It’s probably nothing…
The most important thing about this campaign is that we want to be there when people experience their first back pain to prevent it from getting worse.
The people with ‘some form of back pain’ who ignore it for too long and think it’s probably nothing and don’t act on the signals when they should to avoid worse.
Observe the symptoms in time to prevent worse.
We introduced the concept of patients sharing their experiences with a visual artist, who would then transform their typical back pain stories into visual representations. Our objective was to infuse a unique and artistic perspective into the narrative, enhancing its engagement and relatability.
Ultimately, our goal was to convey that seemingly minor issues could evolve into serious conditions over time. By visualizing and narrating authentic back pain stories, we aimed to underscore the significance of recognizing and addressing initial signs
We highlighted the importance of recognizing early signs of back pain through authentic storytelling and visuals.
Authentic patient testimonials:
In collaboration with Novartis, we carefully selected an artist and four patients, each with their unique back pain stories. Our journey began with in-depth interviews, where the patients shared their personal narratives, igniting the artist's creative process. After several weeks, we invited the patients to the artist's studio, conducting additional interviews about their back pain experiences and unveiling the artist's interpretation of their stories. These patient stories made us acutely aware of the campaign's vital importance.
Social media campaign
Primary this campaign is focussed on potential patients, so mainly this is a social media campaign. And secondary aimed it is aimed at general practitioners and practices with a poster and a leaflet directly linked to a landings page about the campaign.
Imagination at work
The path to diagnosing this disease is often lengthy, with patients undergoing numerous treatments, searching for diagnoses, and battling self-doubt in their pursuit of relief. Our objective with this project was to heighten awareness among back pain patients and general practitioners, with the ultimate aim of boosting referrals for suspected patients to rheumatologists.
This campaign serves as proof that the foundation for success invariably lies in authentic storytelling – in identifying the right stories and presenting them to the appropriate audience in a visually distinctive manner.
"The client was very touched by the result; the campaign is seen as an example of how different a small campaign can be and at the same time effective. The paintings are now hanging at the Novartis office."
- Norvell Jefferson