DDB Chicago, State Farm Show the Pros and Cons of a Locker Room ‘Pep Talk’

By Erik Oster 

After retaining creative duties at the start of the year following an unofficial creative review, DDB Chicago launched a brand refresh for State Farm in June which saw the agency retire the longtime “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” tagline in favor of “Here to help life go right” and an emphasis on how State Farm can help its customers navigate life’s ups and downs.

With football season here, the agency teamed up with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews III for a new, pigskin-friendly take on the same concept. 

At the beginning of the spot, Matthews give a fiery locker room pep talk which inspires the team, presumably to victory. In the next scene, Rodgers repeats lines from the speech, “Nobody comes into this house without paying the price,” while stalking a fly with a golf club. Things go considerably less well in the latter scenario, but a State Farm representative arrives to help out.

While we remain unconvinced that “Here to help life go right” has the staying power of “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there,” the new spot shows the flexibility and potential inherent in the approach.

The juxtaposition of the same words applied to different scenarios, yielding disastrous results when wrongfully applied, makes for some nice comedic framing that helps demonstrate the benefits of combining home and auto coverage with State Farm.

Matthews asking “Well, did you get it?” with a mouth full of sandwich is a nice touch.

Advertising Agency: DDB Chicago
Creative Directors/Art Directors/Copywriters: Brian Boord, Chad Broude
Group Creative Director: Mel Routhier
Executive Producer: Scott Kemper
Edit: Beast
Editor: John Dingfield
Assistant Editor: Bryan Simpson

Joel Simon, Executive Producer at JSM with the Music
Director: Wayne McClammy
Production Company: Hungry Man

Color: MPC 

Producer:Lauren Roth; Beast, Company 3, Method Studios