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Cloaked Hearing Test Campaigns

This Fake Eye Exam is Actually a Hearing Test in Disguise

— July 9, 2013 — Marketing
With the goal of raising awareness for hearing deterioration, the Union Hearing Aid Centre released a fake eye test. While spectators carefully inspected an eye exam billboard, the ad projected a high-frequency sound that people with poor hearing can't detect. When onlookers get to the end of the eye exam without hearing a sound, the billboard informs them that they need to get their hearing checked.

Though it may seem contradictory, the campaign used eye tests because of their wide acceptance among the general public. Since hearing tests are generally ignored, the Union Hearing Aid Centre decided to piggyback off of the success of eye examinations to provide people with hearing checks.

The campaign was designed and executed by Canadian ad agency DraftFCB in Toronto.
Trend Themes
1. Multisensory Awareness Campaigns - Creating innovative campaigns that engage multiple senses to raise awareness for social issues and health concerns.
2. Stealthy Disguised Marketing - Developing marketing strategies that utilize unexpected mediums and disguises to grab the attention of target audiences.
3. Cross-industry Collaborations - Exploring partnerships between different industries to leverage the success of one sector and address challenges in another.
Industry Implications
1. Advertising and Marketing - Finding disruptive ways to engage consumers and convey messages through creative advertising campaigns.
2. Healthcare - Leveraging innovative approaches to raise awareness about health issues and encourage individuals to seek appropriate medical care.
3. Technology - Developing cutting-edge audiovisual technologies that allow for immersive and interactive marketing experiences.
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