Top of the class

Blaze has boosted its academic credentials with the 3-year appointment to Southern Cross University’s marketing and communications roster, beating 24 agencies to the task at tender, and 4 in the final pitch round. We’re thrilled to partner with such a highly regarded learning institution, and look forward to further cementing their profile not just nationally, but across their campuses in NSW (Lismore & Coffs Harbour) and Sth QLD (Gold Coast). SCU also attract students internationally and via select campuses in Melbourne Sydney and Perth as well as via online learning, so with our digital expertise it’s an outstanding match.

For us, the win adds further credentials to Blaze as an agency working more and more within categories that target GEN Z, Y & X, as well as with the technology that connects relevant brands, products and services to them. We’re looking forward to the opportunities that this new relationship brings, as well as carving out even further space in the youth market and  driving innovative communications for SCU in relevant and creative ways.

Like to explore what Blaze can bring to your youth audience? Talk to us today.

Leading from the front with PwC

In 2016 and 2017, PwC’s Employer Brand moved into bold new territory. A fresh and distinctive graduate campaign and EVP was deployed, along with an enhanced careers site –complimented by further activations in partnership with PwC’s National HR Team. Nearly two hard years of effort has culminated in some remarkable outcomes. With the company rising up the ranks of desirable employers, and Blaze’s graduate campaign being credited with delivering an enormous 67% year-on-year increase in applications.

PwC are now in the enviable position of being able to hand-pick the best minds from right across Australia. While other top businesses are still building strategies to attract STEMS candidates (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), PwC has been given a resounding head-start in the talent attraction race.

Blaze’s PwC campaign was unique, both in content and design – resulting in it being shortlisted as an AGDA Award Finalist for Design Effectiveness in 2016. Despite all the achievements to date, Blaze has not stood still in the creation of further out-of-the-box ideas.

Market-first Augmented Reality
Collaborating with PwC’s Augmented Reality providers Plattar, this year we launched a market-first App for graduates, called ‘Pathfinder’. Targeting students and those soon to finish studies, the App showcased the meaningful work PwC do across industries as diverse as Fashion, Fin-tech, Law Enforcement and Health. Built to recognise visual triggers and launch 4D animations and motion, it has generated much comment at the company’s signature events. With gamification and story-telling embedded, the App is currently available on Google Play and the App Store, and will continue to run and compliment on and off-campus activations throughout the year. This App is currently an AGDA 2017 Design Effectiveness finalist.

PwC’s official rankings go sky-high
Following on from Blaze’s campaign launch and roll-out, and in partnership with operational initiatives by PwC’s National HR team, PwC were officially recognised in the Financial Review Top 100 Graduate Employer list with a 2nd place ranking, rising from 5th place last year (http://magazine.afr.com/top100-grads/top100/). Compiled in February 2017, this rise in rankings, which is produced in association with website GradConnection, put PwC ahead of a lion’s share of Australia’s top employers – including IBM, KPMG, EY, Nestle and Apple. The rankings are based directly on information taken from students, not judges. PwC took an enormous 15% of the popular vote, being nominated by students as the first place they would most want to work. In a separate survey this year entitled ‘Australia’s Top 100 Graduate Employers’, compiled by GradAustralia and The Australian (https://gradaustralia.com.au/top-100-employers), PwC also excelled. Ranking 3rd ahead of Apple, CBA and Facebook.

Both outstanding results were further reinforced in May 2017 with PwC being named by officially LinkedIn as the company most Australians want to work for. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-top-companies-2017-where-australia-wants-work-roughol)

Blaze’s outstanding campaign work showcased by LinkedIn
Particularly satisfying has been the inclusion of Blaze’s strategic and creative work in the LinkedIn’s Top Attractors Employer Brand Showcase publication ‘Benchmark your Employer Brand – Tips and strategies from Australia’s most attractive employers’. Just 3 top organisations were selected – PwC, Atlassian and AirBNB. Notably, Blaze’s work with narrative from PwC’s National Employer Brand Leader Jessica Tucci was included first as the lead-in example.

Interested in how Blaze can lift your employer brand, and talent attraction prospects? Speak to us today.
For information on the PwC Pathfinder App, visit http://www.pwc.com.au/student-careers/pathfinder-app.html . If you’d like to download LinkedIn’s Australia Employer Brand Showcase eBook featuring insights from Blaze’s recent PwC campaign, visit https://business.linkedin.com/en-au/talent-solutions/cx/2016/8/most-attractive-employers