2013 Nonprofit PR Awards: Digital PR and Marketing

Co-Winner: American Psychological Association and Vanguard Communications – Psychotherapy: More than a Quick Fix

Despite evidence showing psychotherapy to be an effective treatment option for emotional and behavioral health conditions, few Americans turn to psychotherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety. At the same time, medication has increased as a first line of treatment for emotional and behavioral health conditions. In response, the American Psychological Association Practice Directorate (APA) and Vanguard Communications created an initiative to educate people living with depression and anxiety about their treatment options and to inform primary care providers about psychotherapy services so that they are equipped to make a referral or answer patient questions about psychotherapy.

The five-week digital PR and marketing program raised awareness about psychotherapy as a treatment option for depression, anxiety and stress among consumers.

The two organizations increased visibility of online educational resources to inform audiences about psychotherapy as a treatment option for depression, anxiety and stress while driving audiences to APA's Psychology Help Center and its Psychologist Locator service to learn more.

The press release announcing the initiative and digital resources appeared on 299 websites and was viewed 1700 times online. In addition, the CBS News "Health Pop" blog featured the videos, and the radio media tour reached more than 1.8 million listeners across 838 airings nationwide. —Bill Miltenberg

Co-Winner: JPA – Lamaze International's Push for Your Baby Campaign

In the face of declining mother/baby health outcomes, Lamaze International engaged JPA to encourage expecting parents to push for better maternity care and spotlight the role childbirth education (CBE) plays in improving birth outcomes.

JPA crafted and launched a new campaign, called Push for Your Baby, to reach expecting moms with information they need to push for the safest, healthiest birth possible. The campaign launch successfully positioned Lamaze as a go-to resource for maternity care information and generated excitement among its educators, a key avenue for reaching parents-to-be.

JPA improved recognition of Lamaze as a leading resource for maternity care information online and in the classroom by providing expecting parents with the information, tools and resources to play a more active role in pushing for evidence-based care.

The campaign yielded more than 18 million earned media impressions, primarily in digital, pregnancy/birth outlets and blogs. Despite the competitive pregnancy/baby environment, JPA placed feature articles in top online outlets aimed at pregnant women, including SheKnows.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Online, and What to Expect, among. Combined traditional and social media outreach and online advertising drove expecting parents to an online video, which reached 1,000 views within days of launch. —Bill Miltenberg

Honorable Mentions:

• Burson-Marsteller - ICANN's global public education campaign for new generic Top-Level Domains

• PBS -  "Trusted, Valued and Essential"

• Powell Tate - This Is Personal

• Washoe County School District - Countdown to Graduation

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