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Creative Advertising - Sunday Communications Limited

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Creative Advertising - Sunday Communications Limited

Creative Advertising: Sunday Communications Limited

Business Situation of Sunday

When Sunday was launched, the market was not favorable to it at all. Hong Kong was a very mature market. There were already six mobile phone operators who competed very fiercely in the small market. They provided different tariffs and services to customers. When the mobile number portability was introduced in March 1999, competition for subscribers became open to every player. Under this circumstance, Sunday entered the market successfully with an innovative approach to branding and promotion. It was positioned as a lifestyle brand and focused on brand building rather than pursuing to increase market share. Sunday became a standout brand with a high level of brand awareness, which led to its high ARPU and the high portion of locked-up subscribers.

With regards to customers, 86% of the population owns one or more mobile phone in Hong Kong. They were willing to spend money on their next mobile phone and pioneers or early adopters of the latest hi-tech gadgets. They are very open to new brands and technology. Also, they place more emphasis on handset appearance than customers in other Asian countries. In addition, more and more young people have become mobile phone owners. More than one fourth (29%) children between six to fifteen have a cellular phone, which is higher than the regional average of 12%. Consumers in Hong Kong are very informed decision makers, so brand and image become very important to them.

Sunday’s Communication Objectives

Despite its success, Sunday claimed a mere 9.8% of the market in 2000 and 8.3% in 2005. Although total number of subscribers continued to increase year to year, average revenue per user had been declining since 2001. Their aggressive branding strategies including eye-catching advertisements, alliance marketing and joint promotions were very effective in the first place, but they became stale and trite as many copycats followed. Therefore, Sunday should find the ways to keep their innovative, independent brand image as well as to increase market share and the number of subscribers, and to maintain lock-up subscribers.

Sources of Sunday’s brand equity and their importance

Brand equity is the added value a given brand name gives to a product beyond the functional benefits provided. For Sunday, several factors contributed to building its strong brand equity, such as the creativity and originality of the ads, the ability to break the taboos and make noises. Innovative, independent, and unconventional images helped to build Sunday as well.

In general, such added value has two distinct advantages. First, brand equity provides a competitive advantage. For example, The Sunkist brand implies quality fruit, and the Disney name defines children’s entertainment. Second advantage is that consumers are often willing to higher price for a product with brand equity. Brand equity, in this instance, is represented by the premium a consumer will pay for one brand over another when the functional benefits provided are identical. Brand equity also provides a financial advantage for the brand owner. Successful, established brand names have an economic value in the sense that they are intangible assets.

In order to exploit these advantages, Sunday should have long-run strategies to survive the competition. �Uniqueness’ should be the word which comes up when people think of Sunday since that’s the very idea when Sunday was introduced at first. So as to make consumers experience the uniqueness, it has to keep changing and innovating. It’s a daunting task but it will pay off in the long run. In addition, uniqueness means differentiation. Thus, Sunday has to be different in every aspect including service itself, not just in advertising and promotion.

Strength, Favorability and Uniqueness of Sunday’s brand associations

Sunday’s brand was built largely by the creative and unconventional advertisements which were beyond the imagination of the general public. Unlike their competitors at that time who heavily relied on popular celebrities, its ads were clearly eye-catching, very unique, fun, but somewhat grotesque. Sometimes they looked so disgusting as to provoke some backlashes, but they were very effective in making great impression to the audience and conveying what they intended. Thanks to the distinct approaches of the ads, Sunday could make people think it is different, but unfortunately in some negative ways. Sunday had a trade-off between the uniqueness and the favorability. In order to be unique Sunday gave up being favorable. In other words, the ads are quite

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