The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA) Save the Dream tour will arrive in St. Louis on Thursday, July 30. Their buses will pull in front of St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena at 2 PM filled with hundreds of staff and volunteers. St. Louis is the third stop on NACA's 10-city tour to help homeowners take advantage of an historic opportunity to make their mortgage affordable.
About 35,000 people attended the first Save the Dream event in Cleveland. About 50,000 people attended the second Save the Dream event in Chicago. This is a dramatic increase over the 25,000 people who attended NACA's first two Save the Dream events last year in Columbia, SC, and Washington, DC.
One of the reasons why turnout has increased this year is NACA's use of optimized press releases, blog outreach, and YouTube videos to let people know that the national non-profit community advocacy and homeownership organization offers unprecedented solutions for homeowners caught up in the current mortgage and economic crisis. During the Save the Dream events, borrowers can get mortgages restructured the same day.
The Obama administration just finished its meeting with mortgage servicers this week to get them to modify hundreds of thousands of home loans for Americans so borrowers can avoid foreclosure. But even before that, NACA secured legally binding agreements with all the major servicers to restructure loans to what homeowners can afford based on a documented affordability analysis.
I will be showcasing this case study during the session, "How to Optimize for Search & Engage the Community," which will kick off the Search & Community Track at SES San Jose 2009. During the "What Works: Best Practices / Case Studies for Online Video" session at the Social Media & Video Strategies Forum, I'll also be taking a closer look at the documentary video about last year's tour that was uploaded to YouTube on July 1 of this year.
To date, there have been 338 posts about NACA's Save the Dream events -- 170 on Twitter, 151 in blogs, 10 in mainstream news, 3 comments, 3 forum replies, and 1 video. In other words, NACA's story has been retold 338 times this month.
But NACA's success story isn't over. After spending July 31 to August 3 in St. Louis, NACA's Save the Dream tour continues to the World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, August 7 to 10. For more information, go to NACA.com.