Prudential and Droga5 Want You to be Selfish This Holiday Season and Spend More on Yourself

Give the gift of 401(k) savings this year

This year Prudential is asking people to scrounge up some extra cash around the holidays and donate it to a worthy cause: their future savings.  

Confronted with the statistics that 52 percent of families in the U.S. won't be able to support their pre-retirement lifestyle, and that 40 percent of millennials aren't putting any retirement money aside, Prudential created a plan to transform the seemingly mundane task of saving for retirement into a worthy cause. The campaign hopes to encourage everyone to donate an extra 1 percent of their annual salary to their savings. 

"We wanted a platform that would have breakthrough creative, but we really wanted a platform for engagement that we could capture and we could scale at a pretty large scale, and also an activation opportunity that we thought pretty much anyone can do," Colin McConnell, chief brand officer at Prudential, told Adweek.  

With agency partner Droga5, Prudential kicked off a Race for Retirement campaign with an idea that kind of started as a silly pun, according to Droga5 executive creative director Kevin Brady. "Rarely has an idea this big started off with a pun," Brady said. As charity runs and marathons have grown in popularity, especially among millennials, the team at Droga5 kicked around the idea of 4.01-kilometer race—a 4.01K race for your 401(k), essentially.

Five-thousand runners showed up in Washington, D.C., on a rainy morning in November, ready to run 2.5 miles and pledge to put more money into savings for the future. The brand captured footage from the race to use in two TV spots, both debuting this week. It also created a short cinema documentary, which will launch during the holiday season, focused on three runners and what inspired them to participate in the race and start saving more for retirement now.  

Those who couldn't make it out on race day can benefit from the brand's partnership with the MapMyFitness app to run and track their very own 4.10K race. In the first five days, over 40,000 people logged their miles into the app. The number is up to 71,652 as of Tuesday. Runners also had the opportunity to fill out the online 1 percent pledge to contribute an additional 1 percent of their annual salary to their retirement savings. So far, 26,533 people have made the pledge, which the site estimates could grow the total retirement savings to roughly $1.2 billion. 

"Treat it like it's an important cause," Brady said. "It's great to be generous, but every now and then, think about yourself." 


Client: Prudential
Campaign: Race for Retirement

Agency: Droga5 NY
Creative Chairman: David Droga
Chief Creative Officer: Ted Royer
Executive Creative Director: Kevin Brady
Senior Copywriter: Brian Eden, Nathan Archambault, Sara Shelton
Senior Art Director: Ben Grube, Andy Grant, Paul Meates
Executive Design Director: Rob Trostle
Design Director: Rich Greco
Chief Creation Officer: Sally-Ann Dale
Head of Interactive Production: Niklas Lindstrom
Head of Production: Ben Davies
Executive Producer, Interactive: Laura Bruskin
Executive Producer, Broadcast: Scott Chinn
Senior Experiential Producer: Bo Djogo
Head of Print Services: Rob Lugo
Global Chief Strategy Officer: Jonny Bauer
Group Strategy Director: Aaron Wiggan
Senior Strategist: Ben Brown
Group Comms Strategy Director: Duncan Owen
Senior Comms Strategist: Elsa Stahura
Head of Account Management: Dan Gonda
Group Account Director: Lindsay Cole
Account Manager: Caroline Engram, Trevor Mundt
Head of Project Management: Katia Billings

Client: Prudential Financial, Inc.
Senior Vice President & Chief Brand Officer: Colin McConnell
VP, Brand Marketing & Advertising: Niharika Shah
VP, General Manager, Prudential Advertising: Alison Lazzaro
VP, Integrated Strategy: Amy d'Oliveira
Director, Client Services: Brett Tuller
VP, Integrated Media Services: Anna Papadopoulos

Experiential Production Companies: IMG/IMGL
Broadcast Production Company: Reset
Interactive Production Company: Use All Five
Editorial: Work Editorial
Post Production: The Mill