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Everybody Counts

Background

The Census is a descriptive count of everyone in Australia on one night (Tuesday 9 August, 2016). Conducted every five years, it provides a snapshot of the Australian people and helps estimate the Nation’s population.

Knowing how many people call Queensland home is the best way for Queenslanders to get their fair share of federal government funding for key infrastructure and services such as hospitals, schools, roads and more.

Challenge

To encourage all Queenslanders to complete the 2016 Census.

Queensland is Australia’s most under-counted state in the Census. In 2011, it was estimated that nearly 77,215 Queenslanders failed to participate. At approximately $5,300 per person, this equated to a staggering $400 million loss in potential Federal funding for Queensland.

Solution

We get the most enthusiastic, entertaining and qualified counter in the world to help - Sesame Street’s Count Von Count.

How

Khemistry contacted the Count via Sesame Workshop in New York. After sharing our script about the Count helping-out with Australia’s biggest count, they were instantly onboard. Literally, the Count and his puppeteer were onboard a plane headed for Brisbane just weeks later!

Once down under, the Count did what he does best - count! Khemistry filmed his counting quest both on location and in-house at the Khemistry studio. Matching background plates of iconic Queensland locations with green-screen footage of the Count, Khemistry created a 30 second hero television commercial.

Edited and post produced in-house, the TV commercial involved high end sound design (including backing track) and motion graphics. We also set up a live video link with Sesame Workshop in New York, to get the voice of the Count involved during filming.

Complementing the TV commercial, we also created:

  • Regional radio campaign
  • Countdown ATN radio reads
  • Target digital banners
  • Social media campaign
  • Landing page

Results

Working with the Count and Sesame Street was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It called upon Khemistry’s full gamut of creative services to deliver a state-wide advertising campaign that will be seen by millions.

The two week campaign was launch on July 26, 2016 and will run until Census Night, August 9, 2016.

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