Do It In Public
Monday, July 4th, 2011 | Global Cool | No Comments
Personal car travel accounts for over 25% of the average Brit’s carbon footprint. Global Cool’s Do It In Public campaign taps into our audience’s interests in music, being social and having fun to promote public transport as an alternative to driving. The campaign focuses on the adventures you can have on buses and trains as well as the ‘me-time public’ transport gives you to read, relax, listen to music, chat to friends or meet someone new!
Throughout 2009 and 2010 Global Cool attended music festivals up and down the country to talk to bands and artists about their adventures and ‘me-time’ on public transport. All the films were distributed online and continue to be published weekly revealing new top celeb stories. To connect directly with festival goers in 2009, we took the Global Cool Bus on-site and also worked with Vice Magazine to create an insert booklet full of musicians’ stories of public transport journeys. In 2010 our campaign focused on the ‘me-time’ that travelling by public transport affords to read, relax and meet new people. Global Cool launched a book club on Twitter that encouraged people to catch up on the latest releases while on the move.
This year we are using Spotify to create the ultimate playlists for every major music festival this summer. On the website for each festival we have published travel guides, links to the playlists and a travel light tip to help make Doing It In Public on the way to a festival as fun as possible for our readers. Global Cool have collaborated with Fairshare Music, to create weekly Music In Public top 10 lists available for download. We have also continued our Books In Public segment on the website with weekly book recommendations and reviews.
What do you think about our Do It In Public campaign?
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 | Global Cool, Our Philosophy | 2 Comments
Through these campaigns, we’ve noticed that the way Global Cool promotes trains is quite different from how the rail industry normally does it. Train companies normally talk about two things: how fast the journey is and how cheap the tickets are – that is, how the journey won’t cost you much time, and won’t cost you much money. It’s not very inspiring – just about how the trip won’t disrupt your life. Nobody markets football matches as ‘only very short, so won’t cost you much time out of your busy life’.
And so, having not been encouraged to think that rail travel is fun, most people don’t. In a survey for Global Cool earlier this year, only 10 per cent of respondents said that they were excited about rail travel -that is, 90 per cent aren’t.
But Global Cool thinks that train journeys themselves are something to love – something to celebrate, rather than just endure.
People want to have fun. Two good illustrations of this are these. First, on Facebook, the main group of the massive French rail company SNCF has a paltry 4000 members, whereas the group wanting SNCF to use Homer Simpson’s voice for its announcements has 65 times that – 250,000 members. And second, we notice that the “auto”biography of the GoCompare meerkat – a probably quite-funny nonsense – is outselling this year’s other big autobiography from Tony Blair.
Train travel can provide that fun. Global Cool’s campaigns have focused on this, for example:
· Time to read: so we handed out a load of free books at railway stations and started a bookclub on Twitter (with the hashtag #BooksInPublic) where people talk about what they’re reading on trains
· Opportunity to meet new people: we taught people how to talk to strangers on trains and buses (which Brits generally don’t know!)
· Time to listen to music: so we got the public (and celebrities) to nominate songs from their favourite travel playlists
· The inspiration which comes from the journeys: many bands told us of songs or books or lyrics which have been inspired by journeys on trains and buses
From Murder on the Orient Express to The Railway Children to JK Rowling’s platform 9 1/2, trains are ripe with mystery and romanticism – strong and positive associations which we can use to get people onto trains. People DO have these positive stories: our website is awash with comments about people’s adventures and fun on train and bus trips – if we just ask people to focus on them.
The positive approach is effective: after just three months of Global Cool’s campaign this year, there was a 50% increase in people being excited about rail travel.
Rail marketing could focus a lot more on how the journey itself – the core product – can contribute to people’s lives, through giving fun and adventure, and less on how the journey is just an inconvenience to be minimised.
- Caroline Fiennes and Will Daunt
Monday, August 9th, 2010 | Global Cool | 1 Comment
At Global Cool we recently launched our Do It In Public campaign. This year we’re building on 2009′s activity and showing people how taking a journey by bus or train is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some much needed ‘me time’.
We’ve started an online book club and handed out free Hodder & Staughton books at train stations, held a series of free events on the Art of Conversation on a restored Routemaster bus, and teamed up with transport companies to brighten people’s day with some famous station announcers! And we’ve even found time to visit various music festivals to interview bands backstage about how they like to enjoy their ‘me time’.
Below is a collection of the great press coverage Do It In Public has been receiving…
Our Art of Conversation spokesperson proved popular with radio stations and was interviewed on BBC Radio Fivelive, BBC Cambridgeshire, BBC York, Smooth Radio, Colourful Radio, County Sound Radio, Kingdom FM, Radio Wave, The Bay & Lakeland and U105.
