Case Study: Ashtabula County Metroparks District Political Campaign Consulting and Marketing @MediaMagicOhio

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Four months before the Spring 2006 General Election, Media Magic Productions was hired as political consultants to the Ashtabula County Metroparks District Board of Directors’ Steering Committee. They asked us to consult with them and help manage their Issue 5 levy campaign, handle the campaign’s public and media relations and create advertising for print, radio, cable and broadcast TV. The Metropark ballot measure seeks voter approval for an Ashtabula County property tax levy of point-four mill (4/10 of a mill).

The Metroparks board had very limited funds to put toward the levy campaign effort, so we’ve worked very hard to make sure their hard earned dollars stretched as far as possible. Our job was to get out their message out to Ashtabula County voters, in a way that truly educated voters about one of Ashtabula county’s greatest assets. To make up for the campaign funding shortfall, our agency concentrated heavily on an aggressive public relations informational and educational campaign.

We kicked off the 2006 Levy Campaign with a Valentine’s Day news conference near the south entrance of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail – part of the park system that brings tourists and tourism dollars to Ashtabula County. Media Magic created and distributed a Media Advisory and Press Conference announcement, along with a complete media kit, including a press release explaining the levy, campaign talking points, brochures and other collateral for direct mail. We also prepared a speech, written by Cheryl dickson-Walker, for those Metropark officials hosting the Valentine’s Day event, including introductory comments for the dozen or so public officials and civic leaders speaking at the event.

For broadcast campaign advertising, Media Magic scripted and produced three, 30-second television and three, 30-second radio ads showcasing the spectacular Ashtabula County Metroparks Greenway Trail and testimonials from its users, and promoting the Metroparks Issue 5 levy campaign. The ads ran on local radio, Time Warner Cable and Conneaut Cable TV, as well as local broadcast outlets.

Footage and interviews used in the Metropark television commercials were filmed, over the past year, along the Metroparks’ Western Reserve Greenway Trail, by Media Magic Director of Photography, David Walker and videographer David Frank. The television spots were written, produced and edited by Cheryl Dickson-Walker; the radio spots were edited by David Walker. The background music “Rivers and Trails” was written and performed by northeast Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Madewell, who generously donated use of this song to the People for Parks campaign. “Rivers and Trails” is one of a collection of songs on Madewell’s  “Rivers and Trails” CD, mastered by legendary folk singer, Alex Bevan.

Throughout the four month campaign, Media Magic distributed eight press releases and advisories. To spread the word even farther, we arranged for Metroparks Board members to discuss the issue on local radio shows and interviews with local newspapers.They also campaigned at numerous public events, including the March for Parks, Outdoor Sporting Show in Jefferson, Ohio, where they had an informational booth. Media Magic also designed for the Metroparks an “Andy Acorn” mascot costume. This bike-peddling, messenger of goodwill was created by Media Magic Productions Graphic Artist, Carol Dickson.

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Media Magic’s Award-Winning ‘Abilities in Motion’ video now on new ACBDD website!

Media Magic is tickled pink to say that our 2011 Ohio Public Images Network award-winning video, ‘Abilities in Motion’, which has been available on our YouTube channel, is now embedded on Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities new website. Congrats, DD folks – your website is a beaut! Check it out – you’ll be inspired.

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Got Postcards? Here’s A Direct Mail Marketing Deal !

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Are you looking for an easy and cost effective way to use Postcards to market your business? I came across this solution while reading a response by Barry Caputo of  the Marsid M and M Group,  in a popular marketing blog. He suggested using a service by the USPS called E.D.D.M. (Every Door Direct Mail). EDDM lets you pay a flat fee to mail a large postcard without the need for a mailing list. Just have the postcards printed and bundle them according to postal regulations (bundles of 100 pieces) and take them to the post office.  I checked it out for myself. For instance, I went to the map on their site, selected my select target area in Ashtabula and picked two particular routes: one going therough the central business district and one going through the main industrial district. The total delivery cost was $185 – not bad, for hitting every door and PO box in that area. Thanks, Barry  for this great marketing tip!  You can find out more here about EDDM at the USPS website: https://www.usps.com/business/every-door-direct-mail.htm.

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Do you ‘Tweet’? You should!

Does your small business market itself on Twitter? You should. It is a great way for you to connect with current and future customers. According to Twitter’s market research, 85% of Twitter users say they feel more  and connected to a small business, after they start following them. 74% of peoples who follow small and medium sized businesses follow to get updates on future products and 72% of followers are likely to make a future purchase. Got questions about incorporating Twitter into your small business marketing strategy? Contact us at 440-294-2431 and follow us on Twitter – @MediaMagicProd
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Ashtabula Area Orchestra 2013 -2014 Marketing – A Pro Bono project by Media Magic

In the fall of 2013, Media Magic began a year-long pro-bono marketing project for the Ashtabula Area Orchestra Society, of which, our creative director, Cheryl Dickson-Walker, is a board member. The full project included a re-design and content creation for the Orchestra’s website, YouTube and Facebook pages, along with public and media relations work and creation of a 30-second TV and radio ad promoting the Christmas Concert.
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Ashtabula Area Orchestra 2013 website – design by Media Magic