Michigan Women's Foundation
In 2009, more than 11,000 unopened, untested rape kits were found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit. A lack of adequate funding had stalled the testing of the kits and the investigation and prosecution of the cases. In 2014, Michigan Women's Foundation spearheaded an initiative to raise the needed funds and bring long overdue justice to these thousands of sexual assault victims. They came to Brogan for help promoting the cause.
First, Brogan created a name for the initiative: Enough SAID, which stands for Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit. A powerful brochure/case statement used the USB code that labels each rape kit as a design element, and brought home the point that each code represents the suffering of a real victim without justice. Brogan also created a coordinating Crowdrise page for people to donate and/or fundraise, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts and a microsite.
Since launch, the campaign has raised over 1.3 million dollars in private funds and helped raise over 8 million dollars in public funds. The creative materials have been featured in several news outlets, including PRWeek and the front page of the Detroit Free Press.
A collaboration between the Scleroderma Foundation, Scleroderma Research Foundation and the Scleroderma Society of Canada
Scleroderma is a hard word to say, but it’s an even harder disease to live with. In North America, three major organizations strive to raise awareness, but millions of people know nothing about it. In 2014, the organizations saw an opportunity to partner together for the first time to promote the cause on a bigger stage, and they called Brogan & Partners to create their campaign.
To increase awareness of scleroderma—an autoimmune disease that has no known cause or cure—we knew education had to be a critical element of the campaign. With that, we pitched the idea of a strong call to action throughout Scleroderma Awareness Month: taking a pledge to tell at least one person about the disease. We cross promoted on the partners’ Facebook and Twitter channels, as well as a digital billboard in Times Square—on which our messaging was displayed for 738 hours that month. The pledge lived on a microsite we created, and it has since been signed by more than 1,400 supporters.
In 2015, we took the campaign to the next level—incorporating an influencer program, in which 12 bloggers shared their personal scleroderma stories with the world. Our efforts on social media continued, this time incorporating photos of scleroderma patients into our designs, as well as an infographic citing some of the most important information about the disease. All elements in the most recent campaign brought the partners more than 1,500 fans, more than 10,000 website views and more than three million campaign impressions—all in just 30 days.
Komen Detroit Race for the Cure
Komen Detroit Race for the Cure wanted a consistent look for all of their marketing materials promoting their annual race.
First, we created a new theme line and race poster that set the precedent for all creative materials to come. The new theme line (“There’s victory in every step”) and the new design were eventually used on print ads, the Facebook cover photo, an email template and website banner images. Emotional, real-life photos of previous RFTC events were used in all of these pieces. The new look was created in 2014 and was refreshed for the 2015 event.
The end result: an emotionally engaging campaign with a consistent look and feel across all materials. “The theme line continues to resonate with participants of our annual event,” said Race Chair Katrina D. Studvent. “Brogan & Partners allows our local Susan G. Komen brand to have a fresh look each year. We are so grateful.”
The HoneyBaked Ham Company : Pinterest
HoneyBaked wanted to introduce their newly launched Pinterest page, build awareness and quickly gain followers.
Brogan leveraged the holiday season and the “12 Days of Christmas” story to create a visual holiday bulletin board for its target audience. Fans could enter a sweepstakes to win a $250 HoneyBaked gift certificate by creating a holiday Pinterest board including a repin of the sweepstakes pin below. This two-week promotion generated a solid base of over 2,100 followers. Fans responded with 222 entries, 300 repins of the sweepstakes pin and hundreds of “likes” on all sweepstakes board pins. New awareness and new fans—the perfect holiday gift for our HoneyBaked client. And to sustain engagement, we continued to populate the HoneyBaked Pinterest board with recipes and original content tailor-made to our Pinterest audience.
The HoneyBaked Ham Company
The HoneyBaked Ham Company has enjoyed great enthusiasm for their Facebook fan page. Keeping interest up and growing fan numbers is an ongoing challenge. With Easter approaching, we needed to engage fans and generate more excitement for this strong peak holiday.
Brogan worked with the movie “HOP” and Universal Studios to launch “HOP Into HoneyBaked.” Facebook fans entered for a chance to win $7,250 in prizes; 100 lucky fans would win a copy of the film. The agency worked to promote fan excitement and chatter leading up to the winner announcement via Facebook Engagement Ads and status updates.
The sweepstakes generated over 40,000 entries and more than 101,000 visits, plus happy, hoppy winners and value-added savings for HoneyBaked fans.
The HoneyBaked Ham Company
HoneyBaked wanted to build goodwill among its customers by leveraging a strategic cause marketing partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to support breast cancer awareness (and boost sales) during October 2013.
To generate buzz around the HoneyBaked Foils Breast Cancer campaign, Brogan created a central campaign landing page on honeybaked.com that showcased all seven ways HoneyBaked was supporting breast cancer awareness during the month of October. Brogan leveraged social media to uniquely spread awareness and educate consumers about the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s vision. Through the Facebook and Pinterest pages, HoneyBaked shared inspiring visual quotes and breast cancer facts to encourage fan/follower engagement. One of the main elements of the campaign was the HoneyBaked Foils Breast Cancer giveaway, where HoneyBaked gave away 100 dinners during October—(20) $75 HoneyBaked gift cards per week for five weeks. By connecting HoneyBaked’s reputation for comfort food and the breast cancer community’s need for comfort, HoneyBaked Facebook fans could nominate a friend or loved one who was currently going through breast cancer treatments to win one of the free dinners. The winners were randomly selected every Friday.
