Virgin Mobile to unveil series of TV commercials starring Doug Pitt in 'Fair Go Bro' campaign this Sunday via Euro RSCG and One Green Bean

dougpitt.jpgFollowing the success of the first phase of Virgin Mobile's Fair Go Bro viral video, the Telco today revealed the first above-the-line (ATL) creative, unveiling a series of TVCs featuring celebrity bro Doug Pitt as the face of the campaign.

The ATL campaign kicks off this Sunday 15th July with a 30-second TVC that officially introduces Doug Pitt as the face of the brand campaign and invites people to follow him on the FairGoBro website.

The 30-second ad, which will appear on Channel 7, 10 and subscription TV, shows Doug at home and going about his ordinary, suburban life. It features a number of scenes from the now-familiar documentary-style viral video about Doug that has already received more than 1.3 million YouTube views and global media attention since it was released just over a week ago on FairGoBro website.

The 30-second ad will be followed by a series of tongue-in-cheek 15-second TVCs that use
Doug's position as the 'second most famous Pitt in his family' to highlight Virgin Mobile's product proof points. One of the 15-second spots, promoting Virgin Mobile's Credit Rollover offering, features Doug lying in bed and delivering the line: "Hi I'm Doug Pitt. I might not rollover to a famous actress every morning, but I do rollover my unused mobile credit every month."

The social-by-design Fair Go Bro campaign launched online on 2nd July 2012, centering around the website, where consumers are encouraged to 'show Doug some like' and view the documentary-style teaser about Doug Pitt. In the campaign's first week, Doug received more than 10,000 'likes' and the video documentary went viral.

Says David Scribner, Virgin Mobile marketing director: "We wanted consumers to engage with the campaign and actively give Doug a 'fair go' before we introduced the ATL component and we've been overwhelmed by the positive response from consumers and media internationally. The success of the campaign so far really illustrates the value of a social-by-design campaign in a forever evolving marketing landscape.

"We want to communicate our Fair Go For All proposition in a uniquely Virgin way that will deliver humour and create positive conversation and the feedback so far is that we've definitely hit the mark! The really exciting thing is that there is so much more to come and we're confident people will continue to embrace the campaign as it rolls out over the next few months. Keep an eye on to watch the campaign unfold."

Alongside the TVCs launching this weekend, a comprehensive multi-channel campaign comprising of magazines, online, radio, Out-Of-Home and transit media will roll out nationally from Monday. Online and on-mobile, rich media banners and pre-rolls will feature the 15-second TVCs.

Streaming MRECs on popular entertainment sites will feature the 30-second TVC. A national partnership with Nova will see integrated station promos and a national evening sponsorship of Smallzy's Surgery including in-show credits and placements.

The campaign website will continue to be at the core of the campaign featuring all campaign
related content including the TVCs and will be the hub for a large digital promotion launching
23rd July.

Says Pitt: "It's a little surreal but I'm absolutely thrilled with the response!"

Fair Go Bro sees Virgin Mobile rebelling against the standard celebrity endorsement. Instead,
Virgin Mobile is giving a famous celebrity's brother a fair go and is giving Doug Pitt a taste of the limelight with his first-ever celebrity endorsement.

Concept Creation: Euro RSCG & One Green Bean
PR: One Green Bean
Social Media: One Green Bean
Digital Design & Development: Future Büro
Media: Starcom
TV Production: The Glue Society (Matt Devine)


Shoe horn said:

"Hi I'm Doug Pitt. I might not rollover to a famous actress every morning, but I do rollover my unused mobile credit every month."

Says it all really.

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