In September 2015, we set about developing a brand and cause marketing campaign to help social enterprises to create greater social impact.
The activity would have two objectives: 1) raise awareness of and 2) drive customers to social enterprises and responsible businesses in Melbourne.
The Good Xmas Trail came to life as a brand and website where consumers could find out about and choose to buy from or visit organisations that appealed to them. The idea was to pull together a selection of social enterprises and present them to consumers as ‘the responsible choice’ at a time when they would be considering spending money on a Christmas outing or office party and buying their Christmas gifts.
And, slowly but surely, it worked. So we did it again in 2016, this time with 45 social enterprises doing amazing things, creating inspiring gifts and experiences all with a common purpose, to generate a community benefit.
With our key partners, Voice Brand Agency, Flint, and Social Traders we grew the consumer audience for The Good Xmas Trail by around 300% in 2016, compared to 2015. We achieved good reach and engagement through social media, blogs, traditional media coverage and prominent influencers, including speeches in both 2015 and 2016 to Federal Parliament from Greens MP, Adam Bandt.
It was clear to us that social enterprises were keen to connect with new customers, and there was also a growing number of people hungry to get to know the businesses.
And this isn’t limited to Christmas, but any time we have something to celebrate, or a gift to find.
From these humble beginnings, our new year-round platform, Goodsmiths, has been born.