THE CLIENT

Ardmore is proud to have acted as the strategic and creative partner for Visit Belfast for over 15 years, helping the organisation to promote Belfast as a visitor destination to generate economic benefit for the city region. During the lifespan of our partnership, annual visitor numbers to Belfast have grown from 5.3m to 9.5m.

CHALLENGE

In August 2018, the Bank Building fire in the centre of the city had an unmitigated impact on Belfast access and retail. Footfall immediately decreased by 30% as consumers opted to shop, eat and relax outside of the city centre. 14 additional businesses had to close. And bus, taxis, trade deliveries and parking were all disrupted. An urgent response was required to reinvigorate and inspire consumers and reverse the immediate footfall crisis in the run up to Christmas. 

SOLUTION

Leveraging the public’s deeprooted civic pride, #YourBelfast focused on what the city had to offer the Domestic audience, Traders and Tourists. We united the city behind the truth that Belfast would bounce back from hardships, was open for business and was looking forwards to building a stronger Belfast. 

RESULTS

40
increase in shoppers during the campaign.

37.8

YoY growth in shoppers during w/c 24 December

46.15

shopper average spend

OTHER WORK

Department for Infrastructure

Department for Infrastructure (DFI)

Blockchains LLC Campaign

Blockchains LLC

Stena Line

Visit Belfast

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