Making Bradstone the one place for inspirational outdoor spaces.



As part of the competitive pitch to be Aggregate Industries’ lead strategic and creative agency, we were asked to develop a proposition for Bradstone – one of the UK’s best-known garden and driveway paving brands.

The big challenge was to position Bradstone’s annual product catalogue as the best consumer-facing brochure on the market.

Shaping shopper behaviour

We have little time to calculate pros and cons of all decisions we make every day – and when shopping we can resort to autopilot, driven by irrational instinct and emotion.

When considering how to influence the behaviour of those looking to upgrade their garden or driveway, we learnt that emotion played a significant role in the decision making process.

So when Bradstone asked us to develop their 2018 brochure, we decided to understand the Bradstone brand better first, to identify where the emotional levers were that we could go on to influence in the brochure and other communications.

We developed a new brand strategy that positions Bradstone as experts in transforming outdoor spaces from driveways to patios and landscaping, and is captured in a new strapline, ‘You’ve got it in Bradstone’.

From a communication perspective, the key is ‘transformation’, and by focusing on the temptation behavioural bias we’ve developed a visual style that focuses heavily on stunning imagery of beautiful aspirational gardens being enjoyed by families and couples. We don’t focus on the technical features of the stone, highlight new products or finishes, we just show the dream of those warm summer days, when you spend hours outdoors and don’t want to come inside.

This is all brought to life in the new garden paving and driveway brochure where we also used the priming behavioural bias to position Bradstone as the only place you need to go to upgrade your garden or driveway. We did this by including trends and inspiration as well as tips and advice on how to make the most of your outdoor space.

Product information is then split into manageable sections based on product material. Using a process known as chunking – we ensured shoppers stay motivated to browse the various products for longer because the sections are clearly defined and manageable.

The overall concept has been applied to an integrated campaign, including press and digital advertising, social media, email, content, and promotional materials as well as new packaging, events and merchandise for Bradstone stockists, such as builders’ merchants, garden centres and DIY stores.

Driving success

The official launch of the new Brochure took place in Spring 2018, with an above and below the line campaign.

A soft-launch to garden and driveway installers in January 2018 saw an extremely positive response, and the new photography was singled out for special praise for its premium, aspirational feel.

Digital results:

Ideal Home website takeover – CTR of 0.76% (double the average for a takeover on Ideal Home’s site)

Ideal Home online advertorial – surpassed the guaranteed views by 7.62% and counting

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