Santa Monica, CA — Nomad Creative Studio has partnered with Hippo Insurance, the company transforming home insurance to fit the tailored needs of modern homeownership, to create and produce the company’s first-ever television ad campaign. A massive success in its first four weeks on the air, Hippo’s brand awareness soared by 300% and its quote requests jumped by 317%.
In the spot, mesmerizing slow-motion effects show home and property destruction, in reverse. The viewer sees demolished property and possessions inside a home being pieced back together instead of torn apart, paired with a soundtrack that plays off of the reverse concept by incorporating a hypnotic backwards piano track.
“We knew we couldn’t break out of the insurance clutter with jokes, jingles and catch phrases, so we looked for an emotion to build on,” said Joanne O’Brien Rietta, Managing Director at Nomad Creative Studio. “We found what most people want after an accident is for things to just go back to the way they were. This ad is both arresting and compelling to watch, but also does some ‘heavy lifting’ in delivering Hippo’s value propositions.”
Focused on differentiation, the goal of the spot was to build awareness of Hippo and the things that make its policies better than traditional ones. Strong visuals, fueled by Nomad’s expertise in strategy, production, editorial, VFX and sound design, helped give the ad a sense of scope, while conveying the important part Hippo plays in assisting homeowners. “When we started thinking about developing a TV campaign, we had big ambitions.” said Bob Ferrini, Chief Brand Officer at Hippo. “Nomad Creative Studio was the perfect solution. Because they handle every aspect of the process directly, they are thinking about the realities of what it would take to make ideas as they are coming up with them. So, we were talking about things like live-action vs. CGI and shooting in Argentina to help save money as a part of the creative development process. That helped us land on an idea that we knew we could execute beautifully within our budget before we approved it. And it ended up being the most important factor in the result we achieved.”
In July, Hippo announced $100 million in funding at a $1 billion valuation that will continue to drive the expansion of the company’s geographic U.S. footprint. To date, Hippo is available in 19 states, and covers more than 50% of the U.S. homeowners population with plans to reach 80% by the end of 2019.
Client: Hippo Insurance
Title: Hippo Launch
Agency: Nomad Creative Studio
Creative Director: Terry Rietta
Copywriter: Chris Ford
Production Company: Nomad FC
Director: Glenn Martin/Terry Rietta
Executive Producer: Samantha Thomas
Editor: Val Thrasher
Assistant Editor: Cody Stauffer
CG Artist: Casey Benn
Color: Josh Kirschenbaum
Flame: Josh Kirschenbaum
Mixer: Tom Stamatio
About Nomad Creative Studio
Nomad Creative Studio provides creative development, design, strategy, production, editing and finishing – all under one roof. Their unique business model allows a core team of advertising and production veterans to run the business with a deep network of writers, art directors, designers, strategists and film directors across the country who they can bring in for projects based on client needs. Having experts from all functions around the table at the start of a project allows Nomad to offer carefully considered solutions and the highest quality creative product – done the right way the first time. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA with offices in New York, London and Tokyo. https://www.nomadcreativestudio.com/
Hippo is on a mission to transform home insurance for the modern household. Among its many innovations, Hippo allows homeowners to get a quote and purchase home insurance online in 60 seconds or less, save up to 25% compared with traditional insurers, and obtain smarter coverage for modern households. This includes protection for possessions like appliances, consumer electronics and home offices. Founded in 2015 by Assaf Wand and Eyal Navon, Hippo made its debut in the insurance marketplace in April 2017, and has raised $209 million to reinvent home insurance. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA with offices in Dallas and Austin, TX. For more information, visit http://www.myhippo.com.