COLUMBUS, Ga., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, today announced the debut of its newest television commercial, "Aflac Duck Working Overtime." The commercial, which is being launched during benefits enrollment season, introduces Aflac's latest industry innovation, DuckChatSM via Facebook Messenger. It's a new 24/7 platform that will aid consumers in understanding questions that are often asked during benefits enrollment. DuckChatSM plays a central role in Aflac's campaign to help consumers from feeling overwhelmed and deterred from enrolling in, or applying for, the types and amounts of insurance they may need. The commercial will air tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 31, during "This is Us" on NBC at 9 p.m. ET and will continue to run on a variety of television programs and channels.
"With the launch of DuckChatSM, the Aflac Duck will be available 24/7 to offer smart, funny, relatable and easy-to-understand answers to some common benefits enrollment questions," said Catherine Hernandez-Blades, chief brand and communications officer at Aflac. "In the process, the Aflac Duck will help explain the importance of insurance in every person's life, no matter what life stage they may be enjoying — and help ensure consumers know more about benefits options regardless of whether they are an Aflac customer or not."
DuckChatSM can help users with topics such as enrollment, benefits options, insurance definitions and coverage choices. To start chatting, search for the Aflac Duck on Facebook Messenger. The Aflac Duck typically responds immediately and mimics human learning. This innovative learning style means that the more questions he is asked — from definitions of insurance lingo to the details of his life — the more he learns, the smarter he becomes and the better answers he provides. Aflac is the first voluntary insurance company to meet consumer demand for an easy way to access benefits information using the Facebook Messenger platform.
To complement the TV spot, the integrated marketing campaign will include content designed for digital and online video advertising, public relations support, and sponsorships with Hulu and the CW. Additionally, Aflac's tens of thousands of agents and brokers will be equipped with enrollment collateral to help improve their in-person benefits enrollment experience. The Aflac Duck's popular social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) will showcase GIFs and short videos of the duck working overtime to respond to everyone's benefits questions.
"Particularly for those who have had questions go unanswered in the past or who have never enrolled in benefits before, DuckChatSM may help make the process easier and, perhaps, even fun thanks to a very chatty Aflac Duck," added Hernandez-Blades.
When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For more than six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive, process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. In Japan, Aflac is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance and insures 1 in 4 households. Aflac insurance products help provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For 11 consecutive years, Ethisphere has recognized Aflac as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies. In 2017, Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for the 19th consecutive year and in 2017 included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 16th time. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac and One Day PaySM, visit aflac.com or aflac.com/espanol.
Aflac herein means American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus and American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.