Strategic positioning

  • Helping Africa's future leaders communicate

    African Leadership Institute logo

    Integrated Media Strategies is providing strategic and tactical communications support to the prestigious African Leadership Institute.  The patron of the institute is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace prize winner who is known for his ethical and courageous leadership.  The mission of the institute is to promote dedicated, visionary, thoughtful and self-aware leaders across Africa, which as a continent is challenged by political, economic and climate difficulties, to name a few. 

    The role of Integrated Media Strategies will include upgrading the technical capabilities of the Wordpress website in line with a strategic content marketing plan; to develop a strategic voice for the organization in its communications and to integrate communications across the various communications channels it uses; to revamp its social media output and harmonize it with branding and positioning; and to assist with the day-to-day tactical stuff that happens in an organization that is based in London and Cape Town and works with Tutu Fellows across the continent and the world.

  • Integrated campaign for pan-African group

    Each year, the African Leadership Institutepicks some of Africa's top up-and-coming young leaders for an intensive week-long leadership programme.  Integrated Media Strategies arranged for all of the 25 Fellows to be interviewed on topical leadership issues and the challenges facing Africa.  Those interviews now form the basis for an integrated communications campaign that will assist in promoting the work and legacy of the institute, as well as the personal profiles of the Fellows themselves.

    The interviews have been broken up into short, bite-sized interviews covering a single subject, topic or issue.  These are being uploaded to YouTube and will then be embedded in individualized video pages on the institute's website with all the usual SEO associated with these kinds of pages.  These pages will then be shared on social media over time in a staggered roll-out, providing sustained interest and content for the insitute.  In total, about 70 videos will be produced, so the rollout over social media will last at least three months. 

  • ROI of $1.3 billion

    Many community colleges have extremely limited communications budgets and personnel and have not invested in the capacity needed to provide communications and positioning that results in transformative economic development in their communities.  A project with which Integrated Media Strategies has been involved for the past four years shows how smart, sustained strategic communications can dramatically impact economic development in 21st Century job sectors. 

    The NC Advanced Manufacturing Alliance received an $18 million US DOL grant to upgrade equipment and curricula for specialized advanced manufacturing training at 10 community colleges in largely rural counties that had lost jobs to offshoring.  Integrated Media Strategies was brought on early in the project in 2011, and provided branding, marketing and communications support.  We developed a website and social media accounts and worked with college instructors and staff to sustainably create content in line with strategic positioning goals.

    In September of 2015, the return on investment (ROI) on the $18 million has been more than $1.3 billion in new capital investments and expansions in the counties the colleges serve and more 6,600 jobs created. 

 

 

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