In These Charmingly Creepy Halloween Ads, the Undead Want to Talk to You About Life Insurance

Farmers summons a zombie, mummy and vampire as its seasonal spokesmonsters

Have you put off thinking about death? Halloween might be the right time. Farmers Insurance
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Life insurance is a serious topic that usually includes suitably sober advertising. Indeed, keeping your loved ones taken care of is important, but marketing’s approach to sparking a conversation on the topic is often too solemn to get past our mental barriers of denial when it comes to our own mortality.

Farmers Insurance, working with agency RPA and taking advantage of the Halloween season, found that a different direction might break through the sea of life insurance advertising sameness with three new ads featuring unusual spokespeople: the undead.

In “Cardio of the Dead,” a zombie makes her way down a running path at a park (yes, she’s spooking out other runners) and talks about how the inevitability of death and what could happen after “your mortal race is run.”

“Van Hiking” is a nod to Dracula as the character mentions how he has “found Halloween to be rather macabre,” but also a pretty decent time to talk about life insurance—as he resists the temptation of sucking the blood of some nearby campers.

Finally, a yoga-loving mummy’s poses are filled with well-placed creaks and cracks as she discusses the fact that there is “no right time to discuss death” and that you could “make Halloween the time you finally consider your life insurance options.” The spot gets bonus points for the witty payoff line of “corpse pose” as she lays on her back.

Each of the ads leans well on the folksy line of “they know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two,” famously elevated by actor JK Simmons in other work for the brand.

Though the ads don’t necessarily veer into hearty guffaw territory, they most certainly take advantage of the season and offer a refreshingly clever way to get viewers thinking about life insurance.

CREDITS:

Client: Farmers Insurance
Agency: RPA
EVP/Chief Creative Officer: Joe Baratelli
SVP/Executive Creative Director: Pat Mendelson
VP/Creative Director: Hobart Birmingham
VP/Creative Director: Perrin Anderson
Art Director: Rik Patenaude
Junior Copywriter: Scott Ellman
EVP/Chief Production Officer: Gary Paticoff
VP/Director of Video Production: Selena Pizarro
Producer: Lorraine Schreyer
Production Coordinator: Madi Miller
Program Manager: Dawn Burdue
Senior Digital Producer: Alex Clewell
Associate Digital Producer: Matt Valdepena
VP/Director of Business Affairs: Maria Del Homme
Associate Director of Business Affairs: Grace Gambin
Senior Business Affairs Manager: Marlys Pulos

EVP/Chief Client Officer: Tom Kirk
SVP/Group Account Director: Kirt Danner
SVP/Group Account Director: Lisa Tanner
Management Supervisor: Adrienne Feldman
Account Supervisor: Molly Mejia
Assistant Account Executive: Kate Chulay

Production Company: Yonder
Director: Brian Neaman
Director of Photography: Chris Westlund
Executive Producer: Adam Bagger
Executive Producer: Mike Repasch
Producer: Ross Kelly

Editorial Company: Cut + Run
Editor: Sean Stender
Executive Producer: Amburr Farls
Producer: Brian Mulvey

VFX & Finishing: Jogger
Head of Production: Diana Cheng
Senior Producer: Evan Cunningham
Production Coordinator: Caylee Banz
Flame Artist: Andy Brown

Color: Company 3
Colorist: Stefan Sonnenfeld

Sound Design & Final Mix: Lime Studios
Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan
Sound Engineer: Dave Wagg, Adam Primack


@zanger doug.zanger@adweek.com Doug Zanger is a senior editor, agencies at Adweek, focusing on creativity and agencies.
Publish date: October 22, 2018 https://dev.adweek.com/creativity/in-these-charmingly-creepy-halloween-ads-the-undead-want-to-talk-to-you-about-life-insurance/ © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT
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