Unearthing market and audience insights
Deep category and consumer insights were established to inform a distinctive campaign identity and creative direction. Reviewing the category norms, we uncovered certain visual and verbal cues that law firms tend to use (and use and use…) in their marketing.
Visually, we saw that legal advertising almost always features either lawyers themselves or legal instruments, perhaps to demonstrate authority. This then tends to be supported by messaging in a similar vein, with language following an “on your side”, “us vs. them” approach.
Both of these trends focused on the legal firm, rather than on the people they serve. There was little in the way of language empowering the individual. So, we saw this as interesting, relevant and powerful territory to work within.
An audience-related insight further cemented this strategy. We discovered that many people in the position to file a legitimate legal claim don’t do so, as the foreseen stress seems like more than the process is worth. This effect on emotional and even physical wellbeing not only applies to the person considering a lawyer, but also their families.
Strategy guiding the creative idea
Our goal wasn’t just to appeal to Australians considering the need for legal support right now. We sought to strengthen the brand and build long-term awareness and understanding by communicating the underlying strength of the service. In doing so, we’d show that Turner Freeman aren’t just experts in law, but have a deep and nuanced understanding of the personal nature of being involved in situations in which legal advice becomes necessary.
If we could speak to our audience on a human level, we would communicate a unique position for Turner Freeman. So, we set out to develop a creative platform addressing the stress associated with being involved in legal action. We would spotlight the role that a law-firm should play in helping to share the burden and provide hope in situations that can often seem insurmountable.
When something bad happens, life keeps going without caring about your problems; this is the emotional situation that most people looking for legal support find themselves in. And this understanding would provide the framework upon which we’d build our creative and communications.
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