One of the joys of doing this every day, is it can be a small break from a day focused on many other things for many clients and people. Doing this can be rewarding, and fun for me. From time to time though, work is so rewarding that it can occupy 100% of me. I LOVE WHAT I DO. It’s not a job, like Woody Boater, it all comes from the heart and driven by passion for helping folks, and expressing myself. So. You may wonder where this is going? This past two months have been rough since 24 hrs is all there is in a day. It’s not been uncommon to write a story at 3 AM in LA to make my morning dead line, then get to work with the agency at East Coast time and then work til 7 West coast time. Fly between LA, NJ, And DC, all while trying to get home to be with my #1 love. My family. My bride, and yes, BOATS!
Bears Bears and more bears – Woody HQ had some free space to be used.
So you may ask, or not, what in the heck have you been working at? Well. Lots of cool stuff. Not Woody Boater stuff, which is why the stories have been a little rushed. Fun, but soft. BUT. Below is one of those projects that you have to put it all down and focus. Because there are more than clients and business that matters. CHILDREN! Sick Children and a wonderful organization that literally saves kids lives.
Children’s National one of the nation’s top-five children’s hospitals. Below is the official press release. Sorry, its all spelled right and rather official. But wanted to share the spirit of giving with our wonderful Classic Boat community/culture/passion/sport/hobby/art movement.
Award-winning advertising and marketing services agency SmithGifford is lighting up the Washington, D.C., metro area this holiday season with a new, interactive fundraising campaign for its client, Children’s National, one of the nation’s top-five children’s hospitals.
The multimedia effort, “Light Up Dr. Bear” features 316 “Dr. Bear” figures strategically placed in heavily trafficked areas like town centers and shopping malls throughout the D.C. metro area and at the hospital, its community clinics and outpatient centers. Modeled after Children’s National’s iconic mascot, Dr. Bear, the bears represent the 316 patient beds at Children’s National.
Throughout the holiday season, all 316 bears will light up simultaneously whenever a donor makes a donation via website or text. The donation triggers a light emitting diode (LED) transferred to each bear via an Internet-of-Things managed cloud platform. To make a donation or find a bear, donors can visit www.ChildrensNational.org/Light or text Light10 to 50555 to send a gift.*
“For this campaign, we turned donating into an experience that could be shared simultaneously throughout the community by both donor and families being cared for at Children’s National,” said SmithGifford Founder-CEO Matt Smith. “Our creative strategy includes patients and their families reacting to the bears lighting up so donors can see the impact of their donation, in the hospital and in front of them.”
The campaign is a multimedia effort that includes TV spots, print, digital, out-of-home, social media and experiential/event, all handled by SmithGifford. Marketing services agency LMO was responsible for media buying, while public relations and influencer marketing duties were handled by Ketchum. The campaign will run through Dec. 31, supporting Children’s National in its efforts to find cures, fuel innovation, and provide world-class care to every child, regardless of illness, injury or ability to pay.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of this campaign comes when the bears light up throughout the hospital showing the children, their families and their caregivers how much the community cares about them,” said SmithGifford President Trisha Pierce. “The wonder of this technology is that it sparks a real emotion and creates a community of giving.”
The full campaign includes a wide variety of touchpoints such as pop-up events with street teams at bear locations to show them in action and share on social media as well as a behind-the-scenes video of the bears in production. An integration with iHeart radio is also planned, and a bear will do a guest takeover of a popular local Instagram account later in the campaign. And on New Year’s Eve one of the bears will do a special countdown to 2019.
As Washington, D.C.’s only hospital specializing in kids, Children’s National treats the whole child and the whole family with a child-centered focus. This approach includes medical equipment and facilities that are specifically designed for kids, care teams with specialized training for kids’ healthcare and emotional needs, and unique programs for play, including art and music therapy, a library and reading room, Seacrest Studios and the Healing Garden.
CREDITS: IT TAKES AN AMAZING TEAM TO MAKE THIS ALL HAPPEN
- Agency: SmithGifford
- CEO: Matt Smith
- President: Trisha Pierce
- Creative Director of Art: Bill Cutter
- Creative Director of Copy: Lisa Biskin
- Account Supervisor: Melissa Astorga
- Associate Creative Director of Copy: Rachel Cook
- Senior Art Director: Melanie Fitts
- Account Manager: Jordan McIninch
- Art Director: Antoine Fagan
- Producer: Dana Cole
- Creative Technology: Autonomy
- Still Photographer: Eli Meir Kaplan
- Video Director: TwinTaoers
- Music: RMI Music
- Editorial & Visual Effects: Society
- Bear Fabrication: The Falcon Lab
So thats the official release, here are some more photos from behind the scenes. 99% of the bears are now delivered and running. When you donate. ALL the bears light up and show the children, families and the entire community that you care!