The ski-season in Australia is brief, and competition among resorts for the customer dollar is fierce. Merlin Entertainments’ Mt Hotham and Falls Creek sites needed to meet aggressive online sales targets in a market where the customer is king and online discounts and deals are abundant.
Getting customers to choose Mt Hotham or Falls Creek was as much about inspiring them as it was the final click. We used newsfeed video ads to capture the experience of being on the mountain and build affinity with existing and new audiences. Audiences could purchase straight away, or they could lose themselves in a winter daydream for a few seconds.
We integrated Facebook advertising with search to expand Falls Creek and Mt Hotham’s share of voice along the entire customer journey. For example, video footage right from the mountain, delivered to the news feeds of existing and new audiences gave potential customers inspiration and insight before purchasing the product. We also ensured every post included a functional 'Book Now' option to drive website clicks and sales conversions.
Initial A/B tests revealed a 70% increase in engagement from mobile only audiences. This became a focal point for the rest of the campaign, introducing new audiences and creative across this mobile-first approach by allocating over 95% of advertising budget to target mobile only newsfeeds.
We extended our understanding of the ski-season audience by building psychographic profiles of different types of existing customers: from families to university students to seniors. We then used this data to create newsfeed content that was optimized for each audience set.