What we did
We started gathering data from numerous sources, including the city of Helsinki website, its social media accounts, sports, recreation and social service providers, health centers, libraries, civic colleges, and the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. Public research data and articles were also included in the mix. Next, we used statistical methods to understand the correlations: we combined and compared the information in terms of age and gender, geographical location, and overall health indicators, for example. The results were then visualized in a clear and understandable manner. Recordly, a Futurice Family company that designs solutions for complex data problems, implemented the data gathering analysis phase.
The discovery was that most of the physical activity seniors engage in is in the context of their everyday lives and tasks, and that many of the city’s services could play a significant role in also facilitating and increasing physical activity. At present, facilitated exercise organized by the city reaches only 10% of its senior people. It also became clear that there was room for improvement in both data availability and quality.
Next, we decided to conduct a communication experiment: could we reach people aged +65 using only social media? The goal was to inform them about the exercise services available for their age group. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the focus was on online activities. We designed a simple landing page and two different Facebook campaign concepts with a different message and images and ran them for four weeks. The targeting was based on insights from the previous data analysis. The results exceeded all our expectations.