Storytelling to Build Support for a Cause

About This Project

Moore Creative was retained to publicize an unorthodox environmental stewardship effort through traditional and social media.

The Quilt for Two Rivers brought together 18 prominent Northwest quilters who combined talents on a single work: a 40-foot quilt with Whychus Creek Wild & Scenic River running through each individual segment. The effort was part of an overall $4 million U.S. Forest Service campaign.

Public Relations & Social Media Engagement

The project aimed to 1) strengthen connections to the outdoors by reaching out to new audiences to get them involved in their own “backyard” National Forests, and 2) raise money for river restoration projects.

To generate media coverage and build an online social community around the effort, Merry Ann conceptualized an outreach program based on storytelling, including a blog with guest posts from each quilter, a Facebook “name the quilt” contest, a video, social media news releases, regular Twitter posts, and traditional media relations. A list of 300+ media/social media influencers–bloggers and reporters with an interest in quilting, outdoor recreation, Northwest travel, conservation, native fish, or related topics–was developed.

Results

  • Powerful gains in Facebook engagement: Likes nearly tripled over 90 days; people from 20 countries engaged; nearly 70 entries from 19 states in the Name the Quilt Facebook contest.
  • Feature coverage in print media.
  • Reposting of content in multiple fishing, environmental, quilting and other blogs.
Quilt for 2 Rivers media coverage - Moore Creative
Quilt for 2 Rivers coverage generated by Moore Creative
Quilt for 2 Rivers media coverage generated by Moore Creative
Social Media Release - Modern Quilting Bee Honors Whychus Creek Wild & Scenic River
Media coverage - Quilt for 2 Rivers outreach campaign
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Facebook Insights - Quilt for Two Rivers analytics

Project Summary

The Quilt for Two Rivers–a project of the U.S. Forest Service, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and National Forest Foundation–engaged some of the Pacific Northwest’s foremost fabric artists to raise awareness of two Wild & Scenic waterways near Sisters, Oregon.

Skills

  • Blogging
  • Communications Strategy
  • Content Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Media Relations
  • Social Media
  • Video

Testimonial

“Merry Ann’s work style and ethic are beyond belief. She clearly articulates her goals and plans for your project and executes them flawlessly. I knew exactly what she was doing, when it was accomplished and what the results were. What a relief to put a project in the hands of someone so capable and talented.”

Ann Richardson Executive Director / Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

Category
Blogging, Communication Strategy, Content Marketing, Copywriting, Multichannel Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media, Storytelling, Video