Relaunching Mazuma Mobile
UK-based device trade-in brand, Mazuma Mobile, was a household name in the 90's thanks to its iconic mascot and cheeky advertising. As technology advanced and customers aged out, the brand did not. Global technology company, EcoRenew, knew it had equity in the market, and saw the potential to revitalize it in a way that could expand their business operations and value to the market. What they needed was a clear roadmap and a rebranding effort to make it happen. That's where we came in.
of a new global device marketplace.
Together with the team at EcoRenew, we launched a global rebranding effort that reignited relevance and affinity while also helping Mazuma introduce new services that would spark new growth for their business and brand. We were able to effectively reimagine the Mazuma Mobile brand to better reflect the demand of their audience and the future of technology, while also helping launch a new consumer electronic marketplace that could pioneer ways for people to buy, sell, trade, and recycle their devices – further supporting EcoRenew's long-term mission of recycling and sustainability on a global scale.
The story begins with global B2B remanufacturer of devices, EcoRenew, who was on the hunt for mergers and acquisitions as part of broad global device recycling strategy. As an established consumer-facing business that wouldn’t require a massive investment to drive awareness and adoption, they had their eyes on Mazuma, but they needed help vetting the health and economic value of the brand today. We were brought on to do the digital due-diligence and validate its strength through social listening, competitive review, and a brand audit, which revealed a strong opportunity for growth that ultimately led to acquisition.
Immediately following the acquisition, our advisory council further helped with the global expansion, digital transformation, and business model innovations by facilitating an Executive Summit in Dubai. The conference, inspired by design thinking workshops, united leaders from EcoRenew and newly acquired companies to further develop a strategy surrounding Mazuma that could connect the different business units within the portfolio and the role they could play independently and together within a global marketplace.
To begin transforming the Mazuma brand for tomorrow, we looked backwards to understand how they became a household name in the first place and what it is that makes people still know and love them. Through our original digital due-diligence process we were able to use social listening and other proprietary brand assessment methods, to determine that Mazuma was not only a well known household name but it also had a strong positive sentiment toward it. We found that people knew and loved the character Maz and could easily recall the unique colors and jingles. This meant we wouldn’t be abandoning what made Mazuma so well known, we’d simply be upgrading it.
The upgrade brand everyone knows and loves now has an upgrade itself. A key part of our rebrand strategy was insuring retention of loyalists while re-engaging lapsed customers by leveraging nostalgic branding to show progression. Mazuma’s new messaging direction was based on the belief that success for Mazuma wasn’t only about the reliability they were known to provide but the endless possibilities technology now provides. By being a high-speed, wide-spread source for buying, trading, selling, and recycling mobile devices and connected tech, they could be an enabler of upgraded communication. Yet, unlike competitors, they could do it with a human touch. They could provide an upgrade in technology and possibility to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it, and they could make it a fun, trustworthy experience.
A large portion of brand recall stemmed from Mazuma's mascot, Maz. However, the character did not reflect the current state of consumer technology. He was essentially a touchtone phone living in a touch screen age — further promoting a dated brand that reflected dated technology.
To revamp Maz for the digital age, while maintaining his cheeky, humorous tone that had equity, we researched common uses of animation and characters in the markets he would live in. We found a perfect opportunity to leverage the recent rise in popularity of tech-powered superheroes to communicate the new brand message. We built on the robotic elements of Maz, demonstrating the streamlined, dependable, and speedy aspects of the brand while building on his personality, which represented the passionate, personable side of the brand experience. The result was an updated, modernized take on the legendary character.
We then developed a new Brand Articulation, which guided not only the new voice & tone for the brand but how the company would embody it — building out brand experiences that demonstrate the reliable, energized, future-forward nature of the brand within every touchpoint, while providing a promise of possibility that only new technology can offer.
The combined digital, DTC, shipping, and unboxing experiences are central to the brand, so the design team studied current trends and best-practices in order to help them adapt and optimize every touchpoint to be more modern and relatable. Brought to life through a Logo & Design Study, the new visual direction for the brand tells a story of being tech-enabled and future-forward, while still showing its roots as a nostalgic brand. And with Maz being so beloved, we made him synonymous with the brand by including him in the logomark. Validated by survey results with target markets, the new look utilizes colors and typography that demonstrate the evolution of the business from a late-night TV mail-in service to a more premium, yet friendly, digital-first experience, including the incorporation of chatbot styling to represent emerging communication styles.
With competitor and audience research, an upgraded character, a new brand voice, and an evolved visual identity ready, we knew we needed to set Mazuma up for success by giving them the tools to successfully launch the new brand in not only the UK, but internationally. Through the launch campaign titled “Meet Mazuma”, we provided a 12-month roll-out strategy aimed at reintroducing the brand while paying homage to its past. This was followed by larger OOH, digital, and traditional activations to further boost awareness, discovery, and engagement — all supported by an in-depth media plan that ensured both bottom and top-of-the-funnel tactics were included to follow the user from discovery through purchase.
Mazuma’s business functions almost entirely online, so their digital experiences had to match the overall brand relaunch. With the new brand look & feel, plus an overall UX upgrade intended to streamline and simplify transactions, the new MazumaMobile.com became a high-speed home for buying and selling phones.
Finally, we equipped the Mazuma team with the tools needed to continue growing their brand consistently using a custom design system, which included everything from brand fonts and colors to the proper clear space between images.
Throughout the entirety of the branding and go-to-market strategy development, the underlying goal of successfully introducing the new & improved Mazuma to the world remained at the forefront of everyone’s mind. From nostalgic to innovative, the core essence of Mazuma lived on, and the consumers were more than excited to meet the new Mazuma.
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