Category : Award Winning Entries

2013 MarCom Entry, Livestrong Foundation

Winner: LIVESTRONG Foundation
Title of Entry: “LIVESTRONG Foundation Crisis Communication
Location: Austin, Texas
Client: LIVESTRONG Foundation
Category: 157c. Crisis Communication Plan/Response

LIVESTRONGImagine your foundation is closely tied to a worldwide recognized person who also happens to be the founder and the driving force.  Now imagine that the one person who defines you organization is exposed as a fraud, cheat, and liar.  One more thing, you are preparing for a major fundraising event.  What do you do?  How do you recover?  This daunting task severely tested the marketing department at the Lance Armstrong Foundation last year.

Everyone knows the story now, Armstrong was stripped of his biking titles after a major doping scandal.  But Armstrong’s name wasn’t the only thing at stake, so was his cancer charity.
While dealing with the major public relations crisis, the charity quickly disassociated itself from Armstrong and then began a major rebranding campaign. The Lance Armstrong Foundation became “LiveStrong“.  Special emphasis was then placed on the people and families the charity served.  The message was clear and concise, LiveStrong’s mission was larger than any celebrity athlete.
The quick action and decisive moves not only saved the foundation, but increased both attendance and donations at the next fundraiser.

 


 

Individuals Speak Out on Behalf of The LIVESTRONG Foundation

 

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America – ET News

We have to remember all the people that have been helped and who will continue to need the help of [the LIVESTRONG Foundation]. We should focus on making sure that cancer survivors and people dealing with the disease have the kind of support, medical and research, that they need to deal with the situation. We can’t lose sight of that accomplishment.

Evan Handler, LIVESTRONG Foundation Envoy – Huffington Post

The LIVESTRONG Foundation has spearheaded a massive cultural shift toward pride in survivorship, and away from the stigmatization previously associated with cancer diagnoses…The determination of those present [at Foundation events] is a testament to human beings’ abilities to turn tragedies, which can never be erased, into triumphs that will also always be remembered.

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AVA Winner TheeDesign Studio

Winner: TheeDesign Studio Title of Entry: Website Redesign for Lizard Lick Towing Location: Raleigh, NC Category: Home Page The first rule for any website is to capture the essence of the product or company. TheeDesign Studio nailed it with Lizard Lick Towing. What you see is what you get. Check out the store, you can […]

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AVA Winner INK

Winner: INK Title of Entry: Golden Spoon site Location: Irvine, CA Client: Golden Spoon Category: 21. Business to Consumer A website is a business’s digital calling card and a place where information resides.  If the design is flat or the layout cumbersome, it can drive visitors away instead of drawing them in.  Many businesses, hospitals, […]

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AVA Winner Hangar 30 Inc.

Winner: Hangar 30 Inc. Title of Entry: Wingman Project Location: Denver, CO Client: Air National Guard Safety Directorate Category: 60. Mobile App It seems about everyone has a mobile app for something these days, from the profane to the profound. Most seem to be for games and the rest informational. Apps also hold the possibility that they […]

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AVA Winner Cohn and Wolfe

Winner: Cohn and Wolfe Title of Entry: It takes a mouse to save a fish Location: New York, NY Client: Project Kaisei Category: 242. Pro Bono How can a goldfish save an ocean?  If you know the answer to that than you are aware of the recent pro bono efforts of a New York public relations […]

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AVA Winner Lynn University

Winner: Lynn Univervity Title of Entry: #lynndebate Social Media Campaign Location: Boca Raton, FL Category: 3c.Social Campaign Lynn University played a prominent role in the 2012 Presidential Campaign.  The Boca Raton, Florida university hosted the third and final debate between Pres. Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.  The third debate was the most important for each […]

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AVA Winner: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Winner: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Title of Entry: 2012 AAOS Public Service Campaign – “Sedentary” Location: Rosemont, IL American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Category: 139. PSA How do you get kids off the couch and away from their video games,  computers, and television?  That was the problem facing the American  Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  A […]

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AVA Winner: M2Film

Winner: M2Films Title of Entry: CENTURY 21 Moves Into SimCity Social Location: Aarhus C, Denmark Client: Grundfos Industrial Solutions Category: 177.Corporate Image Grundfos Industrial Solutions provides all different kinds of pumps to customers all around the world. Recently, the Danish company wanted a a corporate image highlighting the company and its products. Not a sexy […]

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AVA Winner: West Virginia University

Winner: West Virginia Univervity Title of Entry: What We Hold Dear:  Morgantown Has Changed Location: Morgantown, WV Category: 181.Educational Institution How do you stress the past while connecting to the future?  How do you revel in tradition without seeming stodgy or out-of-step?  West Virginia University manages to reach all these goals and more in a mesmerizing […]

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AVA Winner: Mullen

Winner: Mullen
Title of Entry: CENTURY 21 Moves Into SimCity  Social
Location: Boston, MA
Client: CENTURY 21
Category: 3c.Social Campaign

Boston based Mullen was looking to increase Century 21’s profile among consumers between the ages of 25-34. This coveted age group represents the largest share of homebuyers. How people shop for homes has drastically changed in recent years and Century 21 wanted an innovative way to tap into the seismic shift. Mullen created a digital campaign that integrated social media with the gaming community. Research shows that 81 million people play social games and that 27% of them are either buying homes or thinking about it. Mullen partnered with SimCity to put Century 21 in the game. Players could place Century 21 offices into their cities and win bonuses. Almost 200,000 gamers took advantage of the offer. The campaign also created a huge jump in Facebook likes and generated a number of media stories around the country.

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