Product / ServiceGOOGLE PHOTOS
CategoryF04. Social Behaviour & Cultural Insight


Name Company Position
Karan Mujoo Toaster India Private Limited Creative Group Head
Samrat Ray Toaster India Private Limited Creative Director
Bhawika Chhabra Toaster India Private Limited Head of Client Services
Ankit Saxena Toaster India Private Limited Senior Producer
Anirudh Chouhan Toaster India Private Limited Strategy Lead
Tanmay Zalpuri Toaster India Private Limited Strategist
Mehak Mahajan Toaster India Private Limited Art Director
Meyvi Wedelia Toaster India Private Limited Associate Creative Director

Why is this work relevant for PR?

In today's age, Photos are an integral & personal part of our smartphone led lives. Through our campaign we wanted to show the masses the value of personal photos and the need to preserve them. Showcasing the photos of our freedom struggle was a direct way of connecting with them on the occasion of our Independence Day. For this we created a web experience where people could experience the nearly lost archives of Kulwant Roy’s photos of the freedom struggle. On Google Arts & Culture website, we dedicated an online gallery for people to experience these lost photos.


Smartphones have skyrocketed the number of photos we take and with that rose the number of photos we lose. Making Google Photos relevant: With changing technology, the relationship we share with photos has also evolved. Digital photography (mainly through smartphones) is growing exponentially and has nearly tripled since 2010*. With a surge in photography and constant capturing of moments, comes a whole set of challenges rarely explored. To help people save their valuable memories in photos, Google Photos, is available as both a web-based and mobile application. *Bitkom infotrends 2017 There was still a massive headroom to grow Google Photos as people weren’t using it and backing up their photos: In an ever-growing Android user base, less than 10% were using Google Photos in India. Only ~30% of photos users were actually backing-up their photos leaving a large group of people not backing up photos at all. [Source: Client data].

Describe the creative idea (20% of vote)

Make people realise the value of personal photos by showing India’s nearly lost collective history: The lost box of photos of the freedom struggle: To show people the value of preserving their personal memories, we unearthed the story of an Indian national treasure that was almost lost in time. We found the story of priceless lost photographs of the Indian freedom struggle. The Execution: The Lost Box Film: A documentary style film showcasing Kulwant Roy’s invaluable never-before-seen photos of the Indian freedom struggle was launched. We brought out the story of these nearly lost photos and took it to social media reaching millions of Indians who were in patriotic fervour on the celebratory day. The Lost Box Online Exhibition: We launched a microsite on Google Arts & Culture website, showcasing this treasure trove of Kulwant Roy’s lost photos that were found and preserved.

Describe the strategy (30% of vote)

Our target audience was broad as photos as a product appeals to everyone with a smartphone To ensure people don’t have to ever lose photos, we targeted them during the occasion of India’s 72nd Independence Day, where collectively people came together in a feeling of nostalgia & national pride. Making lost photos an expression of patriotism that thrives on social: Social media has become the place where national pride is displayed and celebrated. It is the natural platform to strike a chord with people and initiate a change. Our approach was to show the value of preserving memory by showcasing the pride and loss associated with a national treasure.

Describe the execution (20% of vote)

TELLING THE NATION ABOUT ‘THE LOST BOX’ We uncovered the true story of Kulwant Roy, one of India’s first photojournalists. Told by his family friend, we showcased iconic images from India’s Independence, partition and post-independence years. This was launched as a digital film on Google India’s YouTube and social channels along with teasers. LEADING PEOPLE TO AN ONLINE GALLERY SHOWCASING THE NATIONAL TREASURE OF “THE LOST BOX”: We wanted to create a web experience where people could experience the nearly lost archives of Kulwant Roy’s photos of the freedom struggle. On Google Arts & Culture website, we dedicated an online gallery for people to experience these lost photos. STIRRING A CONVERSATION • To enable conversations, we used this nostalgia as a trigger to get people to digitise their photos and preserve them forever and talk more about the photos in the “lost box” using the #PhotosForLife.

List the results (30% of vote) – must include at least two of the following tiers:

1.Mass reach: In a quick span of 5 days drove association of Google Photos to the importance of preserving memories 65.5 million reach on Facebook 130M+ Media Impressions Resulting in +21% increase in unaided awareness 2. Earned Attention: Showcasing never-before-seen photos positioned the product as a way of preserving personal memories, earning attention in regional and national media. Earned media value contributed 37% of the overall spend. 3. Getting people to experience the Lost Box Digital Exhibition: 425K+ “Lost box Exhibition” views on Google Arts and Culture website The Lost Box Exhibition drove 2x more 1- Day traffic than the annual traffic on the website. 4. People not only started seeing us as the place for memories, but also using Google photos to preserve their own: 25 Million App visits on Independence Day 6% Increase in Auto-Backup Feature Opt-ins 10K + Social media mentions.

Please tell us about the social behaviour and/or cultural insights that inspired your campaign

The Independence Day in India is a time for reflection and memory: Independence Day is celebrated in India with nationwide celebration. While the country is painted in the national tri-colour, and parades are organised, it is also a time to remember the sacrifices of the freedom fighters and reflect on the massive triumph over the British rule. Patriotism and national pride was being increasingly expressed on social on Independence day: Patriotism is probably worn on the sleeve during this time but it is expressed more so on social media walls. The pride in the triumph is usually shared amongst friends and social media feeds, riddled with messages, forwards and celebrations of the day. Revealing these photos during this day lead people to talk positively about Google Photos.


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