Is there a restaurant your friends have been raving about and you’ve wanted to try? There is no better time to schedule that reservation than during Center City District’s Winter Restaurant Week. The event kicks off on January 18th and runs Sunday through Friday until January 30th. With more than 120 participating restaurants ranging from Italian to Japanese and from seafood to steakhouses, there are plenty of options to explore. Participating restaurants offer guests a three-course dinner for only $35 and many restaurants also offer a three-course lunch option for $20.
For more than 10 years LevLane has worked with the Center City District to create vibrant and engaging creative work for many exciting Philadelphian events and initiatives including Dilworth Park, the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park and Center City District Sips. Throughout Center City, LevLane created and placed 64 brightly colored transit platform posters that reflect the livelihood of the city itself and the corresponding bus tails are sure to catch your eye as they pass by. Complimentary and unique web banners and online display ads can be seen online at Philly Style Magazine, Philly Weekly, or Philly.com.
Be sure to keep an eye out for all of the exciting creative work popping up across the city and make your Restaurant Week reservation today!
Each November, the walls and doorways of LevLane’s offices start to fill up with purple paper hearts – each one representing a dollar donation made to Adoptions From the Heart during National Adoption Month by a LevLane employee. Eventually, they form a sea of purple, and represent a sizable annual donation to AFTH from the LevLane staffers who donate. This annual tradition was started and is continued each year by VP, Digital Media Director Dan Hall, who’s been with LevLane for 13 years.
1. How and when did you first become aware of or get involved with Adoptions From the Heart?
We became involved through our son Matthew. We adopted Matthew through Adoptions From The Heart in 2010. When we decided to adopt, we looked at a few difference adoption agencies. Adoptions From the Heart seemed the most welcoming…the most open. Unlike some of the other agencies we met with Adoptions From The Heart didn’t care about your religion or your sexual preference. They just want you to provide a happy, healthy homes for children…to be a family. They also stressed the importance of openness between the adoptive parents and the birthmother, which can be scary for new adoptive parents. But we quickly learned how important openness and the adoption story is to the child. We selected Adoptions From the Heart and had a flawless experience. We were very fortunate. Now we have a family.
2. What made you want to support AFTH?
After we adopted Matthew, Adoptions From the Heart sent out a request for volunteer board members. My wife suggested I apply. They helped give me the greatest gift I will ever have in my life, so volunteering was the least I could do. I applied. They accepted. I help in anyway I can.
3. What do the employee donations for Adoptions From The Heart go towards?
Donations go to the Adoptions From the Heart Birthmother Fund. The fund helps women who have had an unplanned pregnancy and are trying to make a tough choice during a difficult time in their life. Adoptions From the Heart provides free advice, counseling and financial support for these women in need.
4. Is it true that the total amount of donations made by LevLane employees each year is among the largest that AFTH receives?
They have many organizations that graciously contribute. I am proud to say that LevLane is among the top contributors for this fund drive.
5. How does it feel to be the steward for what has become such a large, annual collection effort?
I have personally benefited greatly from the work Adoptions From the Heart does, but most folks in the office have never or will never need or use their services. Yet, they come into my office in droves with their hard-earned cash in hand willing to help out. It always warms my cold, black heart.
We are growing insensitive to online advertising, and recent studies reveal the challenge that advertisers face when planning and recommending online ads. According to conversion optimization company Invesp, the average Internet user is served 1,700+ banner ads per month but views only half of them. Of the ads viewed, 85% of those clicked came from a measly 8% of Internet users.
What does this mean? It means that, on average, only one in a thousand ads in a campaign is ever clicked. These seem like some scary numbers for advertisers, especially as they focus more and more on digital platforms and are forever seeking ways to make the most of a client’s budget. LevLane Media Manager Steve Lipenta shares his perspective on breaking through online without disturbing the peace:
Q: Does it worry you that consumers are becoming less perceptive of ads when searching the Internet?
SL: Consumers have become used to seeing ads where they expect them, and when they show up in a new place — creating a new roadblock for their experience — they get upset.
Q: From a media standpoint, how can we break this barrier in a considerate way, while still giving the client what they want?
SL: There’s a delicate balance to standing out without being too intrusive. It’s important to position your message in an engaging way, as opposed to just shouting offers at them.
Q: What would be your best advice to give in regards to placing ads on social media platforms such as Facebook?
SL: Know your audience and target smartly. Minimize waste where you can, and focus your efforts on the users most likely to want your product or services.
Q: How can we regain the consumers’ trust when advertising online?
