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Beaver Ads Lousy But More Effective

 - Aug 11, 2007
References: bell
Bell Canada has tried its hand at Telus-style marketing, but failed miserably.

Using a beaver (our national animal), Bell tried to mimic the infectiously cute ads Telus has gained notoriety for. The two cable and internet providers may be competitors when it comes to service, but when it comes to ads, Telus still reigns.

Though everyone adores the Telus commercials and associate the company with its incredible ads, they're still not convinced to utilize the company's services.

A posting on noted:

"Canadian ISP Telus has a hit TV commercial on its hands. Trouble is, it's prompting people to go out and buy toy hippopotamuses, not the company's Internet services. It's the song in the ad that has viewers enthralled: a 1950s Gayla Peevey tune called 'I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.' Not everyone wants a hippo, the commercial says. Some people want broadband. No, actually they want hippos. Toy hipposâ€"plush, plastic, it doesn't matterâ€"have been selling like crazy in Calgary. 'For whatever reason their kids are drawn to this hippo and this song,' says one owner of a toy store. '[Telus has] done animal commercials forever. I've never seen anything like this.'

Bell, on the other hand, was more successful.
"Despite the strong numbers, there are reasons to ask how much life the beavers have left," CTV news reported. "For one thing, Bell marketing chief and beavers booster Jim Little left for another job. And hedge and pension funds, preparing to take parent BCE Inc. private, could slash Bell's marketing budget or change the ad campaign. Bell's ad agency, Cossette Communication Group Inc., acknowledges there have been routine talks about when to fire the spokesbeavers."