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PR & MEDIA RELATIONS

Client: TripCase Travel App

TripCase Travel App: In late 2012, travel industry leader, Sabre sought proposals for a PR and marketing communications program to support TripCase, the company’s consumer-directed mobile app. Specifically, the company sought a PR partner with experience reaching the technology enthusiast/early adopter audience.


Challenge:

Well-known for its B2B travel solutions, Sabre sought to enter into the consumer app space with the TripCase Travel App. Neither the product (TripCase) nor publisher (Sabre) had a significant level of brand recognition outside of the B2B segment of the travel industry. Although they were an early entrant into the travel app space (2008) the traditionally B2B company hadn’t invested much by way of resources into promoting the app as a consumer product. In addition, the consumer app ecosystem was (and continues to be) well-stocked with numerous apps in the travel category. The goal was to achieve traction and establish the brand among the user base of smartphone-owning individuals, businesses, and leisure travelers. It was imperative for TripCase to be included in many media and blogger-issued travel app reviews. The sheer size and scope of targets required a thorough understanding of this media category.


Approach:

DJH conceived and launched a media relations campaign on behalf of TripCase. The plan centered on pitching reviews of the app to technology and lifestyle oriented, consumer-facing media outlets. This was also based on a pre-set campaign timeline to overlap with peaks in travel-related articles and coverage – Winter, Spring Break, Summer, Holiday, etc. In addition, DJH installed a “Newsjacking” effort to take advantage of new angles to the TripCase product narrative in real-time. This strategy proved incredibly effective with a significant payoff in the late Winter/early Fall (2014) timeframe. In addition to the impressive results attained through regularly timed media pitching, DJH noted the appearance of articles citing the upsurge in travel disruptions. In turn, this presented the opportunity to pitch the story behind the TripCase Travel App—designed to minimize the impact of travel disruptions.


Result:

By the end of the Q2 2014, TripCase garnered hundreds of media placements with top-tier outlets like Washington PostNew York TimesHuffPoTechHivePCMag,  TIMEKTLATODAY ShowDigitalTrendsKim KomandoEntrepreneur MagazineTelegraph UKThe Dallas Morning NewsConde Nast TravelerTravel + LeisureRetailMeNotTechAdvisoreHowNewYork MagazineMilitary.comBoston Globe, Austin American-StatesmanHouston Chronicle, among many others.