Tatts offers chance for one innovative marketing team to win $300,000

The gaming, lotteries and wagering giant is challenging marketing teams to pitch an innovative idea for a chance to win a $300K budget to bring it to life

Australian gaming, lotteries and wagering giant, Tatts Group, has held a marketing innovation challenge giving marketing teams the opportunity to pitch an innovative idea and win a $300,000 budget to bring it to life.

Headed up by CMO, Megan Magill, more than 50 submissions were initially received from across the business, which were then shortlisted to five. The top five were then invited to pitch at the Powerhouse Visy Theatre in Brisbane to over 100 attendees, and in front of Magill and a judging panel including Tatts Group CEO, Robbie Cooke, Carat CEO, Simon Ryan, The Monkeys owner, Mark Green, and Y&R Group’s managing director, Phil McDonald.

Magill said the Marketing Innovation Program was developed to foster an open-minded culture that explores new ways to approach the challenges facing marketing teams.

“We’re operating in a marketplace that demands innovation from its brands, so we need to respond by exploring new ways of marketing our products, and this project has delivered that,” she said.

Two winners were announced, receiving budgets of $300,000 each to deliver their project. Brand portfolio manager for the Lotteries business, Ben Johnson, secured funding for his ‘Winning Happens’ idea, while Lotteries brand managers, Kristin Fairley and Jessica Dillon, were also awarded funding for their ‘Data Generated Numbers’ program.

Cooke said the project demonstrates the company's focus on innovating across all parts of our business.

"The default when there's talk of innovation is always technology, but we think innovation is about more than that, it’s about challenging perceptions, staying ahead of the pack and thinking differently," he said. "I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of ideas that have come out of this process.”

Innovation is key to ensuring Tatts maintains its customers’ attention now and into the future, Magill added.

“The winning ideas directly target this challenge and we look forward to seeing them bought to life,” she said.

Earlier this year, snacking giant, Mondelez International, launched a similar program called Media Innovators, which saw nine teams of digital marketers from the group’s chocolate portfolio, including Picnic, Timeout, Freddo, Dairy Milk and Cadbury Baking, battling for a share of a $1 million advertising budget by coming up with digitally-led marketing ideas utilising new media opportunities.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO conversation on LinkedIn: CMO ANZ, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Blog Posts

Does your brand need a personality review?

There are five tell-tale signs your brand needs to take a long hard look at itself.

Charlie Rose

Senior Strategy Consultant, Principals

How to create profitable pricing

How do we price goods and services? As business leaders, we have asked ourselves this question since the history of trading.

Lee Naylor

Managing partner, The Leading Edge

Sport and sponsorship: The value of event sponsorship

Australia’s cricketers captured the nation’s attention during their recent run to the semi-final of the ICC Men’s World Cup. While the tournament ultimately ended in defeat, for over a month it provoked a sense of belonging, hope and empowerment for millions of people across Australia. Cricket, and sport in general, has a near-unique ability to empower individuals, irrelevant of their background, demographic or nationality.

Nikhil Arora

Vice-president and managing director, GoDaddy India

Thank you, so do I.

David Freeman

Sustainability of message: H2coco founder's commitment to consumers

Read more

Hi Harry, thank you for pointing this out I can confidently say both these bottles are in transition away from PET as we continue to impr...

David Freeman

Sustainability of message: H2coco founder's commitment to consumers

Read more

I’m confused. He has a giant 2l hard plastic bottle in Coles and his pink bottle is also in plastic??

Harry

Sustainability of message: H2coco founder's commitment to consumers

Read more

Great message from an Aussie company about sustainable business practices, particularly packaging. Wish more businesses would think more ...

Krisy

Sustainability of message: H2coco founder's commitment to consumers

Read more

Well, I wish we could change the situation. But I am not sure it's possible.

Patricia Miller

Does social media make astroturfing acceptable?

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in