Kerkhoff Construction uses PR to sell 50 Homes in Kelowna

dHz Media Client Releases, dHz Media

Social media engagements increase ten times with media coverage posts

CALGARY, AB and CHILLIWACK, BC – Kerkhoff Construction saw a boost in registrants and a ten-time increase in social media engagements with public relations according to data released today by dHz Media.

The developer engaged dHz Media to conduct a four month public relations campaign for its $60 million project, 1151 Sunset Drive, project in Kelowna, BC. With the help of PR campaigns, the downtown condo project was able to sell 50 per cent of its inventory at its initial sales event as more than 50 homes were sold. The project has since sold an additional 21 homes and is now 70 percent sold.

Research conducted by dHz Media and Luxury Homes (LH) Digital, its social media and digital partner, showed that followers on Facebook had significantly higher engagement levels with media links than with non-media posts. Over the course of four months, social media posts created from media coverage generated by dHz Media on the projects’ Facebook account were monitored by LH Digital.

The analysis was conducted of non-boosted and boosted posts of media links compared to non-media media links. One example compared a non-boosted media link from Kelowna Now about the 1151 Sunset Drive to a post about a music festival in Kelowna. The media link reached twice as many people and had ten times the engagement compared to the music festival link.

Boosted (paid) posts compared media links to non-media links showed that a media link featuring an article in Kelowna Now reached 1,300 more people and had 100 times more engagement than a post linking the Kelowna art gallery.

“dHz Media brought much needed PR and media experience to the project. They have a successful track record in the Okanagan selling homes and understand how to tell a compelling real estate story.” says Leonard Kerkhoff, vice-president of Kerkhoff Construction, “We received anywhere from 50 to 90 registrants with every news release sent out.”

The Chilliwack based construction company has been providing development, construction management and general contracting services specializing in real estate for more than 45 years. Kerkhoff has helped develop urban skylines across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and build landmarks around the world, including projects in the USA (State of Washington, California, Nevada and Arizona) Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Germany.

“It’s great to have real data to back up our claims that media coverage sells homes,” says Scott Henderson, managing director dHz Media, “It helps to work with a developer with a successful track record as does working with an innovative sales and marketing firm like Fifth Avenue who understands the value of integrated marketing campaigns and the importance communications between suppliers.”

Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing provided the sales and marketing for 1151 Sunset Drive and assembled the marketing team that include dHz Media and LH Digital.

Photo caption: A beautiful view from one of 1151 Sunset Drive’s patios
Photo credit: 1151 Sunset Drive

The objective of the PR campaign was to assist 1151 Sunset Drive with building up a list of interested buyers (registrants) before the opening sales date by promoting the project’s key messages with earned media.

“It was great working with Fifth Avenue and dHz Media on this project.” says Ian Macleod, president of LH Digital, “We were pleasantly surprised by the increase in engagement as a result of posting media links. It’s important on social media to have high engagement as that leads to more registrants.”

After the initial sales success 1151 Sunset Drive is now in its tempo phase as construction has started. dHz Media built campaigns around project construction milestones and location as it is situated in the perfect spot downtown, within walking distance of the Kelowna Yacht Club, award-winning restaurants located in Kelowna’s Cultural District and Prospera Place.

dHz Media provides public relations services based on its core values of innovation, intelligence and initiative. It works with some of the finest developers and resort destinations across western Canada.

With current projects in Penticton and Kelowna, dHz Media has a proven track record in the Okanagan. It works across Western Canada and Mexico as current clients include Skaha Hills, Penticton; Qualex-Landmark, Calgary; Element Lifestyle Retirement, Vancouver; Vivo Resorts, Puerto Escondido and the Mission Group in Kelowna.

dHz Media clients have been covered in the ROBB Report, NY Times, USA Today, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, CBC: The National, Global National and other A list media.


For 1151 Sunset Drive’s Media Kit (backgrounders, fact sheet, and photos) click –here
For dHz Media’s Media Kit (backgrounders, fact sheet, and photos) click –here
To download high resolution photos click –here
Media Contacts:

Scott Henderson
dHz Media

Jacqui Hickman
dHz Media

About dHz Media
As one of Western Canada’s leading PR agencies, dHz Media works for some of the finest resort destinations and developers in Western Canada, with current and past projects in the Okanagan, Columbia Valley, Vancouver Island, the Rocky Mountains and Calgary. It provides intelligent, innovative services that deliver consistent ROI for its clients by combining traditional writing methods with digital marketing techniques.

About LH Digital works with the industry’s top brokers and agents to showcase spectacular real estate, exclusive estates, and extraordinary developments from around the world. As part of the business since 2000, strives to be on the forefront of the industry, displaying the world’s finest luxury homes and properties.