Our man in Europe sends this report (the first of many, we hope): at least one EU concern appears (claims?) to get the link between branding and organizational development.
Take a look at this out-of-home ad for eMobile, Ireland's newest mobile provider
First of all, we're digging the white space. The lack of eye-candy is what caught our eye immediately.
But we're also loving the harmony among presentation, content and operations. The eMobile brand's raison d'être is to make things less complicated for their mobile customers. This, from their website:
At eMobile we take the hassle out of choosing and using mobile products and services.
To that end, they've designed a simple, compelling advert. And even more importantly, they've created a Director of Simplicity position. Now, we don't yet know what Mark's brief is, or whether he wields the power to carry it out, but we're encouraged on four fronts:
1. The brand is differentiated - it stands in clear contrast to eircom's other mobile venture, Meteor. Compare the eMobile home page with that of Meteor
(interestingly both providers were launched by the same company, Irish telco Eircom
2. The brand promise is compelling. Maybe we're just getting old, but does anyone else who's not locked into AT&T find it difficult to choose among minute, text and data options?
3. We're hoping it's not purely a marketing construct, but if they've got a Director of Simplicity, they may actually intend to deliver on their promise, and use organizational development to inspire action - not just billboards. Our ardent followers know that we're positively tickled pink at the prospect.
4. And last but not least, did we mention? We LOVE
the white space.