Town Square launches new 'Now accepting' campaign as The Big Issue offers digital payment

0Big Issue 1.jpgAs Australians turn to cashless payments in ever increasing numbers, vendors selling The Big Issue are making the move to contactless payments for those wanting to pay for the magazine without cash. A new integrated campaign by full service creative agency Town Square has been launched to show how vendors are 'Now accepting' the new digital payment methods.

Each self-employed Big Issue vendor buys copies of the fortnightly magazine for half the cover price and retains the retail margin as their income. After consulting with vendors, The Big Issue has adopted two new payment systems to enable customers to pay without cash from November: Airpay - a tap and go credit/debit card terminal powered by NAB that the vendor wears on a lanyard and Beem It - an app that allows transactions between vendor and purchasers' mobile phones.

Big Issue 2.jpgTown Square, which has been working with The Big Issue on a pro bono basis for a number of years, has developed the campaign in association with Carat, who has secured donated media on TV, cinema, radio, press, OOH and online.

The campaign highlights often overlooked vendors, who run the risk ofBig Issue 3.jpg being left behind by a cashless society and creates an association between individual vendors and world's most trusted payment brands. The resulting message is as simple as it is powerful.

Says Steven Persson, CEO, The Big Issue: "The Big Issue is addressing the trend towards digital transactions. This campaign is our proud announcement that vendors are now trading with contactless technologies, as well as cash. The campaign has its creative focus firmly where it should be - on the vendors - and we look forward to seeing more Big Issue readers enjoy the magazine, knowing that each transaction is helping marginalised Australians to earn a living in the community."

Says Harry Corsham, director, Town Square: "Imagine the challenge of creating a digital payment system for a national network of self-employed, homeless and disadvantaged people. It's a big, complicated project and one we are very proud to have been part of. With so much complexity behind this innovation, Town Square sought to address the communication challenge with radical simplicity. And it's the simplicity of the campaign that makes it flexible enough to run across the many media channels our friends at Carat have secured from a wide range of supportive media partners. We're proud to be collaborating with so many parties to give vendors the support they need to earn an income."

Says Lizzy O'Connor, client operations director, Carat: "It's so rewarding to witness the generosity of our long-term media partners who have really got behind this great cause. With such an agile campaign that cuts through so many mediums, we have been able to secure a very robust media plan for the metro areas where vendors work. It's great to see the industry get behind such a worthy cause."

The Big Issue
CEO: Steven Persson
National Marketing & Partnerships Manager: Louise Gray
Town Square
Creative Director: Brendan Day
Creative Director: Gareth Davies
Art Director: Benny Moore  
Copywriter: Kevin Dolan
Chief Strategy Officer: Neville Doyle
Producer: Anna Phillips
Production Assistant: Ellen Richardson
Photographer: Nicole Reed
Director: Caleb Mountjoy, North End Content
DOP: Alex Serafini, North End Content
Sound recordist 1: Fabrice Galli
Radio interviewer: Matt Bamkin, Light + Shade
Sound recordist 2: Tim McCormick
Editor: Jimmy Walker
Colourist: Ciara Gallogly
Sound Studio: Bang Bang Studios
Account Manager: Jessica Hay

Lizzy O'Connor: Client Operations Director

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