Schwinn: Client Profile
With over 100 years of cycling heritage, passion and expertise, Schwinn is the quintessential American brand. Its vast array of bicycles allows riders of all ages, abilities and locations to experience the joy of riding a bike.
Schwinn: Bike It Forward Case Study
Bike It Forward
With spring approaching, we set our sights on National Bike Month in May. After all, if one brand could rightfully own the month, it’s Schwinn. We then created a campaign to celebrate 31 days of bicycling goodness. Bike It Forward let users spread the joy of May Bike Month by choosing a friend on Facebook to win a new Schwinn. To demonstrate the lineup, users could choose from all categories, including Urban, Hybrid, Road, Mountain, Cruiser and Kids. And to reward their kindness, if a friend won, they won a new bike, too. Banners, Facebook ads, a satellite media tour and social media mentions from the likes of Summer Sanders and Pee-wee Herman helped drive traffic to the experience. By the end of May, we had increased web traffic by 40% compared to May of the previous year, our Facebook fanbase grew by more than 3,000% and the campaign generated more than 500 million impressions. A joyous May Bike Month, indeed.
Schwinn: Bell Choir Case Study
Schwinn Schwinn Bell Choir
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At the core of Schwinn’s DNA is joy, so instead of sending yet another sales message into the seasonal clutter, we created a new twist on an old holiday favorite. We assembled a team of Schwinn-riding carolers who played beloved holiday songs using custom-made, specially tuned Schwinn bike bells. We also built a site where people could exchange e-carols of the Bell Choir performing the songs. To extend the spirit of giving, Schwinn donated bikes and helmets to kids in need for each carol that was shared. The Schwinn Bell Choir has been recognized by the Webby Awards, AIGA and the FWA for its rich Web experience.
At SchwinnBellChoir.com, visitors were not only be able to listen to the Schwinn Bell Choir perform classic carols, they also had the opportunity to spread the joy by sharing e-carols with friends and family. Each song shared helped donate a Schwinn bike to a child in need during the holiday season.
C+M Is Most Awarded Agency At The Show - Third Year In A Row
The Show 2011
Agency wins first-ever “People's Choice” award
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 14, 2011 – For the third year in a row, Colle+McVoy is the most awarded agency at The Show, this year’s Advertising Federation of Minnesota’s annual award show. The agency won 51 awards in total, including nine gold, seven silver, 15 bronze and 20 merit awards, as well the first-ever People’s Choice Black Pin award.
“This is an honor, especially being selected by our peers for the People’s Choice award,” said Mike Caguin, executive creative director, Colle+McVoy. “The creative community in the Twin Cities is one of the best and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Work was accepted into every medium of the awards (design, print, radio, TV, digital, OOH, guerilla, integrated), recognizing creative work for Caribou Coffee, Schwinn, Nestlé Purina, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, GT and more. Online voters gave the People’s Choice Black Pin to the Caribou Coffee Oven Bus Shelter, which was one of five campaigns selected by the judges to be their favorites out of the 1,110 total entries. The Caribou Coffee bus shelter created a high impact execution to bring awareness to Caribou’s new Daybreaker breakfast sandwiches in the cold month of January. Transit shelters in Minneapolis were converted into ovens, including real heat, to showcase the hot and delectable new menu items.
The Show is a widely recognized standard of excellence in the advertising industry. The awards honor the best work in advertising, design and interactive, as well as student work.
C+M Named AOR For Indian Motorcycle
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2011 – Indian® Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle brand, selected Colle+McVoy to lead its international branding, advertising, creative, design, retail and interactive marketing strategy.
“Colle+McVoy showed incredible passion for Indian Motorcycle and demonstrated prowess in how to evolve this iconic, global brand across a multitude of customer touchpoints,” said Ross Clifford, managing director, Indian Motorcycle. “We are delighted to have such a partner to help develop the brand for sustained growth.”
“Indian Motorcycle not only produces classic motorcycles, it is a symbol of American ingenuity and determination,” said Christine Fruechte, president and CEO, Colle+McVoy. “We are proud to be their partner and eager to leverage this legacy into powerful brand experiences that drive business success.”
Colle+McVoy has received international recognition for its work in modernizing iconic brands, including Caribou Coffee, Cannondale, Land O’Lakes and Schwinn. The agency helps brands find their 21st century footing by rediscovering what made them beloved and then identifying opportunities to harness this passion.
C+M Wins Two Judge’s Choice Awards at AIGA MN Design 2011
MINNEAPOLIS, May 12, 2011 - Colle+McVoy won two Judge’s Choice Awards and had seven pieces selected (tied for the most selected) at the AIGA Minnesota Design Show 2011. The awards, sponsored by AIGA Minnesota, highlight the region’s top work, submitted by creative professionals and students, and is judged by a panel of nationally recognized design professionals.
"This is incredible recognition since the Twin Cities design community features some of the most creative work in the nation," said Ed Bennett, design director, Colle+McVoy.
Colle+McVoy won two of four coveted Judge’s Choice Awards for the corporate identity for People for Bikes, the nation’s largest unified movement to improve bicycling, and for the Schwinn Bell Choir, a holiday campaign for Schwinn featuring eight festive people on bikes performing e-carols that helped get bikes and helmets to kids across the country.
The other five pieces selected into the show include the agency’s All Set Card Set, Caribou Coffee Globe/Donate/I Heart You out-of-home (OOH) campaign, Caribou Coffee Oven OOH, Schwinn Calendar and the mobile site for TakeMeFishing.org.
AIGA Minnesota supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing, regardless of where they are in the arc of their careers. Its mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. It is one of the largest chapters in the AIGA, serving nearly 1,300 members in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
C+M Named AOR For Dorel Recreational/Leisure Segment
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 26, 2010 - Today Colle+McVoy was named global advertising agency of record for Dorel Industries Inc.’s (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) Recreational/Leisure segment, a worldwide leader and innovator in high-end and enthusiast bicycles and sports apparel, including the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and SUGOi brands. The agency will lead global strategic and creative development of integrated programs across all traditional and nontraditional mediums targeted to consumers, independent bike dealers, mass merchants and sporting goods retailers.
"As Dorel Recreational/Leisure grows, we need a best-in-class partner to help us continue to evolve and maintain the relevance of our iconic consumer brands," said Andrew Coccari, CMO Global Marketing, Dorel Recreational/Leisure segment. "Colle+McVoy’s passion for bicycling is evident in their work with groups like Bikes Belong. Their consumer-centric focus toward building beloved lifestyle brands is tried and true, and their appreciation for the dynamics and pace of this industry is unparalleled."
"Enthusiast lifestyles are a core focus and expertise of ours. It’s an honor to partner with Dorel Recreational/Leisure to advance the growth of its iconic brand portfolio," said Christine Fruechte, president and CEO, Colle+McVoy.
This substantial AOR assignment is the latest win by Colle+McVoy, which was also awarded new business recently from Old Navy, Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, Medtronic Foundation, Explore Minnesota Tourism, Regis Corporation, General Mills, Land O’Lakes and Nestlé Purina.