What is the Seafoam Marketing Challenge?

The Seafoam Marketing Challenge is a program designed to give local high school students real-world marketing experience by intertwining their learning curriculum with the marketing needs of an area non-profit.

Not only will students be taught how to gather research data on their non-profit client, use this information to map out real marketing strategies, and mold their strategies into tangible materials, but the winner of the competing teams will actually have the opportunity to launch their marketing strategy for their client this summer.

At Seafoam, we’re geeks about what we do. We love to share ideas about digital marketing with one another, with our clients, and with the public. In this quickly-changing space, we know that young people will drive innovation in the future. It’s that awareness, along with our desire to give back to the community we love, that has inspired us to reach out to local students.


Looking Ahead

As this project unfolds throughout the spring 2018 semester, this page will be periodically updated with the latest news, content and progress.

In the meantime, let’s meet our participating high school and non-profit organization!


Meet Our Spring 2018 Participants


Located in Maplewood, MO, Maplewood Richmond Heights high school is “designed to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. We pride ourselves on our diversity and emphasize our personal touch with students. Technology is part of our daily learning as is our emphasis on health and wellness.  Our students are our greatest assets and we continue to invest heavily in their futures.”

To learn more, visit MRH’s official home page.



With several locations spread throughout the St. Louis area, the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Louis’ “mission is to improve the quality of life of persons with severe and persistent mental illness and their families, and promote and provide community support, education, advocacy, and understanding.”

To learn more, visit NAMI St. Louis’ official home page.


Thanks to everyone at MRH and NAMI St. Louis who made the Seafoam Marketing Challenge possible. We can’t wait to get started!


Launching the Seafoam Marketing Challenge at MRH

February 7, 2018 — Seafoam’s Owner and Founder, Nikki Bisel, and Brand Manager, Zach Laidlaw, join Christi Patterson of NAMI St. Louis to officially kick off the Seafoam Marketing Challenge!

For a deeper dive into this program and what it means for MRH, NAMI STL and Seafoam Media, check out the video below.

MASSIVE shoutout to Pam Withers, John Capuano, Otto Schultejans, Sean McCrary (the man behind the camera) and the awesome marketing students at MRH! This program could not have been possible without you any of you. We can’t wait to see what you guys build for NAMI St. Louis.



The Do’s and Don’ts of Marketing for a Nonprofit

March 1, 2018 — It’s safe to say that no two marketing strategies are alike. Not only do these strategies change based on a brand’s wants and needs, but their goals and mission will largely influence their digital route to success, as well.

The differences become even greater, still, when breaking down a client’s business structure — particularly when it comes to for-profit companies versus nonprofit businesses.

Click here to read some of the things our team has to share about nonprofit marketing.


MRH Students Show Off Their Preliminary Research Presentations for NAMI STL

March 7-8, 2018 — This week, the marketing students at MRH joined the Seafoam team at our headquarters in Maplewood to show off their preliminary research and marketing strategies that they pulled together for NAMI STL. After viewing the presentations, Seafoam’s team provided constructive feedback for the students to fine-tune their strategies before they give their final pitches in April.

Overall, the students’ presentations were insightful, creative and aspirational. We can’t wait to see how the students receive our feedback and inject it into their marketing strategies.

Shoutout to Mrs. Withers and Mr. Capuano for escorting the students from MRH for this rendezvous! Our team had fun spending time with you all!


Seafoam Crowns the Winners of the Seafoam Marketing Challenge!

April 12, 2018 — With the end of the school semester right around the corner, the time has come for the marketing students at Maplewood-Richmond Heights to put their research and knowledge to the test.

In early April, nine teams competed against each other to earn the top spot for the inaugural run of the Seafoam Marketing Challenge. Each team was given just 10 minutes to present their final marketing strategies to Seafoam’s owner and founder, Nikki Bisel, and the Executive Director of NAMI St. Louis, Christine Patterson.

After the dust settled, and Seafoam’s team had time to consider the projects that were unveiled, the best of the best had to be chosen.

Here are the official results of the first Seafoam Marketing Challenge featuring MRH and NAMI St. Louis…

Winning Team: Creative Royalty

Creative Royalty is managed by Cara Bibbs (senior), Sean McCrary (sophomore), and Mariah Washington (freshman). Taking great care to understand their clients’ needs, mission, and goals, Creative Royalty were ultimately chosen as the top team for their ability to understand NAMI St. Louis’ needs and address their concerns.

Creative Royalty: Cara Bibbs, Sean McCrary, and Mariah Washington

Runner Up: Global Drive

Global Drive is helmed by Jalia Conner (senior) and Zariah Jones (senior). Following extremely close behind in our runner up slot, Global Drive took the brave initiative to not only build a unique, potentially-viral social media campaign, but they also took the time to launch their strategy and record the results before giving their final presentation.

Global Drive: Jalia Conner and Zariah Jones

MVP: Madi LaChance

Our Most Valuable Partner award was designed to recognize the contributions of a team participant that was not a member of the winning or runner up teams. For her exceptional leadership skills and infectious work ethic to push her team forward, this semester, we chose Madi LaChance (junior) as the Seafoam Marketing Challenge MVP.

Most Valuable Partner: Madi LaChance

What’s next?

The students from our winning team, runner up team, and MVP will be given the opportunity to interview with Nikki for our paid Summer Student Internship. Multiple students will be selected from the pool of candidates to join the Seafoam team in our office where they will build out a real, tangible digital marketing strategy for NAMI STL.

From the Seafoam team, we sincerely want to thank all of our teams for participating in the first round of the Seafoam Marketing Challenge. We hope that you learned a lot this semester and are able to take these skills on to your future education and careers.

Finally, congratulations to our winning team, runner up team, and MVP! You all did a phenomenal job! We’ll see you all soon.


And the internship winners are…

Finally, the dust from the Seafoam Marketing Challenge has settled, and our two victors have emerged from the battlefield.

After much deliberation, the winners of the first Seafoam Marketing Challenge summer internships have been selected. They are…

  • Madi LaChance
  • Cara Bibbs

Congratulations to our internship winners! We were really impressed by the grit, innovation and leadership you both exhibited throughout the Marketing Challenge and in the interview process. We can’t wait to work with both of you!

We also want to thank the remaining students from Creative Royalty and Global Drive who interviewed for the internship positions. This decision was a difficult one for us to make. You all should be extremely proud of the work you’ve accomplished this semester!

What comes next?

Both Madi and Cara will join Seafoam’s team in our office this summer where we will map out and launch a workable marketing strategy for this semester’s client, NAMI St. Louis.

Big thanks to everyone!

We know we’ve said it a few different times, but the team at Seafoam honestly couldn’t be more grateful to have the support of the MRH staff/students and NAMI St. Louis. We thank you all for joining us on this awesome adventure. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Not finished, yet…

Now that the school semester has nearly come to a close and the internship winners have been selected, the incredible first round of the Seafoam Marketing Challenge is only halfway finished. There is still plenty more to do as we roll up our sleeves and get to work on a strategy for NAMI St. Louis.

We will be updating this page all summer long with new content regarding Madi’s and Cara’s progress. We’ll also be posting updates to our social media channels using the hashtag #SeafoamMarketingChallenge.

So make sure you check out this page and our social media feeds often! There’s still a lot more story to tell.

See you soon!