Telstra follows ANZ’s rainbow lead in targeting Mardi Gras

telstraAustralia’s major telco Telstra is following in the footsteps of ANZ’s award winning GAYTM’s campaign, with the brand creating it’s own “disco phone booths”.

In the past week phone booths in the Sydney CBD, King Street Newtown and Oxford Street Darlinghurst have been given a rainbow makeover as disco phone booths – mirror balls, smoke machines, lasers and even “a pumping anthem”: Disco Inferno, a song released in 1976.

Both companies have sought to tap into the pink dollar by painting rainbows on things and adding on a disco motif ahead of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. They are part of a wider group of brands seeking to align themselves with the LGBTI community, which marketers see as an increasingly valuable consumer group.

Telstra disco phone boothIt was reported yesterday that an ANZ GAYTM in Auckland had been vandalised by alleged gay activists who accused the bank of hijacking gay rights to further it’s own corporate interests.

Telstra disco phone boothTelstra GM, Diversity and Inclusion, Troy Roderick, said the company had along association with Mardi Gras and was looking for a brand activation that would be fun and inventive for this year’s festival.

“This year’s Mardi Gras theme is passion – so we asked ourselves, ‘what are we passionate about at Telstra?’ he said.

“We’re passionate about connecting people to the things they love, bringing unique and surprising experiences to our customers, and having a little fun along the way.

“So come down and join in the fun, bring your friends or dance solo – whatever works for you – and make sure you share your photos and videos on your social networks with the #discoinfono hashtag.”

Robert Burton-Bradley 


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