Kaplow and the Blue Planet Run Foundation: Around the World in 95 Days: The 2007 Blue Planet Run
California retiree Jin Zidell had a vision to place the safe drinking water crisis on the global agenda. He soon became founder and CEO of Blue Planet Run (BPR), the first-ever around-the-world relay run.
In 2007, he presented Kaplow with the task of making BPR a lightning-rod for conversation and action among millions of people across the globe. The goal was to build lasting brand equity for the foundation and making BPR attractive to potential sponsors.
From its offices in New York, Kaplow sought to recruit and transform 20 citizen athletes - each committed to running 10 miles a day - into global messengers for the cause, as well as engage press and consumers all around the world.
According to one judge, "This is a great global program from a smaller agency. Very creative." Another judge deemed it "creative, fun, and effective."
In a month-long research and recruitment process, Kaplow enlisted a global network of PR experts in regions through which the Run passed - Europe and Japan - to form a Blue Planet Run Global PR Coalition that would help cultivate media-friendly personas for runners through an extensive interview process. Kaplow also conducted educational workshops with project leads and hosted a summit in London to immerse local experts in BPR objectives and messaging.
To seed stories before the Run's June 1 launch, Kaplow leveraged "chief-to-chief" briefings between Zidell and editors and producers in March 2007. The firm also created a media tool kit in eight languages.
Kaplow partnered with the UN to host the launch on UN grounds and publicly endorse the Run, underscoring its global nature. The visual spectacle capitalized on the presence of actress Hilary Swank, invited local students, and used photography and b-roll. The agency released a translated "tool kit," including a Blue Planet Run water bottle, to introduce international media to the Run.
Upon launch, Kaplow unveiled an outreach campaign in each country by activating local PR reps and leveraging runners with the media. The agency then elevated the finish with an emotional "blue carpet" finish line in New York City.
In the end, the PR team achieved its goals with a saturating onslaught of media coverage, consumer awareness, Web traffic, and word-of-mouth conversations that helped the world understand the safe drinking water crisis for the first time.
"It is indeed a global campaign," one judge said, "and it was reflected in the end results, using a wide variety of tactics."
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