Last week at the consumer electronics show, AT&T announced a host of new products and services including a Siri-like assistant, a partnership with Ford and an ambitious smart-cities initiative.
Now AT&T is kicking off its 2016 marketing calendar with one of its biggest efforts for the year: a campaign that builds on those announcements to show how the telecom is personalizing its offerings, making people's lives easier and becoming more than a phone service.
"AT&T is dramatically turning itself into an integrated carrier," said AT&T Mobility Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher. "This campaign is emblematic of the transition AT&T is making and we wanted to talk about all the things we're doing to make people's lives better."
The campaign, themed "Your network," was created by Omnicom's BBDO, AT&T's agency of record. It includes a 60-second spot that will air during the College Football Championship on Monday night, with other marketing to follow in all other media.
The commercial begins with a likeness of Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson, both known for the invention of the telephone, and an early attempt to talk with the device. What began with a single connection, the voice-over says, has evolved to include mobile, business solutions, connected cars, connected homes and entertainment. The spot was directed by Ferderic Planchon, known for directing a spot called "It Can Wait -- Close to Home," part of an awareness campaign about driving while texting.
"In researching this campaign and talking to consumers, the one thing that we saw is that the mobile lifestyle permeated everything we do, and it has become so personal," Mr. Christopher said.
The end of the ad features a fingerprint, a metaphor that will run through the campaign, Mr. Christopher said, "reflecting the very unique element of the individual."