State Farm Advertising

Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

18 September 2019

The new State Farm advertising makes no sense

There is some bad advertising and then there is State Farm advertising with Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. The ad makes no sense whatsoever.

“But so it goes with insurance advertising in general, not just State Farm advertising. None of it is persuasive. In fact, a lot if it is off putting.”

And why should it? We have a reptile, an emu, Zoltan and Flo just to name a few in the insurance advertising world. So, I guess State Farm thought it was a good idea to enter the fray of stupidity.

State Farm advertisingAccording to State Farm, consumers are supposed to believe that two of the biggest names in the NFL trust their State Farm agent more than their sports agent.

The State Farm advertising portrays the sports agent for Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers as a blabbering, naive idiot while Aaron Rodgers is all buddy buddy with his State Farm agent.

So, the guy Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes hire to be responsible for negotiating multi-million dollar contracts and being the watchdog of their careers can barely put two sentences together? If the person who is arguably the most important person in their lives is an idiot, why would anyone trust them in their choice of insurance agent? I mean this is a really, really stupid way to generate preference.

State Farm advertising just par for the course

But so it goes with insurance advertising in general, not just State Farm advertising. None of it is persuasive. In fact, a lot if it is off putting. Many people strongly dislike Flo and her sidekick Jamie. And I have no idea what an aggressive emu and an Australian gecko have to do with anything, let alone insurance.

These companies are spending a ton on advertising. GEICO spends more than a billion dollars a year. And my guess is that, rather than getting consumers to think more about their insurance, all of these ads are designed to get them to try to think less about it. It’s intentional and deliberate.

I wonder how much these advertising budgets cost consumers in insurance premiums? (GEICO says it spends $6 of every $100 of premiums on advertising.)

Insurance is hyper-regulated; so all coverages are basically the same. They are often dictated by the lien holder of whatever it is you are insuring. There also shouldn’t be a lot of difference in rates between two competing insurance companies, just out of good business practice and a free market.

So even when you see inane State Farm advertising, the insurance companies know there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the offers.

Oh sure, people will tell you that they switched and saved money. But that story is not unique to GEICO or Progressive or Liberty Mutual.

As stupid as State Farm advertising is, it unfortunately won’t be the last. The dumber the ad, the less the consumer thinks about insurance.

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  1. Kathy

    The State Farm commercials with Aaron Rogers are demeaning. I wish they would stop. I don’t like how Aaron plays his role. And I am a fan of Patrick’s. I am sorry he joined this group.

  2. Erwin

    Aaron Rodgers is awful on tv. Very dry facials and no pizazz.

  3. Mark worley

    these commercials are just plan stupid and not funny as they are intended to me. I think it would be wise for State Farm to spend the money from these ads to help policy holders. I would rather hear how a company has fulfilled its obligation to its policyholders first and not it’s shareholders. There must be a reason SF cannot do this. I read their reviews online and it’s not funny.

  4. LeoMarius

    I’ve actually started feeling sorry for “Gabe”. Rodgers and his dick SF agent are just bullying the guy now.

    Why is Rodgers so dumb that he cannot tell the difference between a talent agent and an insurance agent? Is his realtor going to get mad, too?

    If Rodgers hates Gabe so much, why doesn’t he get a better agent? R/L Rodgers signed a $134 million contract. That’s $13.4 million for Gabe. Why would Rodgers had over that kind of money to a guy he despises?

  5. jim laliberte

    Couldn’t agree more…I am really tired of lame advertising these days. As the author states…it is a trend in the insurance industry.

    And it’s not just this industry. American is so dumbed down from what it once was. Music, advertising, all the PC nonsense is to blame.


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