Powerhouse social media network LinkedIn is out to crush its current “white collar” stereotype. The brand recently launched a TV spot titled “In it Together” during the Golden Globes award show, an advertising move uncharacteristic of the brand in the past. But that makes sense since LinkedIn is trying to break away from its current perception. The “In It Together” campaign features a diverse range of peoples and businesses.
The campaign represents LinkedIn’s first real integrated marketing effort and also includes online video, digital display, paid social media, outdoor ads, podcasts, radio spots, partnerships, and search engine marketing.
Overall, the campaign will last twelve weeks and will be targeted at four core markets – San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. The company will compare LinkedIn activity in these markets with markets that have not been targeted to better understand the results of the campaign. The videos use black-and-white, documentary-style shots to showcase LinkedIn users’ success stories in their unique environments.
In an email to Adweek, Campaign Director Stacy Peralta (of Dogtown and Z-Boys) explained the impact of the campaign, stating:
“I knew from the first reading of the boards that this was one of those rare opportunities. They asked us to tell real stories about real people, they wanted it shot in black and white, and they wanted energy, enthusiasm and candor from the people involved. We found and documented many of the unique people who use the platform. We found avant-garde musicians, MMA fighters, physics teachers, animators, chefs and real-life cowboys, all of whom not only use LinkedIn but rave about its effect on their careers.
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