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Stena Line Ferries

Launching Stena Edda

Expertise

Social media
Press
Film and radio scripts
Web & CRM

The Brief

Stena Line had invested hundreds of millions of pounds in new ships that were being launched a few months apart. The brand message that Stena Line was a better way to ferry was being made real. This was a huge opportunity and the pressure was on to tell both sides of the Irish Sea about this momentous event.

Expertise

Social media
Press
Film and radio scripts
Web & CRM

Our answer

When launching the first of three new vessels for Stena Line, we went all out. We teased pics on social showing her progress from her Chinese shipyard to the Irish Sea. This grew to a social blitz linked to a fun landing page that gave sneak peaks onboard, giving a real feel for the scale of the ship and focussing on the Swedish design influences throughout.

Influencers and VIPs were treated to a complimentary launch party onboard with all the extras you wouldn’t expect on a ferry. Emails were fired off, radio shows were sponsored, local press was on the case! ‘On brand’ but very defiantly not ‘corporate’, we communicated how much of a big deal this was by showing the customer the benefits of Stena Edda, raising interest and building a groundswell of eager anticipation.

With bright colours, graphic shapes and at its heart, images of the amenities onboard, we caught the eye and imagination of the target market. By launch day, we had created that rare thing, a must-have, sought after (ferry) ticket.

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“Lime are a wonderful agency to work with; they are warm, friendly and professional. They buy into our brand and have become an extension of our marketing department, working seamlessly with us to produce campaigns that are creative and effective. They are proactive, always striving to help us achieve and exceed our goals.”

Tiffany Ferrier, Direct Marketing Manager, Irish Sea South
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‘Taking the ferry’ has changed. Today, it’s a cruise aboard an entertainment centre with cinemas, restaurants, bars, shops, lounges and suites. We’re changing perceptions and yes, we’re fans.