Oura Ring, a Wellness Wearable, Wrote a Musical Ode to Listening to Your Body

A relatable way to frame health information

Wellness wearable Oura Ring tweaks the kids' tune "If You're Happy and You Know It" in the brand's first campaign from Mischief @ No Fixed Address, focusing on the human side of fitness.

The lead :60 looks at folks who plan their daily regimens based on various data the smart ring can provide about sleep, stress and anxiety. They're advised to skip the gym if they've overdone it, and get adequate rest before jogging or hitting the bike trail. And if a CGI birdie chimes in with an encouraging word, well, that's all to the good:

Know why you feel how you feel | Oura

"If you're tired and you know it, skip the gym.
If you haven't fully recovered from yesterday's workout, skip the gym.
If your readiness score is weak and you could use a bit more sleep,
If you're burnt out and you know it, skip the gym.

 

If you're anxious and you know it, take a break.
So busy you're immobilized by stress, take a break.
If your resting heart rate is concerning, and your sweaty palms returning...
If you're stressed out and you know it, take a break.

 

If you're ready and you know it, bring it on.
If you got enough deep sleep and you know it, bring it on.
If your heart rate variability is 50, and your body temperature's normal...
If your breathing rate is optimal and you know it… Bring it on!"

Putting the power in your hands

"The initial inspiration was the thought that information is power, especially when it comes to your health," says Jeff McCrory, strategy head at Mischief, which developed the work with Revolver Films director Scott Cudmore. "We don't think of our health information as 'ours.' We believe this information is out of our reach, or we won't be able to understand it, or take advantage of it. But that's really what Oura does—it translates your personal health data into actionable, daily information and advice."

"Oura puts this incredibly useful information, this power, literally in your hands—which is a horrible pun given that it's a ring," McCrory says. When planning the campaign, the creative team asked themselves, "How we humanize this thought?" he says. "It couldn't be a science lecture—they needed to feel it."

The lighter touch

So, Mischief took a fun approach, eschewing "One more rep!" messaging in favor of light comedy it hopes will speak in relatable terms to the broadest possible audience.

"Yes, it'll skew slightly more toward health enthusiasts and tech-interested groups, but Oura really does deliver extremely useful personal health data and guidance to anyone and everyone," McCrory says. "You don't have to be a hardcore fitness fanatic for Oura to work for you—although it will if you are."

"We think our approach will work because it's more human and empathetic than so much of the fitness and health wearable messaging," he says. "We thought of the never-ending grind to constantly 'Do better now!' as our enemy. We want people to smile, feel empowered and think, 'Hey, I should check that out!'"

As for the song selection, "we wanted to convey the idea that people can't change what they don't know," says Mischief executive creative director Bianca Guimaraes. "So, when the team shared the idea of changing the lyrics of a universally known song that's all about acting when you know how you're feeling, it felt like the perfect match."

"The playfulness and levity of using a song was also something that felt right for Oura, since they're all about people doing what's right for them instead of listening to the pressure that society puts on people," she says.

Humble steps, giant leaps

"Whether it's a humble step or a giant leap, we want to inspire and empower our customers on their journeys to wellbeing," says Oura creative chief Abdul Wahid Ovaice. "For the brand campaign, we wanted to distill our message down to its essence while articulating it in a unique and creative way. We wanted to keep things simple yet poetic."

A few months back, fitness tracker Whoop also waxed poetic in ads from Droga5, leaning into our shared obsession wth pop-culture factoids and trivia.

Versions of Oura's commercial, tagged "Know why you feel how you feel," will appear on various TV, digital and social platforms. The spot follows its recent billboard appearance in Times Square, tracking how much sleep Americans lost on election night.

CREDITS

Agency: Mischief @ No Fixed Address 
Greg Hahn, Chief Creative Officer
Kerry McKibbin, President
Bianca Guimaraes, Executive Creative Director
Kevin Mulroy, Executive Creative Director
Jeff McCrory, Chief Strategy Officer
Dominique Raso, Assoc. Creative Director
Anand Iyer, Assoc. Creative Director
Leila Chee, Business Manager
Clair Galea, Producer
Will Dempster, VP Production 

Brand: Oura Ring
Harpreet Rai, CEO
Michael Chapp, COO
Jessica English, VP of Brand
Abdul Ovaice, Head of Creative
Cara Drolshagen, Director of Brand Strategy
Luke Yun, Director of Social
Matthew O'Day, Head of Performance Marketing
Alexis McDowel, Head of Communications

Production House: Revolver Films Executive 
Luc Frappier, Producer 
Richard Cureton, Producer
Scott Cudmore, Director 
Bobby Shore, DOP 
Jessica Jerome, PD 
Peter Oad, Line Producer 

Casting: Mann Casting 
Steven Mann, Casting Director 

Offline Editorial: Rooster Post Production 
Michelle Czukar, Editor 
Jordan Giles, Editing Assist 
Melissa Kahn, Executive Producer 
Wade Odlum, Transfer/Online Colourist
Erik Bayley, Colour Assistant 
Jerry Corda-Stanley, CG
Mike Waldrum, CG
Eric Perrella, VFX
Darren Achim, VFX and Online
Saba Zahir, Online assistant  
Ian Flaig, Animation 
Pallavi Joshi-Firby, Post Producer 
Shenny Jaffer, Exec Producer  

Music: JSM Music 
Joel Simon, CCO/CEO/Co-Composer 
Jeff Fiorello, VP/Executive Producer 
Norm Felker, Producer
Andrew Manning, Producer
Sharon Cha, Producer 
Nathan Kil, Co-Composer/Sound Designer 

Audio Mix: Grayson Music Group 
Tyson Ketuyi, Voice Director
Brian Bernard, Mixer 
Nicholas Shaw, Producer

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