Press release:

New uSwitch advertising campaign introduces the Coach character to show that switching is simple

uSwitch, the price comparison and switching service, is launching a new advertising campaign to encourage more people to switch their energy and broadband supplier.

The brand is also unveiling a refreshed logo, identity, and brand slogan, ‘Switching made simple’, alongside the new advertising.

The ‘Yes U Can’ campaign is the first from agency Brothers and Sisters since it won the uSwitch advertising account in November, following the acquisition of uSwitch by ZPG in 2015.

Breaking on 2nd January, the campaign introduces the line ‘Yes U Can’ through the character of Coach, a motivator inspired by 1980s US sports movies.

The campaign is based on an insight from Brothers and Sisters that people suffer from ‘action paralysis’ when it comes to switching. Many people know that they could benefit from switching but feel it will be more hassle than it actually is.

Coach personifies the support that uSwitch provides by demonstrating, in an entertaining way, to Bev and Steve, just how easy it makes the switching process.

The campaign kicks off with two 30-second TV commercials. One focusing on uSwitch’s energy switching service and the other on its broadband price comparison. The ads will subsequently be edited to run as 10-second spots.

Building on the TV campaign, uSwitch plans to feature Coach across other marketing channels across 2017.

Iain Hildreth, uSwitch marketing director, says: “Millions of UK consumers could benefit from switching their energy or broadband supplier. We’re hoping that by showing how easy it is, our new uSwitch Coach will help inspire millions more of them to switch and benefit from lower energy bills and a better broadband deal in 2017.”

Matt Charlton, the chief executive of Brothers and Sisters, says: “We believe the uSwitch Coach could become a hero for helping even more people save money – the happy ending we all want in 2017”.

For more information visit www.uswitch.com or call 0800 093 0607.

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Notes to editors

CREDITS:

Client: Iain Hildreth marketing director, uSwitch; Simon Hills head of marketing, uSwitch;  Gareth Helm, group marketing director, ZPG

Agency: Brothers and Sisters

Creative Director: Will Flack & Aaron Willmer

Art Director: Aaron Willmer

Copywriter: Will Flack

Executive Creative Director: Andy Fowler

Account Director: Amanda Wright

Account Manager: Tom Carr

Account Executive: Toby Denton

Agency Producer: Becky O’Sullivan

Photographer: Gary Salter

Director/ Production Co: Zach Math

Producer: Dave Knox

Editor: Saam Hodivala

Post Production: Electric Theatre Collective

Sound Design: Wave Sound Studios

DoP: Alex Melman

Media planning and buying: Goodstuff

About us

Launched in September 2000, uSwitch is an online and telephone price comparison and switching service, helping consumers get a better deal on gas, electricity, broadband, TV services, mobiles and personal finance products including mortgages, credit cards, car and home insurance. Last year we saved UK consumers over £278 million on their energy bills alone.

Customers can sign up to an account that automatically monitors the energy market and notifies them when they can move to a cheaper tariff, while broadband customers can conduct a speed test to find out how fast their broadband is and identify the best deal for their postcode.

The multi award-winning 'Switching Made Simple' app allows customers to compare energy, broadband, credit card, mobile and SIM-only deals – and uSwitch also has a UK contact centre manned by energy and broadband experts. Customers can post their latest energy bills to FREEPOST USWITCH to receive a free call back and be guided through the comparison process, or they can email customerservices@uswitch.com with their postcode and usage details.

uSwitch is owned by ZPG, which operates some of the UK’s most trusted digital brands that help empower smarter property and household decisions including Zoopla, Money, PrimeLocation and SmartNewHomes.

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