Gear Patrol's Sharpshooter Custom Content Campaign

Behind the Lens - Canon and Gear Patrol

With the advent of smartphones and apps such as Instagram, photography instantly became much more accessible than ever before. Suddenly everyone has a camera in hand (or pocket) at all times and documenting the minute details of life is the status quo. But for many, the camera phone or the point-and-shoot aren't enough. Not everyone is willing to sacrifice quality for convenience.

To reach those discerning consumers, Canon partnered with Say Media and Gear Patrol to create a campaign to show aspiring photographers that, in fact, there’s no need to sacrifice quality or convenience. Canon wanted to demonstrate that DSLR cameras are easier to use than ever — while also teaching consumers how to shoot smarter and better.

StatsGear Patrol was the perfect site to help Canon’s campaign come into focus. A significant portion of the site’s readers are both novice and experienced photographers who trust the Gear Patrol editors for tips and advice on what to buy and why. Gear Patrol captured readers’ attention by providing them with knowledge about DSLR cameras and lenses as well as a series on how to most effectively shoot using Canon DSLRs in different situations, including urban locations and at night.

The posts lived on Gear Patrol’s site alongside high-impact, interactive ad units targeted to Say Media’s extensive network. As a result, photographers of all types were able to learn more about Canon’s DSLR offerings while also learning more about how to be a better photographer. Ultimately, the entire experience felt less like an ad and more like valuable content. An engaging photo gallery created by the editors increased time spent on the site relative to the consumer electronics benchmark.

A successful ad that benefits both the client and the consumer? Now that’s a picture worth capturing.

Check out the content from Gear Patrol here - or watch a video of it in action below:

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