Bonfire Social Media Marketing and Peyton Media Management have volunteered to launch a social media campaign for Give ‘n’ Gobble, a Portland-based Thanksgiving Day run benefiting Helping Hands, a local affiliate of The Oregon Food Bank.

The annual 5 and 10K run is perfect for Oregonians looking to burn off Thanksgiving meals while supporting needy families. Last year more than five tons of food and thousands of dollars were donated, funding Helping Hands for the entire year and feeding thousands. Gerry Eddy from Helping Hands says Give ‘n’ Gobble has made substantial changes in the community, “allowing us to give families milk, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Ryan Lewis, President of Bonfire Social Media, was approached by race director, Cindy Aggson. She was looking for a Portland social media agency but resources were extremely limited. Lisa Peyton, owner of Peyton Media Management, had approached Lewis about working together on a pro bono project to help the community. Lewis scheduled a meeting and the campaign was born.

The social media strategy consisted of an optimized blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts and bringing the event’s silent auction online. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Aggson suggested a Google AdWords campaign to help bring traffic to the website. Peyton called in Paid Search expert Daniela Araujo – who volunteered her time to the project.

In two weeks, the campaign has already seen results. The blog has garnered #1 rankings in Google for key terms; the Facebook page has increased its fan base by 100% and over $8,000 in products and services has been donated to the online auction.

According to Lewis, “The social media demographic fits perfectly with Give n’ Gobble’s target. We’re reaching more people for less money with higher effectiveness.”

About Bonfire Social Media

Bonfire was founded by Ryan Lewis with a mission to integrate online marketing campaigns. Bonfire is dedicated to increasing company reach, share of voice and customer interaction with targeted market segments. Bonfire specializes in social media marketing, social media strategy, blog development and strategic marketing consulting.

About Peyton Media Management

Founded by internet marketing expert Lisa Peyton, Peyton Media Management offers social media marketing and management for businesses looking to improve and increase their online presence. Services include blog creation and optimization, social media strategy and management, copywriting and content creation.