Over the Moon for Kids’ Entertainment

Moonbug is a global entertainment company with the mission of ensuring every child has access to premium, diverse content that helps them learn and grow.

Company GOAL:

Elevate brand awareness as the ultimate kids’ IP.

Clarity’s Challenge:

Jumpstart an earned media relations program upon official launch.

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Clarity forged relationships for Moonbug executives with key press, keeping the company top-of-mind for coverage. Since Moonbug’s launch, Clarity has managed and executed announcements for several IP acquisitions, new market and platform entries, licensing and merchandising deals, as well as new leadership hires.

Clarity has also remained nimble as Moonbug’s growth has surged, shifting corporate positioning where needed and leveraging data to articulate the company narrative. As a part of that, Clarity has commenced a parenting and lifestyle program to generate traction for its collection of kids’ shows and toys.

Results

Secured top-tier and trade coverage from outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Deadline, Tubefilter and TechCrunch, as well as daily newsletters including Axios Pro Rata, Fortune Term Sheet and Cynopsis Media
Forged new relationships/coverage with business, entertainment and kids press, including Animation Magazine, C21, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Cheddar, Financial Times, The Information, Kidscreen, Reuters, TBI, Tubefilter and Variety, among others
Continued momentum on securing top-tier coverage to underscore Moonbug's global expansion and brand awareness

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Moonbug Raises $145 Million In Funding For Kids’ Programs

Children’s entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment has raised $145 million in initial funding led by the Raine Group, Moonbug plans to announce Monday.

Andy Yeatman, Former Netflix Head of Kids Content, Lands at Startup Moonbug (EXCLUSIVE)

Moonbug is focused on content for kids 8 and under that promotes “compassion, empathy and resilience.” The company’s plan is to develop and license spinoff shows featuring various characters, as well as grow advertising and create brand extensions like merchandise, music, games, and live events.

Disney India scores Moonbug’s Supa Strikas

Children’s content producer and distributor Moonbug has sold its soccer-themed animated series Supa Strikas to Disney India. The deal encompasses all six seasons of the show and a new seventh season that Moonbug is currently producing with the brand’s South African creative team. Air dates on Disney India are still being determined. Moonbug acquired the series last August amid a move into linear distribution.

Sky Kids lands Little Baby Bum spin-off

Sky Kids in the UK has acquired the spin-off from hit online children's property Little Baby Bum from LA- and London-based Moonbug.

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Face.com

Company Goal: Bring Face Recognition to the masses

Clarity’s Challenge: Put the “Face” in Facebook

These days, we take face recognition for granted, as it does everything from unlocking your phone to helping police find missing persons. Not that long ago, however, mass adoption of face recognition was still locked in the realm of science fiction. Unlocking the potential of this nascent technology was the challenge faced (ahem) by Face.com when they launched back in 2008 with a small team based in Tel Aviv. Another challenge, this time for Clarity: like most great sci-fi technologies, teaching computers how to identify any human, anywhere seemed just as likely to spawn Skynet as the iPhone X.

The team needed a strategy that put a friendly face (ahem again) on a deeply technical product that had just as many potential pitfalls as benefits. Working with Face from the moment they launched to their acquisition by Facebook in 2012, the Bay Area Clarity team developed a strategy that highlighted both the consumer and developer-friendly sides of the company. Primarily, they provided API resources to software developers, large and small, including a variety of programming tools centered on face recognition and face detection. A significant part of our role with Face.com was building out their developer network, from small independent app developers to large multi-national partners such as Intel.

We helped Face.com grow their developer community from an initial node of several hundred people to a community of more than 45,000 active members, through a combination of media outreach, direct messaging, newsletters, events, Hackathons and speaking opportunities.  Face.com grew to be the premier provider of consumer face recognition and detection on the Web.

Whether it was launching direct to consumer products like Photo Finder (to find photos of yourself on Facebook), highlighting odd and attention-grabbing consumer applications from Face users, or putting on amazing parties featuring the vocal stylings of Randi Zuckerberg – Clarity also developed strategies designed to demystify this extremely mysterious tech.

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Hired

Company Goal: Build brand awareness among tech professionals, hiring managers and C-suite executives in the U.K.

Clarity’s Challenge: Rapidly establish Hired as a foremost expert in the U.K. job market as they expand beyond the U.S.

Hired is an online recruitment marketplace that matches top tech talent with innovative tech organisations. Already an established proposition in the U.S., Hired was looking to grow its footprint in the UK and build brand awareness amongst tech talent prospects, hiring managers and C-level executives.

Clarity was tasked with raising awareness around Hired’s upcoming annual ‘State of Salaries’ report, which highlighted  trends in salary levels and skills across the UK’s software sector. The company also enlisted Clarity to refine their messaging and conduct media outreach in the U.K. around the U.S.-centric ‘State of Wage Inequality’ report to reinforce the company’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the tech sector.

Clarity embarked on hard-hitting media relations campaign leveraging refined corporate messaging developed to resonate across technology and business audiences. Leading on both the ‘State of Salaries’ and ‘State of Wage Inequality’ reports, Clarity extracted key findings from Hired’s proprietary data and outlined the key messaging for UK media outreach. Proactive media relations campaigns ensued to maximise potential for coverage, and help penetrate Hired’s key messaging amongst business and tech audiences.

Clarity’s efforts have paid serious dividends in launching Hired into the UK market and supporting its marketing objectives across the pond.

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Wagestream

Company Goal: End workplace debt

Clarity’s Challenge: Trumpet the death of payday loans

For many Britons, falling back on payday loans in a bid to keep their family financially afloat until payday, has become a grim reality. Yet many companies that issue these loans apply crippling interest rates, which in some instances can plunge individuals deeper into debt.

Innovative startup Wagestream is tackling the payday poverty cycle by allowing people to access a set percentage of their wages ahead of payday so they don’t need to resort to high interest loans or credit.

Wagestream tasked Clarity with highlighting the negative impact of payday loans and presenting Wagestream as tech-driven, socially impactful solution. The company wanted to move quickly as a host of rivals from both the UK and the US were planning to offer similar services.

Clarity kicked off the campaign with a high impact visual stunt. We created a funeral for payday loans. The images from the stunt were used widely across the media – including BBC, The Independent and The Guardian – to illustrate not just Wagestream’s proposition but also stories about the fall of payday loans companies in TechWorld and the BBC.

Following the stunt Clarity secured an exclusive with The Sunday Times which profiled the company and looked at the wider issues that Wagestream was seeking to address. This helped to establish Peter Briffett the co founder and CEO as a key voice not just on the fight against payday loans but more broadly on the impact of debt, as well as ‘financial education’ and ‘financial wellness.’

The momentum continued at the end of 2018 with a survey about the cost of Christmas which was featured in popular UK tabloid The Sun. Other findings from the survey were used as a ‘January Financial Hangover’ story featured in the Daily Express, The Independent, The Guardian and Forbes.

Wagestream has now established itself as the market leader in the UK and has become the first port of call for comments about payday poverty, flexible pay and workplace debt.

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