The £1 million Challenge

Saving UK schools £1m, at a time of budget squeezes and rising prices

Can a well established brand change its image?

Frog is a multipurpose operating system for primary and secondary schools, currently serving over 12 million users across the globe.


The platform began life as a VLE, but rapidly adapted to changing market conditions to incorporate school websites, classroom resources, homework assignment and management tools, student progress tracking, and school- home communication tools.

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Kate Heal
Head of Operations, Frog Education
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The Challenge

“A quality product, but expensive”


Frog had 3 objectives.


Change brand perception


The company had reached a point of saturation in the UK market, and saw that their brand sentiment was being a “quality product, but expensive” at a time when budgets were being squeezed.


So Frog was keen to find a way to connect with and change the minds of an audience of Senior Leaders who had preconceived ideas about the brand.


Establish value beyond the core product


Frog had evolved over many years to incorporate multiple facets – parent messaging, classroom resources, student tracking, and much more. It was no longer “just a VLE” and needed to shake off this label.


“Big, bold hook” to take to BETT


A stand had been taken at BETT, and the company was looking for a big campaign to run throughout the next year, kicking off at the trade show.

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The Strategy

Show, don’t tell
We began a process of non-customer SLT interviews, gathering intelligence around the perception of Frog in UK schools.
It quickly became apparent that the majority of leaders had heard of the brand, but considered it to be overly expensive.
Conscious of budget squeezes across the sector, we initiated a deep dive analysis into the spending habits of UK primary and secondary schools, with particular focus on identifying areas where schools could save money by turning physical processes into digital strategies, or by cutting back on unnecessary third party software products.
The strategy was simple, but ambitious. Frog would help UK schools to realise £1m in savings within a year.
Our team mapped the average school spending on a variety of processes – sending letters, texting parents, printing homework books etc – for a range of school sizes.

Realise the value

We built an online calculator for school leaders to quickly and easily see how much money they could save by following the opt-in offering: a £1m Challenge Guide. The guide delivered a collection of practical money-saving strategies customised to the data they input into the calculator.


The ultimate goal? Influence schools to re-consider the Frog platform and consolidate a selection of disparate products or physical processes, so that they could realise significant savings and see Frog as a high-return/high value operating system for schools.

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The outcome

The campaign included:


  • Logo designs
  • Printed adverts
  • Designing a stand at Bett Digital marketing promotions Software development

By the second day of BETT, the £1m Challenge totaliser had already reached over £1.2m in school savings.


Within a week, Frog had gained industry press coverage for the campaign, initiated conversations with hundreds of prospective school customers, and were able to move away from being seen as “just an expensive VLE”.


The initial campaign eventually made £90,000+ in new orders, with an LTV of £400,000.

A picture of team members from Frog at the BETT show. A man and a woman stand in front of a computer screen, pointing at the totaliser displayed on it, proud of the money they are saving schools

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