SL: Try not to disrupt their experience too much. Thirty-second mid-roll ads in streaming will make them resentful. Brands have done a great job of using “bait-and-switch” ads that start out as though they are only thirty seconds and include a produced ‘fast-forward’ effect, reducing the spot to a :05 branding spot. Consumers will be grateful for the reduced disruption to their experience, and will be more likely to seek out your product.
Q: Is there one rule of thumb you live by working in media?
SL: How about three? Check your math, get everything in writing and don’t leave added value on the table.
Philadelphia is known for many things, such as its eclectic and tight-knit neighborhoods, kids splashing in Love Park’s fountain, cookouts in Fairmount Park, and, most recently, its historic curbside recycling diversion rates.
No, you didn’t read that wrong.
On November 13, Philadelphians converged on City Hall’s Dilworth Park for an outdoor celebration, media event, and information fair as the city recognized America Recycles Day. During the event, the Philadelphia Streets Department’s Recycling Office announced that 128,000 tons of recycled materials were collected through the city’s curbside recycling program, buildings, and public spaces in fiscal year 2014. That number is impressive, but even more so is that the total tonnage represents a 155 percent increase in recycling since 2008.
The event helped emphasize that we have to keep up the momentum and recycle smarter – on the job, on the street, and at play. Event attendees learned about recycling and waste-reduction efforts, and how the city can improve its recycling habits, from these participating organizations:
- Philadelphia Streets Department
- Philadelphia Recycling Office
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
- Keep America Beautiful
- Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
- ReCommunity Recycling
This event is LevLane’s most recent endeavor in recognizing the important contributions of the citizens of Philadelphia who are responsible for this historic milestone. Working with the Streets Department and its Recycling Office since 2007, LevLane’s latest iteration I’m Behind Recycling is a media campaign that shows the Philadelphians who are leading the charge by recycling at home.
Additionally, LevLane developed Facebook and Twitter pages for the Philadelphia’s Recycling Office to engage people in real time – to keep them up to date with the latest information and statistics, and to make answering their questions as quick and easy as possible. By sharing articles, highlighting recycling events, and sharing expert commentary, these pages help establish the city as a knowledgeable resource, leader and advocate for recycling.
Phase two of the I’m Behind Recycling campaign serves as a refresher course on what is and isn’t recyclable. We’re so eager that we’re recycling items like plastic bags, tissues, greasy pizza boxes, and light bulbs, among other things, which can hinder the recycling process, damage machinery, and put sanitation workers at risk of injury. Philadelphians are doing a great job of recycling, but the bottom line is this: we need to know the ins and the outs.
We’ve been behind recycling for a long time, and with our collective efforts and an understanding of what’s recyclable, it won’t be long before Philadelphia achieves Mayor Nutter’s goal of becoming the Greenest City in America.
On November 14th, Philadelphia’s newest winter attraction will be introduced: The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. In the past, Dilworth Plaza at City Hall was a dilapidated urban maze that left the Center City District (CCD) craving a fresh space that people would prioritize as a must-visit destination. In September, CCD unveiled its new $55 million park space as Dilworth Park. Now it is a centerpiece of the city, with multiple weekly activities such as concerts, movies, and festivals.
As winter brings bitter cold temperatures and covers Philadelphia in a veil of snow, people tend to stay inside instead of experiencing everything the season has to offer. This melancholic time provided LevLane the opportunity to bring the warm spirit of the city to Dilworth Park, and bring together two of the region’s most well-known entities to develop and establish the Rothman Institute Ice Rink: Center City District and the Rothman Institute. Both clients’ businesses and cultures are sewn into the fabric of Philadelphia, which makes them the perfect partners to create a space that provides a uniquely Philadelphian experience. CCD is one of LevLane’s oldest clients, which gives us the advantage of knowing who reflects the brand’s image. Rothman’s orthopaedics practice throughout the region provides services focused on the human form’s movement– from balancing on ice skates to gliding around the rink.
By showcasing the ice rink as a winter mainstay, LevLane’s goal was to make the ice rink a tradition synonymous with the Philadelphia winter season. We set out to create an area for visitors to meet, interact, and have fun. We placed transit ads, print media, brochures, posters, and banners throughout the Philadelphia region to drive people toward Dilworth Park. The campaign effectively hit all corners of the city and depicted the Rothman Institute Ice Rink as a gathering place during the winter months. At the ice rink, a snowflake containing the Rothman Institute logo is placed under the ice, and around the circumference of the rink are the names of Philadelphia neighborhoods, represented as ice skating moves (such as the “Kensington Crossover”). Skaters are encouraged to share their moves and enjoyment of the new rink on social media by using the hashtag #rothmanrink.
