MILWAUKEE (Oct. 3, 2013) – HY Connect’s inaugural consumer marketing campaign for Kolbe, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of premium quality windows and doors, has been recognized as the most innovative in the industry by Window and Door magazine. Expert judges have spoken. “We’re for the visionaries” took this year’s Crystal Achievement Awards by storm, winning first prize in every marketing category: Most Innovative Marketing Program, Best Product Literature and Best Industry Website. The sweep was a first for the annual award.
“This achievement acknowledges Kolbe’s efforts to expand the brand’s legacy of customizable products and artisan craftsmanship from the trade audience to the consumer,” said Cindy Bremer, vice president of marketing for Kolbe. “With the help of HY Connect we were able to evolve our messaging and imagery to appeal to a discriminating consumer audience.”
HY’s debut campaign for Kolbe differentiates them from mainstream competitors. Its upscale consumer face, tone and experience appeals to affluent homeowners with a passion for personalized design. This approach can be seen in all the elements including advertising, a new website, online co-op marketing program, literature, public relations and social media.
“Much like the products it showcases, ‘We’re for the Visionaries’ combines beauty and functionality,” explained HY Connect Partner Dave Brown. “For example, the elegance of custom design especially comes to life on the new website. My Vision allows users to save inspirational product images to an online portfolio that can be emailed, printed and shared with their social networks or their Kolbe dealer — it’s a whole new way to window shop.”
Kolbe is featured in the September issue of Window and Door, along with more information about the Crystal Achievement Awards.
About HY Connect
HY Connect (pronounced H.Y. Connect) is one of the leading independent marketing and communications agencies in the country. With full service offices in Chicago and Milwaukee, the agency offers advertising, digital strategy and development, earned and social media, media planning and buying and more. HY Connect’s metrics driven approach has contributed to significant agency growth. With $155 million in annualized billings the agency has doubled in the past four years. HY Connect has more than 150 employees.
What began in 1946 as a two-brother team has grown into an internationally respected manufacturing company. Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co, Inc. remains a privately held, community-oriented business located in Wausau, Wis. Covering nearly one million-square-feet, its state-of-the-art facilities feature high-tech machinery and a design center to present the creative possibilities offered by Kolbe windows and doors.
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