Cannes Lions

Agape

ANOMALY, New York / NEW YORK LIFE / 2020

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Overview

Background

Life insurance ownership has remained flat or decreased over the last decade.

And life insurance is low-interest and an incredibly undifferentiated category with high misattribution between all the major brands. New York Life is also outspent by our competition in terms of TV and media spends. The brief was to bring to life the true meaning of the brand and the act of buying life insurance in a compelling way that would begin to drive differentiation in a difficult category.

Execution

Agápe begins by stating there are four ancient Greek concepts of love. (Each concept is introduced in chapter form, with a large super and corresponding Greek text). ?Our narrator first describes philía: the bond of friendship. We see an intimate moment between friends. Next, she describes storge, love you have for family. We see moments of familial love. Then éros—romantic love. Here, a couple shares an intense romantic connection. The narration culminates in agápe—love as an action. The most admirable and profound. We see selfless love: a man lowering his elderly father into a bath. Boys shaving heads out of solidarity for a teammate. The narration turns to reveal how for 175 years, New York Life has been helping people act on love, so they can reflect on their lives, and know they did the right thing. The spot ends on a beautiful shot of a mother holding her daughter.

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