P&O Ferries challenges the travel industry by reminding people ‘There is Another Way’ to travel

  • April 19, 2023

Today, P&O Ferries announces its new ad campaign to entice people to travel via ferry over planes and trains, contextually positioning themselves in and around train stations and airports where travellers will be using these other forms of transport.

P&O Ferries – the leaders in ferry travel in UK and Ireland – are using out-of-home posters to alert travellers that ‘There is Another Way’ to travel. Created by Publicis•Poke, with media planning and buying driven by Starcom, the campaign positions P&O Ferries as a challenger brand and a travel alternative in a category full of frustrations.

The posters consist of attention-grabbing headlines which spell the facts out in black and white: there really is another way to travel. The ads generously use white space in a nod to the roomy nature of the ships, while the handmade ‘There Is Another Way’ stamp and nostalgic photography delivers that holiday feeling.

The tongue-in-cheek ads utilise bold, contextual placements that target specific relatable pain points when travelling. For example, posters enroute to both the Eurostar and Gatwick Express line will highlight the fact that when you travel with P&O Ferries, there is no luggage or liquids allowance. One ad at St Pancras Station reads: ‘On trains and planes you book a seat but on P&O you choose a ship.’ The ads are strategically positioned in a bold, playful way to embed P&O Ferries’ brand positioning as the most enjoyable way to travel.

The campaign will also run across digital, print, and audio; these formats will also playfully showcase P&O Ferries as another travel option, all while being delivered to consumers when they are likely to be thinking about travelling by plane or train. The campaign launches today and will run until July, targeting consumers with intent to travel across key regions.

The campaign will also feature a partnership with Amazon, which includes a content hub to highlight the benefits of travelling via ferry. This will drive consumers to find out more and engage with the P&O Ferries brand.

Going on holiday shouldn’t start when you arrive, we wanted everyone to know that travelling to your destination shouldn’t be a dreaded part of your break. Our ambition is to put ferry travel back on the map. Sometimes an overlooked mode of transport, we wanted everyone to see that you don’t need to compromise on what you bring or how comfortable your journey is when you travel by ferry, so that you can start your holiday when you set off.”
Jo Harvey
, Head of customer marketing at P&O Ferries
This work drives home the fact that there is another travel alternative with P&O Ferries. The posters are bold and playful: they poke fun at common frustrations in a way that resonates with us all.. Contextual media is the heartbeat of this campaign, and it’s what really helps drive the message in a way we can all relate to.
Steve Paskin
Creative Director at Publicis•Poke
Strategically positioning the P&O Ferries message on outdoor posters around travel hubs as well as in travel sections within print and online titles as well as when our customers are considering travel product purchases is a great way to get our audiences’ attention and make them rethink their travel choices. Not just a ferry market leader, P&O Ferries is a challenger brand within the broader travel category and this campaign marks that with a splash!
Sian Campling
Planning Director at Starcom UK

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