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With Digital Cookie, Girl Scouts USA Takes Online Cookie Sales National

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 1, 2014 03:48 PM

Girl Scouts, one of the oldest and largest global communities for girls, has completed a tech overhaul that lets its U.S. troops enter the age of e-commerce.

Arguably, “the number one reason that people don’t buy Girl Scout cookies isn’t because they’re not craving a Thin Mint or a Samoa. It’s because they don’t know a Girl Scout,” Fast Company reports. The wait is over: Girl Scouts USA is launching a national online cookie-selling platform.

The Digital Cookie e-commerce program lets scouts set up their own sales pages to take online orders for direct customer-shipping, and uses the existing Girl Scout Cookie Finder app to process orders on mobile devices.Continue reading...

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FEED Supper Makes Strides to 1 Million Meals Goal

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 3, 2014 01:03 PM

FEED Projects is halfway through its monthlong Feed Supper campaign, which started on September 16 and wraps up on the UN's World Food Day on October 16.

The goal is to provide 1 million meals to Feeding America through hosted dinner parties, and it's more than halfway there, with more than 625,000 meals provided as of today.Continue reading...

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Yao Ming, Goodwill Ambassador for the Elephant

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 25, 2014 03:03 PM

Yao Ming is already a one-man brand, having proven himself against the likes of Shaquille O’Neal as a 22-year-old NBA rookie. Now, more than ten years later, the former Houston Rockets star is a one-man band with a mission: to wean China off its love of ivory and save Africa’s endangered elephant population. 

In just the past three years, 100,000 elephants have been poached for their tusks in mass-slaughters as the appetite for ivory grows in Ming’s home country. The death toll rises annually with 25,000 African elephants murdered last year and 4.5 million killed in the last 60 years. 

Nicknamed the “Great Wall of China,” the 7’6” Yao, now 33, told the Washington Post he connects with Africa as “many animals there are bigger than me.”

So he launched a campaign in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, the African Wildlife Foundation and the Yao Ming Foundation to defend the largest, gentlest creatures on the planet from man. Joining the cause, Discovery's Animal Planet network will debut a feature documentary, Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming, on Nov. 18.Continue reading...

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After Nike's Exit, LIVESTRONG Lands New Eco-Friendly Apparel Partner

Posted by Dale Buss on September 4, 2014 05:16 PM

It may be fitting that the new apparel vehicle for LIVESTRONG is made from the valuable inner pith of the bamboo tree, because the LIVESTRONG foundation has been relying on its inner value as a brand and philanthropy vehicle helping cancer patients ever since its founder, mentor and original inspiration, Lance Armstrong, was totally discredited as an athlete and pitchman.

LIVESTRONG indeed has launched a new apparel partnership with tasc, which produces "all-natural" sports clothing by processing bamboo. tasc uses its "bamboo technology" to produce an entire range of men's and women's athletic wear ranging from tops to yoga pants.

Notably, tasc has come in to replace Nike, which originally dropped its sponsorship of the disgraced cyclist in late 2012 and then, after initially sticking with LIVESTRONG, last year announced that it would end its clothing-supplier relationship with the LIVESTRONG Foundation as well.Continue reading...

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With No Trademark Protection, Ice Bucket Challenge is Open to All

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 2, 2014 05:12 PM

Bill Gates and Jennifer Lopez have done it. Martha Stewart and Donald Trump have, too. Your friends and neighbors have probably shown off their efforts on social media. Perhaps even you have done it.

“It,” of course, is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral awareness campaign that has raised over $100 million towards research for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The Challenge, which was briefly the focus of a US Patent and Trademark Office application that has since been pulled, is still going strong on social media channels around the globe, and in turn is inspiring other causes to attempt to adopt viral, "Challenge"-inspired campaigns.Continue reading...

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Reddit Sticks to Unusual Business Model with Charity Commitment

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 5, 2014 11:12 AM

Reddit has announced it will donate 10 percent of its 2014 ad revenue to charity, a decidedly bold move for the social media site that has yet to make a profit.

Fighting tirelessly to keep its unique brand as pure as possible, the site has eschewed an influx of traditional advertising that could have delivered more robust revenue for the 24th most-popular US internet site.

Reddit CEO Yishan Wong wrote in a blog post, “Whether it’s a large ad campaign or a $5 sponsored headline on reddit, we intend for all ad revenue this year to benefit not only reddit as a platform but also to support the goals and causes of the entire community.” 

The service will calculate ad revenue at year’s end, then let Redditors’ nominate and vote on which non-profits they’d like to support. With community consensus on the top ten, the site will distribute funds proportionately to votes received.Continue reading...

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7UP Tries Cause Marketing with Project 7, but Is It Pepsi Refresh Déjà Vu?

Posted by Dale Buss on February 21, 2014 10:52 AM

Clearly there are more than seven crying needs of people around the world. But Project 7 is trying to at at least skim the surface. And now 7UP is helping the company do just that through a new and unique bottle-cap promotion.

Purchasers of specially marked 20-ounce bottles of 7UP in the US will be able to find a unique code under the bottle cap, login online and select one of the seven areas of need to which they'd like their donation to go: "Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth," as Project 7 describes them.

"This approach gives the consumer an opportunity to pick an area of need," David Falk, vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, told brandchannel. "And that's one thing we truly loved—giving the consumer the power to choose."Continue reading...


Luke Aker, This Is Your Lucky Day! Happy Holidays from Nissan North America

Posted by Dale Buss on December 18, 2013 07:35 PM

An alert bit of monitoring by Nissan North America's social media team has brought happier holidays to an Orlando-based freelance videographer and to the Wounded Warriors Project.

The automaker ended up agreeing to buy a 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE from Luke Aker after noticing his well-made 70-second video ad for the car on YouTube and reading his creative classified on Craigslist. In fact, Erich Marx, Nissan's director of interactive marketing and social media, agreed not only to give him his original $1,400 asking price for the 17-year-old survivor but also to kick in a $1,000 holiday season donation to the Wounded Warriors Project, Aker's favorite charity.

"We thought it was just brilliant, fantastic, and we saw the opportunity to have some fun with it," Marx told brandchannel about his team's reaction when they saw Aker's work. "In the social space, it's about being engaging and showing that you have a sense of humor."Continue reading...

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