Seek and Share – A case study for Severn Trent

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Severn Trent needed to reduce expenditure on capital equipment and make existing assets and networks work much harder. One route was to establish and embed a cultural change of ‘Seeking and Sharing’ within the Severn Trent team and their One Supply Chain (OSC). The project Seek and Share was born and needed to be embedded in the organisation’s own way of working that engaged both its internal team and the OSC.

What our biggest challenges were
As always with a project of this nature and the number of different audience groups, we needed to understand:
• The way the different audiences work currently, how they engage with each other and the existing tools they use.
• What key trigger would encourage them to adopt ’Seek and Share’.
• The barriers to adopting the ‘Seek & Share’ due to the competitive element within the One Supply Chain.

What we wanted to achieve
Seek & Share was implemented in order to encourage Severn Trent and the One Supply Chain to find more innovative and cost effective ways of doing things (Seeking) and then to give that information freely to other parts of the One Supply Chain (Sharing) in order that both best practice and cost savings can be realised.

The service Smart Ideas Design provided
The brief for this project needed to be shaped and defined so we worked with Severn Trent and the One Supply Chain in a series of workshops to help them define the brief before we started any creative. We all needed to understand the nature and size of ‘the beast’ to be able to create the right look and feel for it.
Once the brief was shaped to Severn Trent’s ultimate goals, we started with the creative work. This entailed the design and development of a set of materials including the Seek and Share style, posters, literature and web portal. It took the form of a series of icons pictured here which are easy to understand, engaging and colourful. The icons were further added to with string men characters who are communicating via string and tin cans. The style is designed to be warm, colourful, friendly and engaging as well as completely different for a utility like Severn Trent Water. Continue reading

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A creative, alternative approach for an ad campaign

It’s a breath of fresh air to see something promoted in a different way – this ad campaign sets itself apart from the normal ads promoting hotels that you see.

Corinthia Hotel London, a new luxury hotel which opened in April, has launched a press ad campaign. The campaign, made by WCRSandCo, uses 16 different print executions to highlight the unique elements of the hotel, which include the largest suite in London. The illustrations use a black background and vibrant colours to demonstrate facts such as that Corinthia Hotel and Renaissance master Michelangelo both used the same marble.

Thanks to Campaign Live.

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Our offices – the Church

We have been meaning to do this for some time now and just haven’t had chance due to workloads! We’re so proud of ‘The Old Church’ we work from that we thought we would share some pictures with you and see what you think.

The church, which is located on the A5 in Gailey, Staffordshire, UK was built in 1836 and finally deconsecrated in the 1970s when it was purchased and turned into a pottery.

We moved here in 2003 and have loved it ever since – winters are cold and include mittens and fleeces but the building is stimulating and lives and breathes with us every day.

Clients love to visit because it is a refreshing change from their sterile, air conditioned offices and of course we are pretty rural here with some really good country pubs. So all feedback welcomed!



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