Virtual candidate to change the political conversation

Isobar Australia and Cox Inall Change have collaborated with Australian Futures Project and Roy Morgan to create The Perfect Candidate, a data-generated virtual candidate

It is hoped the creation of a data-generated virtual candidate might change the political conversation leading up to the election.

Isobar Australia and Cox Inall Change have collaborated with Australian Futures Project and Roy Morgan to create The Perfect Candidate, a data-generated virtual candidate that contrasts the people’s issues of concerns against the major political parties and sitting candidates in Federal electorates. 

Created from the data and insights of more than 125,000 Australians, the campaign and website has been built as a reflection of what the entire nation cares about. It’s also possible to explore the data through a national lens to see how those concerns vary across state, region, age and gender.

Thirty months of data collected since the last Australian election from market research company, Roy Morgan, was mapped against policy statements on the websites of the political parties and independents, alongside analysis from the Australian Futures Project. 

The Perfect Candidate aims to address the frustrations many Australians feel towards modern day politics and media focus, which is often driven by short-term thinking.

Isobar built the overall concept of The Perfect Candidate including creating the website, working in partnership with Cox Inall Change, its sister agency specialising in public relations for government and the not-for-profit sector, who managed the extensive communications campaign, including social and media outreach of the project. 

Isobar MD, Erik Hallander, said it was thrilled to have partnered with the Australian Futures Project and Cox Inall Change on this campaign.

“We love working with brands to tell incredible stories, born from creativity and ignited by technology. The Perfect Candidate is a great example of this, and we’re proud of the final product. We can’t wait to see what’s next,” he said.  

Australian Futures Project executive director, Ralph Ashton, said the company designed The Perfect Candidate to create greater transparency between political parties and the people they’re representing.

“By sharing the data and insights, Australians have the power to change the conversation from short-term problems to long-term solutions, holding their leaders more accountable for the decisions they make and starting a more constructive and courageous conversation to create the future they actually want.”

Cox Inall Change GM, Justine Sywak, said The Perfect Candidate is the first-ever digital candidate that was designed to disrupt and change the conversation during the election campaign, giving a voice to the concerns of Australians.

“This collaborative partnership with Australian Futures Project, Isobar and Cox Inall Change shows what is achievable by harnessing the power of technology, innovation and passion to create a powerful tool for courageous citizen action.”

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