And one of the coolest newsletters out there, Urban Junkies, recommended the Art Of Conversation.
Clash magazine’s website gave away VIP tickets to Field Day festival for us.
The Do It In Public campaign was also mentioned in The Independent as part of a piece about catching buses.
Thursday, July 15th, 2010 | Global Cool | No Comments
This summer we will once again be promoting the use of public transport rather than cars for longer journeys. Here are some of the highlights of the campaign:
- Books In Public – We have created an online book group to promote the joys of reading books on long bus and train journeys. To launch Books In Public we partnered with the publisher Hodder & Stoughton to hand out free copies of seven different books at train stations around the UK over the course of seven weeks. We’ve also offered our readers a 5% discount for recommending books for a long journey, in association with the Book Depository. You can find out more about Books In Public here, follow the hash tag on Twitter and see photos of one of the handouts, at London’s Liverpool Street, here.
- The Art of Conversation – Ever been too scared to strike up conversation with a stranger on a bus or train? We’ve got the perfect solution. We’ll be holding a series of lectures on a Routemaster bus that will travel around London, educating people on how to chat with random strangers.
- Celebrity voiceovers – we’ll be getting some of our celebrity friends to take to the mic at tube stations to add a touch of familiarity to the public service announcements and hopefully put a smile on people’s faces as they make their way around by public transport.
- Festival activity – once again we’ll be travelling to some of the UK’s biggest music festivals to talk to bands and artists about their experiences on public transport.
- Website content – in addition to all this the recently revamped Global Cool website will be producing all sorts of inspiration for using public transport. Read some of our articles here.
This is the second summer we’ve run the Do It In Public campaign. Last year we took a double decker bus loaded with games and activities to music festivals around the UK and interviewed several of the acts. You can view the videos we made on the Global Cool You Tube channel.
What do you think about our campaigns?
Thursday, July 8th, 2010 | Global Cool | No Comments
We have now completed a full cycle of our four campaign areas – the Art of Swishing, where we worked with fashion to promote clothes recycling; promoting alternatives to driving (Do it in Public); using less energy at home (Turn up the Style, Turn down the Heat); and alternatives to flying (we promoted Traincations). Each campaign has succeeded in reaching and influencing our target audience – no mean feat given the innovative way in which Global Cool operates and the breadth of these topics.
Global Cool’s approach to promoting low-carbon behaviours fits what the Institute for Government calls “evidence-based innovation” – in other words, using techniques that have proven effective elsewhere (in our case, from commercial experience of selling to our target audience) and applying them in a new context.
Tris Lumley, Head of Strategy at New Philanthropy Capital, said: “I’m really impressed that Global Cool is so serious about measuring its results. This is really hard to do, especially for campaigning charities. In NPC’s experience, there is far too little focus across the sector on understanding results. And Global Cool’s results look great.”
Here are some of the findings that we’re excited about:
- Some of our campaigns aim to build awareness of low carbon behaviours such as “swishing” or taking train-based holidays to destinations beyond Paris and Brussels, and they’ve been successful. For example, awareness of swishing rose from 6.7% to 12% among 18-24 year olds.
- Other campaigns are more about influencing attitudes, such as towards taking journeys on trains and buses, or wearing warm clothes in winter, and we’ve succeeded here as well. After our “Wrap up for winter campaign” the proportion of people who said they were inspired to wear warmer clothes at home rose from 12% to 18%.
- We’re effectively finding our target market: 80% of people we talk to are ‘Outer Directed’ vs. less than half that in the general population. After four campaigns 30% of ODs have at least heard of Global Cool, up from 16% in January 2009.
- We’re building our reach through our campaigns and through our web traffic, social networking members, press coverage, etc. Already the cumulative reach of our campaigns is over 238 million.
- We get great feedback from focus groups (“The blog is readable and the photos show that it’s fun and active rather than just preaching, it’s an organisation out there doing something”) and social network sites (“Global Cool features really interesting & entertaining articles that just HAPPEN to promote an eco friendly lifestyle.”). A person our chief executive met at a party right after the launch of our home heating campaign said “Oh you made those videos? I loved them! I thought I’ll try that. So I put on a jumper and turned down my heating. It had never occurred to me to do that before!”
Measuring the results of any kind of campaign is not easy. People’s behaviour is influenced by many external factors beyond our control (volcanos, airline strikes, etc.), so even when we see changes in attitudes and/or behaviour, it can be hard (and sometimes impossible) to pin down what caused them. Global Cool therefore measures interim stages of attitude as well as interaction with our audience – what we call reach and engagement – in addition to action. We also look at many types of data – including surveys of the general public before and after each campaign, surveys of our subscribers, focus groups, and third party research.
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