How we helped sell out a national exhibition for 6 weeks

Become a Witness to History | An Post

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The Challenge

An Post, as the custodian of the historic GPO, had more right than most brands to weigh in to the 1916 discussion. And so, An Post created the Witness History exhibition within the GPO, inviting the public to connect with the story of the Rising on the spot where it all started 100 years ago. However, an exhibition is nothing without visitors, so how could An Post have their voice heard above the 1916 conversation without a heavyweight media budget?


A hundred years after The Rising, its place in public memory was waning. Dubliners needed reminding that when they walked streets of our capital, they were in fact walking through history.


To establish the GPO exhibition as the commemoration’s definitive attraction, we set about retelling the 1916 story via people and places.

The GPO is a physical manifestation of An Post’s unique role in Ireland’s history, and so too are the green post boxes dotted around the streets of Dublin. These hidden-in-plain-sight pieces of street furniture stood witness to the Rising 100 years ago, and many still bear the insignia of British rule today.

One Spring morning, commuters heading into Dublin were greeted by an arresting sight on their familiar streets. Throughout the city, 10 of An Post’s postboxes featured a makeover of royal red paint, accompanied by an invitation to ‘Witness History’ by free-texting the street name to 50100.

The reaction was predictably visceral. The jarring sight of these long-ousted symbols of British rule provoked anger, disbelief and, above all, curiosity. Accordingly, Dubliners in their thousands accepted the invitation to witness history via their mobile phone, and were greeted with a story from the Rising that took place on the very spot in which they stood 100 years ago.

This campaign proved how a clever campaign aimed at leveraging earned media can result in large online visitors who have shown a high propensity to ultimately convert online.

And all it took was a lick of paint.



5,000+ High value site users in the first week
11m Earned media impressions
3+ mins Average site dwell time
8,000+ Video views in the first week from 5,000 visitors
6 weeks The duration of time the exhibition was sold out for

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