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

Blaze adds expertise to Rio Tinto India

With an unrivalled Employer Branding reputation across 5 Australian states, Blaze is now broadening its market reach with HR focused projects overseas. Partnering with Rio Tinto, Blaze has created a fresh Employer Brand Essence especially for India, tailored to resonate with this unique and fast-moving career market. Grounded in research led by National Research Manager Rory Challen and conducted qualitatively at Rio Tinto India’s headquarters in near New Delhi (Gurgaon) as well as via online surveys, Blaze were able to create distinctive material for this careers market that would resonate and engage, while adhering to strict Rio Tinto Global Branding principles.

Research insights that interpreted the local mindset and mapped the challenges
Using a combination of quantitative surveying and qualitative discussions, we quickly discovered that when it came to the Mining sector in India and drawing candidates to it, the challenges were many. For a start Rio Tinto was not well known, as many were unaware it was a global business. Then there were the perceptual concerns generally around the industry’s safety and support for its employees. What was needed was a suite of material that would show the reality of working for Rio Tinto India. A company that was different in its professionalism, global links and care for its employees.

Creative that closed perception gaps
Blaze generated creative executions that could be applied consistently across digital display, websites, outdoor, print and other channels that would reassure and relate to candidates, and at the same time lift awareness of Rio Tinto India’s credentials. The material was also flexible enough to be used within online job boards such as Monster India as well as for tactical recruitment campaigns. Messaging was utilised to counter researched perceptions and present the organisation locally as a respected global organisation that gave employees access to a culture of supportive colleagues, management and safe principles with the ability to leverage leading technology and international know-how.

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Blaze places WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Two steps ahead.

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Blaze Advertising’s knowledge and deep expertise in Employer Branding has been recognised once again with an award win for their EVP, recruitment strategy, and brand development work with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. The agency has had long standing success in delivering outstanding and award-winning Employer Branding work for some of the most well known brands in Australia, from big financial sector names to every day consumer brands.

The Employer Brand and Recruitment campaign “2 steps ahead” created for multinational engineering, design and professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff won the “Best Recruitment Campaign” category of the prestigious Australian HR Awards 2016.

With a concept that reinforces WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s performance-driven and agile nature, the “2 steps ahead” idea promotes the firm’s visionary attitude – in a way that leaves competitors behind. Taking this strong leadership statement, the ‘two steps ahead’ idea was also a great fit visually – as the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff logo already contains 2 steps in side-on perspective in their corporate logo.

Using real employees from the organisation’s 6 core business areas for the campaign, the company’s personnel were photographed in various stages of movement, showcasing the forward thinking and the “2 steps ahead” mentality that the company promotes from within. The integrated campaign included print, social and digital elements for maximum impact.

Siobhan Savage, Talent Acquisition Executive at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff said combining the firm’s in-house expertise with Blaze’s creative energy has resulted in a winning campaign. ‘As a business we were clear this campaign had to serve three purposes – to support us to recruit progressive, high-performing applicants, to reinforce our brand and to positively influence our workplace culture. Blaze worked closely with us to meet all these objectives and to top it off, we are now finalists in a national industry award. Our area of expertise is highly competitive, so it’s vital to stay front of mind with both graduate and experience hire candidates. The strategic thinking and creativity of this campaign has given our organisation a real point of difference in the market – and we’re seeing excellent results in terms of quality candidate applications. The campaign has also been very effective at not just making those wanting to join us more aware of what our organisation achieves in terms of an incredible scope of projects across Australia and New Zealand, it’s also allowed our own people to share in the pride of what we do. ‘2 Steps Ahead’ has really provided a rallying point for our business culture, as well as our people.”

CASE STUDY: SA Police Talent Attraction

Challenge

Many people have misconceptions about a career with SA Police, and policing organisations in general. Often they are seen as a place to wear a badge and uniform, and not for the human side – where interaction with the community, and supporting it is paramount. What was needed was to take our target group (Males & Females 25-40, indigenous & non-indigenous) on a journey which would show the human qualities of the job. Educating, engaging and converting interest in SA Police into action and applications.

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Solution

Rather than relying on communications that would just attract attention, we replicated interactions that a candidate might experience as a serving officer. Every day scenarios that had real potential to escalate into dangerous criminal situations. In using this narrative, we identified human attributes we all share – but that officers are trained to draw on in certain situations. The 4 stories, and 17 films created demonstrated to our target audience that you’re much more likely to get personal satisfaction and fulfilment than the average person with SA Police. This allowed us to achieve several belief change milestones. From engagement to awareness, our audiences could recognise they had these attributes, but weren’t putting them to the best use within their current roles. To drive the message home, we used a powerful combination of advertising, social and rich media – which worked seamlessly to communicate with our audience across various touch-points.

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Results

The campaign delivered strong numbers, including:

  • 1.4 million Digital Impressions
  • 1.25m Facebook Impressions
  • 40% lift in quality application numbers