FISTBUMP

Short List
ClientDEXCOM
Category A05. Health & Wellness Tech
TitleFISTBUMP
Product/ServiceDEXCOM G6
Entrant McCANN BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Idea Creation McCANN BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
Production RORSCHACH RADIO London, UNITED KINGDOM
Credits
Name Company Position
Vince McSweeney McCann Birmingham Chief Creative Officer
Chris Robertson McCann Birmingham Executive Creative Director
Joe Ivory McCann Birmingham Senior Copywriter
Jamie Buckingham McCann Birmingham Senior Art Director
Pam Myers Rorschach Producer
Tim Lofts Rorschach Engineer

Describe any restrictions or regulations regarding Healthcare/RX/Pharma communications in your country/region including

In the UK, health and wellness communications are governed by the ABPI/PMCPA, PAGB and MHRA with guidance provided by ASA. Medical devices are also covered by the Medical Device Regulation (EU) 2017/745.

Describe the target audience and why your work is relevant to them. Pharma audience types:

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Write a short summary of what happens in the radio advert

People with diabetes have to regularly check their blood by pricking their finger with a needle around 4,000 times every year. They hate it. But with the Dexcom G6, those days are over. It monitors blood without any needles at all. That means no more pricks. Our ads highlight this massively important product feature by focusing on the fact that in English, there are two types of annoying prick. A very British voice tells us that because there are so many of one type, we made a diabetes monitoring system without the other type.

Script. Provide the full radio advert script in English.

MVO British people who fistbump. That guy who stops at the top of the escalator to check his phone. Public face-timers. People who say ‘amazing’. That guy on Twitter who ends every tweet with ‘let that sink in’. Bartenders who call themselves ‘mixologists’. New mums on Facebook (hashtag blessed). Gym bros. Bike bros. Coffee bros. Just…bros. Instagram couples. Lifestyle gurus. That teacher you had. You know the one. Your ex. Your ex’s new partner. All your ex’s new partner’s friends. The world is already full of pricks. So we made a glucose monitoring system that doesn’t have any. The Dexcom G6. No needles. No pricks.

Cultural/Context information for the jury

In English, a ‘prick’ can mean making a hole with a sharp point – like when someone with diabetes uses a needle to test blood. It is also an insult. ‘Prick’ is something you call an obnoxious, unpleasant and annoying person. In the UK, where these ads ran, it’s a word with strong, divisive impact. In fact, it is banned by mainstream radio stations – which is why we found alternative outlets for our work: Spotify and digital radio stations.