The ECHOs have always been a great place to find fearless creativity, deep innovation and real results. And, last week we found even more great data-driven talent, passion – and performance at the KCDMA AMBIT Awards.

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Read on – to find some of the top business-building ideas that we discovered at the AMBIT Awards.

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joes kansas city bbqClient: Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que
Agency: emfluence
Campaign: Send Joe’s KC
KCDMA AMBIT Judge’s Choice Award: Best Return on Investment

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Digital marketing agency emfluence was charged with developing and launching the famous Joe’s Kansas City’s new eCommerce website and executing promotional initiatives with only 12 weeks to research, design, build and announce the new endeavor. The Joe’s Kansas City relaunch as an e-Commerce site created a groundswell of fan reaction and excitement, including 11,500+ unique website visitors within the first 24 hours of the site going live. During the first week of launch 457 orders were placed from across the country and all metrics during the first month surpassed expectation.

The eCommerce launch/brand re-fresh was met with enormously positive response, website traffic and 3 times the industry average for email capture and open/Click through rate, including a 67% Unique Open rate on the welcome email and 114% total open rate.

emfluence also helped them achieve 2.99 Million Social Impressions and 88,000 organic social engagements during the first month launch period on Twitter and Facebook. The average time on the website was around 5 mins and they gathered over 10,000 email captures in first 6 months of launch.

emfluence was able increase Joe’s keyword ranking to #1 on Google (from unranked) for terms: BBQ, BBQ Order Online, BBQ Restaurant, and Best BBQ

How do You Break Revenue and Attendance Records for a Fundraising Event?

KVC health systemsClient: KVC Health Systems
Agency: REACTOR Design Studio
Campaign: Gala on Fire
KCDMA AMBIT Judge’s Choice Award: Best in Show

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Set it on fire! That’s what Kansas City agency – REACTOR Design Studio did for their client KVC Health Systems – sort of. Reactor helped KVC Health Systems achieve a 41% response rate – increasing ticket sales by 10% over last year to its “Gala on Fire” event by turning an invitation into an EPIC experience. And, in the process they won the “Best in Show” Award at the AMBITs.

Find out how you can generate sales – like wildfire, with the case study.

How can You Produce Positive ROI with Just One Response?

henry wurst incorporatedClient: Henry Wurst Incorporated
Agency: REACTOR Design Studio
Campaign: Perfect Partnership
KCDMA AMBIT Judge’s Choice Award: Most Innovative Solution

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The Perfect Partnerships campaign was created for the Henry Wurst sales team to showcase the company’s abilities and philosophy in a fun, creative way.

The lunchbox themed kit was the perfect way to say “perfect partnerships” and included fresh chips and salsa, wrapped in a highly textured potato based paper, which was a great way to tell the story of a printing company that values it’s relationships.

The campaign is still ongoing, but of the ones they’ve distributed thus far, they have gained a huge new order and are having conversations with 25% of recipients and appointments with 10% of recipients.

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Want even more inspiration?

Check out these award winning case studies from the DMA International ECHO Awards.

burger king button-01Backyard Burger King:
How to increase sales in a highly competitive market.

When you operate in a market with the highest concentration of Quick Service Restaurants in the world, how do breakthrough? Find a better way to drive your brand promise home! Watch the ECHO Award winning case study video from Burger King and Colenso BBDO.

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unisus button v2-01Last One to the Future Loses:
Put on some speed and outpace your competition.

When Unisys, the global IT consulting, services and support firm wanted to help Fortune 500 companies transform their IT architecture, they turned to their agency – NIKE. The next step was very surprising. Find out why in the ECHO Award winning case study.

Available until May 15.

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lufthansa button-01Runway to Success:
Lufthansa repositions its brand and propels to new heights.

“Nonstop You” is a people-focused pledge, built around customer aspirations, needs and wishes. It’s also an original TV series produced by Lufthansa that transformed their B2B market share. Fasten your seat belts and prepare for takeoff with this ECHO Award winning case study.

Available until May 15.

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