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  • Guide Dogs charity increases sponsorships and ROI with affinities

    Mediaocean Team
    23 Feb 2018
    Mediaocean Team
    23 Feb 2018
    Guide Dogs charity partners with media agency, MC&C, to uncover relevant, highly engaged audiences resulting in ROI.
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Guide Dogs is a charity committed to ensuring people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. The period leading up to Christmas is a key fundraising time for Guide Dogs. Their media agency, MC&C, wanted to boost puppy sponsorships during this period.


To help Guide Dogs meet its fundraising targets, MC&C needed an innovative solution for finding and reaching new audiences interested in sponsoring a puppy. When applying new targeting to social campaigns, MC&C always aims to reduce the cost-per-conversion. Effectiveness was therefore a key success metric.


MC&C partnered with Mediaocean to uncover relevant and highly engaged audiences for Guide Dogs. They used Mediaocean affinities, proprietary Mediaocean targeting created using data science that leverages over two billion brand interactions, to find audiences on Facebook most likely to engage with Guide Dogs. Following success with the initial targeting, MC&C expanded its use of Mediaocean affinities to include audiences most likely to engage with Guide Dogs’ main competitors.


MC&C’s use of Mediaocean affinities and rules-based optimisation drove a vast improvement in Guide Dogs’ performance compared to the previous year. Mediaocean affinities outperformed all other targeting lines, including custom audiences of users who looked like existing sponsors, fans, and those who had spent the most time on the Guide Dogs website.

  • 204% increase in the number of sponsorships and 223% increase in revenue compared to last year
  • 80% increase in ROI
  • 41% more efficient Cost-Per-Conversion
  • Our initial test has proved we can get incremental cost-effective conversion and better CPA using Mediaocean. As a result, we plan to implement this in 2018.
    Stephanie Witt
    Head of Individual Giving at Guide Dogs