Canal & River Trust

Nationwide campaign to help people improve their wellbeing

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Better by water

As the Canal & River Trust celebrated its 10th anniversary, Red Stone was appointed to plan and deliver an ambitious summer campaign encouraging people to spend time near water to help improve their wellbeing.

Those aged 20–24 are finding it difficult to come back from the pandemic, and evidence shows that their mental wellbeing is particularly effected. The campaign Red Stone created promotes the benefits of being by water.

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What we delivered

– Campaign strategy and planning
– Audience testing and consultation
– Campaign creative and messaging
– Social campaign assets
– OOH activity including a spillboard
– Online mood monitor
– Films, animation and motion

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Gaining and sustaining future support

One of the key campaign objectives was to reach 18-35 year olds – the Trust’s future supporters – and motivate them to use these unique outdoor spaces to improve their wellbeing. The aim is to create a ‘habit loop’ of continued activity.

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Maximum flexibility for messaging

Campaign messaging and language was rooted in changing behaviour, that had flexibility for use cross-platform and was built around a core proposition.

In leisure time, people generally find things to do, rather than seeking out wellbeing, which is a byproduct. We built messaging around ‘Find your…’ which allowed for bolt-on messaging to reach groups within the 18-35 age range in addition to the wider audience.

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Creating a positive feedback loop

The initial awareness phase consisted of paid social campaign and an OOH campaign including a ‘spillboard’ at Camden Market – the crossing point with our primary audience and the canal network.

For the action phase, we developed a viral ‘mood monitor’ to engage people on social and create a positive feedback loop. This activity would feed into a ‘share and repeat’ phase resulting in shared social moments to build and sustain momentum.

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The campaign exceeded targets, with a successful paid social campaign, a significant boost to brand awareness in general and results outstripping targets for visits to the website.


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of organic social target (engagements)


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Mood monitor target (link click to website)

CRT Awards 2024

Better Future WILD Awards, 2023

Gold: Marketing: Branded Experience

Better Future Awards, London 2022

Gold: Marketing: Branded Experience

Creative Communication Awards (C2A) 2022

Winner: Integrated campaigns/Advertising

Transform Awards Europe 2023

Bronze: Best brand experience

Better Future Gov Awards 2023

Gold: Marketing: Branded Experience

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