Gainsford: What the agency never anticipated was the profound and inspirational effect Jenna and her family would have on them and the country. One of the most remarkable things (and there were many) about this beautiful young lady of 20 years old, was the fact that this campaign was never about her. She said from the outset that this campaign may never benefit her, but it could the other 4,300 people awaiting an organ transplant. And so the campaign “Get me to 21″ was launched.
Nurock: Tell me about campaign itself.
Gainsford: The objective of “Get me to 21″ was to generate 6,393 new organ donor registrations in total, which is over 155% more than they had in the fourth quarter of 2013. And all within a total media budget of R0.00. So, instead of focusing on how dire the situation was and how many people were not getting organs in time for their life-saving transplants (which is the usual sort of message in this category), we wanted to flip the normal tone of communication on its head and focus on the very reason for the ODF in the first place. Life. And the celebration of it…
Nurock: What channels did you use?
Gainsford: We filmed Jenna inviting 54 million South Africans to join her for the celebration, and placed the 55 second video on YouTube, Vimeo and a website developed for and dedicated to the campaign, www.getmeto21.com. The digitally led campaign ran for 67 days in total. During the period, not one single cent was spent on media. We launched the campaign using social media (Facebook and Twitter focus), to build momentum and create buzz, by tweeting and posting the link. Within the first twenty-four hours, the video invitation generated 2,105,788 impressions on Twitter. Jenna’s message had literally gone VIRAL.
The campaign gained so much momentum and support in the social media landscape that it didn’t take long for traditional media to follow suit.
Gainsford: The social media following of the campaign was incredible, with 10,486,296 Twitter impressions and a total reach of 7,495,413 during phase one of the campaign. The ODF Facebook page following grew by 14,900 new likes (all of which were organic), which equates to more than 155% growth during the “Get me to 21″ campaign.Nurock: What were the campaign results?
The campaign earned a total rate card media value of R2,228,736.04 and a total of R17,248,968.32 in PR value. But the most important result was that by the time 2014 had come to an end, the ODF had registered 33,073 new organ donors. In addition 6000 people registered during the month after Jenna’s death.
Nurock: What an inspiring campaign, and a deserved winner of the Apex Grand Prix.
Gainsford: Yes, but the person who is most deserving of this award is Jenna herself, and of course her remarkable family. Her legacy of trying to change the world is upheld. In her death she did more than some people do in a lifetime. This award is for her.