This case study looks at how a nonprofit broke the clutter to make sure its message was heard. It used creativity to make sure its message was heard.
In seven weeks, a small group of university students ignited sweeping change across the campus of King University in Tennessee. In just 1,176 hours, the grassroots social media campaign united a formerly fragmented collection of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In 49 days, King’s president resigned under immense pressure on social media.
Ebola deaths were mounting. In early September 2014, Liberia was logging more than 70 confirmed cases daily, and the toll was rising. With too few Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), a scarcity of ambulances, no way to reach remote areas quickly and healthcare workers falling ill, communication was the only means to forestall spreading the deadly disease.
As PR pros, we know that a large part of our job is to consistently garner coverage for our brand in the media. Whether through traditional or digital mediums, television, radio, print, online or increasingly social engagement, the placements we secure are the measurement of our success. More often than not much of our work is done on a limited budget.
At the end of 2015, Arby’s same-store sales increased 8.1%, outpacing a comparable set of Quick-service restaurants (QSR) by an estimated 5.5% during the same period. While it might seem that this happened overnight, several elements were in place that helped prompt the brand find its voice.
Activision and Edelman created the first ever in-game integration with Snapchat by installing a “hack” in the Black Ops 2 online multiplayer maps.
By partnering with high-profile subjects and initiating fun and interesting real-world efforts, AARP and Coburn Communications were able to secure more than 500 total media placements, which resulted in nearly 2.5 billion media impressions through the course of the campaign.
With eye-opening imagery and cheeky messaging in hand, the partners set out on social media to relay the importance of regular skin screenings to the digital public.
To create a collective future, communications needed to align and enable everyone to deliver on the new corporate strategy.