Archive for the Social Marketing Category

YouTube Counter-Campaign Videos Seek to Change Behavior

Oct 15

One need only point to the wildfire spread of “Kony 2012” to illustrate the power of a compelling video to disseminate a message quickly and widely. In the last week, three different YouTube videos aimed at behavior change have appeared in my social media stream and piqued my interest. Here’s what the videos have in […]

OgilvyConnect – Session 2: Developing a Communications Plan

Oct 12

On Thursday, October 11, Ogilvy Washington held the second session of this year’s OgilvyConnect, a four session communications training program for nonprofits that serve the National Capital Region. Building from the previous session, the group learned how to develop a communications plan using Ogilvy’s Blueprint Strategy framework based on their organization’s communications goals and objectives. Presentations […]

This Cute Puppy is Making You a Better Worker

Oct 02

Every week when I hear about a new health study, I am almost instantly dismayed and depressed. The batteries in my kids’ toys might kill them; sitting at my desk all day might kill me; and peanut butter could make me sick. But today, some good news! Researchers in Japan have found that looking at […]

The Power of Your “Neighborhood”

Sep 27

What does your neighborhood mean to you? You probably devoted a great deal of time to picking it out. It’s the home to your home, where you retreat to be around those you love; it’s where you relax but also where you make important plans that affect your life. Though we may not realize it, […]

The Power of Positive Messages

Sep 26

What motivates you to exercise or eat healthy?  Are you the kind of person who needs a drill sergeant barking orders and insults to motivate you to move?  Does encouragement and reassurance motivate you to say no to that piece of chocolate cake?   While everyone is admittedly different and has their own style when trying […]

The Carrot or the Stick?

Sep 19

Ever wonder how powerful a ‘headline’ can be? I recently read an article entitled “Millions don’t have their blood pressure under control”. And all I kept thinking was ‘but how many millions DO have their blood pressure under control?’ It made me wonder what can we learn from those who DO do it right? I […]

From Zombies to Law Enforcement – Preparedness in Social Marketing

Sep 18

Preparedness is a major focus of Social Marketing and Risk and Emergency Communications. One question we answer every day is how to best prepare the public for events that will – or might – occur. Vaccinations, taxes, and homeland security might not have a lot in common on the surface, but we’ve focused on advancing […]

StickK.com: Turning Desires into Actions

Sep 10

Many people desire to be on time, to lose weight, to study hard, to spend more time with family, or to read more books. Rationally, desire should lead to action. But it’s not that simple. A group of Yale economists has addressed this seemingly simple yet immensely complex phenomenon through online “commitment contracts” on stickK.com. […]

Promotores and Community Health Workers: from the Frontlines to the Forefront

Aug 30

In the past couple of years, Promotores and Community Health Workers have been receiving significant attention from public health Federal agencies, especially those interested in reaching and making an impact among vulnerable, low income, and underserved members of the Latino/Hispanic population. More specifically, Federal agencies are turning to these individuals for their unique ability to […]

Can Counting Bikes Change Behavior?

Aug 23

I recently read an article about a bike counter that was installed on a bridge in Portland, OR. The idea is that it counts how many cyclists cross the bridge and then keeps a visible tally for all who pass by, on bikes or otherwise.  From midnight to 3pm, Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge had a cyclist […]