23 November and a memo of legendary naffness was being circulated
around London shops:
Here at Campaign we always welcome sophisticated memos from our
Therefore, it was with great pleasure that we received numerous copies
of the following e-mail written by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's head of
From: Mike Teasdale
Sent: Friday, 2 November, 2001 2:39 AM
To: AMV (Business)
Subject: Win £500 cash
Do you fancy earning some extra cash for Xmas?
I will give £500 to anybody who generates a brand positioning for
O2 that we sell to the client.
No tricks, just straight cash. I claim the credit, you get the cash,
Michael signs it off, Hoppo gets blamed. Are you up for it? If so, read
BT is soon to demerge into its mobile interests. From mid-November there
will be a new brand called O2 which replaces all the existing brands
owned by BT Plc (such as BT Cellnet and Genie plus its brands in Ireland
and Germany and Holland).
We need to give O2 a brand positioning that marks it out and sets it on
the path to success. I have committed to showing O2 ten different brand
positionings on Tuesday afternoon.
Each positioning will be written as follows: a consumer insight followed
by the resulting O2 positioning, all in no more than two paragraphs.
Here is an example:
Consumer insight: mobiles are a paradox, they free up my world but those
lack of boundaries mean I am never free from them. Resulting O2 brand
positioning: O2 will enable me to create and protect my own space.
Don't worry about how we support the positioning.
Do ensure the positioning is not UK applicable only.
Do go lateral.
This is one competition you can enter as many times as you wish. Please
get your thinking caps on. Just think how useful £500 would be for
PS: This offer does not apply to the O2 account team! You have to do
this out of duty and pity.