Digiday Awards Winner’s Circle: Resolution Media and “Live in Levi’s”

Digiday’s awards honor the best work in marketing, video, content marketing, publishing and advertising. Winner’s Circle is a new series that puts the spotlight on Digiday Awards winners: After the gala ceremony is over and all the champagne is gone, we ask each winner five questions about the campaign that won them their top honor.

At the 2016 Digiday Content Marketing Awards, Resolution Media won Best Innovative Use of Breakthrough Social Media for its Pinterest-driven campaign “Live in Levi’s.” This time, determined to deliver, Resolution Media went all in on Pinterest, creating a social campaign to drive awareness of Levi’s women’s denim collection using the platform’s Promoted Pins and extensive research on audience keywords.

The resulting campaign, featuring women wearing the full range of Levi’s jeans, plus images of items to pair with the jeans, yielded impressive results in comparison to retail benchmarks for the platform. In this edition of Winner’s Circle, we asked Daniel Hernandez, associate director of advertising at Resolution Media, about how the campaign helped Levi’s bounce back.

What was the ah-ha moment that led to the creation of this campaign?
We are constantly testing new ad units and platforms at Resolution Media. At the time, we had a huge focus on relaunching the new Levi’s women’s line and needed to find new and innovative ways to get our message to our target audience. Pinterest skews heavily towards women and our target audience, so it was a natural fit to test out a campaign on the platform.

What was the most fun part of working on this campaign?
It was motivating to see performance improvements daily. We were able to continually adjust the campaign to further results.

What about this project kept you up at night?
Since Pinterest was fairly new at the time, it was still an unproven platform and some of the performance expectations were a bit unknown as a result. Although we were confident with our strategy and approach, it was still a bit nerve wracking prior to the initial campaign results.

What did you learn during this campaign that you will apply to future work?
Pinterest is a great place to reach a very important part of our core audience – female style seekers. Pinterest went from being a test for us to being an important part of our overall social media strategy to reach our core audience.

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One of the campaign units on Pinterest, with the campaign hashtag #LadiesinLevis.

Which advertising campaign do you wish you had thought of?
Activision: Call of Duty Infinite Warfare.

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