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Crisis Communications Case Study: Warbirds Over Wanaka


Warbirds over Wānaka

The Project:

Warbirds Over Wānaka is a hugely successful airshow held every two years, and the 2018 event 30th anniversary was to be particularly special.
Ed Taylor
General Manager
Warbirds Over Wānaka

Our brief was to be the Media Manager for the event – ensuring the 60 national and international media had their needs met: managing photographers’ special access into safety areas, finding stories for mainstream media, running daily media briefings and liaising with pilots for interviews.

We also managed the effective delivery of messaging and communications during a crisis – rapidly developing a plan with management and crafting media responses soon after the incident occurred and throughout the day.

Our social media brief was to grow brand awareness of the event in the weeks leading up to Warbirds, to encourage ticket sales within the airshow ‘drive zone’ (Christchurch-Southland). We did this by creating content and marketing to key audience groups ($300 total Facebook ad spend). Results included:

  • Engagement for the month of March was more than 17.3k (monthly post engagement is usually 2.8k).
  • From October 2017-February 2018 the average daily page reach was 3.5k while in March 2018, the average daily page reach was over 13.2k
  • Average monthly new page likes for WOW is about 250, but in March we increased the fan base by over 2000.

Media exposure highlights include positive, accurate reporting of the incident, plus finding and facilitating stories on young pilots for print and television media, including Prime News and Newshub.


About Scope Media

Scope Media is a boutique marketing communications consultancy that specialises in digital PR. The consultancy helps brands gain visibility through the power of authentic storytelling, personal connections and digital insights. Scope Media offers strategic communications, crisis communications and reputation management, community engagement and stakeholder relations, digital PR, media relations and media releases, editorial and special publications, website copywriting for SEO and digital advertising.