How we brought millions of impressions to a disease that affects hundreds of thousands.


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.


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