gmc Upfront and Uplift Someone Tours

gmc Upfront and Uplift Someone Tours

The Challenge

The client, gmc (formerly The Gospel Music Channel), wanted something to serve as marketing incentive with key cable affiliates. This was to build relationships while also providing an uplifting message to subscribers via cause marketing components, communicating their brand positioning to thousands of fans across America, and raising awareness of the gmc brand to both advertisers (b2b) and viewers (b2c).

The Solution

  • Upfront Tour
  • The Ad Sales team launched an “Upfront” b2b tour to promote gmc’s new tagline and programming: “Uplifting Entertainment”
  • The team scheduled meetings with potential advertisers and cable affiliates throughout New York City
  • The Ad Sales team presented programming to gain additional advertising
  • VIP’s were treated to evening hospitality events including food, drinks and karaoke
  • A Pro Motion Tour Manager traveled on the coach to manage tour logistics, event preparation, event set-up and tear-down, assisted the gmc Ad Sales team to activate events.
  • The tour was so successful that a secondary tour was launched to target consumers (b2c), advertisers (b2b) and cable affiliates (b2b).
  • The Uplift Someone America tour bus has embarked on a summer-long journey to events across the country, encouraging people to commit uplifting acts of kindness for others.
  • During the tour stops, guests will learn how easy it is to uplift others, win prizes, get tips on how to create uplifting moments, and interact with gmc entertainers and artists.
  • The Tour is stopping at consumer events, cable industry tradeshows and ad sales meetings.
  • This is an integrated on-the-ground, online and on-air promotion

The Results

  • The Upfront Tour’s overwhelming successes led to the launch of the Uplift Someone Tour.
  • The Uplift Someone Tour visited 20 cities and traveled 15,000 miles over 10 weeks sharing the Uplift Someone message.
  • The program provided over 55,000 onsite impressions, 11,000 one-to-one interactions and 315,000 over-the-road impressions!

We’re reminding people how easy it is to carry out simple acts that make a difference in the lives of those around them. We’re talking about putting down the smartphone to be in the moment with your child, take a grandparent shopping, let someone merge in front of you in traffic–it’s little things that add up to make our world a better place.

Senior Director, Affiliate Marketing, gmc

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