Using a strategic digital marketing campaign to convince the city of Denver to maintain their responsibility in protecting their fellow Denverites from COVID-19.

City & County of Denver

Marketing Campaign


Creating Meaningful Urgency

In 2020, Denver, along with the rest of the world, had to learn to adapt. With the ever-increasing threat of COVID-19, the City & County of Denver wanted to launch a campaign to encourage its residents to do their part in protecting themselves, their families, and their neighbors against the virus, and eventually, to get vaccinated.

Learning What’s At Stake

The city wanted to get this messaging out quickly. The sooner we could see the COVID-19 contraction rate decline, the better. Certain demographics were more negatively impacted by the pandemic than others, so larger efforts were put toward minority and hard-to-reach communities.

Ultimately, the campaign had to acknowledge the difficulty of the pandemic, while maintaining that the responsibility the community has to keep everyone safe, is worth it.

Finding What’s Worth It…

Who doesn’t love going to a live concert? Or eating out with friends? Holidays with family are important, aren’t they? Empowering the community to see that those concerts and get-togethers were worth remaining vigilant through the discomfort of COVID safety precautions was key.


…And Learning to Adapt

When the project began, it was a fight to spread awareness about the safety measures that would protect us from the virus. The project evolved as new information and opportunities for action arose. Midway through the campaign, our focus shifted to vaccines, then boosters, and shifted again when children became eligible for vaccine protection.

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Telling the COVID Story

The campaign concept, at its start, was inspired by graphic curves and data visualization. Our creative assets utilized clean design with typographic support to encourage ‘you’ to do your part in flattening the curve. As the vaccine became available and the pandemic wore on, we shifted to a more photo- and video-based approach to bring in an authentic human element while combating ad fatigue.

Masking the Pandemic

Because of our dedication to minority groups and hard-to-reach communities, we were able to connect through transcreated messaging and leverage community members in grassroots efforts, like handing out flyers at primarily non-English worksites.


The Good Kind of Positive Results

The goal of this campaign was to inspire the community to do the right thing, to keep Denver safe, and eventually, to get everyone vaccinated. The numbers support the positive outcome of this campaign, but so does the continued safety of Denverites and the continued dedication that the City & County of Denver has had promoting vaccine distribution among its residents.