|French Post Office Tries to Look Cool|
|Key Words||Advertising, Image, Monopolies, Competition, Market, Ads|
The French post office has launched a new advertising campaign featuring David Bowie's 1970s hit 'Life on Mars'. The ads show dreamlike sequences, such as a soccer ball hitting a flower vase, but sailing through it without damaging it, and rain coming through a porous umbrella. A voice says that more and more things are available on the Internet, but if no one is there to deliver them, it is nothing more than a virtual world.
The visuals have little to do with postal services, but is in the tradition of French intellectual cinema. The hope is that the image of the post office will become younger and cooler. This is important because the European Community is forcing national postal monopolies to open their businesses to competition - this could mean that 20 percent of the market could up for grabs as early as 2002.
The ads are also a way to tell consumers of new electronic initiatives. They will be able to track their letters on line. They will also be able to email letters to people who do not have email - because the post office will receive and deliver them.
(Updated April 1, 2001)
|Source||Marina Rozenman, "French Post Office Aims To Revamp Its Image," The Wall Street Journal Europe, February 26, 2001.|
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