Partners + Napier Creates "Six Feet Saves" To Help Spread Preventative COVID-19 Message To Underserved Communities

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Robert Goldrich
Monday, Apr. 6, 2020

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With social distancing a critical part of inhibiting the spread of COVID-19, Rochester-based ad agency Partners + Napier has created a pro bono communications effort to encourage people to stay home or--barring that--a minimum of six feet apart. The effort was the result of a task force that includes the Monroe County Department of Health, Rochester Regional Health, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Causewave Community Partners.

The fully integrated campaign--including this English-language version PSA--primarily targets often-underserved populations, including urban, Latino and hearing-impaired people, with a broad message that is simple and empowering: “Stay Home or Stay Six Feet Apart.”

The work includes radio and TV spots that will run during time donated by local broadcasters. There will also be an out-of-home blitz that includes traditional media like posters, as well as a guerrilla marketing effort using temporary spray paint and stencils to spread the message in unexpected places around the city, including on walls, sidewalks, front porches and the floors of grocery stores. These tactics were necessary due to the limited media options that reach underserved communities and the flexibility they offer in quickly tailoring campaign messaging.

Because the “Do Your Part. Stay Apart.” message applies to everyone across the U.S., the Monroe County COVID-19 Task Force agreed with the agency’s recommendation to share the creative assets widely.

The campaign landing page at www.sixfeetsaves.org includes a fully integrated suite of assets that are free to download, including both English and Spanish versions. This downloadable toolkit will allow any community or municipality to activate the messaging for their own use.

“Reminding people to stay six feet apart is a simple message that needs to be shared everywhere. That’s why we made the work free and accessible to any person or entity who needs it. Social distancing is critical to flattening the infection rate curve so as not to overwhelm our healthcare system, here and everywhere,” said Rob Kottkamp, chief creative officer of Partners + Napier.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic’s profound impact on the country and on the world, we didn’t hesitate when local government officials asked for our help,” said Sharon Napier, chair and founder of Partners + Napier. “We are proud to contribute to this effort at a time when too many people feel helpless and uncertain. It feels good to create certainty through purpose.”

Credits

Client Monroe County Department of Health, Rochester Regional Health, University of Rochester Medical Center, Causewave Community Partners Agency Partners + Napier, Rochester, NY Rob Kottkamp, chief creative officer; Mike Baron, executive creative director; Dan O’Donnell, Andy Rose, group creative directors; Rick Calzi, Max Brown, Rob Warchol, sr. art directors; Andrew Scott, copywriter; Isabel Drukker, associate copywriter; Matt Spaull, creative supervisor; Mike Hernandez, motion graphics designer; Parker Bement, cinematographer/editor; Jake Abbott, director of UX & development; Rob Lioy, lead technologist; Geoff Harris, marketing technologist; CJ Gaffney, VP director of strategy; Stephanie Bane, planning director; Marc Priddy, sr. brand strategist; Melissa Smith, director, creative resources; JP Smith, sr. production artist; Lisa Celestino, production artist; Wendy DiSalvo, production supervisor; Erin Dwyer, editorial services manager.

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