So far, 2016 has been a whirlwind, to say the least. Our number of members has grown quite dramatically and so has our team. So back in February, our marketing team got their heads together on how we could further communicate the value of our products. The result? A new and shiny TV ad.
We’ve also been shortlisted for the Startup Awards 2016 People’s Champions, so make sure to cast your vote here.
Coming up with the idea
Working on the TV advert was really fun and quite honestly, a little surreal. For a small startup, venturing into the world of TV is a major moment, and it was definitely met with a mix of excitement and trepidation.
From creative idea to TV
Moreover, the ad had to be approved for broadcast by consumer protection agency ClearCast. As their main task is to ensure all content is honest and clear, ensuring all claims were approved before production began was crucial. This is the most expensive part of the campaign, so we definitely couldn’t afford to go through it twice!
The challenges of filming our first TV ad
As any startup, we were very aware of our budget constraints (#StartupLife) so we knew that whatever we ended up with had to be really good to maximise our investment. Doing a TV ad is definitely a risky and expensive project.
Another challenge we encountered was ensuring the rest of Cornerstone was ready for the increase in sales and web traffic. That meant that our customer care team had to work around the clock to handle the increase in queries. Our dispatching team was swamped with new orders. And our tech team kept busy optimising our website so all potential new members received a smooth experience.
The TV ad
If you’ve already seen our TV ad, we hope you liked it. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? — get watching TV! Whilst we didn’t have any superstar actors (or any actors whatsoever!), our voice-over was read by the son of a famous Shakespearean actor, so keep your eyes peeled!