Pictures of messages on bananas popped up on social media last month. Here’s why

No, people hadn’t gone completely bananas.

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From' Instagram page.

Campaign: Silver Lining Selfies for National Banana Day
Company: Dole Food Company
Agency partners: Padilla (digital, social media), Rocket Science Marketing and Public Relations (PR), BSM Media (influencer marketing) 
Duration: April 8–15, 2020

Pictures of bananas with happy messages inscribed on them started appearing on social media last month.

No, people hadn’t gone bananas.

They were taking part in Dole Food Company’s National Banana Day campaign, in which the brand asked people to share a silver lining they found while staying at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

Starting in mid-March, the spread of COVID-19 brought daily life in the U.S. to a halt. Leading up to National Banana Day, which fell on April 15, “much of the news was understandably virus focused,” said Rachel Young, Dole Food Company’s manager of digital media and communications. Across the country, Americans were being asked to stay home in order to stop the spread of the disease. 

“We thought there was another more emotional component about being confined to home that wasn’t being addressed,” Young said. She noticed people were sharing silver linings online and wondered, “Why not ask America to tell us theirs?”

With that, the idea for the campaign was born.

Planning began at the end of March. Dole’s communications team worked with Padilla, Rocket Science Marketing and Public Relations and BSM Media on the campaign.

The campaign launched on April 8, a week before National Banana Day. Dole asked its network of 44 influencer partners to write their silver linings on a banana and share the photo on social media, passing on the challenge to others by tagging them. The hashtag #SilverLiningSelfies was also attached to the campaign.

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???? ?????? ???????? ????????????????, ?????? ???????? ?? ???????? ???? ?? ???????????? ???????????? ??? ? |#ad| Not gonna lie, self isolating is hard. Being away from family and friends is really hard. But I think it's always best to look for a silver lining.? ? My silver lining right now is that I get to enjoy slower mornings with my son. He is happy because he gets more iPad time than usual. Basically my slower mornings happen because of that extra iPad time and I'm ok with that. ?????? #judgementfreezone? ? ?? What is your silver lining to having to stay home? It doesn't have to be anything big, even the smallest things that make you smile are significant, especially now. Join us in spreading hope and positivity during this difficult time. ??? ? ? @DolePics #SilverLiningSelfies @Mom_Select #BrandsSupportingMoms #NationalBananaDay

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“We started seeing some great responses,” Young said. Dole then used the images in a pitch to the media. 

Dole also released a Silver Lining Selfie video, which was posted on its social platforms the week leading up to National Banana Day. 

In the week following the campaign’s launch, the hashtag #SilverLiningSelfies was mentioned more than 300 times and received 27,000 engagements. The campaign video was viewed 700,000 times across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, with an engagement rate of 2.43%.

The campaign generated 18 total earned media placements, including 11 in trade publications, such as AndNowUKnow and The Packer

It also generated eight earned social media placements from influencers who had a collective audience of 122,000.

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