Pete Dye still swinging at 90: Opens Westfield’s Chatham Hills

Famed golf architect, Pete Dye spent five years and hundreds of hours crafting a championship course at Chatham Hills. The private course, expected to be among the best in the Midwest, is part of an upscale residential community that recently opened in Westfield.

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In addition to generating earned media coverage for the course, Dittoe PR was responsible for shooting and editing a promotional video that would be shown at the course’s soft opening where Pete and Alice Dye were slated to speak and hit a ceremonial tee shot.

It was essential that our video paid proper tribute to the Dyes so that Chatham Hills could use it in their marketing mix for years to come.

Once we held a strategy meeting with the Chatham Hills team to determine goals and key messaging for the video, Dittoe PR set up two separate video shoots. First, we went out to Chatham Hills and shot scenic views and were lucky enough to have Pete Dye himself give us an exclusive tour of the course! We rode on golf carts with Pete and got some great shots of him walking the course and taking a few swings. Our second day of shooting consisted of sit-down interviews with Chatham Hills executives talking about the development of the course and the years of hard work Pete and Alice put into turning their vision into a reality. After two days of filming, our team had everything we needed to create a visual story for Chatham Hills.

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Turning around the video in just over a week’s time allowed us to pitch it local and regional media in order to generate interest for the event.

By using the promotional video in our media outreach, our team was able to coordinate six interviews on the day of the soft opening including live shots by WISH-TV’s Anthony Calhoun and WRTV’s Dave Furst. In total, our team secured 56 media placements and generated a buzz on social media that resulted in 260 posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Interested in learning more about Dittoe PR’s work in video, sports and events? Request a consultation to learn more about how we can spark a conversation about your business.

Dittoe PR under par at the 2016 BMW Championship

Golf is a game of precision: The slightest miscalculation–distance, wind speed, club choice–can have devastating results. Analysis, focus and execution create success. The same can be said for a public relations campaign boosting an international sporting event.

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Dittoe PR was responsible for media coverage, social media, ticket sales and event marketing surrounding the 2016 BMW Championship at Carmel’s Crooked Stick Golf Club. Throughout the week, the tournament battled challenges such as inclement weather conditions and competition with opening week of the 2016 NFL season for coverage and attendance.

Despite these outside factors, Dittoe PR navigated the conditions and orchestrated one of the most successful BMW Championship tournaments to date.

Leading up to the event, Dittoe PR spread the word with a consistent barrage of targeted media coverage that began 12 months prior to the tournament and included stories on holiday ticket packages, course enhancements made in preparation for the tournament and features on local volunteers.

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Dittoe also led the charge on a clever social media campaign that staged the BMW Championship trophy at several iconic Indianapolis area locations. The #WheresWadley campaign proved to be a fun way to announce the tournament’s presence in the Indianapolis market and generated a palpable buzz on social media in the weeks leading up to the big event.

In addition to promoting the 2016 BMW Championship, Dittoe also proudly promotes the Evans Scholars Foundation year-round. This foundation grants full college scholarships to deserving young caddies with limited financial means, and all net proceeds from the BMW Championship benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation. By highlighting the stories of various scholarship recipients, Dittoe secured interviews with ESPN, the Golf Channel and other high profile media outlets during tournament week.

In total, attendance figures reached 125,000 and Dittoe PR secured 275 media placements resulting in more than 34 million impressions.

Is Your PR Working? Four Measurements to Consider.

For many companies, there’s no better feeling than seeing positive media coverage about your brand. Not only is it a powerful way to build credibility and raise awareness, but it’s also a great way to further your business objectives. That is, if you know which elements you should value and measure.

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While some PR agencies use publicity value as the be-all, end-all factor in determining the value of PR, we try to stay away from this as much as possible. Why? There are two main reasons. For one, the way that agencies arrive at this number is nebulous at best. Secondly, we’re much more concerned with the actual business results driven by PR versus an ambiguous publicity value that doesn’t tell us any key sales metrics, such as the number of leads produced or sales closed as a result of the media placement.

With this in mind, here are four factors you should always consider when measuring the effectiveness of your PR campaign.

Calculate share of voice beyond just your competitors

We measure results not only by the volume of media coverage, but also through the share of voice relative to both competitors and keywords. Understanding how often your brand is mentioned compared to your competitors is important to track over time in order to gauge the success of your PR efforts. Keyword share of voice shows how your brand has (or has not) earned its place among a certain set of keywords or topics relevant to their product.

Evaluate the quality of media placements

Another metric that can be taken into account for PR measurement is the quality of a media placement. When gauging the quality of each story, we look at a variety of factors, including whether a brand spokesman is quoted, if a link to the website is provided, if the story is a more in-depth profile versus a brief mention in a story, whether the sentiment is positive, negative or neutral, and if the outlet has shared the story on social media.

Is it influencing business results?

We also evaluate which types of media placements drive the best business results for our clients. Especially for b-to-b companies, there are many instances when a placement in a specialized trade publication can be far more impactful than a top-tier national media outlet. By analyzing our clients’ Google Analytics, we can determine which media placements drive the most qualified sales leads.

In fact, when recently doing just that for a b-to-c client, we discovered that the top referral source to its website was not The Today Show, Good Morning America or one of the other top national media hits we obtained for them. Instead, it was a very niche website with a much smaller audience that generated the most traffic to their website. Sure, the bigger marquee pieces of media coverage are phenomenal to have from an exposure and credibility standpoint, but ultimately the smaller, more targeted media outlets may result in better business outcomes.

When evaluating the traffic our PR efforts are driving for clients, we’re also looking to Google Analytics to determine if it’s high quality traffic. If our PR is effective, we should be seeing the bounce rate decrease, while pages per session and time spent on the website increase.

Track the behavior of sales prospects

Website user behavior also offers a trove of information for measuring PR efforts. For example, you can track behaviors such as how many people downloaded a content item (such as a whitepaper) and how many of these downloads turn into a sale. This tells you if the leads that you’re bringing to your brand’s website using a PR tactic are qualified leads that have a substantial impact on the bottom line.

Above all else, we stress to clients that PR is a sales function – rather than an extension of marketing. We’re distributing content and information about their brand that needs to have a measurable sales impact, not just regurgitate marketing messaging.

Would you like us to conduct an audit of your current PR results? If you’d like help in determining the effectiveness of your current PR campaign, give us a shout here.

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