MARKETING TELEMARKETING AWARDS 1998: Travel and Leisure

Winner
Client: EasyJet Airline Company
Agency: In-house

Winner

Client: EasyJet Airline Company

Agency: In-house



Launched in 1995 on a promise of low fares, EasyJet has expanded from a

fleet of two aircraft flying between London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, to

six serving additional destinations such as Nice, Barcelona and

Amsterdam.



The fleet is due to triple in size to 18 planes within the next two

years.



The EasyJet operation is only able to offer fares as low as half those

of competitors by cutting out the travel agent and selling direct to the

public.



It does this through its own call centre in Luton, where 130 sales

agents handle not only UK bookings, but orders from customers in France,

Spain and the Netherlands.



These customers pay the national toll in their own countries and EasyJet

pays for the calls to be transferred to the UK, where they are handled

by French-, Spanish- and Dutch-speaking operators.



The corporate telephone number, 0990 29 29 29, figures large on the

sides of all its aircraft, as well as in TV and outdoor advertising.



This number now accounts for about a third of all incoming calls.

However, EasyJet also uses other unique numbers in press advertising and

on its Internet site, for the efficient tracking of responses on a daily

basis.



Highly Commended

Client: BMG Records

Agency: Broadsystem



In what is an increasingly cluttered boy-band market, BMG Records wanted

to launch its new act 5ive in a way that set it apart from the

competition and bypassed the traditional and arduous route to awareness

by securing sufficient radio airtime.



The solution was to set up an automated line to provide details on all

the band’s public relations activities. The Freefone 0800 tariff was

selected to boost initial interest, and an automated service was put in

place by Broadsystem.



This had two advantages: it minimised operating costs, and incorporated

a pre-recorded greeting from the band members which gave fans a flavour

of the band and its debut release.



The information line took tens of thousands of calls. This resulted in

extensive sampling of the debut single by potential fans, and

contributed significantly to the single’s UK Top 10 chart success. The

database compiled via the information line has been used by BMG to send

fans information about the band’s new releases, in a further sales

drive.



Highly Commended

Client: Alton Towers

Agency: Telecom Potential Group



An information line devised by Telecom Potential to promote the latest

ride at the Alton Towers theme park and secure advance bookings, taps

into the young male psyche by taunting callers. ’If you decide not to

(try the ride) no-one will consider it a weakness or a lack of nerve.

Honest,’ mocks the recorded voice.



The ride in question is Oblivion, a 200ft, face-first vertical drop.



It is claimed to be the world’s first vertical-drop roller-coaster.



Details were kept secret until a week before the launch of Oblivion in

March. The Nationalcall telephone number and booking service were

launched the same day, with the number appearing in DRTV and press

ads.



It was part of the strategy that the information line should be an

experience, as well as a means of booking places. Within hours, all

available times for the first day were booked, and in the few weeks that

followed, up to the time the awards entry was prepared, about 20% of

bookable slots were being reserved on a daily basis.



Discussion

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Brand Republic Jobs

subscribe now

Latest

Oasis #springasmile digital campaign gets people doing good deeds
Coca-Cola: 'Don't approach bloggers with a fait accompli'
Tesco CMO Matt Atkinson: 'It is so important not to stereotype mothers'
McDonald's gives Ronald a new look ahead of global 'Fun times' social media push
In pictures: BrewDog opens first craft beer shop BottleDog for 'beer aficionados'
Facebook ad revenue leaps $1bn as it invests in targeting
Malteser or Maltesers? Mars takes Hershey trademark dispute to court
Apple Q2 profits top $10bn as iPhone sales soar
Lynx tells men not to leave love to fate
HBO captures awkwardness of watching sex scenes with parents
Primark to open first US stores with Boston chosen as flagship location
Marketing spend on the up but a reality check is needed before celebrating
Top 10 ads of the week: Jackpotjoy and BT Broadband fend off Kevin Bacon
Lidl beats Tesco to 10m Facebook fans
Center Parcs ad banned for encouraging parents to take kids out of school
Coca-Cola, Cadbury and Amazon named top brands for targeting youth market
Leaked document shows Nokia to be rebranded as Microsoft Mobile
Nike lays-off hardware staff in move that casts doubt on future of FuelBand
Greenpeace says save the bees or humans will die
What brands need to know about changes to VAT and online downloads in 2015
Jimmy Savile victims urged to claim compensation in new ad campaign
UKIP launches biggest  ad campaign and stirs up 'racist' accusations
Apple boss Tim Cook provides voiceover on ad touting firm's renewed green commitments
John Lewis walks consumers through its history to celebrate 150 years of business
Waitrose boosts content strategy with 'Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose' C4 tie-up
Hottest virals: Cute puppies star in Pedigree ad, plus Idris Elba and Fruyo
Amnesty International burns candles to illuminate new hope
Tom of Finland's 'homoerotic' drawings made into stamps
Toyota achieves the impossible by calming angry Roman drivers
YouTube reveals user habits to appeal to 'older' marketers