, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 27, 2009 -- A ground-breaking campaign to raise Â£1 million for charity in just four months has put its faith in the web to help pull in donations, with a social media strategy that if successful, will become a best practice for others looking to achieve similar success.
The Â£1 Challenge, which aims to raise Â£1 million through the pledging of 1 million unique donations, has already attracted the support of business social networking site Ecademy and well-known personalities including Kriss Akabusi, Fat Boy Slim, Blazinâ Squad and Russell Grant and the team behind the challenge are now focusing on a dynamic social media strategy designed to pump the message around the web.
To date, the campaign has already received airtime exposure and national and regional press coverage, but with his presence in Facebook, the thousands of followers on Twitter and regular YouTube diary entries from the Â£1 Challengeâs founder Steve Trister, it is the social media strategy that will prove the biggest string in the campaignâs bow, according to social media strategist William Buist.
âSteveâs mission is to raise Â£1 million, but not by getting people to give loads of money - but one million people giving just one pound each. It's about collaboration and teamwork, people networking together and everyone pledging just Â£1. Heâs using social networks like Facebook, Ecademy and LinkedIn to direct and generate conversations and traffic and has a Twitter account where heâs feeding snippets of news into that environment. Along with bookmarking these collectively raise awareness, and heâs then seeking to have others engage in the vision to build a wider knowledge of his aims,â explains Buist, who is a regular commentator on social media in the charity and business sectors.
âThe Charityâs part in this campaign has been to inspire Steve with the work that they do. Social Media however, has the power to inspire others to take action. Steve has set up a channel on YouTube and shared videoâs there, which explain the vision, His YouTube network and others who are directed to it are able to comment and conversations can take place there. In fact, most of the team supporting the Â£1 Challenge came through collaboration via business social networking site Ecademy, enabling the challenge to get on its feet immediately with access to the right expertise and resources to really ramp up the programme,â reveals Buist.
Steve Trister, who came up with the concept of The Â£1 Challenge in April has been overwhelmed with the support that has come in from within the Ecademy network in particular.
âThe Â£1 Challenge would not exist if it wasnât for the expertise of dozens of Ecademy members and their contacts who pledged their support to helping me make this challenge a reality. If anyone needed proof of the power of social networks then just look at our campaign and what has been achieved so far,â says Trister.
To find out more information or to pledge your support to The Â£1 challenge,visit http://www.1poundchallenge.co.uk, where you can donate online or text the word POUND to 84424.*
Notes to Editor
The Â£1 Challenge is a unique campaign to raise Â£1 million for The British Heart Foundation through the pledging of 1 million unique donations of Â£1. The challenge is completely not for profit, with 100% of donations reaching The British Heart Foundation.*
The Â£1 Challenge was created by comedy actor Steve Trister after seeing his dadâs mate in hospital after being fitted with an ICD, which has saved his life several times. Steve realised that it shouldnât have to take a family member of friend to become unwell with heart problems before we take action and so The Â£1 Challenge was born. Ways to Pay
A really easy way to become part of The Â£1 Challenge is to donate via your mobile phone. Text the word POUND to 84424 and within a few of minutes you will receive a confirmation that your donation has gone through.
*Terms and Conditions: Texts cost Â£1.50. Approximately Â£1 goes to the British Heart Foundation. Standard network charges apply. The Â£1 Challenge does not make any money from your donation.
Donate your Â£1 via online donation. What makes your donation even more important and special is that the Â£1 you donate will go directly to the British Heart Foundation - Yes, that's right the WHOLE Â£1. Remember, if you are a UK taxpayer the British Heart Foundation can reclaim the tax you have paid on every donation you make. For the Â£1 you give to this challenge the BHF can claim up to 28p back from the HM Revenue & Customs at no extra cost to you. Please remember to select the GiftAid box when you click through to donate your Â£1.