The moving stories
of five elderly people
come to life
in a powerful new
5 Gum campaign
that broke yesterday.
A series of digital videos by Energy BBDO for 5 Gum intends to motivate teens to live life to the fullest. Documenting a group of seniors who reveal one specific regret that has shaped their lives, the work’s implied lesson teaches kids to say “yes” when they encounter situations that prompted the adults to say, “no.”
A recent study conducted by 5 Gum found that 97% of teens and seniors have at least one regret that has shaped their lives thus far, and have an average of 16 specific regrets.
Titled, No Regrets, this new digital campaign is an innovative, content-led initiative that showcases the very real, raw, and emotional tales of caution.
Directed by German Mairen, Marcos Mijan, Ross Bolidai, Daniel Ryan from Energy’s in-house production hub Flare Studio, the new creative takes the brand’s well-known “Life Happens” tagline in five platforms and flips the script.
“We wanted to express the meaning behind Life Happens in 5 in a new way,” Energy BBDO Chief Creative Officer Andrés Ordóñez told Reel Chicago. “The platform focuses on those five exhilarating seconds before you decide to do something. No Regrets looks at what happens if you choose not to do something, working with real senior citizens, with real regrets, to inspire the next generation to say ‘yes.’”
The brand shared the stories with teens and young adults to inspire them to take action, and asked participants to send back their stories in return.
Here, Stanford is a passionate African American swimmer who chose not to join the high school swim team because of racial peer pressure.
Emily is a woman from Chicago whose biggest regret is choosing not to skydive with her husband.
Guillermo is a Spanish actor who let the love of his life get away.
Lin, who is from Shandong, China, regrets that she never traveled outside of her home country.
The digital-only campaign will be supported by a fully integrated marketing effort, with additional initiatives planned for the summer and was created by Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s longtime creative agency partner Energy BBDO.
Client: 5 Gum
Agency: Energy BBDO
Chief Creative Officer: Andrés Ordóñez
Executive Creative Director: Josh Gross
Executive Creative Director: Pedro Pérez
Creative Director/Art Director: Fernando Passos
Creative Director/Copywriter: Dan McCormack
Art Director: Chris Cavalieri, Tyler Bartley
Copywriter: Alejandro Peré, Tori Probert
Lead Designer: Hung Vinh
Designer: Jaehyuk Choi, Erin Knott
Head of Production: John Pratt
Executive Director of Content & Delivery: Brian Cooper
Senior Producer: Shobin Mathew
Director of Music: Daniel Kuypers
Associate Music Producer: Nick Maker
Managing Director: Jeff Adkins
Client Service Director: Lianne Sinclair
Global Account Director: Jamie DeFer
Account Supervisor: Layne Steele Paddon
Account Executive: Kristen Miller
Group Planning Director: Elke Anderle
Global Strategy Director: Allison Arling-Giorgi
Production Company: Flare Studio / Flare
Director: German Mairen, Marcos Mijan, Ross Bolidai, Daniel Ryan
Executive Producer: Mitch Monzon
Senior Post Producer: Jenny McDonald
Post Producer: Samantha Vaupel
Managing Editor: Casey Cobler
Junior Editor: Austin Andries
Editor: Sean Berringer
Audio: Katy Mindeman
Color: Fred Keller
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