Archive for the Best Practices Category

Utilizing Digital Channels to Reach Those “‘80s Babies”

Feb 07

No matter what we call them, we are reaching out to them more and more, especially in social media. Who are they? What are they doing online? What is the best way to reach them?

“Wake-Up Call” Campaigns – Do They Work?

Jan 12

In recent weeks, there have been a number of hard-hitting anti-obesity campaigns making headlines. As Trish Taylor described earlier this week, Georgia’s “Strong4Life” anti-childhood obesity campaign, introduced by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, uses short ads, billboards, and TV spots depicting an obese child and statements including “fat kids become fat adults,” and “it’s hard to be […]

To Blog or to Tweet, that is the question…

Jan 06

My apologies to Shakespeare, but the recent The Year in News 2011 put out by The Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) is helping me answer that question. PEJ has been putting out their analysis for five years and it is an excellent tool to help us media relations professions better understand what’s […]

Crowdsourcing for Government: Turning Crowds into Communities

Jul 28

Over the past week, I helped world renowned scientists from Carnegie Mellon University discover new ways to fold RNA molecules, adding to their understanding of RNA’s biological activity and contributing to the storehouse of knowledge that may eventually shed light on the origins of life. What did you do? I did this playing an online […]

The Intersection of Cause Involvement and Behavior Change

Jul 16

When designing interventions for behavior change, the first things that usually come to mind are how to remove the barriers to action, how to increase self-efficacy, or even if the external conditions are favorable for the adoption of the desired behavior. Not often do we consider that involvement in causes can actually trigger individual behavior […]

Big Words / Little Understanding – Scientists need to learn the art of public speaking

Jul 01

I love words and growing up I loved learning and using new words – strange and different words that most people didn’t know and certainly didn’t use. It helped that I had four older brothers all attending college while I was still in grammar and middle school. Using big words – 50 cent words as […]

Ogilvy Washington Takes on CSR Initiative Offering Training to Local Nonprofits

Jun 30

Today, Ogilvy Washington will launch OgilvyConnect, a program to provide communications training to community-based nonprofits serving the National Capital region. Led by rising leaders at Ogilvy Washington, the program’s curriculum will offer communications knowledge, tools, and resources to help these organizations better fulfill their missions.   Inspired to give back to the DC community, Ogilvy Washington […]

Still proving the value of CSR?

May 26

A new study released by Tuck Business School at Dartmouth looks at whether CSR provides financial benefit to companies, specifically within the grocery retail industry, by looking at four dimensions of CSR and how they impact positive perceptions and whether consumers modified their purchase behavior based on these perceptions. The study’s hypothesis was based on […]

A Recap of the 2nd World Non-Profit and Social Marketing Conference

Apr 20

The 2nd World Non-Profit and Social Marketing Conference last week in Dublin proved to be a spectacular event, bringing together over 600 attendees from 40 countries, featuring 200 presentations and 32 exhibitors, and as of today, 95% of the delegates who completed the conference evaluation say they will attend the next conference, which is scheduled […]

The 4Ps of Social Marketing: Are They Still Relevant?

Apr 12

The Marketing Mix, also known as the 4Ps of Social Marketing, is the combination of Product, Price, Place, and Promotion.  Yesterday, we heard  a very dynamic debate at WSMC on whether the 4Ps are still an important intervention tool for Social Marketing practitioners. Sue Nelson, Social Marketing Director, Kindred (UK), and Clive Blair-Stevens, Director, Strategic […]