1Life demonstrates the power of protecting one’s future in a Loerie nominated brand advert – 1Hello
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Depicting the journey of life and the importance of protecting those you love

1Life, a leading direct life insurer, is proud to present its Loerie nominated brand advert, 1Hello. The advert is focused on reminding everyday South Africans that when you start to appreciate the aspects that add value to your life – the people, the sounds, the memories, and the smells – you will want to protect them and keep them close to your heart. In an emotive 90 second story, the brand brings to life one man’s journey of life’s great relationships, treasured moments, hardships and achievements – all of which he will one day need to say goodbye to. It is a relatable tribute to what we have, and what we will someday leave behind.

“Over the past year, the 1Life brand journey has truly evolved – we have moved away from the traditional risk profiling adverts and really aligned to our vision of changing lives. It is with this in mind, we worked closely with our advertising agency – House of Brave – and focused on bringing continued authentic storytelling to the fore, directed by the key message that sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that have the biggest impact on you,” says Katharine Liese, General Manager Marketing at 1Life.

“The journey of life is pivotal to our brand – we honour life and we make provision for the future of our clients’ loved ones, which is a cornerstone to this advert. It is about giving people the power to say ‘hello’ to a bright future for their loved ones when, one day, they will need to say goodbye. It reflects on all the reasons they would want to protect their loved ones and gives the viewer an opportunity to connect with the life we depict – an average man, cherishing his experiences and reflecting on how he will give his loved ones the opportunity to live a full life in the future,” continues Liese. 

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“To truly demonstrate the breadth and depth of life’s journeys, the advert needed to cover contrasting and varying landscapes and therefore, we selected Port Elizabeth for 90% of this shoot. Offering the opportunity to cut between open farm lands, ocean drives, urban and suburban areas – this region offered real diversity from a commercial perspective. As a largely underutilised area in South Africa for television adverts, this region provided the brand an opportunity to really bring the varying scope and mystical quality, of the journey of life to fruition,” says Vanessa Pearson, Executive Creative Director at House of Brave.

The advert and campaign was developed and executed by House of Brave’s creative team, headed up by Executive Creative Director, Vanessa Pearson and directed by Jono Hall from Darling Films. As a result of strong creative direction and execution, this commercial was a finalist in the 2017 Annual Loeries Awards, in the Television and Cinema Commercials – up to 90s – and the Television Craft Writing categories.

The 1Life advert is a moment of truth, encouraging consumers to take a moment to think about the things that really matter in life, and how best to protect them. From a commercial perspective, it aims to elevate the brand as the experts when it comes to advice, financial planning and life for all the future holds.

“At 1Life, we are committed to a key premise – Changing Lives. We believe that this campaign is another way we are really able to do this, encouraging consumers to think about the future and giving them the opportunity to make that one call, that one simple ‘hello’ which can help them take care, today, of what  the future holds for both themselves and their families. We hope that the emotive nature of this campaign will drive real understanding to consumers and we look forward to witnessing what we believe will be a very strong, successful brand campaign,” concludes Liese.

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About 1Life: 1Life, owned by Telesure Investment Holdings, is a registered Financial Services Provider. Launched in March 2006, the company provides long-term insurance solutions with products that are simple, convenient and tailored to every client’s individual needs and affordability. 1Life believe that financial solutions should change lives, not just the situation that clients find themselves in, and they have made Changing Lives the cornerstone of their business ethic. They pride themselves on being South Africa’s first truly direct life insurer and offer obligation-free advice to provide the right cover according to an individual’s needs and life stage, and are able to adjust this cover as significant life changes take place. 1Life is reinsured by Hannover Re and is committed to Black Economic Empowerment.