Happy Valentine’s Day!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
For Valentine’s Day, our client Bedsider, a free online birth control resource, and the Ad Council, released their new Confessions application for Facebook. The app allows people to share their most embarrassing and entertaining sex fails either publicly or anonymously.
HelpsGood has been using fangates in many of our Facebook marketing efforts to entice visitors to convert into fans. Just remember that a fangate is an opportunity to connect. Spyder Trap points out that “if a new visitor is interested enough in your company, restaurant or organization to get to your Facebook page wouldn’t it be nice to remind them to “like” the page in order to continue to stay connected?”
The app was created as part of Bedsider’s ongoing campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancies in women. This app will remind women that despite these awkward #sexfail stories, they would never give up on sex and they shouldn’t give up on birth control either.
Read the full press release here.
As part of the campaign to commemorate the Ad Council’s 70th birthday, HelpsGood developed a “Rosify Yourself” application that lives on the Ad Council’s Facebook page. Since 1942, the Ad Council has been creating memorable campaigns aimed at improving the lives of the American people. With the Facebook app, fans of the Ad Council can upload a photo of themselves and insert it into the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” poster, thus becoming riveters for social change.
After fans have created their own Rosie the Riveter poster, they are able to share it to their wall on Facebook, save the image to their computer, and even print out a copy. The app already made an appearance on the Today Show with Matt Lauer and Ann Curry being Rosified. There was actually a real live Rosie on the Rockefeller Center plaza along with Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog.
HelpsGood designed and developed the app in Adobe Flash and integrated into the Ad Council Facebook page using Buddy Media’s iFrame sapplet. HelpsGood also installed a Rosie themed page fangate which encourages people to like the page to get more exclusive content.
You can find the full press release here.
The Super Bowl always features plenty of innovative commercials, but this year one in particular stood out to us. Bud Light’s “Rescue Dog” featured the same rescue dog that was featured in The Shelter Pet Project’s ad “People Park.”
Not only is this partnership beneficial to help raise awareness for pet adoption, but Bud Light will pledge $1 to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, CA for every new like on the Bud Light Facebook page.
Speaking of shelter pets, HelpsGood recently concluded our work for The Shelter Pet Project social media outreach efforts with outstanding results!
It was ultimately an extremely successful campaign and we were happy to raise so much awareness for the cause. HelpsGood focused on social media and blogger outreach and utilized in-house developed social listening tools to help track campaign analytics. With this campaign and the recent Bud Light commercial, we hope the number of animals being adopted from shelters hits an all time high!
We built this blog-driven site for Whole Foods Market and their agency Omelet (http://wholefoodslovelocal.com/). The site emphasizes the company’s focus on natural and organic products and features stories and videos about local farmers who actually grow the food, focusing on their love and passion for what they do. Here at HelpsGood we are in complete support of what Whole Foods does.
Whole Foods supports their community by sourcing locally as much as possible. Rather than just donating to local community causes, it’s helping local, small businesses to flourish.
Sustainable Connections says that when “you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than nationally owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.” Shopping local also creates more jobs, gets you better service, and reduces the environmental impact!
Recently HelpsGood released a compilation video Stuff Smokey Says, a parody of the recent popular internet video meme. The “Sh*t ____ Say” meme has generated a ton of offshoot versions with many having some NSFW titles, content and language.
The Smokey Bear version is decidedly very SFW though. This video features every version of Smokey Bear from all his PSAs over the years, from the very first 2D animated Smokey in black and white to the most recent CGI 3D Smokey.
Video is a key component in the content mix when it comes to leveraging social media. Using video not only makes sharing your information more entertaining, but it creates a more intimate experience for the audience as well. Piggybacking on memes can also be a fun way to keep your brand participating in the conversation.
Like Don Crowther says, “you can get so much more of your brand across via a video than you ever can via text.”
HelpsGood always looks to find engaging ways to grab attention and get them more involved in a campaign. YouTube videos are great because after viewing your content, people can share their thoughts and ideas with each other through the comments section, potentially roping in new folks to join the conversation.
You create content hoping it will be consumed, embraced and shared by your fans. But what happens when the content you produce is shared by the “opposite side”?
Recently much has been made of the Girl Scouts inclusive policy allowing transgendered children to participate. The policy inspired the (unfortunate) photo above from HonestGirlScouts.com and it inspired a well-spoken girl to speak not so well of the Girl Scouts in the video below. We’re in support of young women sharing their voices, but we’re not in support of discrimination.
What we’ve found at HelpsGood is that most of the sharers of the content have been from the opposite camp – the anti-target audience. The UGC pieces have had the exact opposite effect from the content creators’ intentions. The content sharers we’ve interacted with have doubled down in their support of the Girl Scouts and are committing to buy cookies in support of the standing policy of non-discrimination. It’s a compelling example of how any piece of user generated content can be co-opted by the other team to rally troops in defense.
Like one of our followers said, “Who can resist a thin mint?”
We at HelpsGood can’t. If you’re a Girl Scout selling cookies – let us know, because we’re buying. And we’re buying what your organization stands for.
Here’s a nice blogger success story.
HelpsGood helped The Shelter Pet Project connect with bloggers to promote their new campaign. The funny PSAs really resonated earning great participation from bloggers helping to spread the campaign across the blogosphere, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Tumblr and more. In just a few weeks our social media agency was able to generate
3 million impressions
Great traction with bloggers in key categories
Looks like they forgot the mommy and family bloggers but otherwise they got all the other (somewhat snarky) blogger categories.