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Quest unveils new brand campaign ‘As Local As You Like It’ via The Core Agency

Quest Apartment Hotel’s local business owners will take centre stage as the global serviced apartment operator unveils its new brand platform being brought to market with a multi-million-dollar omni-channel campaign.

Named ‘As Local As You Like It’ and responding to consumer appetite for local experiences, Quest will invite guests to check in and check out the heart of the local scene,  thanks to the company’s network of owners who live and work in the communities they operate.

The brand platform will be launched to market with a campaign developed by The Core Agency, which includes a television commercial shot on the Gold Coast by production house ‘The Producers’. The shoot was managed remotely from Melbourne and Sydney throughout lockdown.

The campaign will run across metropolitan and regional free to air, subscription and catch-up television, outdoor, catch-up TV, TrueView, paid social, press, digital display and via content partnerships.

Full service global media agency, Initiative, which was awarded the Quest retainer in July 2021, devised the campaign’s media launch strategy in market from 24 October. Quest Apartments appointed The Core Agency for its creative account in September 2021.

Quest’s chief marketing officer, Jeff Baars, said it is the outcome of over 12 months of work including extensive brand health and market research, which revealed white space within the sector in line with shifting consumer desires.

“What we know from our research is that guests value the effortless guest experience and consistency that big box hotel brands typically provide but relish the charisma and charm of boutique and independent operations where they feel like they’re able to authentically connect with the local soul. With that insight, we could see the opportunity within reach, and direction we ought to take to cultivate stronger brand preference,” he said.

“Under the new campaign, we will connect our guests with the ‘never-would-have-knowns’; the esoteric gems that every destination has, if you just know where to look.

“Our local business owners with skin in the game are our greatest asset. The new platform is about highlighting and building upon the personable, customer-centric approach we have always had, and making it the brand’s focal point,” Baars added.

While the Quest logo will remain, the new platform developed by The Core Agency will see Quest refresh its brand identity and make several enhancements to the guest experience in line with evolved guest expectations.

The Core Agency, founder and creative partner, Christian Finucane, said, “Quest Apartment Hotels sit in the sweet spot between an independent accommodation rental and a hotel, so we needed a Core Idea that delivered on that. ‘As Local As You Like It’ beautifully reflects all the brand has to offer, with the flexibility to cover the individual personality of each apartment hotel – while showing the variety that’s given to guests when they choose a Quest.”

“Our new TV ad aims to depict the diversity of the Quest guest. While our core audience has always been the business traveller, that persona is not as linear as it once was, or at least was viewed and portrayed to be”, said Baars.

“We have aimed to capture the variety and vibrancy of modern business travellers in the creative response, inviting them to connect with each locale as much or as little as they want, recognising that every guest is different.”

Initiative Melbourne’s MD, Sarah James, said the timing of the new Quest campaign could not be better as Australia’s two most populous states move out of lockdown.

“We have worked closely with the Quest marketing team on a comprehensive understanding of our customers. When the campaign breaks, we will also be constantly analysing customer behaviour and tweaking media usage as we work to keep Quest messaging in front of both businesspeople and holiday travellers,” said James.

To support the guest experience evolution, Quest’s local know-how will also be shared on a new microsite where the local business owner will again be front and centre, so guests will only be a few clicks away from discovering the tried and trusted neighbourhood gems.

Credits:

Client: Quest Apartment Hotels
Marketing & Campaign Manager: Ellen Wilson

Agency: The Core Agency
Founder & Creative Partner: Christian Finucane
Founder & Creative Partner: Jon Skinner
Senior Art Director: Simone Parravicini
Art Director: Emma Frizzell
Copywriter: Sarah Mould
Strategy Director: Andrew McCowan
Business Director: Rebecca Turner
Account Director: Max Whitehouse
Head of Design: Nick Williams
Agency Producer: Bill Doig
Production Company: The Producers
Director: Jeff Johnson
Executive Producer: Victoria Conners
Editor: Jack Ralph
Colourist: Dan Stonehouse / Crayon
Composer: Jujo / Caleb Williams / JNCA
Sound Design: Rumble Studios
Stills Photographer: Markus Ravik

Media:
Group Director – Aaron Farrelly
Strategy Director – Josh Hogg
Partnerships Manager – Rebecca Olsson
Partnerships Executive – Edward Taylor
Associate – Sam Danks
Reprise Search and Social – Bianca Raffaele

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