2019 Long-term Media Strategy

The Fixers
Direct Line

Price comparison websites have disrupted many industries, including the insurance sector, transforming the way customers buy policies. This led to a decrease in acquisition volume for Direct Line - by 2013, quote and policy volumes were in decline. This prompted the brand to look at ways to improve its brand image and positioning. 

Research showed that consumers wanted a trouble-free approach to insurance and not necessarily the cheapest option, and that seven in 10 insurance complaints relate to the timescale of settling a claim or failing to keep customers informed. This led to the idea of ‘The Fixers’ - those who put things right when things go wrong and in a timely manner. The campaign featured the character of Winston Wolf, the ‘fixer’ from the movie Pulp Fiction. 

The primary channel was television, with print, radio and outdoor used when most relevant to support each message. The approach was also flexible; in 2018, the media plan was reconfigured with changes made on TV, such as re-flighting and swapping copy
to deliver scale for a refreshed value positioning.

Declines in home and motor quotes and revenue improved, brand preference increased significantly and strong results from 2014-2017 meant the insurer’s approach gained credibility.

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