For more than 125 years, Mercedes-Benz stands for a certain ambition: The best or nothing. Last year this principle of the founder Gottlieb Daimler became the new claim of the brand. The brief was to make this principle come alive.
The strategy of “Tramp a Benz” was to create a dialogue about “The best or nothing” in Social Media and non traditional media types by telling a very simple story: Germany’s most famous hitchhikes with Mercedes-Benz only. And to bring Gottlieb Daimler’s maxim from the year 1886 to life. Prove it in real life. And show how relevant “The best or nothing” still is today.
In one of the coldest Decembers Berlin ever witnessed, street photographer and performance artist Stefan Gbureck set out on a journey with no destination but one goal: to travel with “The best or nothing”. Which in this case meant – no ifs, no buts – just in Mercedes cars. And the Mercedes community didn’t let him down. Online, where they encouraged him to keep it up. And on the road where he found the friendliest, craziest, most stereotypical and most offbeat Mercedes drivers you could imagine. The pictures and stories of the 17-day trip were shared on Stefan’s Blog. He portrayed the drivers and their cars and showed the results to an even bigger audience after his trip on his very own exhibition. Stefan was invited to event shows and published a photo book with all stories and pictures.
Stefan’s journey was followed by thousands of readers on his blog. Additionally, the exhibition and the photo book made his story accessible to an even larger amount of people. Bloggers commented on the project and the high ambition of a hitchhiker travelling with Mercedes only. The project was always related directly to the new claim “The best or nothing”. And as “Tramp a Benz” supported the brand communication, it helped to raise the recognition of the claim “The best or nothing” from 0% to 42% in 2010. “The best or nothing” campaign was the main topic for days, with the photo book being downloaded 1000 times and Facebook fans rose to 2.5million.
Advertising Agency: Jung von Matt, Hamburg
Chief Creative Officer: Armin Jochum, Goetz Ulmer, Thimoteus Wagner
Art Director: Tilman Gossner
Copywriter: Torben Otten, Georg Baur
Photographer: Stefan Gburek
Animation Company: M.A.R.K 13
Film Production/Cinematographer: Viviane Blumenschein