Powernet Telecom awards launch to McCann-Erickson

McCann-Erickson UK’s Manchester office has picked up the pounds 8 million launch task for the internet and telecoms company, Powernet Telecom.

McCann-Erickson UK’s Manchester office has picked up the pounds 8

million launch task for the internet and telecoms company, Powernet

Telecom.



The agency will be responsible for producing a branding campaign

spanning TV, radio and press which aims to make the company a top-five

UK internet service provider within the next 12 months.



It will also handle advertising for Powernet’s free internet access

product, totalserve.net. The first level of the campaign is expected to

break in March 2000, with media buying by Universal.



The agency was appointed by Powernet’s marketing manager, Shaun Charity,

after a pitch against Poulter Partners, GCP, Huet and Cahoots.



Charity said: ’McCann demonstrated real vision and insight into our

sector and business and a clear understanding of the communications

need, coupled with an excellent creative approach.’



Powernet Telecom, which has seen its valuation rise from more than

pounds 2 million at the beginning of the year to well over pounds 300

million, is to float in the next 18 months as part of its plans for

European expansion.



Its aim is to improve the reliability of the internet, according to the

company’s chief executive, Ian Carey. ’When you pick up a telephone you

know it is going to work and, apart from human error, you will get

through to the person you want to speak to. We want to bring that level

of reliability to the internet dial-up market,’ he said.



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