SINGAPORE, Sept 23, 2015 – J. Walter Thompson, recently appointed the agency of record for China’s Alipay, has created a humorous campaign to drive home to consumers how Alipay has gone beyond simple online payments to include features such as a social messaging platform, family accounts, business vendor functions, group payments and more.
J. Walter Thompson won the Alipay business in a competitive pitch in June. Alipay is owned by the private Ant Financial Services Group, which is affiliated with e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
The campaign is now running in print and digital, on national television and in cinemas in mainland China.
In one of three TV commercials the agency created for Alipay, an office manager – trying his best to keep a boss-like cool in front of underlings – is bombarded simultaneously with messages from his desk phone, his computer, his cell phone, an overhead speaker system and even a carrier pigeon.
They come from an array of family members asking him for help with everything from paying a phone or electricity bill to buying cinema tickets.
The take-away message is that he could easily handle all of this in a single place: an Alipay family account on his mobile phone. The tagline: “We have our own way. New Blue Alipay.”
The agency’s campaign shows how Alipay helps users to combine “Guan Xi,” or relationship networks, with financial transactions, in a country where it can still be taboo to talk about money. A family account helps family members support each other without the risk of losing face, helping to enhance family bonds. Users can also collect money through an Alipay group chat, or send a friendly loan reminder to a friend.
“It was great to be able to work with one of the most innovative and creative brands in China,” said Norman Tan, North Asia Chief Creative Officer and China Chairman of J. Walter Thompson Shanghai. “We will treasure our partnership by working closely together to provide the best strategy and most creative solutions for Alipay.”
To view the TV commercials, please click here.
# # #
ABOUT J. WALTER THOMPSON
J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, the world’s best-known marketing communications brand, has been making pioneering solutions that build enduring brands and business for more than 150 years. Headquartered in New York, J. Walter Thompson is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. The agency consistently ranks among the top networks in the world and continues a dominant presence in the industry by staying on the leading edge—from hiring the industry's first female copywriter to developing award-winning branded content today.
J. Walter Thompson opened its first office in the Asia in 1929, and today employs over 3,800 people in 53 offices across 18 countries in the region.
For more information, please visit www.jwt.com and follow us @JWT_Worldwide and @JWTAsiaPacific.
Asia Pacific Director of Corporate Communications