashtag and official ASTRA Awards accounts – to report on all the glitz and glamour of subscription television’s night of nights. They were treated to a dazzling red carpet with local talent Jennifer Hawkins and Kerri-Anne Kennerley as well as international television stars Giuliana Rancic and the cast of Dance Moms.
The 2015 ASTRA Awards social campaign increased awareness of the event tenfold, with its engagement strategy making it the most social ASTRA Awards yet. #ASTRAs was trending on Twitter and Instagram from the moment the carpet was rolled out. Red carpet appearances and show moments with international stars catapulted #ASTRAs to a global audience.
Digital activations on the red carpet included a live stream from News Corp Australia’s Sydney Confidential as well as Vine360 and Twitter Mirror, all of which bolstered the information offering to the general public and extended social reach.
When the ASTRA AWARDS return in March 2016, Karen Eck will be leading her team at eckfactor to generate buzz and excitement for this industry night of nights.
This celebration of the best players in the game was traditionally attended by rugby league stars and their partners, but not the wider celebrity and VIP community.
Two years ago that all changed when eckfactor was engaged by the NRL to lift the image and presentation of Dally M Awards night, and bring a new level of prestige and glamour to the Red Carpet.
Innovations by eckfactor have brought a “sophistication transformation” to the prestigious awards: attracting celebrity football fans to attend and blog enthusiastically from the Red Carpet; locking in presenters for the awards; and literally dressing up the evening with priority attention to wardrobe and styling.
Hair and beauty sponsorships negotiated by eckfactor now bring more than $40,000 worth of “contra” services to the Dally M Awards.
eckfactor sets up and manages a WAGS Styling Suite for team captains, wives and girlfriends to take the pressure off being Red Carpet-ready. The ladies are fitted with designer gowns, hair-styled and made-up in a special location. The WAGS Styling Suite has proven so popular that it’s now an essential part of the pre-event schedule.
In 2014, eckfactor worked closely with the NRL’s media partner, News Limited, to raise the bar with its coverage of the event. Wide access to league stars and their partners, ideas for content and storylines, helped to generate 10 pages of Dally M Awards coverage in The Daily Telegraph (Sydney’s best-selling daily).
In his column, Daily Telegraph Editor-at-Large, John Lehmann, summed up the growth and evolution of the Dally Ms over the past two years, writing:
Sydney’s business elite and sports powerbrokers who pulled on tuxedos and the latest haute couture to walk the red carpet at the Dally M Awards on Monday night have brought a sophisticated edge to the greatest game of all.
The verdict was this year’s Dally Ms nudged the bar even higher, with the joint efforts of the NRL, Fox Sports and The Daily Telegraph amping up the star power and creating a TV event worth watching.
Almost 200,000 viewers watched the broadcast on Fox Sports, delighting chief executive Patrick Delany.
“The Dally Ms have really come a long way in just the last two years,’’ he said. “It’s developed from a Town Hall-type event to something with real prestige.”
In addition, eckfactor worked closely with the NRL’s own media team to leverage social coverage of the Dally M Awards outside the sports pages, and spread the news coverage.
eckfactor manages PR and social media for the annual ASTRA Awards, Australian subscription television’s night of nights celebrating the outstanding talent, programming and diversity of channels in the industry.
Under eckfactor, the ASTRAs have been transformed into one of the most prestigious Red Carpet events on the entertainment calendar (eckfactor has done five of the past 10 ASTRA Awards).
The eckfactor PR campaign for the 2014 ASTRA Awards generated more than 600 stories across the print and online media, and the extraordinary total of 244 million browser “impressions” for online news sites in the four-month period December 2013 to April 2014.
Of special note, The Daily Telegraph in Sydney ran a double-page feature spread plus a prominent news story on the ASTRA Awards, and syndicated newspapers around the nation picked up the coverage.
For social media, the 2014 ASTRAs recorded a cumulative reach of 24.6 million on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Within 15 minutes of Red Carpet activity commencing, eckfactor’s social media team had the awards trending nationally on Twitter: a reach of 17.5 million, with 1500 retweets and an increased following of 89 per cent on the 2013 awards.
Instagram reached 4.5 million users with 51,500 likes, more than doubling the number of followers (116 per cent). Fans also increased on Facebook, by 40 per cent, with a reach of 2.6 million.
The Red Carpet was abuzz, with more than 80 reporters, photographers and camera crew there to capture all the glitz and glamour of the night, while the special Media Room provided a live feed of the awards and a social media wall with curated content from all social platforms.
These major events were held on consecutive nights, requiring meticulous planning and a streamlined approach to generate maximum interest for each one.
Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward outstanding achievements in the fields of science and science communication.
The Prizes (Australia’s most comprehensive science awards, in research, innovation, leadership and other categories) culminate in a gala Award Dinner.
The key objective for eckfactor was to expand the penetration of the Eureka Prizes beyond the science and news media by focusing on:
The social media strategy was highly effective, with Eureka Prizes trending at number two nationally just behind the release of the Apple Watch.
Furthermore, a streamlined process to edit images enabled quick upload and facilitation of news from the Eureka Prizes’ own social platforms.
This treasure trove of more than 200 sacred cultural objects provided a fascinating insight into the ways of life, beliefs and sacrificial rituals of the Aztec Empire.
To give this unique exhibition the promotion it deserved, and position the Australian Museum as an exciting destination, eckfactor invited a range of celebrities and influencers to the opening. The guest list was significantly boosted with celebrities in eckfactor’s own network.
The result: a fantastic buzz about the Aztecs Exhibition, both by word of mouth and on social media.