The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park was an agency-wide project that was successfully implemented because of our talented employees and caring clients. This frosty new feature will be open daily from November 14th through February 22nd. Join us in making the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park a Philadelphia tradition.
LevLane’s PR and Marketing teams played a vital role creating and promoting Rydal Park’s Lively Fall Speaker Series, taking place this month in its second year. The series presents well-known local media figures from radio, television and newspapers sharing highlights from their careers, “the stories behind the story.”
The events have packed Rydal’s auditorium with prospective residents and resident ambassadors. The program was launched as an effort to draw local residents who could be strong candidates for joining Rydal’s community. The five-part series provides casual opportunities for attendees to experience some of Rydal Park’s enlightening events and desirable amenities, while meeting engaging speakers and taking in a tour.
Harry Gross, longtime Philadelphia Daily News columnist and Rydal Park resident, hosts the series, charming the visitors and encouraging them not to wait to make the decision to move in. Gross and his wife, both still active, have lived at Rydal for three years. Oftentimes, seniors express their interest but suggest they’re “not ready yet.”
In creating the Speaker Series in June 2013, LevLane integrated marketing and PR tactics to attract qualified sales leads for the senior community and to effectively communicate the community’s unique sense of “spirited living”. Rydal’s target demographic remains loyal to traditional media, and the featured speakers have been prominent with local media outlets for many years.
Oldies DJ Jerry Blavat spoke to the crowd about growing up in Philadelphia and the music scene, sharing stories about big name entertainers, local radio and nightclubs. At 74, he told the seniors he stays young with regular exercise and keeping a positive outlook on life.
Sarah Jolles, executive director of Sales and Marketing for Rydal Park, called the inaugural series last year a huge success, the program is now referred to as a “signature event.” The events last year trumped Rydal’s previous highest direct mail events by 40% and brought in the most repeat inquiries among all direct mail events last year. “I’ve been thrilled. This series has just gone so great,” she said.
With the concurrent celebration of its 40th anniversary this fall, the 2nd Annual Rydal Park Lively Fall Speaker Series featured: Glen Macnow, longtime sports radio 94WIP radio host; Lu Ann Cahn, NBC10 reporter and eight-time Emmy Award winner; Jerry Blavat, oldies radio DJ and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; Clark DeLeon, longtime Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and Philadelphia historian; and Dan Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer deputy metro editor/Enterprise.
By Gina Turdo, PR Intern
It was known only as barren, uninviting and often restricted.
Now, it is Center City’s lively new centerpiece around Philadelphia’s City Hall.
After years of construction, Dilworth Park finally became a reality in September, attracting local workers, families and tourists to the transformed space with more improvements soon.
When the Center City District needed a partner to brand and promote Dilworth Park, it chose LevLane. Another cool project for a client we’ve loved for more than 10 years. Levlane has helped promote CCD’s Restaurant Week, Lunchtime Concert Series and other special events.
LevLane was excited to help Center City District position Dilworth Park as the new place to live, work and play in the city. It’s the stage for quiet gatherings for people from all sections of the city, for children to play in the fountains, and for entertainment and family fun. Dilworth also would be the new gateway for hordes of commuters using mass transit with the dramatically improved underground entrances to SEPTA’s subways and trolley lines.
New name, more action. CCD turned Dilworth Plaza from the inaccessible, multi-level mass of hard surfaces around City Hall into a fresh, green well-maintained public space with the new name, Dilworth Park. It features expanded public space with groves of trees and a lawn, a café operated by famed local chef/restauranteur Jose Garces, a programmable fountain that will become an ice skating rink in the wintertime, and space for plenty of benches and chairs for people to hang out.
LevLane’s objective was to develop a multimedia campaign that would reach local residents and workers, young professionals and families with young children, as well as public officials, civic leaders event planners and donors. We created fresh new identity for Dilworth Park to attract locals and encourage them to take advantage of the new cafe and events.
From lifeless in the past to lively today. LevLane created new branding that positioned Dilworth Park as a place with energy, a place with planned entertainment and arts and cultural events year-round, like weekday happy hours with a DJ and movie nights under the stars.
The campaign creative is evident in newspaper, magazine, digital and radio ads, outdoor signage and giant banners, transit signs and bus wraps, brochures and event promotional materials.
“LevLane played a huge part in developing all of the signage and marketing for the park. It was a long road to get everything done, but another job well done by our team!” said Josh Lev, account director for CCD. “The branding and promotion of the city’s newest was a great opportunity to demonstrate our creative and media capabilities. We were happy to support a project that would be so visible and positive for Philadelphia.” Along with Josh and Stephania Marsico from account services, LevLane’s team included RJ Cassi, Evan Monsky, and Gabby Shirdan.
