Autodesk Interactive Direct Mail Campaign

Agency: Catalysis Role: Creative Director

2x B2B Marketing Awards

Architecting multichannel success for Autodesk

Autodesk wanted to tell some of its highest-value accounts about the benefits of expanding their portfolio of Autodesk solutions. To kick off, a flat-pack model of the Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, was mailed to a highly-targeted list of Autodesk accounts.

Comprising ten pieces and minimal build instructions, the model was designed to push the buttons of creative problem-solving types like architects and engineers. IP-targeted display advertising drove a wider audience to an eBook, completing a far-reaching awareness layer that included social media and created a consistent engagement experience across all channels.

Turning customers into fans

To drive further brand interaction across social platforms, recipients were encouraged to work together to build 'The Shard model' and Tweet a picture of their team with the finished product – in return for a chance to win ‘design collaboration expertise and beers’. We then arranged an Autodesk-hosted knowledgesharing event at the winners’ offices, complete with a mobile bar and Autodesk-branded beer mats and pint glasses.


This multi-channel campaign for Autodesk, featuring a buildyourown model of London’s iconic 'The Shard' skyscraper, achieved 4x the expected response rate, secured an ROI of 193% and won two awards at the B2B Marketing Awards.

  • 4x the expected response rate
  • 193% secured ROI
  • 2x B2B Marketing Awards

“The direct mailer was hugely successful from our perspective – we got four times the expected response rate and gained traction in our largest target accounts. The concept design and execution were very different from our normal approach, and clearly struck a chord with our customers.”

Tom Edmonds, Sales Director, Autodesk