Counting Jobs, Not Seconds
Instead of simply engaging in a traditional approach where the union would advertise a negative message using print, radio, and television ads, we focused on developing an integrated campaign that leveraged a combination of PR, non-traditional media, street teams, collateral materials, and online and social media. In order to increase the likelihood that the union’s key message would resonate and engage all Canadians, Hot Tomali recommended a broader, more topical, and highly correlated message—addressing the drastic unemployment situation in Canada with a website titled KeepJobsInCanada.ca. From this insight came the birth of the National Unemployment Clock—the focal point of the campaign—which displayed, in real-time, the amount of unemployed people in Canada.
The clock was mounted to a truck that started at Parliament Hill in Ottawa and drove across Canada to Vancouver, making stops along the way in big cities, small towns—and everywhere in between. Within each city the truck was supported by street teams that engaged the public to sign a petition. This was designed to influence the Canadian Federal Government to implement legislation around keeping jobs in Canada. We supported the campaign with a strong public relations strategy, ensuring that local and national media were engaged at every stop.
TWU Keep Jobs in Canada Overview
To promote the campaign online, the website, KeepJobsInCanada.ca, contained innovative features, such as the real-time National Unemployment Clock (synched with the truck), an online petition form, and a GPS locator so people could follow the truck across Canada. Being a national campaign, all KeepJobsInCanada.ca content was available in both English & French. The website was also designed to be search engine friendly, and contained a custom implementation of Google Analytics to facilitate campaign measurement.
Numb3rs Tell The Story
Over $1M of free media coverage, including 42 TV news segments, 22 radio features, and 48 newspaper articles
Over 6.2 million impressions during the month-long road trip
Over 11,000 petition signatures
15.5% conversion rate for signing the petition (out of all site visitors)
28% funnel abandonment rate (which is extremely low)