The Aim: remind breeders of the success of the progeny by Newsells Park Stud’s stallion Equiano and his ranking compared to his peers to attract another quality book of mares.

The Solution

Campaign theme

The campaign focused on a ‘speeding ticket’ theme given Equiano’s progeny were proven sprinters and his most recent Gr.1 winner Belvoir Bay broke the 5f course record at Santa Anita racetrack.

Direct Mail to breeders and bloodstock agents

The mailer comprised of a flyer entitled ‘A speeding ticket you wouldn’t mind having!’, with creative copy around the theme including statistics and tables, along with a call to action to the breeder to send their mare on a speed awareness course with Equiano. This was sent with a chocolate bar designed like a speed camera to capitalise on the stud’s association with chocolate.

Social media

The campaign was promoted across Twitter and Facebook with the use of images and gifs showing relevant statistics/sire leading lists. A competition also ran on Twitter encouraging people to guess Equiano’s key winners with the branded chocolate bars used as prizes.

Advertising and Media Buying

The campaign complemented the annual advertising plan prepared by Pace which included the services: media buying in bloodstock publications on key dates in the bloodstock calendar, budget management, copy writing, editing, proofing and submission to the publications. In addition to success advertising throughout the year triggered by Equiano’s progeny winning notable Stakes races.

Sales promotion

To encourage a call to action breeders were offered a reduction in the nomination fee if they booked before a certain date. A previous successful sales promotion offered breeders a rebate on the nomination or a free return to Equiano if their mare produced a filly. This was promoted as the Filly+ Scheme and was promoted around a cheeky ‘No Balls’ theme, with a novel ball-shaped pop-up mailer and chocolate balls.

The Results

  • The mailer created a ‘buzz’ around Equiano and recipients remarked on his high ranking amongst his peers, providing an ideal opportunity for Newsells Park Stud to follow-up with a telephone call to help secure a nomination.
  • The number of mares booked into Equiano after the campaign was greater than at the same time the previous year.
  • Social media engagement was significantly increased during the period of the campaign.
  • ” Pace Marketing Solutions has an invaluable combination of industry knowledge and marketing expertise. Their positive attitude and flexible approach has resulted in practical and cost effective marketing initiatives being recommended and delivered.”

    David Redvers, Director, Tweenhills
  • “The company has gone from strength to strength, helped hugely by the involvement of Pace who contributed many great ideas over the years of which I am hugely appreciative. “

    Nigel Armstrong ICIOB, Chairman, RW Armstrong
  • “Jackie Hutchinson of Pace Marketing Solutions is very much one of the team at Newsells Park Stud having provided us with her marketing expertise since the stud was established in 2002. She presents very creative ideas and considers how best to implement them cost effectively using a variety of marketing methods to ensure maximum effect.”

    Julian Dollar, General Manager, Newsells Park Stud