If you’ve viewed your social media feed at least once in the past two weeks, you’ve probably noticed the phenomenon ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. People are dousing themselves with ice cold water all throughout the world to support the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association, which some people still confuse for the ASL Foundation (American Sign Language).
According to Facebook, 2.4 million videos have been shared relating to the ice bucket challenge and over 28 million people have posted, liked and/or commented about this trend. Additionally, the challenge has reached almost every country in the world.
The trend has been mentioned on Twitter more than 2.2 million times and over 800,000 times on Instagram.
This is a perfect example of people in support of your organization spreading a good deed through simply clicking the “share” button. It’s a chain effect. The only thing you need to is make note of your organization’s involvement and watch the magic happen while you create brand awareness.
ALS has received $31.5 million in donations for the July 29-Aug. 20 time period. Compare that to only $1.9 million during that same time period last year. These donations come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors. Yeah, and people say social media isn’t effective.
The challenge was in existence before Pete Frates, prior Divison 1 Boston College baseball athlete, picked it up in late July to support ALS — a progressive degeneration of the motor neurons of the central nervous system, leading to wasting of the muscles and paralysis.
The initial challenge was to dump a bucket of ice on yourself and if you didn’t accept the challenge then you had to donate $100 to a charity of your choice. Matt Lauer of the Today Show took the challenge after being dared by hall of fame golfer Greg Norman. The challenge started with pro golfer Rickie Fowler and then challenging his colleagues.
Now, celebrities and public figures continue to challenge each other as well as the general public too. Although there is some discord concerning if it’s just a “cop out” to take the challenge and not donate, however most celebrities promise to donate additionally.
No matter the reasoning for this challenge (potential slacktivism, but that’s another post), what matters is the power of social media and how an organization can continue to spread coverage through a positive image. It’s the epitome of spreading brand awareness and ALS Association is doing it effortlessly.
Below is a compilation of celebrities and public figures taking part in the challenge…
Pop Icon Britney Spears
Rapper 50 Cent
Football Player Matt Hasselback
Actor Vin Diesel
Former President George W. Bush
Actors Ashley Tisdale and Zac Efron
Artist Justin Timberlake and Friends
British Rapper Devlin
A Quirky YouTube Hit by Rubius
And A Vanilla Ice Parody for ALS