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BBH Helps NTUC Income Tell Singaporean Parents to Be the 'Last Sandwich Generation'

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The campaign highlights the financial struggles children feel when providing for their parents and how a retirement plan might just be the answer

BBH Helps NTUC Income Tell Singaporean Parents to Be the 'Last Sandwich Generation'

Singaporean parents with young children have always been squeezed financially between supporting their parents and providing for their children. This great cycle of filial piety and financial pressure has remained unchanged, for the so-called “sandwich generation”.

NTUC Income (Income), one of Singapore’s largest insurers, has launched a campaign that seeks to end the sandwich generation cycle.

Developed by BBH Singapore, the campaign, which uses the tagline “We can be the last sandwich generation, when we plan our retirement” positions Income as a partner in retirement planning and aims to educate young parents of the role they can play in ending the vicious cycle of financial dependence on their children by planning for their retirement.

The campaign drew its insight from a study commissioned by Income and conducted by Kantar, showing that 94% of individuals that fell within the sandwich generation feel financially pressured while 80% of young Singaporeans feel they will become the next sandwich generation. The research also showed that close to 60% of the sandwich generation has not started planning for their retirement.

On a more positive side, nine in 10 parents believe that they have better opportunities to prevent their children from becoming the next Sandwich Generation.

The film at the centre of the campaign captures the pressures of a young man caught between caring for his parents and providing for his own family, eventually leading him to ensure he liberates his daughter of the financial responsibilities that he has been burdened with.

Marcus Chew, chief marketing officer, Income, said: “We believe that today’s generation of parents have better access to the knowledge and financial tools to be financially independent in their retirement years, as compared to their own parents before. By planning their retirement, they can ensure their children will not have to be ‘sandwiched’ in future since their parents are financially independent. We hope that our target audience will embrace this message that we have shared through a relatable campaign.”

Janson Choo, BBH Singapore said: “The thing about being a sandwich generation is that many of us have a defeatist attitude towards it. We think of it almost like part of adulthood or growing up, and it becomes a vicious cycle from parent to child. So when Marcus and his team proposed the idea of ending the 'sandwich generation', it immediately resonated with us. There is a way out. It's not going to be easy, but we can be the last, so that our children won't have to be sandwiched in the future.”

The campaign is accompanied by social, digital, OOH and in-store components that further amplify the central idea - “We can be the last sandwich generation”. 

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BBH Singapore, Thu, 05 Sep 2019 09:31:45 GMT