Center City District works year-round to ensure that Philadelphia’s downtown not only looks welcoming, but also is brighter, safer and more accessible. The $55 million Dilworth Park project was the fourth and most prominent city park to be re-developed and managed by CCD. All renovations are expected to be complete in November.
A sample of events at Dilworth Park:
- Pictures in the Park with Tuesday night movies al fresco under the glow from City Hall, the first on Sept. 30 with Seabiscuit
- Live @ Lunch — Philadelphia’s center stage shines every Wednesday afternoon with a showcase of local music, dance & performing arts.
- Style Pop – Thursdays at Dilworth Park, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dilworth becomes a chic, cutting-edge designer pop-up market with designer apparel, accessories & crafts.
- Grooves in the Grove – Every Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. pack a brown bag lunch or grab some treats from the café and settle in for some shoulder-bopping, hip-swinging, head-bobbing tunes.
- Octoberfest – Saturday, Oct. 18 and 25 — This fall festival will fill the park with a series of fun activities & games, plus a social 21+ beer garden.
LevLane Wins Three Gold Awards for NJ’s Kennedy Health Marketing Campaign
At Inaugural National Ad Age/Modern Healthcare Conference
Agency Honored for Best Integrated Campaign, Print and Radio Campaigns
For about 10 years, LevLane has loved working with Kennedy Health System, positioning Kennedy as a leader in consumer healthcare in southern New Jersey. Over the years, Kennedy has grown with its three regional hospitals and an ever-expanding network of great primary doctors and specialty practices who together serve thousands of local residents with quality care.
The latest effort has brought exciting attention at the national level for both LevLane and Kennedy Health. LevLane an Kennedy Health this week won three gold Healthcare Marketing IMPACT awards in a competition sponsored by Advertising Age and Modern Healthcare magazines.
LevLane was chosen with the awards for the best integrated campaign of the year, best print and best audio (or radio) campaigns to promote the Kennedy Health Alliance, a network of primary and specialty care medical practices that launched in 2011 throughout southern New Jersey and serves as a gateway for Kennedy’s three area hospitals and outpatient centers.
The awards recognized the healthcare industry’s best advertising, marketing, promotion and communications campaigns. With 140 entries in nine categories., the winners were chosen based on a combination of creativity and marketing effectiveness.
The multimedia campaign, which launched early this spring and is ongoing, was titled, “I’m not a doctor. But I know what I want from one.”
From the beginning, the results were terrific.
In the first month of the campaign, Kennedy Health’s call center volume increased by more than 10,000, web site traffic increased sharply, community engagement on social media blossomed, and most importantly patient visits rose significantly. The campaign primarily targeted women as the healthcare decision-makers in a family and includes:
- ads in several South Jersey newspapers
- a new South Jersey Traffic First sponsorship during KYW Newsradio’s morning rush and spots throughout the day
- television spots on morning news and in programming in different dayparts that effectively reach the target demographic
- outdoor ads
- online digital advertisements
Rather than featuring the physicians and their expertise, the campaign aimed to “speak to the consumer from a consumer,” said Bruce Lev, agency partner and chief creative director. Bruce was part of a LevLane team who accepted the award along with Frances G. Atkinson, Kennedy’s vice president of marketing, at a special reception in Chicago.
“We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Kennedy, and we wanted to highlight the peace of mind for patients that comes with having a team of great doctors built around your own personal healthcare needs,” he said.
The winners will be featured in a special supplement of Modern Healthcare, a national publication that reaches more than 70,000 readers weekly.
“Kennedy is thrilled to have been honored with these awards,” said Atkinson. “We have had a great working relationship with LevLane as our agency for the past decade, and this campaign totally captured our vision and message, while helping building business for the Kennedy Health Alliance. It was a win-win all the way around.”
LevLane is an integrated marketing communications firm with a 30-year record of success building brands and driving consumer action. From its offices in Center City Philadelphia’s historic Wanamaker Building, LevLane’s strategic acumen and emotionally-driven creative has inspired love for clients in virtually every industry category, including healthcare, senior living, retail and franchise businesses, banking and professional services, governmental agencies and non-profits.
Kennedy is a health services delivery system serving the communities of southern New Jersey. Kennedy meets the community’s healthcare needs at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, and at outpatient facilities throughout Camden and Gloucester counties. Kennedy University Hospital is the Principal teaching hospital of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Kennedy is also a member of the Penn Cancer Network and the Jefferson Neurosciences Network (JNN).