World Water Day Goes Social

If you haven’t heard, today is World Water Day, an international day of awareness and action in support of our planet’s growing water needs.

For months, Facebook and Twitter have been abuzz about this momentous occasion, which should not come as a surprise given the water sector has been at the forefront of social media fundraising (think water Tweestival). From activating followers to participate in stunt events (longest toilet queue), to taking over users’ statuses for a week, water leaders are leveraging the power of social networks to support their cause.

ITT (Cone client) is no different. The company, a global leader in the transport, treatment and control of water, is conducting a social media campaign of its own in support of World Water Day and its corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark. ITT will donate $1 to safe water solutions for every new fan of ITT Watermark’s Facebook page between March 22 and March 26. Money raised will be evenly distributed between ITT Watermark’s nonprofit partners: Water For People, Mercy Corps and China Women’s Development Foundation. Given that experts estimate the global cost of providing water to someone for a lifetime is just $25 – or 25 fans in this instance - the campaign provides an opportunity for ITT to rally its stakeholders to make a real difference.

So why would a B2B company invest resources in a social media fundraiser? The biggest reason is the company’s employees. According to the 2009 Cone Consumer New Media Study, 79% of Americans who are active on new media believe companies and nonprofits should use these channels to raise money and awareness for causes, and employees are no different. By engaging employees via social media, ITT is connecting with key stakeholders where they are.

ITT epitomizes a Cone best practice: offering a range of ways to support the cause. By providing a spectrum of engagement opportunities – from the easy, click-to-give campaigns – to the more time-intensive global volunteer trip, ITT is giving everyone a chance to get involved. On World Water Day, this is especially true. In addition to the Facebook campaign, ITT is activating its 40,000 employees through local awareness, fundraising and volunteer activities at its sites around the world, while hosting 11 employees on a volunteer trip to India.

To learn more, or to join the cause, visit

- Jillian Wilson-Martin, Account Supervisor


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