MilliporeSigma: Thinking Outside—and Inside—the Box

The Challenge

MilliporeSigma is a large global life sciences company, but it rarely gets much media attention outside of trade media. By creating the Curiosity Cube™—a 22-by-10-foot shipping container retrofitted into a traveling science lab—the company hoped to not only inspire students across the country, but also to raise its profile as an innovator committed to STEM education. Since the initiative’s launch in 2017, Red Havas has been helping to attract local media and influencer interest in the mobile science lab’s stops across the U.S. and Canada.

MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Cube™

The Solution

Our strategy was to highlight the hands-on experience the Curiosity Cube brought to each community it visited. That entailed a lot of legwork: We connected with local schools and organizing partners to help us get the word out, conducted targeted media outreach to local outlets, and tapped local influencers and opinion leaders. We also held strategic planning calls with MilliporeSigma’s partners to formulate communications plans tailored to each community. And we used the client’s 3BL channel to reach beyond the communities being visited, amplifying our news releases and earned coverage to reach even more key stakeholders.

The Results

From 2017-2019, our geotargeted efforts generated 447 total placements and more than 3 billion impressions.
Our outreach included placements in USA Today, Austin American-Statesman, EdTech Digest, Scientific American, Triple Pundit, Milwaukee Business Journal, Business NH Magazine, STEM Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and TEACH Magazine.
We also secured 86 broadcast placements across 31 stations—a big win for a company that doesn’t frequently appear on TV.