Creating a viral campaign on a limited budget









One of the best April Fools’ Day jokes of the year.

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The execution on this was so good that it caused some mass blogosphere confusion before being outed on The Today Show and Good Morning America this morning as an April Fools’ Day gag.


Miz Mooz wins
the whole day.


This clever marketing stunt gained Miz Mooz mass coverage on both national publications and social media. It’s a perfect example of how reactive public relations can propel brand awareness.


The Story

We approached our longtime client, Miz Mooz (shout out to Ron and Cheryl), to develop an April Fools Day campaign and prepared them for our out there ideas.

To get started, Spark Growth brought in creative freelancer and video maker Jordan Pick to develop a viral campaign. Two days later, he woke up with a vision: Selfie Shoes. After working with the company for almost 3 years, we knew they’d be on board. The goals were clear – spread brand awareness to millennials about their stylish, functional shoes, and get email addresses to drive new customers.

Miz Mooz immediately approved and we created one of the biggest April Fool’s campaigns of 2015. With just one month of lead time and a small budget.

Here’s what we did.



To get started, Spark Growth brought in creative freelancer and video maker Jordan Pick to develop a viral campaign. Two days later, he woke up with a vision: Selfie Shoes.

The Miz Mooz team loved the idea and we were off to the races! We held team concept development meetings to strategically build out the campaign – making sure it would have a business impact on Miz Mooz.

The Spark Growth team defined the campaign goals, the target audience, and the tactics we’d need to execute on (landing pages, email capture, email marketing campaign, PR, video, social media campaign and ads)

After two weeks of pre-production and finalizing the selfie shoe prototype, Jordan and his film crew team shot the #SelfieShoes video one sunny weekend in Brooklyn.



We finalized the design and development of all campaign assets, and did final testing across the email campaign, landing page with email capture, and social media and homepage graphics.

Final touches were put on the campaign video, and then it was posted on YouTube and leaked to press (many of whom thought the #SelfieShoes were a real product!).

We finalized the additional version in Chinese to launch in that market.



Once we confirmed an appearance on The Today Show and were featured on CNN’s homepage, we began ramping up the Miz Mooz site to handle the extra traffic!

The April Fool’s ‘Reveal’ landing page was launched in the afternoon of April 1 along with the revised email capture campaign offering savings on Miz Mooz shoes.

We reached out on social media to key influencers and target customers encouraging them to share the video.

Once the campaign “tipped” our team heavily monitored the press and social mentions surrounding the #SelfieShoes, engaging with the audience and driving traffic back to the website.

The Results

Share of Voice Before

Previous 7 days.

Miz Mooz


Steve Madden


Dolce Vita


Jeffrey Campbell


Share of Voice After

Week of March 30th to April 6th.

Miz Mooz

100%+12143% (Wow!)

Steve Madden


Dolce Vita


Jeffrey Campbell

  • Online Conversion

  • Website Visits

Online Conversion & Website Visits

Dramatic rise over three days: pre-launch, launch, and post-launch.

Social Highlights

So excited! Watch the full video on YouTube! #selfieshoes #selfie #shofie

A video posted by Miz Mooz (@mizmooz) on

Take a #shoefie together!

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