du Wins Gold and Silver at the WARC Prize for Mena Strategy

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Published September 19th, 2017 - 09:14 GMT
Abdulwahed Juma, Executive Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications
Abdulwahed Juma, Executive Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications

du has been awarded for its strategic thinking at the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy, where the telecom took home a Gold award for its ‘Tropa for Life’ campaign, which promoted its new Kabayan bundle, and a Silver in WARC’s ‘Global Content Strategy’ for du’s ‘Post Wisely’ campaign. The latest du Kabayan campaign created by Leo Burnett was also given a special award for research excellence and du was the only telecom provider to be awarded a gold in the region.

“Being awarded a gold and a silver WARC Prize for MENA Strategy is an extremely honourable win for du, and a proud moment for the organisation. These are great wins considering it is the first year of the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy Awards,” said Abdulwahed Juma, Executive Vice President of Brand and Corporate Communications. “At du, we go above and beyond, and we wanted to provide our Filipino customers with a plan that is catered to their particular needs, so that they can stay in touch with their family and friends. We are pleased that our ‘Tropa for Life’ campaign was a great success amongst the Filipino community and recognised for its strategic thinking. With both our ‘Post Wisely’ campaign and ‘Tropa for Life’ campaign we conducted extensive research to create both campaigns in order for them to be impactful.”

The telecommunications provider successfully tapped into the elusive Filipino segment in the UAE, using a culturally relevant campaign, ‘Tropa for Life’. The campaign was recognised by the new award scheme – WARC Prize for MENA Strategy because it truly focused on strategy.

du’s #PostWisely campaign was created to inspire the online community in the UAE to think before they post. A study conducted by du in light of the campaign found that 75% of respondents have been befriended or followed on social media by people they don’t normally interact with, nearly half (49%) accepted 50% or more of these unfamiliar requests.

Background Information

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Ever since we opened for business in 2006, we have worked hard to enhance and expand our bouquet of services in an industry that is at the heart of economic and social transformation. Bringing people and businesses together is what we do best, offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to people, homes and businesses all over the UAE. We also provide carrier services, a data hub, internet exchange facilities and satellite services for broadcasters.

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