Ad Nut has returned from Cannes, where countless glasses of rosé washed down copious cheekfuls of the most overpriced mixed nuts that could possibly be expensed by the many people in the industry who were hoping to influence this influential woodland creature.
Or perhaps Ad Nut suffered a knock to the head and hallucinated all of the above.
Anyway, the point is that Ad Nut is back. And the inbox in the old oak tree is chock full of accumulated agency output. So let's take a look at...[shuffles through a bunch of press materials]...a trio of insurance ads.
First, we have a piece from BMF for TAL (Australia). The gist of it is that scars are good, or at least should be celebrated, because they're part of what makes us who we are.
Next we have a longish-form film from BLKJ for Great Eastern (Singapore), and directed by Simon Cracknell of the Sweetshop. It's got a twist of sorts partway through, so Ad Nut won't spoil it.
Finally, we have a set of TVCs for GIO (Australia) by Leo Burnett. Ad Nut is partial to the one about a tomato (below), but there's also versions about a drop of water, a stone, a camera and a streetlight.
Ad Nut has no real quarrel with any of these. They're all well made and capture your attention. Ad Nut can't deny that the first two are moving stories. Even a cynic of a different species can empathize with the humans shown in them.
However, Ad Nut still has to wonder whether a dramatic, moving story—no matter how well executed and compelling it is—really makes as much of an impression for a brand as people seem to think it does. Especially when so many other players in the same space have done the same thing in recent years.
For those reasons, Ad Nut gives the nod to Leo Burnett's work for GIO here. It's good old-fashioned product-benefit stuff. Better yet, the makers seem to realize that people don't want to watch insurance ads—which seems like a sound assumption. Thus they sneak into your brain by making you initially think you're not watching an insurance ad, and then they make their points in a marvelously economical way once they have to make their intent clear. Most importantly, the repetition of seeing multiple instances of the campaign over time has got to do a better job of creating a lasting impression than a dramatic story that could have basically any company's logo at the end.
Who doesn't want more insurance ads?
Here's some recent insurance ads that Ad Nut liked:
...and some inevitable disappointments:
TAL, General Manager Brand & Communications: Ant Wilson
TAL, Senior Manager, Brand Strategy: Camille Hiess
TAL, Manager, Brand & Customer Advocacy: Jeannie Vo
Executive Creative Director: Alex Derwin
Deputy ECD: Jen Speirs
Senior Copywriter: James Sexton
Senior Art Director: Nadia Ahmed
Executive Planning Director: Christina Aventi
Group Strategic Planner: David Warren
Managing Director: Stephen McArdle
Group Account Director: Danielle Richards
Account Director: Stef Barry
Account Executive: Phoebe Good
Head of Broadcast: Jenny Lee-Archer
Agency Producer: Tamara Kennon
Art Buyer: Basir Salleh
Print Producer: Jane Winnick
Production company : Scoundrel
Director: Michael Spiccia
Executive Producers: Kate Gooden, Adrian Shapiro
Post Production Company: The Butchey, The Refinery
Editor: Joanna Scott
DoP: Jeremy Rouse
Production designer: Nicki Gardiner
Sound: Rumble Studios
Music: Level 2 Music
Photographer: Derek Henderson
Media agency: Spark
Spark Foundry General Manager: Mathew Turl
Spark Foundry Client Director: Kaylene Tunney
Spark Foundry Client Manager: Nell Corbett
Founder / CEO: Rowena Bhagchandani
Founder / ECD: Joji Jacob
Associate Creative Director: Sid Lim
Creative Group Head: Michael Chin
Writer: Lina Lim
Senior Account Director: Anna Adipue
Account Manager: Bon Koh
Senior Account Executive: Tracy Ong
Producer: Jaye Ong
Producer: Hidayah Asari
Production Company: Sweetshop
Director: Simon Cracknell
Managing Director & Executive Producer: Laura Geagea
Producer: Irene Gan
Client: GIO (Part of Suncorp Group)
Executive General Manager, Brand & Marketing / CMO: Mim Haysom
Executive Manager, Marketing Insurance: Mark Behr
Marketing Manager: Jo-Anne Tierney
Go to Market Lead: Bryony Nickless
Creative Agency: Leo Burnett
Chief Creative Officer: Jason Williams
Executive Creative Director: Grant McAloon
Creative Directors: Ian Broekhuizen & Malcolm Caldwell
Creative Team: Ben Newman & Sarah Parris
Chief Client Partner: Madeleine Marsh
Senior Business Director: Grace Vizor
Project Manager: Cicley Milsom
Head of Strategy: Graham Alvarez
Senior Strategist: Abigail Dubin-Rhodin
Senior Integrated Producer: Rachel Devine
Production Company: Finch
Director: Luke Bouchier
Post House: Blackbird
Sound and Compositions: Song Zu
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