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HelpGood’s Michael Bellavia contributed a post to the Ad Council’s Adlibbing blog regarding memes and how to leverage them. In particular the post talks to how the Smokey Bear campaign has made use of memes to connect with a younger audience and spread his wildfire prevention message.

June 2012 marks the two year anniversary with Smokey Bear and HelpGood. We’ve come a long way in helping push Smokey’s wildfire prevention message.

HelpGood has deployed multiple social media marketing tactics and created new content to support the campaign.  We have created original apps for the web and mobile devices, as well as imagery, articles, and more.

When HelGood first started working with Smokey Bear back in June 2010, he was just getting his feet wet in social media.  Two years later HelpGood has helped Smokey see some big results:

  • Facebook likes grew by almost 250%, currently over 62,000
  • Twitter likes grew by over 500%, nearly 11,000
  • His YouTube channel gets 500% more views per year than it did in 2010
  • The official website is now getting almost 400% more views per year than it did in 2010

Overall we have had a really wonderful time with this campaign and hope to push Smokey’s message to the furthest reaches of the universe!

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Another Friday, another Smokey meme.

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Recently HelpGood 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.”

HelpGood 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.

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