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#BeTheirEyes

CHEIL HONG KONG, Hong Kong / SAMSUNG / 2016

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Background

Hong Kong is home to one of the most beautiful skylines in the world. It’s a famous sight seen by millions every year. Yet until now, not everyone has been able to fully appreciate the remarkable beauty of their home city. This year, Samsung wanted to help even more people see—especially the 200,000 people who are visually impaired.

Description

#BeTheirEyes is an outdoor idea that translates social photos into printed braille—to help more people see, one snap at a time. Since the Hong Kong skyline is one of the most photographed sights in the city, we simply asked people to share their Instagram shots using the hashtag #BeTheirEyes—with a short description of what they see. Then together with Hong Kong Blind Union, we translated these descriptions into printed braille stickers. And placed them back in the ambient settings where they were shot—creating unique outdoor touchpoints all over Hong Kong, specially tailored for visually impaired people to feel, explore and experience. So for the first time, everyone could see what we see. Since 80% of all visual impairment can be treated, Samsung also donated $10 for every photo posted. So it was more than just an idea, but a vision for the long term.

Execution

To reach out to the public, we promoted the campaign with everything from press ads and posters to radio spots and even location-based SMS push notifications. We also invited local celebrities (including movie star, Louis Koo) to help us spread the word. A giant call-to-action was also placed on Samsung’s iconic LED signage in Wan Chai—the biggest LED signage in Hong Kong—so that people on both sides of the harbour could be reached for maximum awareness.

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