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The Marine Mammal Center

Instagram stories I made for The Center's Leave Seals Be initiative 

     The Marine Mammal Center is the world's largest marine mammal hospital. The Center is responsible for marine mammal rescues along 600 miles of California coastline and Hawai'i. Educating the public on marine mammal conservation is a top priority for the Center. This is accomplished through an active presence on social media platforms such as Instagram (25,000 followers) and Facebook (113,000 followers).

As the social media intern for the 2019 - 2020 year I was tasked with creating content, designing donation campaigns, community management, content calendar maintenance, and much more. One of my favorite parts of the job was writing posts/creating  memes which you can check out in the gallery below. 

Internship Project

A highlight of the internship was directing and launching the Center's first Instagram donation campaign. The campaign more than doubled the donations received for the organization through Instagram and gained 1,115,453 total impressions over the course of campaign. 

The key to the Instagram campaign's success was exploring our audience demographics. After identifying that a majority of our followers were Millenials and Generation Z I researched their beliefs and attitudes towards non-profits.

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Slide from my internship project presentation

I discovered that younger generations identify as self-starters and online activists. They want to be more than just passive campaign donors and desire a personal connection with organizations. To reflect this I focused on posts with strong 'Calls to Action' and a chance for participation beyond donation.


When I looked at the analytics post-campaign the data supported my hypothesis. Content that focused on audience participation/creating personal connections performed well and brought in more donations. The campaign was a success! It was so exciting to explore a new avenue to generate donations.  

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Slides from my presentation discussing successful posts from my campaign

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