Jersey charity Every Child Our Future (ECOF) wanted to raise greater awareness of the importance of reading with young children by leveraging off the national reading initiative World Book Night 2020.


The two-week campaign was designed to encourage parents and children across Jersey to reconnect with the pleasures of reading. Using fiction to escape fears around the current Coronavirus pandemic was another key aim.

The Black Vanilla approach

Black Vanilla employed a mix of social media, PR, media relations and marketing tactics to implement the campaign.


The agency also created the name #BookBeforeBed as the campaign title, with the hashtag seeded across all activity.


Social Media


Campaign implementation was focused on ECOF’s three social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Black Vanilla created and published various interactive social media posts for the Jersey community to engage with throughout the two-week campaign. All of them included  #BookBeforeBed to encourage sharing.


A Facebook competition was launched at the start of the campaign, which challenged local children to draw their favourite book character. The competition closed on World Book Night, with winners across two age categories announced towards the end of the campaign.


Tips, facts and statistics on bedtime reading, alongside quotes from reading specialists, were shared on social media to increase parent buy-in.


Black Vanilla also secured campaign endorsement from several Jersey personalities, who provided videos of themselves reading their favourite bedtime story.


They included:

  • Retired professional golfer Ian Woosnam
  • Lord Jersey
  • Bailiff of Jersey
  • Sir Stephen Dalton
  • Deputy Rob Ward
  • Deputy Kevin Pamplin


These videos were edited and shared across both Facebook and LinkedIn throughout the two weeks.


PR and Media Relations


Black Vanilla crafted a press release and PR toolbox which was pitched to all local media outlets along with opportunities for exclusive content and quotes.


Media relations activity secured broadcast coverage for ECOF on World Book Night, including an interview with a charity spokesperson and the video of Lord Jersey reading ‘Oi Frog!’.


After World Book Night, a follow-up release was distributed to local media, which included the competition gallery, details of winners, links to celebrity videos and spokesperson comment.




Black Vanilla created several branded graphics for social media, and six videos.  These were used throughout the campaign.


A branded ECOF leaflet was also created and distributed to charity contacts, corporates and schools, encouraging them to share details of the campaign.


The leaflet included bedtime reading tips and information about the benefits of reading before bedtime and was repurposed and shared across social media to maximise campaign awareness.


Social Media

The campaign was extremely well supported on social media, with strong interest and interaction shown across Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

This resulted in a significant increase in followers and impressions across each platform.

  • LinkedIn followers increased from 61 to 71
  • Twitter followers increased from 161 to 169
  • Facebook followers increased from 869 to 958
  • Facebook likes increased from 836 to 915

The campaign was also shared across local schools’ social media platforms with celebrity endorsement and sharing giving it greater reach.


PR and Media Relations


The campaign featured on Channel TV’s primetime 6pm news bulletin on World Book Night. A video interview with ECOF Director Cliff Chipperfield was broadcast, which highlighted the charity’s motivation for launching the campaign.


The bulletin also showed Lord Jersey’s video of him reading a bedtime story, and used some parent-child reading footage in the background.