Saving lives with Samaritans
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Samaritans x Spotify
Samaritans tasked Torchbox, a UK-based agency that specializes in providing digital support to nonprofits and socially progressive organizations, with creating a six-day campaign to inspire Spotify listeners to lend their ears in a new way. The goal was to bring awareness to how listening can help save a life, while staying within the nonprofit’s budget constraints and prioritizing getting the campaign up quickly.
The big idea
The inspiration for the campaign came from a 24-hour event that Samaritans held in July 2018 called The Big Listen, which was supported by celebrities including Ruby Wax, David Walliams, and Sir Paul McCartney. The event helped raise awareness of Samaritans’ core mission and highlighted the impact of listening to those in need.
The result is simple and powerful — audio’s unique intimacy further highlighted the stripped-back quality of the creative, adding to its emotionally charged message. “Spotify felt like a really good fit for Samaritans,” said Katie Columbus, Samaritans’ Assistant Director of Digital and Brand Engagement. “It felt like the perfect platform because listening is at the heart of what their users do.”
Phil McMinn, the Director of Digital Marketing at Torchbox, echoed these sentiments. “It’s very rare to find that kind of synergy between a campaign’s aims and the platform,” he said. “The act of listening is really very personal — you are in your own headspace. And you can’t really achieve that sort of connection with a listener in many other formats.”
It took minutes to upload the audio and hit publish.
Director of Digital Marketing, Torchbox