To keep growing, this pioneering online car insurer, which had catered to a younger demo, needed to persuade older, more discerning consumers of its stability, reliability and humanity. Rebrand 100 winner.
Once an internet bubble baby, represented on TV by a cartoon super-agent, the company had thoughtfully honed its technology to give users an uncluttered, unimpeded, utterly functional — yet friendly — experience. The sweeping rebrand both signaled and revealed the transformation.
“Cartoon car insurance” is what focus groups had dubbed it. Consumers had trouble believing there were humans behind the internet facade. The campaign promised there was a wacky office full of down-to-earth, eager-to-please peeps, who would be there when, as the intentionally verbose tagline notes, you need more than a well-designed website to guide you.
Bus sides and boards further spread the news that Esurance is not just the easiest place to get car insurance, but the most friendly and reliable.
The essence of the brand — that it’s no-b.s. car insurance for the modern consumer — carried through to the design of the new website, which also picked up characters from the TV.
Work + News
Upwork goes nationwide
This week marks the launch of Upwork’s first national campaign. Broadcast TV, digital video and radio show us how all our offices could, in fact, be much larger than we realize.
Chinese frozen food brand, InnovAsian, was languishing with low awareness and living in the long, chilly shadow of category king, PF Chang’s. Fix that, they said.
New business and beyond
DC is pleased to announce the arrival of Noel Johnson as our first director of marketing and client engagements.
A new leader in a new role
Gary Stein joins DC as our first chief integration officer. He’s here to accelerate collaboration between strategy, media and creative.
Nicotine: the teen nightmare
Nicotine is a neurotoxin whose changes to the teen brain could be permanent. And that’s what our campaign sets out to communicate.
How sweet (and also tart) it is
It’s not just the sugar talking when we say that we’re so fired up about our new client: iconic candy brand and childhood favorite, SweeTARTS.
Buy stuff, get Steph
Rakuten is back with the latest installment of the “Power of R” campaign, this time featuring a relatively well-known professional basketball player.
New partner, new locations, new DC
We’re thrilled to announce the acquisition of A2G, a pioneering experiential and social influencer agency with offices in LA and New York.