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#GivingTuesday 2017

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#GivingTuesday has become a worldwide phenomenon since it began in 2012. The idea of the campaign came about when two charities, The 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, came together. Their goal was to remind people of the importance of giving around the holiday season.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become monumental days for consumer spending the world over and so the message was put out to give a little back after you get a little for yourself. With this in mind #GivingTuesday takes place every year on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday was celebrated in over 98 countries in 2016 and raised $177 million dollars in online donations for charities around the world. The success of the campaign is fuelled by the power of social media and collaboration between all charities to promote the #GivingTuesday across all social media platforms.

To date, #GivingTuesday has failed to capture the imagination of the Irish public. The rewards of such a campaign could be instrumental in raising much needed funds. And the beauty of it is that many charities already have the resources necessary to run a successful #GivingTuesday campaign:

  • Social media accounts - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • Text-to-donate service
  • A donations page
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This year #GivingTuesday takes place on Tuesday November 28th. The day is fast approaching and it’s time to get the word out. The key to the success of the campaign will be a collaborative approach by all charities to get the word out and spread the #GivingTuesday message. This is the year Ireland will embrace #GivingTuesday!

The #GivingTuesday website offers loads of great resources and tool-kits to guide you on your way to a successful #GivingTuesday campaign. This includes freely available #GivingTuesday logos, ideas, and templates to help promote and run your campaign.

We are only a small nation famed for punching above our weight. Ireland was announced as the second most generous country in Europe in CAF World Giving Index. This year let’s show the world what we can do on #GivingTuesday and get us to the number one spot!

If you would like to get involved why not text a donation to one of over 250 charities listed here.

Sources:
https://www.givingtuesday.org/
https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/2016-publications/caf-world-giving-index-2016

Social Media Campaigns That Rise Above

In the fast-paced and highly saturated world of social media, it can be difficult to establish online presence and awareness. Ideal content will attract not only attention but rewarding engagement and interaction. Establishing an online presence is only the first step for companies. Next they must master the skill of standing out from their competitors, and avoid being drowned out by the high traffic nature of social media. This begs the question: how does one create a unique voice on social media? In the world of constant content, how do you create the one campaign that catches attention? The following are just a few examples of some unique and innovative ideas in recent social media campaigns.

#KnowYourLemons

In February, Worldwide Breast Cancer launched a highly successful campaign that summarizes the importance of self check-ups, recognizing warning signs, and other important information about breast cancer as translated through lemons. The campaign is ingenious for a few reasons: it is simple, easy to understand, and it manages to summarize a large amount of crucial information into a basic and easily digestible format. It created a catchy campaign name and concept, managed to double not only as awareness but also as incentive to donate to Worldwide Breast Cancer, and started a conversation and community around the subject. The campaign perfectly strikes the balance between serious and lighthearted. Through just three Facebook posts, the campaign reached 7.3 million people.

#EndTheStigma

This viral sensation was started not by an organization, but by just one person: twenty-eight year old Kat Selwyn Layton. After the passing of mental health advocate Carrie Fisher, Layton was inspired to speak out more publicly in her own life about mental illness and wanted to encourage others to do the same.  She created highly shareable online badges that featured all variations of mental illnesses and conditions. The badge featured the campaign name #EndTheStigma, with other hashtags of support such as #1in5, bringing awareness to the statistic that one in five American adults are living with a mental illness. This initiative is brilliant, as it takes an extremely direct approach. The simple campaign works towards dealing with shame, breaking silence around misunderstood or marginalized illnesses and creating a highly accessible and positive online mental health movement. The badges have been shared over 40 000 times on Facebook alone.

#LongestDay

Dublin Simon, a homeless charity in Dublin Ireland runs an awareness campaign on the day of the summer solstice, also known as the longest day of the year. The campaign centered around awareness for the homeless and a call to action to donate, simply through the message of "Everyday feels like the longest day of the year for those who are homeless". This campaign is extremely clever due to its ability to link a day you may otherwise think little of to its mission, and providing incentive to donate and get people thinking about its simple, but highly effective and shareable message.

#EndangeredEmoji

Seventeen of the animal emojis found on smartphone keyboards were highlighted as endangered by World Wildlife Fund, and the organization took to Twitter as an opportunity to raise awareness and generate donations. For every retweet or tweet of one of these endangered species, €0.10 was donated to WWF for awareness and conservation efforts. Strategically launched on World Endangered Species Day, this campaign is brilliant in that it could be re-run, with an updated list of endangered species that need help the following year. It is appealing to all ages, easy to get involved in, and makes great use of the easily understood and communicated tool and trend of emojis. As well, it gives an opportunity to give a visual for the endangered animal in an endearing way. The campaign generated over a million uses of the hashtag #Endangered Emoji, and thousands of followers gained to the WWF Twitter account.

These campaigns show how they were able to reach a larger audience and find success by taking unique approaches to their messages of awareness. Creating highly shareable content that can either appeal or at least interest a wide variety of people is a huge victory. When content online becomes viral, it becomes powerful.

References

https://econsultancy.com/blog/68758-the-best-social-media-campaigns-and-stories-from-january-2017

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/social-media-marketing-campaign-examples/192583/

https://twitter.com/Dublin_Simon?lang=en

http://mashable.com/2017/01/06/mental-illness-badges-endthestigma/#ozbovfUIHiqx

The Benefits of DRTV

Would your charity benefit from an innovative product that can spread your message to millions of passive television viewers? And help increase national recognition whilst being cost efficient? Your company could not only increase profits, but also gain brand recognition, maximize savings, and elevate the interest of new and already established supporters of your charity’s cause.