The month-long promotion led to an increase of more than 5,900 net new Facebook fans, a board following of 1,570 Pinterest followers, 800 entries into the giveaway, opt-ins to HoneyBaked emails and increased goodwill across social media channels and in-store.
Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter
Though it affects more than 300,000 Americans, scleroderma is still a little-known disease, and the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter was having a hard time finding support. They wanted to increase membership, build their board of directors, raise awareness for the disease and raise money for a cure.
To increase membership, we positioned the Scleroderma Foundation Michigan Chapter as the most trusted, most compassionate and most connected community for support, education and research. We refreshed all communication and branded materials to increase effectiveness and strengthen the brand identity.
To build their board of directors, we introduced them to professionals with a passion for giving back—including the regional healthcare director of Walgreens. With the Chapter’s new connections, they were able to get space in many metro Detroit stores to raise awareness for the disease during June: Scleroderma Awareness Month.
To increase awareness of the SFMC, we bolstered a social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. We earned new followers with relevant, meaningful and timely content, including tips for coping with scleroderma, links to articles on new treatments and research, and inspirational quotes. We also built strong media relationships and a widely-followed blog, becoming a valuable news and features source. Additionally, the Brogan team worked to develop an email strategy—keeping more than 5,300 members informed and engaged.
To increase fundraising, we focused on two major events. We launched the chapter’s first annual Hideous Holiday Sweater Run, a themed, zany race focused on fun first, cause second. Next, we rebranded the chapter’s annual “Family Fun Day” at the Detroit Zoo to “Stampede Scleroderma.” The centerpieces of the event were the 5k and 10k “stampedes,” but first and foremost, the event honored those affected by the disease.
For each event, fundraising goals were set, and we strived to help the chapter meet them. In June 2015, just days before the Stampede Scleroderma event, we noticed the Chapter was incredibly close to their goal. So, we presented the idea of deploying an email to the Chapter’s membership list letting them know how close they were—asking for just five extra dollars from everyone who had registered. Hours later, a supporter walked into their office with not $5, but with a $5,000 check. The chapter went on to raise more than they had in years.
Our partnership with SFMC has sparked many successes. We've broadened their community, nearly tripling Facebook fans and doubling Twitter followers. We doubled attendance at the Hideous Holiday Sweater Run in just two years, and resurrected Stampede Scleroderma from its lowest participation rate to among its highest in 2015. We've increased its database of members, partners and donors by 40 percent and attracted diverse, talented new board talent. We've earned lots of media attention, including tradition and new media. Our work has led to projects with the National Scleroderma Foundation, the Scleroderma Research Fund and the Scleroderma Society of Canada.
The HoneyBaked Ham Company
The HoneyBaked Ham Company hung its hams, turkeys and sides on family tradition—and traditional media during key holiday seasons—Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A family company, governed by multiple division operations across the country, they recognized a need to identify a unified strategy. Also, competitors and consumers were migrating to social media. "Traditional" was at risk of becoming "out-of-touch."
Brogan & Partners researched how women were using social media. In 2010, 72% of women used social networks to learn about and comment on new products. Also, 80% of women had become fans of products or brands on Facebook. HoneyBaked was sold. The divisions agreed to put the brand on Facebook to share information, advice and special offers. Within the first year of launch, the Facebook Fan page grew by 897% to 44,588 Fans. HoneyBaked experienced increased coupon redemptions, and we ignited a daily conversation with new, loyal customers. Yum!
The HoneyBaked Ham Company
HoneyBaked was off to a great start with an outstanding number of Facebook fans. What about growing the numbers? And what about keeping interest up during the off-season?
The agency created a series of five random giveaways, driving fans to a "HoneyBaked on the House" web page. Teaser status updates and Facebook Engagements ads helped spread the word. With prizes ranging from 200 Free Lunches, 50 FREE Turkey Breasts and 100 FREE Heat & Share Sides, this limited time offer required fans to act fast – and they did, gobbling up the giveaways within minutes. Fan excitement and chatter on the page resulted in as much as a 45% lift in Fans during promotional periods.
United Auto Workers
Due to the economic downturn and the woes of domestic auto companies, the UAW was at a crossroads with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent itself. Union workforces were seen as a liability. The UAW needed to energize and inspire its members and change the way they were perceived.
We created the "I am UAW" national television and social media campaign to allow the powerful voices of UAW members to be heard. Using member stories, eBlasts and blogger outreach to drive people to the site, it received nearly 20,000 visits just 6 months after the launch.
Gift of Life Michigan
People think organ donation is a good cause, but they’re too busy or unaware of how to register or the need to register. To increase organ donor registrants, we needed to emphasize immediate action and turn organ donation into a community movement.
We created an interactive widget with a video, heart-moving testimonials, links and a ticker to increase the urgency to register now. In addition, we developed a social media program with The HoneyBaked Ham Company and a map showing county percentages to build interest in the campaign. All assets pointed to a Donor Drive 2010 landing page with sharing opportunities throughout the page. Throughout the course of the campaign, the widget was installed more than 1,000 times and generated nearly 900,000 views. 2010 was a record-breaking year for donor registries with more than 319,000 new registrants added to the list.