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Overcoming Challenging Marketing Situations

When our Agency was planning client programs for Spring 2020 we weren’t expecting to have to account for the COVID, who was!? As it spreads and there are more and more health concerns it’s begun to create challenges for our campaigns, especially as colleges are switching to online classes, in some cases indefinitely.

No matter what the challenge is; a hurricane, wildfires, ice storms, it generally comes out of nowhere meaning our team is always on our toes, keeping client programs running at a high level, no matter what.

Since we started, success in any type of program, especially anything experiential, usually hinges on expecting and responding to the unexpected.

To maximize efficiency, our team has built a cache of processes that keep our programs running full steam ahead, no matter what. We’ve used our past experiences to help spark this ingenuity, below are a few strategies that help us power through unexpected challenges.

Balance Marketing Needs With Situational Realities 

When our Adobe ambassadors at Pepperdine were forced to evacuate due to wildfires in California, we temporarily lost the ability to host learning workshops. Working around the clock we made sure that our students were safe and then turned the events digital, making sure students still had the ability to learn new about Adobe programs and creative techniques.

Letting Social Expand Conversations 

Back in 2018, the flooding and winds of a busy hurricane season threatened the whole East Coast. Schools up and down the coast closed, some even evacuating their students. We had about 100 student ambassadors for different client programs now with no way to keep going with their normal responsibilities. Our team implemented online challenges that ambassadors shared with their audiences, making sure engagement and awareness for the programs stayed at a high level. It kept students positive when they were uncertain about how the storm would really impact them.

Expect The Best, Plan For The Worst 

When you’re in the experiential marketing businesses, you always need a contingency plan. In 2015 we flew into Austin, Texas for a big GrubHub football tailgate event at UT. An unexpected, torrential storm quickly crushed any hope for hosting the event. Within minutes our team was activating our contingency plan, coordinating with vendors and staff, moving the event to the next home game.

Our point, the Coronavirus is making some things uncertain, but our team isn’t panicking, we always get creative and deliver. We’re confident our team’s creativity and our nationwide access to universities and students, on and offline, can still deliver amazing ideas and results for clients. Contact us.

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Harley Reaches Gen-Z

Harley-Davidson occupies a singular position in American cultural consciousness. Their motorcycles elicit visions of never-ending roads, wide open spaces, and unlimited adventure. For over a century, the iconic potato-potato-potato of a Harley engine has come to signify more than just a brand. To generations of Americans, a hand on the throttle of a Harley means the freedom to forge your own path and define your own destiny.

But newer generations of Americans didn’t seem to get the message. Harley riders grew increasingly older, with Baby Boomers becoming a disproportionately large share of the brand’s customers. Harley’s storied history seemed to hamper them in marketing to Millennials and Gen Z, who saw them as a relic of a bygone era.

Or did they? With The Campus Agency’s help, Harley sought to discover a new market for their legendary motorcycles in the new generation of students who were simply unfamiliar with motoculture at large.


Reintroducing one of America’s most beloved brands to a new generation took the creation of unforgettable experiences for students. With our team’s help, Harley-Davidson found a network of students across the South who craved the thrills, excitement, and unbridled opportunity that comes with the wind whipping around their helmet on the back of a Harley motorcycle.

At four campuses, we sent a team of ambassadors to Harley riding school to learn the ins and outs of safe motorcycling. Armed with startup merch kits and a taste of Harley-fueled freedom, our ambassadors created a new motoculture movement on their campuses. They combed their schools for two-wheeled vehicles, leaving promotional materials for travelers who might want to amp up their two-wheel experience. They tabled for Harley in high-traffic areas on campus, in local coffee shops, and at Harley dealership events. Freedom Fridays, in which ambassadors raffled off Harley swag kits, became the hottest competition on campus.

The Campus Agency staged over 50 experiential marketing events for Harley-Davidson in 2019. At the University of Alabama’s fall activities fair, our ambassadors created the Bama Rides Out group, giving over 500 new students a crash course in motoculture. We teamed up with Sony and a local dealership at the University of Texas to host a tailgate activation event, where our ambassadors distributed merchandise and Riding Academy vouchers to some of the Longhorns’ most stalwart fans. Then, Harley-Davidson took over the annual Eve Carson 5K at the University of North Carolina, working in partnership with Greek organizations at one of UNC’s biggest philanthropic events of the year.
Our #CampusAgencyPowered Harley-Davidson campaign generated a fresh surge of buzz around an American tradition. Though their brand had struggled to attract younger generations, with The Campus Agency’s help, they found that the appetite for the freedom and excitement Harley represents is just as strong now as it was back in 1903. All it took to tap into this excitement was a little kick-start.

