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MARKETING SOCIETY AWARDS for EXCELLENCE 2012: Marketing for Sustainable Consumption

Magazine article Marketing

MARKETING SOCIETY AWARDS for EXCELLENCE 2012: Marketing for Sustainable Consumption

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Brand: Lafarge Cement UK

Agency: McCann Manchester

Market-leading cement manufacturer Lafarge wanted to highlight its genuine success in reducing C02 emissions, reducing waste and sourcing materials responsibly. However, the company had to make its voice heard in a sector that was not only saturated with talk about green credentials, but where customers felt organisations were simply box ticking. Research showed potential customers did not want to see cliched campaigns showing green fields with children playing.

Lafarge's Sustainable campaign chose instead to promote 'truths' about the company, hinging on the slogan: 'Lafarge is sustainable because Lafarge is able to... ' The brand used direct mail, online display, email and press to drive traffic to a microsite where visitors could download a report on Lafarge's sustainability successes. Sustainable creative work featured heavily on Lafarge's exhibition stands at key industry events.

The campaign took a similar route to promoting the company's new Cemergi product, a more environmentally friendly cement. Ads highlighted 'facts' about the product alongside 'reasons to believe'.

Judges praised the company's superb qualitative and quantitative research, which led to strong results, and praised its good, hard numbers. Email communications reached an open rate of 25%, with an average click-through rate of 10% for an email about CO2 reduction. An annual survey found perception of Lafarge's sustainability had risen from 69% in 2009 to 76% in 2010. …

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