Homeward Bound Campaign

Marketing strategy
Key image
Creative Design
Web design

The City of Summerside has a genuine interest in providing development and growth opportunities for its established business community and growing business enterprise and seeks to achieve a vibrant and diversified economy that provides even more opportunities for businesses to succeed. With this in mind, the City is re-establishing its Connection Program as a way to connect with former Summerside residents to inform, share and connect about business and labour opportunities. The ultimate program goal is to assist and facilitate the establishment of mutually beneficial networking opportunities between program participants and the local business community, which will result in more strategic partnerships that create new business investment and attract more human resources and people to the city.


To develop a creative concept for the promotion of the Homeward Bound campaign that will communicate to both target audiences: the local community and business owners in Summerside. The campaign had to engage, create communication with the audiences and invite participants to fill out the online form that will be the first stage of this program.


To have the desired impact from this program, we suggested inviting residents of Summerside, newcomers to the city, and successful entrepreneurs who were born in Summerside or chose this place to live to share their stories. We were impressed by the versatility of the people who responded to this call and how open they were to tell us about their adventures, plans and successes that they have found in Summerside. The cases of Debbie McGrath, Owner and President at; Alex Clark, Co-owner of Open Eats; Lindsay Hai, Senior Finance Project Manager at Vector Aerospace, and Darcia and Jordon Burnett, Owners of The Lobster House and The Shipyard Weddings and Events are very inspiring and helped us to create engaging key messages with the hashtags and texts for marketing materials, including content for the website. These talented people became the Homeward Bound campaign’s ambassadors in 2017. The key messages that we created, such as #I BUILD MY FUTURE HERE! and #SUMMERSIDE WILL HELP YOU, became powerful calls to action along with the inspiring quotes that we used in the marketing communication.

The main channel of promotion for the Homeward Bound campaign became a website which we developed based on the marketing strategy. The website contains all necessary information about the program and is connected to the powerful job searching platform, Magnet — the vast database of resumes and jobs. At the website, the guest will be invited to fill out the form to get in touch directly with the Economic Development department. The Homeward Bound program was promoted using online and offline marketing channels such as direct mail, social media and press. In collaboration with a professional photographer, we created key images that were adapted to various sizes and formats.

Working with the City of Summerside Economic Development department, we created a letter that was sent to the local residents, parents and grandparents of children who left Summerside for education or job searching, to invite them to participate in this program and build a partnership with the stakeholders.
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Mike Thususka
Mike Thususka Director of Economic Development
City of Summerside
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