Now that your Move Your Way® community campaign is in full swing, you’ll promote physical activity initiatives and host the events you planned. You’ll also distribute campaign materials at schools, workplaces, and health care settings — and promote your campaign on social media.
It's up to you how long the implementation and evaluation phase lasts — just remember to track progress throughout your campaign! Regroup with your campaign team and any committees you’ve created at least every 1 to 2 months. That way, you can assess the campaign’s progress and decide what you want to do differently moving forward.
During this phase, the campaign team is responsible for overseeing events and material dissemination, coordinating with committees and partners, and making sure evaluation efforts stay on track.
Take these steps during the implementation phase:
- Develop and disseminate materials
- Host community events
- Spread the word about your campaign
- Evaluate your challenges and successes
Develop and disseminate materials
Think about your priority populations and the materials you need to engage them. Are you trying to reach older adults? Parents? Kids? People who are pregnant or recently had a baby?
Move Your Way has lots of resources that are easy to print and distribute at events. Hand out Move Your Way posters and fact sheets to event attendees and local partners, like health care providers and schools. Find all the Move Your Way materials.
You can also customize Move Your Way materials through the CDC State and Community Health Media Center. For a small fee, you can add your lead agency’s logo to fact sheets and posters — and choose alternate versions with images showing different geographic locations and priority populations.
Work with your campaign team to identify:
- Which Move Your Way materials you want to use
- How you want to customize them
- Where you can distribute them
- How many copies of each material you need to print
- Think about how you can build Move Your Way into existing initiatives. Does your community focus on safe and active routes to schools? Consider how you could collaborate with that effort to promote the campaign.
- Take advantage of the places where people already gather! Farmers markets, food distribution sites, or even summer outdoor movies can be great opportunities to share information about Move Your Way.
- Don’t forget to add the Move Your Way web badges and widgets to your organization or campaign website to guide visitors to our Move Your Way Activity Planner and Move Your Way Parent Interactive Graphic.
- If you’re trying to engage Spanish-speaking audiences, make sure to provide Spanish versions of all materials at events and online.
- Follow the materials tasks in the Campaign Launch Task List [PDF - 1.2 MB] to stay on track as you select, customize, and distribute campaign materials.
- Check out the Brainstorm Implementation Strategies section for additional material distribution ideas.
- Use the Campaign Implementation Tracker [DOC - 122 KB] to record where you distribute materials, how many you give out, and how partners plan to use them. And don’t leave this for the end of your campaign — make sure to track as you go!
Host community events
Your launch event kicks off the whole campaign, bringing community members together and getting people excited about physical activity. It’s also a great opportunity to network and meet new potential partners!
But the launch event is only the beginning. Aim to hold at least 3 more community events in the months after your launch. If you don’t have the capacity to host additional standalone events, try presenting about Move Your Way at existing community events, like health fairs or charity fundraisers.
Before all events, make sure to get the word out! Post on social media and reach out through all available channels — like local newspapers, TV and radio stations, and listservs — to make sure people know about your upcoming event and how they can get involved.
- You don’t have to start from scratch! Think about events that are already popular in your community, like festivals or celebrations. Working with the organizers of those events can create opportunities for sharing the campaign or offering a physical activity break.
- Keep track of all the people who attend your events. Gather email addresses from attendees who’d like to get updates about the campaign.
- Take lots of photos and videos of events — these are great to share on social media and send to partners and donors. (Don’t forget to get photo releases from the attendees! Add the release to your online event registration, or use paper forms at the registration table.)
- Ask attendees to record their goals on the Move Your Way Pledge Sheet and share selfies with their pledges on social media.
- Share these Campaign Talking Points [PDF - 2.2 MB] with guest speakers at your events, local champions who attend events on your behalf, and anyone else who may speak in public about the campaign.
- Use this Intercept Interview Guide: How to Interview Event Attendees [PDF - 864 KB] to gather feedback and find out what attendees learned at your event. Interviews provide data to improve future events — and quotes help with promotion, too!
- Check out the Brainstorm Implementation Strategies section for a list of campaign event ideas.
Spread the word about your campaign
Get the word out to your community! Reach out to every available channel, including local TV and radio stations, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, blogs, and listservs. Ask them to cover your community events, pitch interviews with your campaign staff, or offer to write an op-ed about the importance of physical activity.
Make sure key community stakeholders — like the mayor and other local leaders — are aware of your campaign. Keep them in the loop and share key talking points so they’ll be ready for any questions from the media or the public.
Don’t forget about social media!
Use or adapt our sample social media content to help you spread the word about Move Your Way. You can quickly copy and paste the text into Twitter or Facebook and attach the related GIF or graphic. And it’s easy to add your logo to our graphics and GIFs through the CDC State and Community Health Media Center.
Consider doing a social media ad buy to draw even more eyes to your campaign. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter let you target ads to your audiences by age, location, interests, and more. And there’s no fixed cost for social media advertising, so you decide how much to spend.
If you’re planning an ad buy, keep these best practices in mind:
- Know your objective for each target audience, like increasing participation in sports among local teens.
- Pick the platform that’s most popular with each target audience, like Instagram for younger adults and Facebook for older adults.
- Add images and videos to your ads to increase views.
- Follow our Tips for Promoting Move Your Way on Social Media.
- In addition to using #MoveYourWay, create a unique hashtag for your community campaign. That way, your local followers can easily find relevant posts.
- Add local flair to your posts. Mention local parks and rec centers to show people accessible places to get active.
- Start a Move Your Way social media challenge! Ask partners and followers to post photos and videos showing how they like to get active — and then challenge their friends and coworkers to do the same.
- Share your partners’ posts and resources, and don’t forget to tag them in your posts. This will help boost reach and engagement for both of you.
- Check out the Tips for Coordinating Social Media Promotion [PDF - 1.3 MB] to help your internal team and external partners successfully promote your campaign across social media platforms.
- Follow the media tasks inCampaign Launch Task List [PDF - 1.2 MB] to stay on track as you promote your campaign through social media and other channels.
- Use these Campaign Talking Points [PDF - 2.2 MB] when you do media interviews, and share them with team members who serve as spokespeople.
Evaluate your challenges and successes
Remember to document your progress as you go and reflect on what worked and what didn’t. That way, you can tweak your ongoing efforts and improve your campaign strategy.
Think back to the goals and objectives you set in the planning phase of your campaign, and try to evaluate the success of each one. If you adjusted your goals along the way, make sure to update your evaluation plan, too.
After each event and at regular intervals throughout the campaign, make sure to document important information, like:
- How many community members attended each event (either in person or virtual)?
- How many of each campaign material did you and your partners distribute?
- How many people did you reach through each communication activity, like email newsletters or social media challenges?
At the end of your campaign, get together with everyone involved in your campaign to debrief your evaluation data, make plans for the future, and celebrate a job well done!
- At the end of each month, export analytics from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to evaluate your social media efforts. And use Google Analytics to see how many people visited your campaign webpages.
- Leverage your campaign evaluations to secure additional funding. Include process and outcomes data in future grant applications and donation requests.
- Send your evaluation results to ODPHP! Your feedback can help improve the Move Your Way Community Playbook for use in future community campaigns.
- Get feedback from event attendees with the Intercept Interview Guide: How to Interview Event Attendees [PDF - 864 KB].
- Use the Campaign Implementation Tracker [DOC - 122 KB] to gather information about all your campaign efforts in one place.