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Is Netflix an essential service?

A new marketing campaign in Canada positions the SVOD platform as a must-have form of entertainment.
July 15, 2014

lifeofpiNetflix wants to be seen as an essential service in Canada.

A marketing campaign, which launched last week, is meant to attract new subscribers by positioning the video on-demand platform as something they must have in their entertainment line-up.

Developed by Vancouver-based ad agency DDB Canada, the new “You Gotta Get It To Get It” video, print and TV spots began rolling out last week and will continue through to the end of the year.

“We looked at Canadians and how they talk about Netflix — if you have Netflix, you want to invite people in, but you do it in a way that’s kind of polite. You don’t want to give away the story line,” says Dean Lee, executive creative director at the agency, about the spots that feature people in dramatic situations trying to reference movie scenes without revealing any spoilers. This is a second leg of the original campaign, which launched late last year and saw success with “Pep Talk,” a commercial that inspired hockey Coach Vigneault’s own speech to the New York Rangers going into Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup series and won bronze at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

Netflix’s marketing plan for this year is to spend more money on promoting its exclusive content and less on direct-response advertising “such as banner ads touting free trials,” company brass stated in a letter to shareholders this past April.

DDB’s campaign (with media handled by MEC and Netflix) falls in line with this plan to bolster brand positioning. It will evolve to highlight Netflix original series in some of the print and digital executions, explains Roger Nairn, account supervisor, DDB Canada Vancouver. “Even with the “Airport” spot (check it out below) you can see how the “You Gotta Get It To Get It” notion is starting to expand in terms of how it’s portrayed,” he says, about the creative. “It’s a slightly different notion around the love of Netflix.”

Netflix doesn’t break down its per-market subscriber base outside of the U.S., but the company has a total of 12.7 million members internationally, currently representing 25% of the company’s streaming revenue. The international segment is expected to achieve profitability this year, and eventually surpass revenues coming in from the U.S. market.

Pictured right: A print execution referencing Life of Pi. Can you guess what the featured image is an ode to?

About The Author
Melita Kuburas is the editor of StreamDaily. You can reach her directly at press[at] or on Twitter @melitakuburas

One Comment »

  • Bigwnfan said:

    Yes, I’d say anyone who is a subscriber can appreciate Netflix is pretty essential. Very clever ads.

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