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BILLY COLLINS
U.S. POET LAUREATE

overview

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) needed assistance generating publicity and public awareness of weekend events that involved former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins' visit to Bainbridge Island, Washington, in support of the museum's capital fundraising campaign. The events included the Poetry 180 Educators Event and a public reading and book signing for Mr. Collins' books.

 

The project required a quick turnaround time of only seven weeks. Additionally, the BIMA events were being held on the same weekend as a major film festival. Yet, with concentrated and focused efforts, LJPR immediately connected with the local media and community organizations to help spread the word as well as leveraging various social media platforms.

OUR APPROACH

TARGETED MESSAGING

Seventy-five (75+) press releases and PSAs were submitted to relevant local, monthly, weekly and daily publications, including TV and radio stations on Bainbridge Island and Seattle. 

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING

BIMA and LJPR worked together to make daily posts and tweets about the event. 

community outreach

Press releases, emails and calls were made to approximately 300 local educators and literary organizations such as the Washington Poets Association, Poets West, Whidbey Writers Association, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

community partnerships

To help spread the word about the event, we connected with the Miss Kitsap Organization and were able to secure Miss Kitsap Jessicajae Townsend who helped us pass out 300+ bookmark flyers to Bainbridge Island ferry commuters and passengers. 

results

1K+

Total attendees to Billy Collins' Book Signing and Reading

68

Teachers attended the private Poetry 180 event + Q&A at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Auditorium

30% 

Increase in BIMA Facebook Page Followers 

PRESS COVERAGE

(Featured articles)

Letter to the Editor: Museum Gives Shout Out to Volunteers

BainbridgeReview.com, October 30, 2012
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Sounds Like Poetry to Our Ears

BainbridgeReview.com, October 26, 2012
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Calendar: Upcoming Arts and Entertainment In and Around Kitsap County 

Kitsap Sun, October 13, 2012
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Poet Laureate on the Loose

BainbridgeReview.com, October 19, 2012
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“Literary Lion” and Poet Laureate Billy Collins Visits Bainbridge Oct. 20-21”

Inside Bainbridge, October 11, 2012
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CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

" OUR NONPROFIT HIRED LA'CHRIS FOR A SHORT-TERM PROJECT THAT HAD A VERY TIGHT DEADLINE. HER PROPOSAL WAS STELLAR AND SHE WAS FAST! LA'CHRIS REALLY JUMPED IN THE PROJECT WITH BOTH FEET. SHE ALSO WENT THE EXTRA MILE BY PROMOTING OUR EVENT THROUGH PERSON TO PERSON CONTACT AT THE FERRY TERMINAL. THANK YOU! 

RENATE RAYMOND

MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR