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Trusted Choice® Commercials Win Aurora Awards

"Pledge of Performance" and "Hurricane Katrina" spots recognized by international film/video competition

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 13, 2009—Two Trusted Choice® television ads have been recognized with Aurora Awards this year. 

The first ad, focusing on the Trusted Choice® “Pledge of Performance” and featuring agents from across the country, was awarded the Aurora Gold Award for Insurance. The second ad, discussing Trusted Choice®   efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was awarded the Gold Aurora Award for Financial Services.

 “We’re honored that Trusted Choice® has been recognized by the Aurora Awards,” says Dave Evans, Trusted Choice® executive director. “Trusted Choice® agents are the only independent insurance agents that agree to adhere to a pledge of performance and this ad is designed to showcase Trusted Choice® agents’ commitment to consumers across the country. We’re glad this message is resonating with consumers as well as film professionals.”

The Aurora Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence in the film and video industries, specifically targeting commercials. Past winners in the insurance category include GEICO and Auto Insurance Specialists. Entries come from across the United States and abroad, including Russia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia and Mexico. Panels of working film and video professionals judge the entries in major cities across the country. Entries are judged on a fixed scale on creativity, message effectiveness and technical excellence.

The 2007 Trusted Choice® commercial, “Life Changes,” won an Aurora Award for excellence and took home the 2007 Gold Award in the insurance category.

“The Trusted Choice® brand is so much more than just advertising - it’s about experience, excellence, customer service and value,” says Brett Nilsson, Big “I” chairman. “We are very pleased the Aurora judges agreed that the Trusted Choice® message of choice of companies, customized policies and advocacy support was conveyed effectively. Our brand recognition is growing every day and these awards are just one more signal that it’s making an impact with consumers.”

The “Pledge of Performance” commercial features six Trusted Choice® agents from around the country reciting tenets of the Pledge. The agents include Rick Gregson from Tuscon, Ariz.,  Alex Soto from Miami, Fla., Fred Lautenbach from Littleton, Colo., Eileen Frank from New York, N.Y., Keith Riley from Benton, Ky. and Julie Turner from Greenville, S.C.

The “Hurricane Katrina” commercial was filmed at Daniel’s South Beach Restaurant in Bay St. Louis, Miss., one of the hardest hit communities in the gulf region. The ad also features the restaurant’s owner Ray Murphy and Robert Rusbuldt, Trusted Choice® president.

To view the ads and Pledge, visit Media buys included Fox News, CNN, the Food Network, the Travel Channel and the Weather Channel.

Trusted Choice® is promoted through a combination of national, state-level and local-agency advertising, promotional and marketing activities; insurance company branding; public relations campaigns and online initiatives.

Launched in October 2001 by the Big “I” and several agency companies, Trusted Choice® educates consumers about the benefits of using independent agents and brokers for their insurance needs: choice of companies, customized policies and advocacy support. Trusted Choice® is the consumer marketing identity for more than 10,400 independent insurance agencies, brokerage firms, their branch locations and 53 leading insurance companies. 


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