Telecommunications company Optus has announced it will launch the world’s first TikTok sign-language activated filter.
Featuring Optus ambassador Ian Thorpe, Optus will unveil a branded effect that shows TikTok users how to say key phrases in Auslan sign language, including ‘How are you?’ and ‘It starts with Yes’, through the hashtag challenge #SignYes.
Optus will amplify the campaign during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Utilising ambassadors such as Paralympians Ellie Cole and Nic Beveridge, Australia’s greatest ever Olympian of all time, Ian Thorpe and Optus’ chief of optimism, Daniel Ricciardo (see below).
Optus’s head of marketing, Mel Hopkins, said: “Building off the impact of educational content in Australia, as well as the success of causal content on TikTok, we believe there is potential in developing a hashtag challenge that teaches Australians rudimentary sign language.
“Communication comes in a variety of forms. Illustrating this to all Australians we believe is important in an optimistic and everyday way.
“#SignYes delivers on unique customer connections allowing customers to demonstrate how inclusion and education starts with ‘Yes’.”
Optus brand ambassador, Ian Thorpe, said: “Recent studies suggest that 1 in 6 people in Australia are deaf or hard of hearing but despite this, barely any of us can use sign language.
“Optus wants to inspire change and have created the world’s first TikTok sign language activated filter that I am proud to be a part of.”
Brett Armstrong, general manager of TikTok global business solutions, Australia and New Zealand, said: “Optus has been one of our most innovative partners, the first to run a branded hashtag challenge in Australia and now launching this cutting edge campaign.
“TikTok is a place where diverse communities thrive and everyone can feel welcome, and it’s exciting to see Optus leaning in so creatively to what makes our platform so special.”
To join the Optus #SignYes hashtag challenge, search the ‘SignYes’ Hashtag in the Discovery tab on the TikTok app or search for the ‘SignYes’ lens when going to record your video.
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