My latest project is a really special one: PR for the Officially Licensed BBC Doctor Who scarf (like the one worn by Tom Baker) by Lovarzi.
The assignment involved two bits of web copy and a press release, advertising the scarf by specialists, Lovarzi, and I was immediately interested in not just the project, but also the product itself; after all, I’m a huge Doctor Who fan!
The scarf was worn by the fourth Doctor between his first adventure, 1974’s Robot, and his last in Logopolis (1981), and was known for its ridiculous length. Despite the huge popularity of the recent series, the Doctor will always be synonymous with that scarf, as will actor, Tom Baker. While at one stage, his scarf measured about three times the Doctor’s height, Lovarzi’s edition is a sensible 13ft – long enough to wrap around you, but short enough so you don’t trip up!
The two bits of web copy are now online: product descriptions for the Lovarzi site and Amazon UK. It was quite an enjoyable process; thinking about what people would be typing into Google to create SEO-friendly copy (hence Tom Baker, the TARDIS and the Daleks all getting a mention!). Lovarzi’s customer services had to be highlighted too, I felt, as many companies don’t look after buyers as well as they should – so I was keen to point out the free postage and packaging, and the 90 days money back guarantee.
A far more extensive press release has been approved by BBC Worldwide, and will be distributed by Lovarzi and me. However, it’s already got attention in Forbidden Planet and on websites like Kasterborous and The Doctor Who Site.
It’s got a couple of wonderful 5-star reviews on Amazon UK too. I’m really pleased with mine and definitely recommend it to any Whovians out there!
I’ve been working on it with Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, who very kindly said:
“We were looking for a copywriter who is Doctor Who fan as well to write us copy for the press release and product descriptions. No one other than a real fan can understand the story behind extremely long Doctor Who scarf. And man, we found someone really good in Philip Bates! He knows the whole story behind the scarf. The way he has put it into words; it’s a no brainer that this copy will be loved by Doctor Who fans and will help us sell our product better. We are looking to hire his services again in the near future.”
Huge thanks to Maninder, who’s a pleasure to work for. You can find further testimonials here.
This definitely isn’t the last you’ll hear about this – I’ll also have some very exciting Doctor Who news coming up too – so stay tuned!