CASE STUDY: East Coast Trains & Sky AdSmart

Provided by Sky Media
East Coast trains wanted to drive ticket bookings, via their website, in certain regions.

What was the Challenge / Background of the Campaign?

East Coast Trains operates fast and frequent train services on the East Coast Main Line. They operate on routes totalling 936 miles, from London to Peterborough, the East Midlands, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and beyond to Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow. Traditionally they have just advertised on TV using ITV in two broad regions.

What was the Campaign Objective?

Their aim was to increase ticket bookings via their website from new and existing customers in two specific regions - Newcastle/Sunderland & Edinburgh.

What was the Solution?

The 10 second copies communicated East Coast Trains 'Feel at Home' campaign and their great offers for Newcastle to London and Edinburgh to London respectively. East Coast were able to send different creative executions to the different cities ensuring the message resonated with the specific audience. The campaign ran across November 2013 and reached 35,000 households delivering 269,223 impressions.

What were the Results?

The campaign resulted in a really positive outcome for East Coast Trains - driving increased online ticket bookings. Sales from Sky AdSmart households were 26% higher when compared to the control group who were not exposed to the ad. Post campaign, East Coast Trains were able to analyse which types of households responded to the ad and would be able to use this information to adjust their targeting or creative for future campaigns.

What were the Key Learnings of this Campaign?

Following the success of the campaign, East Coast have rebooked with Sky AdSmart a number of times. Havas, the media agency for East Coast Trains have included Sky AdSmart as a central pillar of their 2014 media activity.

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BudgetReach & FrequencyTarget AudienceMedia Used
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35 - 44
45 - 54
Campaign LocationCampaign DurationMarketing ObjectiveCampaign Type
Scotland, NorthAll YearINCREASE SALES
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