The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center and museum dedicated to preserving and sharing the legacy of “The Greatest of All Time.” Over the past decade their programs have promoted respect, hope, and understanding across cultures, nationalities, ages, and geography to inspire us all to be as great as we can be.
“It’s an interesting time in our history,” says Sr. Director of Public Relations and External Affairs, Jeanie Kahnke. When news broke of Muhammad Ali’s passing, the Center had over 22,000 mentions to read and report on, and a few days later the UPS Foundation awarded the Center a half million-dollar grant for education. This sudden spike in coverage created an opportunity for the Center to build brand awareness to its now, global audience.
Prior to Meltwater, managing this volume would have been impossible. Without media tools, hours were spent manually searching for articles, there was no way to report PR value to the board, and the only journalists pitched were from a list Kahnke had built over her 15-year career.
Before Meltwater, we did as much as we could, but everything was done manually. Meltwater reports are now invaluable to me, making it easy to justify the cost.Jeanie Kahnke Sr. Director of Public Relations and External Affairs
Subscribing to Meltwater provides significant time-saving for this small team. Daily alerts on chosen keywords and the ad-hoc search ensure all coverage is captured, allowing the team to quickly assess and respond to worthwhile media opportunities in real time.
With the Center’s largest event approaching, they’re using the influencer database to target new, interested contacts. Instead of pitching to all 2,000 journalists who covered Ali’s memorial, the team is relying on the keyword filter to pull a list of journalists that have recently written about Ali’s humanitarian efforts, their top coverage priority.
Post-event reporting has proven invaluable when seeking budget approval from the board. Reports are easily exported from the event’s dashboard and provide an executive summary, while including metrics on the event’s PR value and media exposure.
If you’re finding journalists solely based on their beat, they aren’t often accurate, and you get a call back saying, ‘Take me off this list. I don’t write about this.’ With the keyword search, I can see which journalist wrote something about Ali’s humanitarian work, and then I’m almost guaranteed they’ll care about what I have to say.Becky Morris Communications Manager
Gain insights from global coverage and respond to media in real-time
Identify influencers and pitch to relevant journalists
Provide the board earned media reports to justify budget
“I get daily reports for Muhammad Ali Center, and then we pull specific reports on our programming, exhibits, and special events. The Meltwater dashboard breaks down what event is getting the most coverage, shows the ad value for each, and ensures we aren’t missing anything. That’s invaluable to us.” - Jeanie Kahnke, Sr. Director of Public Relations and External Affairs
“Our program “Athletes and Social Change Forum” gathers athletes from around the world to discuss how they can make a difference. To build awareness for this program, I use the keyword search to find journalists actively writing on social change and women’s rights.” – Becky Morris, Communications Manager
“I look at potential reach, just to understand who we’re reaching and what big numbers we’re getting. Our board loves data. I always include the ad value to justify budget or to show the impact an event had in the media.” - Becky Morris, Communications Manager