Airtasker, Australia’s no.1 local services marketplace, is set to hit primetime TV with the launch of Like a Boss — its first major advertising campaign.
The campaign will launch on September 18 and will feature on Network Seven Sydney during the airing of the AFL Grand Final broadcast and the premiere of the new season of the X-Factor. Versions of the campaign will also run nationally across out of home (billboard advertising), online video, digital, and over social.
It serves as the Sydney-based startup’s first major advertising campaign, launching off the back of Seven West Media’s strategic investment in the company earlier this year.
Simon Reynolds, Airtasker vice president of marketing said: “The phrase ‘Like a Boss’ is all about empowerment. Whether you’re looking for more flexibility or control in the way you work, or if you need a helping hand to get more done in life, Airtasker can help.
“Our community members found a great feeling of accomplishment when using Airtasker, to the point where they just might break into dance. So we wanted to bring this to life in our first major marketing campaign. This campaign marks a major shift in our approach. We’ve been relying on word of mouth, but we are now using our brand to move our growth beyond “in-the-know” early adopters, and into the mainstream.
“We’re hoping this will help us turn Airtasker into a household name.”
Airtasker CEO and co-founder Tim Fung said: “Our community members have been along for the ride with us since day one, particularly the growing number that use Airtasker as a main source of income.
“With tens of thousands of Australians using Airtasker to earn money or get things done each month, we hope this campaign and the themes it covers resonates with all of them. And like us, they get a little laugh out of it too.”
UDKU’s first public campaign
The Like a Boss campaign was created by U Don’t Know Us (UDKU), a creative innovation agency that specialises in helping corporates innovate and startups compete at scale.
The agency, founded by ad agency and management consulting executives, has flown under the radar since their formation three years ago. This advertising push from Airtasker serves as their first formal public campaign.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to claim credit for our work,” UDKU partner and co-founder Colin Jowell said. “To now, we’ve been working on projects like concept stores, prototypes and customer experience innovation strategy-hardly the kinds of things that our clients want to alert their competitors to in advance.”
Commenting on UDKU’s inspiration for the advertisement, Jowell said: “We wanted to celebrate the people who do the tasks as much as the people who are smart enough to use Airtasker to outsource tasks. Like A Boss is one of those great creative leaps that takes something from the zeitgeist to capture the sense of achievement both Job Posters and Airtasker Workers get from using the service.
“We also sense checked it with a good old fashioned animatic test — and people actually laughed out loud at the animation which was a career first for us and hopefully a good sign for the campaign.”
VP Marketing: Simon Reynolds
VP Design: Francesco De Chirico
Brand Marketing Manager: Alexandra Aguirre
Communications Marketing Manager: Katie Hume
U Don’t Know Us (UDKU)
Production Company: Good Oil Films
Editors: The Butchery
Post Production: The Refinery
Sound: Rumble Studios