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How OOH is Encouraging Californians to ‘Get It’

several major markets in California including Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Fresco.

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New Spot Encourages Californians to Get It


Despite more and more brands leaning into values-driven marketing to address today’s most pressing cultural issues – the COVID-19 pandemic and the public service messages surrounding it continue to be a grey area for most. Not for Blue Shield of California (BSC). Over the last year, the brand has tackled the most pressing topics gripping its community – from the plight of frontline workers and the mask debate to the inequality facing women. Now, the brand has turned its attention to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“As a healthcare company, Blue Shield believes in the importance of getting the Covid-19 vaccine as a public health imperative. In today’s cultural climate, vaccine leadership also requires awareness, education, and encouragement, to inspire the collective action necessary to overcome this public health crisis,” said Jake Bayham, Head of Strategy at BSSP. 

As one of the largest U.S. states, California is in the headlines nearly every day about how it’s handling the vaccine rollout. BSC’s newest commercial aims to change the tone of that conversation and combat some of the misinformation surrounding COVID-19, spotlighting the stories of why people should get the vaccine.  “Get It For,” developed in collaboration with agency partner Butler Shine Stern & Partners (BSSP), centers on optimism and hope. It’s an appeal to the broader human emotions that are inherently more difficult to deny. It appeals to the universal longing to return to normal – get it for hugs, birthdays, concerts, family photos, for holding hands, the spot says. English and Spanish versions of this new spot started rolling out in February – airing on TV across major broadcast and cable stations throughout CA. 

Starting April 12, the brand has also started to roll out supporting Out Of Home elements – a mix of bulletins, digital signage, bus and transit ads – across several major markets in California including Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Fresco. See attached for some examples of the new OOH executions. 

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See below for team credits   


CLIENT: Blue Shield of California
Blair McGrain – VP, Brand & Customer Acquisition
Suzanne Buffington – Sr. Director, Advertising, Sponsorships & Medi-Cal
Betsy Bellotti – Senior Brand Strategist            

John Butler – CCO / CO- CHAIRMAN
Sinan Dagli- Group Creative Director
Chris Cummings- Chief Strategy Officer
Jake Bayham – Head of Strategy
Kelly Bernard- Art Director
Rodd Naimi – Copywriter
Vince Genovese – Exec. Director Integrated Production
Grace Lazarus – Sr. Integrated Producer
Diana Gonzalez Cash – Group Account Director
Megan Siewert – Account Executive             

Brian Lagerhausen – Editor / Partner
Jon Ettinger – EP / Partner     

MUSIC: Barking Owl
KC Dossett – Producer
Barking Owl – Composer
Kelly Bayett – Creative Director 


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