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Viral marketing: How the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge did everything right

By Christa Avampato on Oct 20, 2014

The ALS Association raised $115 million in donations this summer for research to discover new treatments and a cure for ALS through their clever Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge asks people to film themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads. The campaign combined several key societal trends to entertain and educate participants and the community at-large about the work of The ALS Association. Selfies: Everyone’s favorite picture With selfies, media consumers put themselves into media as they travel to faraway places, have fun with friends and take extreme physical challenges. Technological innovations such as the GoPro camera and the camera flip view of smartphones give people the opportunity to put themselves into the picture frame. For the Ice Bucket Challeng

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