Transperth campaign via Gatecrasher takes Perth motorists in a new direction

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Transperth is taking a new strategic approach to promote public transport patronage in Perth with a major integrated campaign via Gatecrasher. The $1.25m ‘Take a Break’ campaign encourages the public to trial public transport with the aim of increasing patronage, which had experienced some years of decline.

Instead of what might be seen as a traditional approach to advertising public transport, Gatecrasher’s creative strategy is based on the insight that Perth motorists are more likely to take the bus or train as a complement to, not a replacement for, the car.

According to Gatecrasher Creative Partner Adam Barker, the agency felt a completely fresh creative approach was needed.


“Perth people love their cars. It is an inherent part of our lifestyle, so there is no point trying to push against that truth,” said Barker. “But the research clearly showed that sometimes, the car can be a bit frustrating and is not always the best choice. We’re making an emotional appeal, it’s all about providing a little relief from some of the frustrations of modern-day travel.”

Barker’s Creative Partner, Lori Canalini added, “We wanted to avoid demonising the car. ‘Take a break from driving’ is such a simple, clear proposition that we’ve made it the campaign hero with a very graphic look and feel. The TV ads get straight to the point in a very engaging way. The last thing we wanted to do is lecture Perth motorists about how to live their lives.”

The campaign, planned by media agency Carat, comprises two television spots, outdoor, radio, mobile and online display advertising.

The TV ads reassure the viewer that cars are great, but then capture those recognisable moments when driving can be a little frustrating. The ads finish with the simple proposition, “So, why not take a break from driving and take a bus or train instead?”

The launch of the advertising campaign coincides with the development of a new mobile app soon to be released that will provide passengers with real time information on where their bus, train or ferry service is, which will help to make travelling with Transperth more convenient.

Commenting on the campaign, Transperth Information & Event Services Manager, Charlotte Hayes said, “Our research has shown there are many myths about public transport that are busted once people use the service. We just need to encourage more people to give it a go because we know that once they do they are really positive about the experience and are more likely to use us again.

“We challenged Gatecrasher to come up with something big and different that would stimulate trial. We think they have very much succeeded.”

Agency: Gatecrasher

Creative Partner / Art Director: Lori Canalini 

Creative Partner / Copywriter: Adam Barker 

Senior Art Director: Henry Billington 

Senior Designer: Ian Bird 

Digital Designer: Scott Pelham 

Copywriter: Hayley Kaptein 

Strategist: Sophie Lawrence 

Managing Director: Tony Scampoli 

Group Account Director: Rod Killick 

Senior Account Manager: Lisa Nixon   

Senior Account Manager: Melanie Goh 

Agency Producer: Courtney Dagasso 

Production Manager: Anouk Ratnawibhushana 

Digital Planner: Jamie Siew 

Media Planner: Kevin Rapose

Production Co: Open Spaces 

Director: Perry Westwood 

Producer: Béatrice Masia 

Editor: Bruce Flint, First Light  

Sound: Justin Braine 

Music: We Love Jam 



Transperth Information & Event Services Manager: Charlotte Hayes

Transperth Information & Event Services Coordinator: Sophie Oliver