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Q&A with the Charity Event That’s Rebranding November

November 22nd, 2011 — 2:55pm

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year, raising funds and awareness for men’s health in the process. Welt was able to interview Donny Killian, Movember’s US manager, to find out more about the event.

Welt: How did the idea originally come about?

Donny: It started in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, with a couple of friends talking about ‘80s fashion and how everything cycles back into vogue. They decided then and there that the moustache was the perfect old school fashion that needed a comeback. That November, they got 30 of their friends together to grow a Mo, Aussie slang for moustache, re-naming the month Movember.

The rules were simple: Start the month clean-shaven, and grow a moustache for 30 days. The guys had so much fun, and were shocked by the amount of conversations started by the moustache. They decided to grow the following year, and to do it for a cause. Inspired by the breast cancer and women’s health movement, they chose an under-served disease that affecting 1 in 6 men, prostate cancer.

The following year, 450 Aussies raised $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia… And that was the beginning of the men’s health movement.

Welt: Currently in the US, $7,091,183 has been raised. What has not proven to be effective in your social media efforts to help raise this number?

Donny: We are thrilled with the amount raised so far this year (nearly $7.2M) and how far we’ve come from last year. In 2010, we had nearly 65,000 registered Mo Bros and Mo Sistas participating and they raised $7.5M ($81M globally, with 450,000 global participants). We are only 18 days into the month and already have 138,000 US participants and close to $51M globally! We are honored to have this overwhelming support.

Our community is a fun, strong and dedicated force – they understand our messaging, believe in the cause and spread awareness in their own unique way. We support our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas throughout their Movember journey by providing the tools and resources for them to have meaningful conversations, educate others and above all have remarkable experiences throughout the month.

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And the Nominees Are…

October 7th, 2011 — 4:05pm


Websites are a major access point to a company, so it is important to put your best foot forward. Just as your wardrobe should evolve with the demands and expectations of your position in life, so should your digital image. Welt has evolved our online brand, and we are proud to present our updated website.

…for the rest of the entry, join us on Gnomeflash…

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Small Budget, No Problem: Social Media and Event Marketing

September 30th, 2011 — 4:16pm

No budget, no marketing dollars, no existing clientele, a business name, great event ideas, and a drive to succeed…

This was me, six months ago, when I decided to leave my job and embark on a journey of entrepreneurial passion. I had the winning idea, but — with my limited budget — how was I to promote it and spread the word?

Let’s fast forward to the present day. I have two major events on the docket: Run for Your Life Zombie 5K scheduled for October 23, 2011 and Challenge Cincinnati Urban Adventure Race scheduled for March 24, 2012. Using solely social media, I have managed to create buzz and increase traffic to my event websites, to the point at which I now fully expect both events to sell out. Keep in mind that I have yet to spend $1 on advertising! So what new fad or idea did I use? None — I used simple, old fashioned networking skills, and the ability of social network sites to magnify those skills.

Social media has proved effective in promoting events like Run for Your Life Zombie 5K.

Building my initial following wasn’t easy, but I knew that with Facebook and LinkedIn, I had thousands of possible connections. Not only did I personally have all of these connections but, the charitable organizations that were to benefit from my events had many as well. Here is how it went down:

  • I synchronized the launch of my websites and event Facebook pages with coordinated requests to my family, friends, and acquaintances and with those of family, friends, and acquaintances of others who were involved with the planning of the event.
  • I sent personal individualized requests to over 200 people asking them to “Like” our page and requested that they post it on their wall at least once.
  • I spent the first week continually following up with my friends, family, and acquaintances on Facebook chat to confirm my requests and most of all…(drum roll please) to thank them!
  • Half of my posts from the first week were not informational posts at all, but rather me thanking those who were supporting us and helping us spread the word early.

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The Whats and Whys of Social Media

June 27th, 2011 — 7:55am

At Welt Branding we believe in the power of social media. Our recent post on Groupon got us discussing the whats and whys of social media.

WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT DOES

Social media” is the name for the channels you use in online social networking, which is how you expand your circle of contacts by connecting with others. Users converse, connect, and create content using these tools. As a marketer or brand you create content, too. Be it one person or a whole corporation, everyone enters the social media arena as an individual voice, and people will recognize if yours is authentic or not.

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Do You Know the Pros and Cons of Groupons?

June 21st, 2011 — 1:57pm

$25 for $50 at Chez Fancypants? $6 for $15 at Only Puddings? Sure, sign me up.

Real Customers, Real Groupon Regrets

Groupons are all the rage lately. These “daily deal” offers, which only happen if enough people buy into them, are fun for bargain hunters and offer incentive for new customers to give you a try. But are they doing your business or clientele any good? Maybe social media is your better option.

There’s plenty of anecdotal information about Groupons having mixed results or actually causing harm to a business. Opinions on Groupon’s own questionable business model vary also. Being that they take half of that discounted price you’re offering up front, then take 60 days to pay the rest, you had better plan ahead before offering one. Some businesses have been so harmed, they’ve had to take out second Groupons to cover the losses of the first one. Continue reading »

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