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Ancestry Invites People to Piece Together Their Family History in Latest Campaign

Campaign visually demonstrates rich tapestry of information available on the Ancestry website

Ancestry Invites People to Piece Together Their Family History in Latest Campaign

Ancestry, the global leader in family history, has launched ‘There Could Be More To Your Story’, an integrated campaign to broaden the brand’s appeal to a wider audience.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi Australia, the campaign is the agency’s first piece of work for Ancestry since winning the project in December 2020.

The campaign creative leans into the intrigue and meaningful discoveries associated with family history as the inspiration for people to discover the stories of their ancestors’ lives.

Shot by Scoundrel award-winning director James Dive, the campaign film aims to inspire people to explore their own family history by visually demonstrating the rich tapestry of information available on the Ancestry website.

Erin Bennett, Ancestry Country Manager, Australia, says: “Saatchi & Saatchi really understand the magic that can come from uncovering the stories in your family history, and their creative concepts bring this emotion to life in a fresh, visually-compelling way that strongly captures our brand identity. We look forward to sharing these powerful stories.”

Saatchi & Saatchi Chief Creative Officer, Mike Spirkovski, adds: “It’s fascinating how little many of us know of our past, especially the finer details which create the bigger picture. We wanted to showcase just how much goes into an individual’s story and the discoveries one could make when using Ancestry.”

Anna Cherry, National Head of Strategy at Spark Foundry, Ancestry’s media agency comments on how the new creative campaign reflects a focus on reaching a ‘curious’ audience: “Studies have shown that deliberately piquing ‘curiosity’ activates a chemical reaction in the brain which is a powerful driver of sustained motivation, encouraging repeat visitation that creates profitable growth.

“Identifying the curious through their behaviours and speaking to them emotionally changes the way they engage. To do this, we moved from a demographic audience to a mind-set approach that leveraged survey data to build an audience that identified themselves as curious. We then built a proprietary tool to determine where and how to reach them.

“It’s wonderful to work with a partner like Saatchi & Saatchi who can help reflect this focus on reaching the curious audience end-to-end; from our media approach to the creative that will be in market.”

The campaign launched with an ANZAC film supported with creative that talks to both the DNA and Family History product offerings. The campaign will run in Australia and New Zealand. Spark Foundry is handling media.

To view Ancestry’s ‘There Could Be More To Your Story’ campaign visit:

Brand: https://vimeo.com/544882373/c591117dff

Anzac: https://vimeo.com/544882299/ec7e16d20c

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Client: Ancestry

Country Manager AUNZ: Erin Bennett

Senior Marketing Manager: Jenni Dodd

Creative Director INLT: Alex Stainton

Director Consumer Insights: Maxine Walter

Creative Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Australia

Chief Creative Officer: Mike Spirkovski

Senior Copywriter: Jack Wall

Senior Art Director: Phil Harkness

Executive Producer: Rachel Devine

Head of Planning: Graham Sweet

General Manager: Toby Aldred

Group Account Director: Libby Weston-Webb

Senior Account Manager: Tress Wilson

Production Company: Scoundrel

Director: James Dive

Editor: Adam Wills

Post Production: FIN Design

Audio: Squeak E. Clean Studios

Media Agency: Spark Foundry

Category: Media and Entertainment , Online

Genre: Storytelling