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Must Have Affordable Makeup for College Students

Makeup is trendy. Whether colorful cut-creases end up a fad or we all continue baking our faces for the foreseeable future, makeup is fun. But, all those fun products can add up fast. Fluorescent eye liners you’ll use a couple of times may not be worth their hefty price tag for a college student working in the student center. If you’re looking to try out a graphic liner for your next class or a halo eye next Friday night, keep reading to find affordable makeup must haves.

EyeShadow

Price: $15  Juvia’s Place

Juvia’s Place is THE PLACE for affordable eye shadow. They have tons of great pallets to pick from, with some of the best pigmentation! If your goal is to try out colorful eye looks or just the perfect soft glam look, you can collect all the shades you want!

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Loose Powder

Price: $7.99  Maybelline

Loose Powder is a makeup NECESSITY. You can use this powder for anything. You can ‘bake’ your face, use it to wipe away extra eyeshadow, set your liquid products so they don’t move around during the day, or even blend together anything you went a little too far with.

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Eyeliner

Price: $6-$8 Colourpop

If you’re looking for a finishing touch on any great eyeshadow look, eyeliners are your new best friend. A black winged liner, or crazy hot pink graphic liner outlining your eye takes work. You need a pigmented liner which is easy to rebuy when you run out from all your creative looks. This liner stays in place all day, but is easy to take off with any oil remover.

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Eyebrow Pencil

Price: $10 Ulta

Your eyebrows frame your face. They’re important, but you don’t need to break the bank to get those bushy, full brows you see all over Instagram. With an eyebrow pencil you can change up the shape of your brows, or even the hue of your brow hair.

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Makeup Tools

Price: $5.99 – $8.99 Real Techniques

Any great makeup look starts with great makeup tools. Whether it’s a beauty sponge, the perfect angled eyeliner brush or just a fluffy blending brush; they make a difference. Invest in tools you’ll have for years to come. Also, it doesn’t hurt if they look pretty sitting on your vanity.

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So, give that glitter halo eye a chance and tag us in the results! These brands have tons of other great products at affordable prices to try out. Just because you’re a college student on a budget, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great quality products because of their price. 💋

Is your beauty brand set to be the next must have for Gen Z? Contact us to see how we can help.

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Allo Messaging Meets Gen Z

When Google made their first foray into the group messaging app market with Allo, they knew that Gen Z would be the keystone of their consumer base. Allo’s competitors had a considerable market share among students who used group messaging apps to text their network of friends and communicate with fellow members of teams, clubs, and other organizations, and Google needed an eye-catching marketing strategy to entice students to switch their conversations to Allo. Enter The Campus Agency.

In the spring of 2017, The Campus Agency ran a test Allo campaign on our home turf in Boston. We organized Allo takeovers at Boston University and Northeastern University, working with 40 campus ambassadors to promote Allo to their fellow students. Enlisting some of Boston’s best-known food trucks, like Cookie Monstah and Boston Frosty, we gave away personalized sweets to students who downloaded Allo, with their Allo group names and photos mouth-wateringly rendered in icing and edible ink.

Our Boston campus takeover culminated in a one-of-a-kind concert by the chart-topping band Bleachers at Royale, one of the city’s most storied music venues. Free to any student who had downloaded Allo, the concert utilized Google’s latest technology to create free, personalized Allo merchandise for the 1200 lucky students admitted.

Energized by the success of our Boston event, Google enlisted The Campus Agency’s help to expand our Allo takeover to the 14 universities in the Big Ten Conference in the fall of 2017. With 20 ambassadors raising Allo’s profile on each campus, we curated our Allo campaign to match each school’s unique personality. At every Big Ten university, we released a branded pedicab onto the streets. Anyone who’d downloaded Allo was given a free ride in the pedicab to anywhere they pleased around campus, with our ambassadors explaining Allo’s unique features and distributing promotional materials along the ride. At student-frequented eateries around each campus, we purchased thousands of popular menu items for anyone who downloaded Allo, with ambassadors in each restaurant tabling for Allo during the promotion.

The Campus Agency made Allo’s Big Ten takeover a fixture of the conference’s sports calendar. Our Allo signage in stadiums and arenas reached tens of thousands of fans in the stands and millions more watching at home. On campus, our Allo tailgate parties, complete with branded cornhole games and catered food giveaways, became a nexus of school spirit each Saturday.

For each Allo campus takeover, we prioritized locally-minded engagement and student-driven experiences. At the University of Wisconsin, we staged an Allo tailgate party in partnership with the Phi Oompa Loompa fraternity, giving away free grilled cheeses from the x food truck. For students camping out to be first in line for season tickets at basketball-crazed Michigan State, Allo delivered free catered meals and blanketed campus dining trucks in branded signage.

The publicity generated by our Allo Big Ten campaign resulted in x downloads and x percent growth in brand awareness. We gave away x dollars of food, merchandise, and rides, and directly engaged x thousand students. In total, The Campus Agency’s Google Allo campaign created x million PR impressions.