#StopKONY Takes the Internet by Storm

Kony 2012 Poster

Image from: Invisible Children

The internet seems to have exploded with both positive and negative support for the non-profit, Invisible Children’s #KONY2012 campaign. Invisible Children’s mission is to end the abduction and abuse of children affected by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) violence and support war-affected communities in East and Central Africa. The #STOPKONY campaign wants to raise awareness about Joseph Kony and his work with the LRA. The viral video premiered March 5th and has taken the internet by storm. Within days, the video has more than 55 million views and celebrities from Ellen DeGeneres to Rihanna promoting Invisible Children’s #STOPKONY campaign.

Whether you support the movement or criticize the mission or financials of the organization, the sudden increase in exposure is something worth noting.

Looking on Compete.com we can see that since March 5th the website has seen a spike in Daily Reach and Daily Attention.

Daily Reach and Daily Attention to invisiblechildren.com

With approximately 14,000 UVs for the month of January it seems the #STOPKONY video has driven traffic to the site.

Looking further, I searched the keyword “Kony” on Compete.com. The top 10 sites were:

Daily Keyword Destinations for Kony

Invisiblechildren.com received approximately 49% search referral share and Youtube.com had an average site referral of approximately 255 million.

For a non-profit that has been around since 2004 the sudden increase is driving people to educate themselves on the issue. With Invisible Children’s goal of #STOPKONY to raise awareness about Joseph Kony and to stop the LRA it looks like the organization is well on its way to doing just that.

-What do you think about the sudden exposure of the Invisible Children organization?

- Do you support the organization?

About Alyssa Maine:
Alyssa is a Marketing Coordinator for Compete and spends her time diving into the digital marketing sphere, where online and offline coincide. Alyssa is interested in international marketing and economic development, but as a digital native also spends her time reading blogs and playing Tiny Wings. Find Alyssa on Twitter at @alyssamaine or connect with her on Linkedin or Google+