Bharti AXA General Insurance Takes to the Streets to Spread Health Insurance Awareness

 Bharti AXA General Insurance Takes to the Streets to Spread Health Insurance

  PR Newswire

  BANGALORE, January 8, 2014

BANGALORE, January 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Harnesses the Power of Viral Internet Marketing With True-to-life Videos
Centred Around Critical Illness

Health insurance penetration at sub 15 percent in the country points to the
acute lack of awareness about the importance of health insurance in India. In
a pioneering effort to increase awareness and instil the importance of health
insurance, specifically around critical illness, Bharti AXA General Insurance
(GI), one of the fastest growing multi-line general insurance companies in
India, has launched a unique and innovative viral communication campaign on
the internet around the theme of Lifestyle Protection (LSP) - which underlines
the need for a critical illness insurance cover.

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To most people today, health insurance translates to merely covering
hospitalization/medical treatment costs. While this is fine for an illness
that can be cured in the short term, what happens when an individual is
rendered incapable of living a normal life due to incidence of critical
illness for an extended period of time? Besides the hospitalization/medical
treatment expenses that he/she would have to meet, other financial commitments
like EMIs, children's school fees, credit card expenses etc also suffer as the
individual is unable to go to work and earn a regular income. This is where
newer products like a critical illness health insurance policy help as they
provide lump sum compensation that can help in meeting day-to-day expenses and
covering hospitalization costs.

A first-of-its-kind campaign in the insurance industry, Bharti AXA GI's
digital campaign successfully capitalises the most potent communication medium
today - the digital platform, in communicating the need-of-the-hour for
insurance - to create an awareness of the importance of a critical illness
health insurance policy.Seven videos have been developed that narrate the
predicaments of ordinary people who suffer from critical illnesses and are
forced to work while they are ill, owing to the financial commitments. The
videos take a slice-of-life look at people from different walks of life -
women, entrepreneurs, working professionals, with the aim of driving home the
point that a critical illness could hit any one of us. The videos end with
creating awareness about Bharti AXA GI's critical illness policy that provides
them with lump sum compensation that can take care of the financial
commitments while the customers peacefully recover from their illness. The
digital platform was chosen for this campaign for its ability to maximise
reach to the target audience - young working individuals who use the internet
on a daily basis, and to promote Bharti AXA GI's new e-commerce enabled

Commenting on the campaign, Dr. Amarnath Ananthanarayanan, MD and CEO, Bharti
AXA General Insurance, said, "Innovation is one of the core values on which
our company is built and we are constantly looking at new perspectives,
methods and approaches when it comes to any aspect of business, service,
product development, delivery etc. This campaign is another step in that
direction. The videos are designed such that the common man can easily relate
to them and hence they have the potential to instil the need for health
insurance among them. Even the minority that does have some form of health
insurance is not completely aware of the options available; and ends up buying
a policy that may or may not suit them. With this viral communication
campaign, we aim to increase awareness about health insurance and help the aam
admi choose the right health insurance policy."

The fact that the incidence of a critical illness can happen to anyone is
clearly denoted in the choice of the characters in the videos. The videos
depict people from different parts of the country as well people from
different professions. They are a mix of candid videos and scripted videos.
The candid videos depict people from different regions, where a real life
scene has been shot. The onlookers are not aware of the shooting and only see
a patient, a fellow commuter, trying to make it to work while being critically
ill. The scripted videos, which depict people from different professions, are
based on drafted scripts and hired actors. One of the candid videos shows a
critically ill south Indian trying to catch a bus to get to work in Mumbai,
and how other people at the bus stop try to advise and help him. Another video
shows a critically ill Bengali man entering a café and telling his boss, on a
telephonic conversation, that he will be in office although he is ill. The
scripted videos show an entrepreneur, an airhostess and other professionals.
The videos will be promoted on all social media channels including Facebook ,
YouTube and Linked In . They will also be featuring on relevant websites and
portals which are targeted at the target audience. Allied activities like
contests for employees to share the videos and communication to customers and
partners are also underway.

Taking the viral communication campaign a step further, the company has also
launched a working patient journal aptly titled 'Patient Times' that carries
updates on patients, who are seen working or are spotted at unusual places. It
also has content for patients, including dos and don'ts and other useful and
informative content.

Patient Times can be viewed at

The company also launched a television commercial centred around the working
patient last month.

With internet penetration steadily increasing in our country, people are
increasingly using the online platform for information and awareness.
Organisational communication today is incomplete without a strong play on the
digital platform. Customers are fast moving towards this medium and this will
soon be the avenue to address the maximum captive audience. For creating
awareness, the digital medium is where the market is moving. Hence, from sales
as well as PR and brand building perspectives, the importance of the digital
platform is increasingly becoming essential - and this is slated to become as
crucial a component of a company's marketing objectives as television or

The videos can be viewed here .

About Bharti AXA General Insurance:

Bharti AXA General Insurance Company Ltd is a joint venture between Bharti
Enterprises, a leading Indian business group and AXA, a world leader in
financial protection. The joint venture company has a 74% stake from Bharti
and 26% stake of the AXA Group. Presently, the organization has cashless
facilities in over 3900 network hospitals and over 1800 garages as well as
24/7 claims registration through multi-modal channels like e-mail and SMS. The
organization commenced national operations in August 2008 and currently has 58
branch offices across the country. The company has had a capital infusion of
over INR 900 crores so far. Bharti AXA General Insurance is the only Indian
company in the lifeand general insurance category to have been nominated for
and won the 'Risk Manager of the Year' award at the Asia Insurance Industry
Awards 2011. The organization was also awarded the prestigious 'Personal Lines
Growth Leadership Award 2011' at the India Insurance Awards 2011 and this won
the 'Best Product Innovation Award' and 'Commercial Lines Growth Leadership
Award' at India Insurance Awards 2012. It won the 'Best Employer Brand' award
at the IPE BFSI Awards 2012 and 'Claims Initiative of the Year' award at Star
of the Industry Awards 2012. Further, it is also the first organization in the
GI Industry to receive dual certifications of ISO 9001:2008and ISO 27001:2005
within the first year of operations in 2009 and subsequently re-certified in
2012 for further 3 years.

Primary Media Contact: Harshita Nair, ,

Secondary Media Contact: Subhasish Mohanty, ,

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