2011 Platinum PR Awards: Community Relations

Winner: Cone Inc. and Jiffy Lube International 2010 Maintenance Partners for Life

In making the connection between maintaining heart health and vehicle health, this cause marketing campaign had seen tremendous success in its first two years of 2008 and 2009. Spearheaded by Virginia Q. Sanchez, manager of communications at Jiffy Lube International, the campaign addresses both business and social objectives: enhancing Jiffy Lube’s reputation as a good corporate citizen, acquiring new customers and building pride among Jiffy Lube franchisees. For 2010, the goal was to raise an additional $1 million for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red For Women movement—via $3 customer donations. To drive awareness of the initiative, Cone and Jiffy Lube conducted extensive media outreach at the national, regional and local levels for print, TV, radio and online outlets, and targeted key bloggers.

For the first time, Partners for Life featured a microsite that informed visitors where to go to participate and gave them an opportunity to donate online. Other outreach included a Facebook page, radio media tour and an audio news release. Executed from Feb. 1 to March 14, 2010, the campaign raised more than $1.1 million for AHA while garnering 174 million media impressions—up 20% from 2009. —SVC

Fast Fact: The Partners for Life Facebook page saw a nearly 500% increase in fans in 2010 over 2009.

Honorable Mentions:

Coca-Cola HBC Croatia – Our Beautiful Sava: Extending a program launched in 2007, Coca-Cola HBS Croatia extensively promoted live events to raise awareness of conservation and eco-tourism along Croatia’s River Sava.

Cooney/Waters Group, Inc. – Mobilizing Trusted Community Stakeholder and Grassroots Support in Los Angeles to Address Infectious Disease Threat Among Hispanic Adolescents: Community groups, behind high-impact media outreach, helped triple the sales of meningitis vaccines in L.A. County, when compared to the rest of the state.

Foundation for Eye Health Awareness and Weber Shandwick – Think About Your Eyes Campaign Launch: A mix of grassroots, media relations and social media efforts for eye exams resulted in a 17% increase in new patient exams in nine markets.

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies – Helping Diaper “Every Little Bottom”: Bottom line: Nonprofits and consumers donated 3 million diapers, in addition to 22.5 million pledged by Huggies.

RF Binder Partners Inc. – Setting Opportunity in Motion in America’s Communities: Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative: National outreach to community news editors drove the message that BofA helps communities with its business and philanthropic efforts.

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