Welcome!

Web 2.0 Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Peter Dyer, Tim Hinds

News Feed Item

INSERTING and REPLACING Racepoint Group and Digital Influence Group Partner with The Conversation Project to Take End-of-Life Wishes to the National Stage

Insert after 'Ellen Goodman' in the second graph, first sentence and the tenth graph, first sentence: “...and launched in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI),...”

The corrected release reads:

RACEPOINT GROUP AND DIGITAL INFLUENCE GROUP PARTNER WITH THE CONVERSATION PROJECT TO TAKE END-OF-LIFE WISHES TO THE NATIONAL STAGE

Sister agencies launch a social movement to change the way Americans discuss dying

In the Summer of 2012 public relations agency Racepoint Group and digital marketing agency Digital Influence Group helped to launch The Conversation Project, a social movement dedicated to ensuring every person’s end-of-life wishes are expressed and respected. The sister agencies, wholly-owned by W2 Group, Inc., worked collaboratively with The Conversation Project team to create a program that would integrate the best of digital, social and traditional media to provide consumers with the content, tools and resources needed to help them have “the conversation” with their loved ones.

Founded by Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, Ellen Goodman, and launched in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), The Conversation Project started with the audacious goal of improving the end of life experience and to help families prepare for and cope with difficult decisions. Starting from the ground up, the agencies set out to help The Conversation Project affect social change by building national awareness about the need to get the family around the kitchen table and talk about this critical issue before its too late.

“We found a partner able to take our passion and vision, work with us collaboratively and create a web presence, a traditional and social media campaign to formally kick off our social movement,” said Ellen Goodman. “The success of our year has been beyond our expectation, particularly when you think about the deeply held feelings and emotions about a subject as deep as end of life."

The agencies built The Conversation Project brand by creating a welcoming, honest and non-intimidating program that would engage, educate and activate consumers around the statement “I want mine to be…” Digital Influence Group created a social destination – http://theconversationproject.org/ – that encourages visitors to share their end-of-life wishes and personal stories, browse others’ stories and discover actionable conversation starters using the “Starter Kit”. Racepoint Group and Digital Influence Group developed a comprehensive social and traditional media program to amplify the program’s messages, raise awareness across national media outlets and fuel social sharing and discussion, thereby getting the conversation started.

“Few opportunities are as profound and important as The Conversation Project. Our immediate reactions and discussions around initial campaign ideas continue to stir and challenge each of our thinking on the inevitable experience of mortality,” said Larry Weber, chairman of Racepoint Group and Digital Influence Group. “We are all part of the target audience and fully appreciate the overall power this campaign has already had. We’re all proud to be able to be part of something so profound.”

This unique collaboration allowed for a hugely successful launch of The Conversation Project’s cornerstone, The Conversation Project website. Since the August 15 launch, there have been more than 60,000 unique website visitors, more than 25,000 “Starter Kit” downloads and significant media attention from the likes of: AARP, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, The New York Times, CNN and NPR. In addition, The Conversation Project partnered with ABC World News to further share this message via World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

Leading global brands have partnered with the Racepoint Group and Digital Influence Group combination to leverage the power of fully integrated communications and digital activation through PR and social. The agencies jointly deliver breakthrough programs that deliver on the key objectives of: increasing awareness and consideration, fostering dialogue, and creating value-added content to enable clients to build deeper relationships with target audiences. Each has in common a goal of transforming thinking and behavior by creating conversations and relationships, leveraging the most powerful assets on the Web.

About Racepoint Group
Racepoint Group is a global communications firm at the intersection of influence and action. Our seasoned professionals have harnessed the power of print, broadcast, social media and stakeholder management to build communities, drive brand and make our clients leaders. Our counsel is built on research-driven insights to help create and execute nimble campaigns that advance your brand and engage your audiences. Our exploratory nature, work ethic and core competencies in digital marketing, strategic planning, and influencer engagement are reflected in our results. We embrace your mission as our own through a collaborative work style and culture. http://www.racepointgroup.com/

About Digital Influence Group
Digital Influence Group is a full-service digital marketing agency with social media at the core. Digital Influence Group helps companies unlock the social potential of their brands and amplify its impact to drive business results. Using social platforms, value-added content and partnerships, Digital Influence Group cultivates rich, in-market programs that build stronger emotional connections and deeper engagement with our clients’ brands. For more information, visit www.digitalinfluencegroup.com or contact us on Twitter @diginfgrp or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DigitalInfluence.

About The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project, co-founded by Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Goodman and launched in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is a public engagement campaign with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have every person’s end-of-life wishes expressed and respected. Too many people die in a manner they would not choose, so The Conversation Project offers people the tools, guidance and resources they need to begin talking with their loved ones, around the kitchen table, about their wishes and preferences. Have you had the conversation? Learn more at: www.theconversationproject.org.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
There is no doubt that Big Data is here and getting bigger every day. Building a Big Data infrastructure today is no easy task. There are an enormous number of choices for database engines and technologies. To make things even more challenging, requirements are getting more sophisticated, and the standard paradigm of supporting historical analytics queries is often just one facet of what is needed. As Big Data growth continues, organizations are demanding real-time access to data, allowing immediate and actionable interpretation of events as they happen. Another aspect concerns how to deliver ...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using the URL as a basic building block, we open this up and get the same resilience that the web enjoys.
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Wearable devices have come of age. The primary applications of wearables so far have been "the Quantified Self" or the tracking of one's fitness and health status. We propose the evolution of wearables into social and emotional communication devices. Our BE(tm) sensor uses light to visualize the skin conductance response. Our sensors are very inexpensive and can be massively distributed to audiences or groups of any size, in order to gauge reactions to performances, video, or any kind of presentation. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Jocelyn Scheirer, CEO & Founder of Bionolux, will discuss ho...
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
“With easy-to-use SDKs for Atmel’s platforms, IoT developers can now reap the benefits of realtime communication, and bypass the security pitfalls and configuration complexities that put IoT deployments at risk,” said Todd Greene, founder & CEO of PubNub. PubNub will team with Atmel at CES 2015 to launch full SDK support for Atmel’s MCU, MPU, and Wireless SoC platforms. Atmel developers now have access to PubNub’s secure Publish/Subscribe messaging with guaranteed ¼ second latencies across PubNub’s 14 global points-of-presence. PubNub delivers secure communication through firewalls, proxy ser...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...