The electricity market is highly competitive, with deals around price often being the only differentiator between brands. So Mercury Energy decided to try something different. And it paid off.
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It’s that time of year again, the temperature drops and power bills rise as heaters and electric blankets come out in full force. It only seems fitting for electricity suppliers to launch a flurry of deals and campaigns to vie for the consumer dollar, a trend ad spend numbers support. But, while Trustpower’s Carolyn Schofield says winter is when customers are most likely to switch, Flick Electric Co.’s Jessica Venning-Bryan says winter electricity campaigns are symptomatic of a more old school power company model and consistency is key.
Mercury Energy have turned up the cute factor while they turn down the power bill in their latest campaign with FCB.
Mercury Energy has confirmed via a release that it has selected FCB as its integrated partner across media, creative, digital and direct. In May, when StopPress first reported on the Mercury Energy pitch, it was thought several agencies—including FCB, DDB-owned RAPP, Contagion and Chemistry Interaction—were simply vying for the energy company’s direct business, but this announcement confirms that FCB’s win includes both above- and below-the-line aspects.
Two years after first launching its ‘purer invironment’ spot, HRV has once again collaborated with Y&R NZ to launch an extension of the campaign, which will see the home improvement company take on an old, damp and mouldy home. The HRV Pure Invironment Project, which aims to show that it’s possible for any home—irrespective of its age—to have an invironment as comfortable as the one depicted in the original TVC, will result in the renovation of a 110-year-old villa over the next month.
Despite the huge amount of customer data energy companies have at their disposal, not many of them have used that data well to create useful tools for customers to manage their power consumption. Some might say that’s because it’s in the interests of energy companies for their customers to use more energy, even though it might not be in the best interests of society as a whole. But following in the footsteps of Powershop’s useful online usage meters and hints on how to reduce consumption, Mercury Energy has also come to the utility party with a new product called the Good Energy Monitor, or GEM.
Back in May, Mercury Energy sent its experimental ‘Good Energy Taxi’ onto the streets of Auckland. At the time, Tequila’s main brains Ross Howard said the motorised version of a karma bank was a bit of a double whammee, with the experiential element meaning a range of Kiwis came into contact with the taxi—either in person or via social media—and the footage taken from inside the cab being made into a short documentary that captured some of the Kiwi good sorts. And now you can check that documentary out.