Leeds Utd PR Stunt Scores Global Headlines
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This low-cost PR stunt created 800+ pieces of logo-branded media coverage from around the world. The much-talked about and much-photographed campaign helped drive footfall and created a lasting photo-moment legacy for our client, Trinity Leeds. The campaign was named PR Stunt Of The Year 2020 at the Creative Moment national awards in November.
How we did it
Our brief was to create a campaign for Trinity Leeds to celebrate Leeds United’s return to the Premier League and help drive footfall post-Covid Lockdown. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and this low-cost idea – to rename a street in the city, a boulevard within Trinity Leeds, after the club’s manager Marcelo Bielsa – was just that.
For Phase 1 we mocked-up how the new Marcelo Bielsa Way street sign would look and in the minutes following Leeds United’s promotion we issued the story and image to the media. For Phase 2, a few days later, we organised a photocall to unveil the physical sign to the media.
Our street sign included Trinity’s logo ensuring visual branding in all coverage and we changed the shopping centre’s name to Trinity Leeds United for added news value.
Phase 1 generated 344 pieces of coverage and Phase 2 a further 477 pieces. More than 95% of coverage included an image/video of the sign, which included the Trinity Leeds logo. As well as blanket regional coverage, other highlights included two days on Sky Sports News (the 7th top trending story), BBC 5 Live news bulletins, BBC, Daily Mail, The Sun, Independent.
The story, images and video were used in almost 250 media reports outside the UK (108 broadcast pieces from AP) including Croatia, France, Norway and Spain, plus further afield, America, Argentina, Australia, Chile, and New Zealand.
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