Posted by Stephanie Startz on October 26, 2009 06:06 PM
HTC is ready for its closeup. In a way. Advertisements debuting this week from the young smartphone brand place “You” front and center, with the HTC brand a solid second.
With ads running across 20 countries, the Taiwanese smartphone marks their first foray into advertising with the tagline, “You don’t need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you.”
As part of their “Quietly Brilliant” brand positioning, the new campaign focuses on “You,” the consumer. Rather than technical capability or product specifics, the “You” campaign trumpets the emotional connections made possible through smartphones. The two television commercials are riveting, one shot from a phones-eye-view, portraying individuals from various walks of life using their phones for work, life and play.
But the relatively unknown brand should be more boisterous. Currently, their best performing models feature no branding by cellular providers. Consumers would never guess that the myTouch, Dash, or Wing – all offered by T-Mobile – are HTC products. The manufacturer has better branded their Hero phone through Sprint. If they expect the "You" campaign to garner greater brand awareness and market share, it will all be for naught without consistent branding through cellular providers.Continue reading...