Campaign: Do It Now Challenge
Winner: R/P Marketing PR & Second Chance Trust Fund/Donate Life Ohio
Second Chance Trust Fund/Donate Life Ohio tapped R/P Marketing Public Relations to increase Ohio residents’ awareness of the need for organ/tissue donor registration. Over a two-year period, the team rolled out the “Do It Now!” Challenge, targeting students at the 30 colleges and universities throughout Ohio.
Such a massive target audience was a blessing and a curse for the team members, who needed to mobilize college students to become ambassadors for organ and tissue donation. The “Do It Now!” theme was designed to push them to proactively seek out the opportunity to register.
Designed as a competition to bring together approximately 15 colleges strategically located throughout the state, the program pitted students against each other to see who would be the most successful in increasing the number of registered donors in their region. Executed over the course of two academic school years, each student team was treated as an “agency” hired by Donate Life Ohio to bring the campaign to life. As a result, each school was empowered to plan and execute their own activities, which included 5K runs, balloon launches, flash mobs in the centers of campuses, YouTube videos and Lunch ‘n Learns.
Thanks to the team’s strategy of creating pockets of advocates who could lead their own efforts, the campaign’s results were far-reaching. The goal of adding 480,000 new donors to the registry over the two-year period was surpassed, with a total of 500,182 new organ and tissue donor registrations.
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