DRTV stands for Direct Response Television; this allows the immediate contact between the audience and your organisation to create a special relationship that cannot be guaranteed by other means of media. Sure, there are many other ways that your organisation can get your message or name out in the public sphere, but there is nothing quite like DRTV and here are some reasons why:

1. It’s cost effective: A savvy media manager’s dream is to save money for their organisation, and by using DRTV a company can save 20%-30% of the total cost of media advertising. Compared to the pricing of standard commercials and ads on television, newspapers, magazines, etc. DRTV is reasonably priced and offers more value for your money. This allows companies to be in the public view and stay within their price range. In LIKECHARITY’s case, we provide an affordable platform for charities to generate regular monthly donations and significantly increase public awareness using DRTV. 

2. It’s reliable: DRTV allows direct and instantaneous feedback via text message responses from tv viewers; If a charity’s content is struggling to receive any text donations, then the subject matter can be quickly revised and iterated at no extra cost until results improve; Thus creating a reliable and transparent relationship with donors and your organisation . LIKECHARITY provides live tracking and analysis of all text messages responses and processes all donations in a safe and secure way via direct debit or credit card.

To learn more about LIKECHARITY’s data protection services please click here.

3. It highlights a simple story that evokes emotional responses: LIKECHARITY creates and produces videos that elicit an emotional response, which is important when discussing individual charities. The immediate reaction to the content compels the viewer with the urgency to turn their reaction into action (donating) by igniting the interest of passive TV audience members who truly care about the cause and giving them the tools to support the organisation.

4. It complements other forms of media: DRTV is complementary to other styles of media such as direct mail and door to door because it enhances the information by giving context in easily digestible adverts. By using DRTV and other kinds of media your organisation can reach out to many different demographics; A typical LIKECHARITY DRTV campaign, over the course  of three months, is seen by around six million Irish viewers - allowing a charity’s message to be amplified nationwide.

5. It creates brand recognition: Many charities have found that following their DRTV campaign they received a 20% increase in brand recognition.  DRTV adverts are usually aired on primetime shows allowing your cause to be seen nationwide; meaning a passive audience can pick up the brands name and logo if the advert appeals to them. This is an opportunity for your brand to gain recognition and a following, while also increasing sales. 

To learn more about DRTV and to learn more about LIKECHARITY, please click on following video

 

 

 

 

 

References:

http://adage.com/article/news/costs-ad-prices-tv-mobile-billboards/297928/

http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/telemarketing-deliver-drtv-campaign-companies-use-drtv-reliable-contact-centre-success/80699

http://www.directresponseacademy.com/artcl.MsrngPrftblty.html

http://www.hawthornedirect.com/drtv_101/FAQs.htm

http://www.dmnews.com/direct-response/direct-response-is-still-an-effective-way-to-build-brands/article/343558/

https://www.entrepreneurship.org/articles/2007/01/using-branding-to-increase-sales

 

February in RED

When we think about February we might think about chocolates, roses, and a romantic dinner for two. However, for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland the words WEAR, DARE, and SHARE come to mind, as part of their  “Kiss goodbye to MS” global campaign.

  • WEAR: MS Ireland encourages you to wear your shade of red throughout the entire campaign or just on the 14th of February.  Proudly apply your Ruby Woo, Cherry Lush, Pirate Red, Medieval, Rio Rio, or Heat Wave red lipstick! It’s a time to be bold! The WEAR doesn’t stop at lipstick; “Kiss goodbye to MS” campaign welcomes large or small amount of red!
     

  • DARE: Wearing red lipstick too easy? Love a good adrenaline rush? MS Skydive care might be just for you! This is your chance to live outside your comfort zone for a great cause. The DARE can be anything; the theme is to dare someone to do something brave!
     

  • SHARE: This is when participants are given the chance to raise awareness, donations, and most importantly hope. Share your “Kiss goodbye to MS” on any social media with the #kissgoodbyetoms and connect with 11 other organisations who also participate in this global fundraising campaign.

MS Ireland’s overall goal is raising awareness, collecting  donations and most importantly, spreading hope to people affected by MS.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system, which currently over 9,000 individuals in Ireland have been diagnosed with. The average age of diagnosis  is between 20 and 40 years old; however it’s been reported  wide range of symptoms a person can experience has made it difficult to know when to visit a doctor.

MS Ireland is a service driven organisation and has made it their priority to help not only those affected by MS but their families and carers too. MS Ireland currently has 10 regional offices throughout Ireland and 38 voluntary branches, s where teams of professionals provide workshops and activities. These unique establishments are just one way MS Ireland has taken steps towards their vision of  an “Irish society where all people affected by MS live positive and active lives in the community.”

This Valentine’s day you might want to take part in supporting MS Ireland’s work spreading hope and giving that shade red lipstick an opportunity to represent your efforts in raising awareness and hope for all those affected by MS.


 

Sources:

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/understanding-ms/diagnosing-ms/newly-diagnosed-multiple-sclerosis/a-short-guide-understanding-my-ms#whatis

http://www.ms-society.ie/home

youtube video “understanding MS” :: https://youtu.be/nB6yF6Rdxvc