Groupama Film, DM Santino Safety System by Saatchi & Saatchi Rome

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Santino Safety System

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Industry Insurance, Traffic safety
Media Film, Direct marketing
Market Italy
Agency Saatchi & Saatchi Rome
Director Daniele Brunelletti
Executive Creative Director Agostino Toscana
Creative Director Alessandro Orlandi, Manuel Musilli
Art Director Alessio Bianconi
Copywriter Alice Scornajenghi
Released October 2016


Eurobest Awards 2016
Interactive Branded Tech: Branded Tech Online Bronze Eurobest

Credits & Description

Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Rome, Italy
Client: Groupama
Product: Corporate Responsibility "Dont Text And Drive"
Entrant: Saatchi & Saatchi Rome, Italy
Title: Santino Safety System
Product/Service: Corporate Responsibility "Dont Text And Drive"
Idea Creation: Saatchi & Saatchi Rome, Italy
Executive Creative Director: Agostino Toscana (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Creative Director: Manuel Musilli (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Creative Director: Alessandro Orlandi (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Copywriter: Alice Scornajenghi (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Art Director: Alessio Bianconi (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Producer: Manuela Fidenzi (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Business Leader: Fausto Tumbarello (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Account Manager: Giuseppe Colasurdo (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Account Executive: Veronica Costantino (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Head of TV: Erica Lora-Lamia (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Senior Digital Manager: Simone Roca (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Strategic Planning Director: Lucas Conte (Saatchi & Saatchi)
Producer: Leonardo Rossi (Twister Film)
Director: Daniele Brunelletti (Twister Film)
DOP: Simone Moglié (Twister Film)
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The Campaign
The idea starts from a local custom: Italians have always turned to Santini (holy cards on the car dashboard) to feel safe behind the wheel.
But today, it seems like there’s no Saint able to save them from the temptation of reading a text message. As a consequence texting while driving has become the first cause of car accidents.
We’ve created a new Santino, who protects Italian drivers for real: Santino Safety System, the first holy card that, thanks to NFC technology, can dialogue with the driver’s smartphone, blocking incoming notifications and answering in his or her place to chats and text messages.
Creative Execution
We created a video to describe our hi-tech holy-card, in a funny way, leveraging on the TOV of Christianity and religious saviours.
We launched and seeded the Video, starting from the Groupama Facebook page.
At the same time, we've printed and programmed the first 10.000 NFC holy cards and the APP. In just 4 days we ran out of the cards, and had to start a second round of printing to reply to the heavy demand for our new technology.
The success of the campaign was faster and bigger than everyone expected. In just 15 days, more than 40.000 Santino Safety System holy cards were requested on the Groupama website, and the Santino Safety System App went among the first 20 apps on google play store.
Within the first two weeks of the operation, the video got shared more than 20.000 times on Facebook and the video received 5 million views.
All the comments and reactions were enthusiastic and all major italian magazines and newspapers covered the initiative as a major step in traffic security and as the beginning of a behavioural shift amongst young people - which only in Italy with a concrete Italian twist would have been possible. Media value of the corresponding press coverage until now is around EUR 2 million, with am investment of not even 50.000 to produce the cards and the video.
Italian Police launched an alarm: in 2015 the number of car accidents started to increase for the first time in 20 years, expecially among younger drivers, because of distractions due to forbidden smartphone usage while driving.
That's why we decided to talk to 18-35 year old drivers, confronting them with a format they are familiar with - a shareable video. We did not want to reach out to them with a negative message about how bad it is to text and drive, rather we wanted to give them an option to avoid already to get into the situation of responding to a text message by creating something that is helping them to change their behaviour: a straight-forward hi-tech gadget that not only blocks the incoming messages, but also sends a reply to the sender instead of them. Embedded into the cultural context of the “Santinos” to make it loveable.?