DirecTV Broadband Pitches DSL

With customers becoming more savvy about broadband, it’s not enough to just
promote the speed of connectivity, according to DirecTV Broadband. The ISP is revamping its DSL service pitch by focusing on value-added services.

While introductory ads in the ISP’s new “My
Gateway to a More Thrilling Internet” campaign continue the branding begun
with last year’s “Feel the Joy” effort, the latest ads concentrate on
add-on services that DirecTV Broadband provides to its users.

In keeping with the earlier “Feel the Joy” theme, which focused on the
fun of high-speed Internet connectivity, spots show a user of DirecTV DSL
mistakenly applying online rules of conduct to real-life situations. For instance, one spot shows a subscriber earnestly asking a record-store clerk to sell him specific
tracks off CDs. The DSL user also shows up during the middle of the night to view a home for sale.

But later ads will mark the first time the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s television
advertising highlights value-added services, like parental controls and home
networking/firewall services — most of which require additional fees. In
particular, DirecTV Broadband’s ads will highlight its Voice Over IP
offering, expected to be commercially available next month.

That’s a departure for most consumer DSL and cable ISPs ads, which typically focus on the faster speeds and always-on connectivity of their
services compared to dialup.

DirecTV said it built the premise of the campaign around research that
indicated that consumers are already familiar with DSL and its providers.
For that reason, the company said it’s opting to concentrate on its
value-added services as a competitive differentiator.

“Our fourth-quarter advertising campaign underscores our commitment, and
our unique ability, to bring consumers much more than just fast Internet
access,” said DirecTV Broadband President and Chief Executive Ned Hayes.
“Consumers want broadband to bring more options, more convenience, more time
and more entertainment into their lives. Our new campaign demonstrates how
our advanced and user-friendly technology helps to unlock a whole new world
of broadband possibilities.”

Often, broadband advertising also highlight special offers and
promotional discounts, and in this regard, DirecTV follows suit. Its new
ads also highlight a special package in which users who sign up for the
service receive three months of DirecTV DSL at $19.99 per month — as
opposed to the usual price of $49.99 per month.

The television spots will be accompanied by direct mail, e-mail and Web
advertising components, the company said.

Spending on the DirecTV Broadband campaign was not disclosed. The ads
were designed by Los Angeles office of Interpublic’s
Deutsch, which also handles ads for sister company DirecTV. Both DirecTV and DirecTV
Broadband are subsidiaries of Hughes Electronics Corporation .

The effort to differentiate its service comes amid increasing — and
high-profile — competition in the DSL sector. Last month, Yahoo! took.

In ads running throughout its network, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo!
focuses on the high-speed aspects of DSL (“Internet at the speed of you”), a
six-month discount on the service, and a personalized home page.

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