All brands are service brands nowadays...

Customer expectation is higher than ever before, people simply demand greater service from their brands these days. Our clients have to work harder to justify the loyalty or conversion of a new, shrewder consumer and service becomes a key differentiating factor in a congested marketplace.

Service briefs get tricky, often born out of difficult business problems; the facts get slipperier and the points of difference get fuzzier, but that’s what makes them fascinating to work on. Creatives can’t just dress-up client messages anymore, we have to help elevate their business. If that involves digging deeper to find a voice that is credible and a creative platform that feels fresh & relevant, then out comes the shovel.

O2 Home Broadband: Nobbling Broadband Niggles

OBJECTIVE: Positioning O2 as the honest broker of broadband.

WHAT'S THE STORY? As a late entrant to the broadband market, O2 asked us how could they leverage their award-wining service record to best effect.

OUR SOLUTION: We said. “It’s all about claiming the high ground, and staying true to your customer champion credentials”.

The market was littered with unscrupulous providers, bad practice was standard practice, people had come to accept common frustrations as the norm. We took these problems and gave them a name – ‘The Niggles & Narks of Broadband’: then set out to show how the internet had become contaminated by their annoying habits, and how O2 planned to eliminate them.

Our fully integrated campaign, including TV, cinema, print, DR press, cover wraps, retail, experiential, home page takeovers and digital media, led to O2’s highest upturn in brand affinity scores in years, and an award-winning, Niggle-Nobbling app.

EFFECTIVENESS: (Here’s the stats bit:)

• Spontaneous awareness jumped from 16% to 28%. Consideration doubled from 12% to 24%.

• We generated consumer and trade media interest, with the PR value of £576,804 in the first week of the campaign.

• Facebook ‘Likes’ increased from 16,000 to 65,000.

• There were 29,781 downloads of our Niggle-Nobbling app within the first 3 months and 125,483 new connections.

• A ‘real-time, Niggle-Nobble-squad’ was set up to respond to customer comments or complaints. A number of website faults, missing information and some pricing inaccuracies were flagged-up and swiftly resolved, much to everyone’s delight.


Hiscox Insurance: You are not alone

WHAT'S THE STORY? In 2008 we helped VCCP win the Hiscox Insurance pitch and established an enduring brand identity and tone of voice.

As a premium priced insurer, Hiscox’s true point of difference is in providing insurance that truly protects. Basically, if things go wrong, they pay up. In 2011, and in the depths of economic gloom, we created a film to articulate a philosophy and belief in the values the company was built on. Mr. Hiscox liked the film so much, he asked us to turn it into a brand campaign.


O2 Fanbook: Inside every customer

WHAT'S THE STORY? O2 asked us to help define a mission for their internal audience. We had to communicate their desire to play an increasingly vital role in their customers’ lives. O2’s CEO, Ronan Dunne launched our 2 minute film at their top 400 executive conference. We laid down 6 simple behaviours that would help O2 turn customers into Fans. Our approach was well received and gradually introduced to the 12,000 strong UK work force. And later reached a wider international audience when 02’s parent company Telefonica, also adopted it.

One senior O2 strategist described it as “One of the most important pieces of communication the company has made.

Click image below to view Fanbook film.


Metro newspaper: Reaching Urbanites

In a carefully phased campaign running across several weeks, we targeted our audience through as many different media channels as possible. Our octopi emails, chewy- tentacle DM packs, viral creature movies and blogs, directed media-bods to a unique microsite, (navigated by its own user-feely, tentacle-tool) to play and win coveted prizes whilst learning lots of exciting stats about the many arms of METROCTOPUS.

COVERAGE & FEEDBACK: Let it never be said that our media buying community lack competitive edge or ingenuity. We had to disqualify one agency (who shall remain nameless) for attempting to hack into our competition leaderboard in their pursuit of METROCTOPUS glory.



O2 Academy venues: Soundcheck

COVERAGE & FEEDBACK: Two music journalists said this was exactly the kind of content, (a digital souvenir), music fans would kill for. The head of Channel 4 Music got excited. A lot of internal politics and wrangling later, we went round and round, crashed and burned and landed absolutely nowhere. But we tried goddammit! We tried!

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