Charitable Checkout transforms e-commerce into an opportunity for artists, and other influential people and organizations to partner with fans and brands to raise money for worthy causes while tangibly generating goodwill and sales.
Waitsfield, VT (PRWEB) June 08, 2011
Dympol has teamed up with multi-platinum rock act Switchfoot; Red Light Management; and surf, skate, and music lifestyle apparel brand Hurley to generate engagement and goodwill while raising money for StandUp For Kids, a volunteer outreach organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth. Switchfoot Bro-Am is an annual weekend of activities that benefit San Diego area chapters of StandUp For Kids and includes a free surf contest/beach concert.
Fans purchasing tickets to the exclusive June 16 Auction Night Soiree are invited by Dympol’s Charitable Checkout application to add a donation for StandUp For Kids to the shopping cart. In return for giving, fans get exclusive unreleased (Switchfoot side-project) Fiction Family downloads and digital gift cards from Hurley. Fans also get publicly thanked by the band on their Facebook walls. Lead event sponsor Hurley committed over $100,000 worth of gift card incentives for the campaign. Fans can buy tickets to the Auction Night Soiree and participate in Charitable Checkout at the Switchfoot Bro-Am website: http://www.switchfoot.com/switchfoot/c/bro-am.
Concurrently, Switchfoot, Hurley and several other participants have deployed instances of the Facebook version of the Charitable Checkout app on their respective pages. So, even though the majority of Switchfoot’s 1.3 million fans won’t be able to travel to Southern California to attend the festivities, they will be able to participate, connecting with the band and Hurley using Charitable Checkout on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Switchfoot-GiveNGet.
During the first week of activity, over 5% of users that found the app on Facebook, and over 20% of fans that encountered the app during checkout, made a donation and activated their Hurley gift cards. Moreover, an estimated total of over 100,000 likes, comments, posts, and tweets have mentioned Hurley, successfully speaking directly to the brand’s target audience in a meaningful, memorable and measureable way:
For example, Facebook user Richmond V. commented, “Pretty freakin cool of Hurley to team up with you guys like that.” and Kim G. proclaimed, “I just purchased my tickets for the Belly Up after party and was able to donate some extra [money] to an AWESOME cause...it was simple and I got a gift card too!”
Charitable Checkout transforms e-commerce into an opportunity for artists, and other influential people and organizations to partner with fans and brands to raise money for worthy causes while tangibly generating goodwill and sales. Give & Get: When fans give, they get gift cards of equal (or greater) value from brand sponsors and/or other incentives from influencers. The application also enables influencers to dynamically match donations made by fans out of the proceeds of online sales.
Dympol Founder and CEO Jay Ziskrout commented, “We are thrilled to be working with people and organizations of the caliber of Switchfoot, Bro-Am, Red Light Management, Hurley, Bandfarm, Front Gate, and Belly Up. I believe that we are well on our way to creating a virtuous circle that sustainably benefits StandUp For Kids, Hurley, Switchfoot and their fans.”
Charitable Checkout is built on Dympol's E-Commerce Sponsorship platform. The platform powers applications that deliver the relevance of AdWords, the engagement of branded entertainment and the accountability of performance marketing. It enables brand advertising campaigns that make good things happen for (or with) potential customers in the act of spending money on personally meaningful things like content, events and charitable giving. In addition to Charitable Checkout, Dympol also powers Cheaper Checkout, an application that delivers brand-sponsored discounts during checkout directly to targeted customers of partner e-commerce sites and applications.
About Jay Ziskrout
As a musician, Jay co-founded the ‘80s punk band, Bad Religion. Professionally, he served as VP Promotion for Arista/BMG responsible for numerous #1 hits, launched Epitaph Europe in The Netherlands as Managing Director selling millions in a new market, founded LatinoVision.com, and served as COO of The CMJ Network.
Switchfoot is Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar). The band won its first Grammy award earlier this year for Hello Hurricane, which entered at #13 on The Billboard 200 and contained the Modern Rock hits “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)” and “Mess of Me.” The follow-up to Hello Hurricane will be released later this year. Switchfoot just wrapped up an international tour of Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.switchfoot.com.
“Hurley is a company based on inclusion,” says chairman and founder Bob Hurley. This philosophy applied to Bob Hurley’s early years as a Huntington Beach shaper, working with friends alongside the world’s best athletes to make a better surfboard. It applied to the company’s launch in 1999, when Hurley decided to start a brand that was a true microphone for youth. In 2002, Hurley was acquired by Nike, the largest and most influential sporting brand in the world. Inclusion remains a guiding principle of the company today, where innovative products like Phantom Boardshorts and game-changing events like the US Open of Surfing continue to redefine what is possible in our world. Hurley headquarters are in Costa Mesa, CA with international offices in Sydney, Tokyo, Barcelona and Bali.
For more information, visit http://hurley.com.
About StandUp For Kids
The mission of StandUp For Kids is to end the cycle of youth homelessness. The organization’s volunteers go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives by providing and connecting them with lifesaving services. StandUp For Kids has been recognized by both the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations and the U.S. Justice Department for the impact and scope of its programs. Charity Navigator recently recognized StandUp For Kids as one of the most efficient and effective nonprofits in the United States. For more information, visit http://standupforkids.org.
For more information, please contact Dympol media relations on +1-877-396-7650, or media(at)dympol(dot)com or visit http://dympol.net