NetOne Continues To Take Digs At Econet In Its Marketing Material

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NetOne has made some interesting marketing efforts of late, and it seems central to their marketing is taking subtle digs at Econet wherever they can. This playfulness will probably appeal to subscribers who usually welcome drama with open arms.

Back when NetOne announced their 1.2GB data bundle they struck with this:

The blue 1GB vs the Orange 1.2?

Ok, that one wasn’t exactly subtle but it was the first of many such digs that would become common on NetOne’s page.

After Econet announced their ridiculously named Smart Data Bouqets, NetOne couldn’t help but strike again with their cheeky messaging:

NetOne users have for long time claimed that their data is more reliable and faster than Econet, which might not be entirely false once you consider the number of users who rely on Econet’s network.

It seems NetOne grabs any opportunity it can to remind people of their advantages (as they should) as they also mocked Econet for blocking WhatsApp calls:

It’s not really clear why Econet has blocked these calls but maybe it’s because they fear people would rely less on network based calls or if they feel the WhatsApp bundles would be depleted much quicker. Ultimately, NetOne took it as an opportunity to blow their horn.

Finally (and this one might be a bit of a reach), NetOne also seemed to have boasted of offering superior call quality with this ad on their Twitter page:

This could be me forcing things a tiny bit but I felt that “reliable network” bit is once again targeted at Econet who have been accused of having poor network recently.

Regardless, this type of viral marketing seems to strike chords with the masses and brands like Nandos have become pretty famous for such marketing, so it might be a good idea for NetOne to continue down this path. One thing is certain, this will give subscribers something to talk about if sustained.

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  1. Anonymous

    This is you forcing things

  2. vcfd

    its the truth whatspp calls with econet are rubbish and for over a decade international calls are best done with telecel and netone second place cz econet hapana chamuinonzwa even with the high tariffs in paly

  3. WeZaka

    Pakuti reliable network, mt foot. Is net1 an urban network. Since zesa entered stage 2 we only have net1 netwek when there is electricity. So do they expect us call at midnight and browse those odd hours. I am at Jerera Zaka. Net1 musatamba nesu imi. It used to be a good network, maline takutorongedza. Who would buy net1 whatsapp bundles when the is econet`s YoMix.

    1. Anonymous

      zvafanana these days that is why econet ikuda kuisa manew solar power plants for ma base stations.

  4. Net14lif

    Been using net one data for close to a year…I find it better than Econet

  5. Harley

    Shame, whoever manages social media for Netone needs to go back to design school. Such an epic photoshop fail. This type of marketing just smells of desperation.

  6. tutu

    tione portfolio ye ma photoshop creations ako, unenge unogono sterek Harley

  7. SG

    does this turn into profit?

  8. Anonymous

    YoMix kwekuseri Netone takatomborongedza

    1. Farai Mudzingwa

      Zvikupera musiwa 30 June izvo, muchadzokera kuNetOne ikoko😂😂😂