Lancashire firm taking America 'by storm'

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GaraDry, the award-winning Lancashire-based ecommerce firm is scaling up its business stateside.

The company, based in Ormskirk, Lancashire commissioned a campaign geared towards US consumers called "Meet Dave".

The creative concept sees a family man struggling to protect his home from water damage during the hurricane season but finally solving the problem with a GaraDry threshold seal. The campaign can be viewed here.

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The quirky campaign was trialled to positive feedback and won Gold in the 45th annual Telly Awards 2024 just last week in the online video commercials category. The Telly Awards which received 13,000 entries included winners such as Adobe, Calvin Klein, ESPN, LinkedIn, MTV Entertainment Studios, and PlayStation Studios

'Meet Dave' is campaign launched by Lancashire-based GaraDry'Meet Dave' is campaign launched by Lancashire-based GaraDry
'Meet Dave' is campaign launched by Lancashire-based GaraDry

Based in Ormskirk, Lancashire, GaraDry designs, manufactures, and sells the world’s largest range of threshold seals for residential garage doors and commercial doors.

The company has grown its domestic and international sales dramatically in the last three years and is a proud exporter of British designed and manufactured products even collecting a Kings Award for Enterprise earlier this year.

GaraDry opened a subsidiary in the USA in 2017 (GaraDry LLC), to handle strong interest from Americans in the products and launched a fulfilment centre in Tennessee to ship transatlantic orders quickly.

The ‘Meet Dave’ campaign by GaraDry in production

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Ashley Smith, founder and managing director of GaraDry, said: “Our ‘Meet Dave’ campaign tells the story of our core product in a humorous way that resonates with real people. Ultimately, we’ve designed a product for the people, we’re a brand for the people.

“This is the second campaign we’ve launched in the USA and we’ve learned the lessons of how to do things stateside with regards to reach, volume and creative. With ‘Meet Dave’ we think we’ve got a campaign which hits the sweet spot of the American consumer at the point where they will be actively looking at ways to protect their home from damage caused by extreme weather during the hurricane season. By focusing on key locations we know we’ll get the reach and frequency we need to create brand recall and allow us to scale up our marketing to other markets in the United States.

“We are already looking at creating a UK version of the campaign and are opening discussions with local agencies here in the UK about the production and media buying so we can replicate it domestically later this year.”

GaraDry garage door seals and flood barrier kits are designed to form a watertight seal between a garage door and the floor. The threshold seal also prevents leaves, dust and debris from being blown under to ensure a clean and dry garage all year round. The garage door threshold seals also act as a defence against rodents, insects and reptiles.

You can view the new campaign here:

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