“A visual feast. For the audience in 1979 this was as close to sci-fi as you could get. It was like watching two minutes of the Star Wars movie – no one had seen anything like it before. The ad also makes it seem like lots of care has gone into building the cars.”
One evening in 1979, television viewers who hadn’t gone to the loo in the middle of News at Ten saw something very unusual, a commercial break completely taken up by one ad. It was a two-minute triumph showing a car being put together in a factory, and not a dirty blue overall in sight. The original idea for an ad to promote the new italian car was to use smoke coming out of the Vatican as a sign that a new car had been born. But at the drawing board, writer Paul Weiland remembered an item he had seen on the tv show Tomorrow’s World about the Fiat factory in Italy where cars were put together by robots. He tracked the footage down and decided it could form the basis of the new Fiat campaign. “In Europe the car was called the Ritmo, so I thought… what kind of music can I put with this?” recalls Weiland. “My knowledge of classical music was zilch but I remembered something called Figaro and thought: Figaro sounds like Ritmo! I put this music to it and everyone thought it was great…” If that part was easy, the filming of the commercial turned out to be a nightmare.
Ironically, when the production team led by the director Hugh Hudson arrived at the Fiat factory in Turin to shoot the film they had to run a gauntlet of pickets and burning tyres lit by workers protesting about robots taking their jobs. “When we arrived there, there was a strike, and we got locked in to the factory” recalls director Hugh Hudson. “We were locked in nobody operating, just someone to press the button. All the workers were out but we were in making the film…” “The commercial was quite expensive at that time, around 300.000 pounds” add Paul Weiland, “but they probably lost about seven million in production, because every two seconds we were having to stop the machines!”
The finished ad had no voice over and ended on a simple caption “Handbuilt by Robots”. Many ad makers believe its intelligent combination of music and camerawork make it one of the best TV commercials ever shown in UK.
Advertising Agency: Collett Dickenson Pearce
Copywriter: Paul Weiland
Art Director: Dave Horry
Director: Hugh Hudson
Production company: Hudson Films
Usually, when someone sneaks up to a rich guy’s house and drives off with a Porsche, it’s a reason to call the police. This time, it might be a reason to call an auto dealership. In a clever spin on direct mail for Toronto’s Pfaff Automotive, Canadian agency Lowe Roche photographed one of the dealership’s Porsches in the driveways of affluent homes, then used each image to create an ad left at the home where it was shot. The headline: “It’s closer than you think.” The result, according to the agency’s case study video below, was a 32 percent response rate to a site where recipients could schedule a test drive. Direct mail is typically about hitting as many people as possible for as low a cost as possible, but this creative idea shows that for luxury brands, a smaller effort can sometimes go a long way.
Advertising Agency: Lowe Roche, Toronto, Canada
Creative Directors: Dave Douglass, Pete Breton
Art Director: JP Gravina
Copywriter: Simon Craig
Video Production: Motion Pantry
Director / Cameraman / Editor: Dean Vargas
Dodge Charger – Man’s Last Sand
A collection of men refuse to comply with a collection of modern activities. They rebel in their dodge charger. Dodge, an American motoring icon, is currently focused on clarifying and re-energizing its presence in the marketplace. The opening salvo in this effort is this new commercial set to appear during the 2010 Super Bowl, where Dodge will reach its core male target as well as the broader American culture. Based on the simple truth that while men will sacrifice a lot in their daily life to maintain a harmonious relationship with their girlfriend, their wife, their boss, their career—this spot shows there’s ultimately a limit to their chivalry. Especially when there’s a Dodge involved. In this commercial, Dodge re-affirms its relationship to the sort of men that love to drive real American driving cars, and at the same time tells America at large, through the Super Bowl stage, that Dodge is back with renewed energy and focus.
Dodge Grand Caravan – Kittens/Turncoat
Dodge’s advertising, just like its cars, is made “in the defense of driving”—a force against the commoditized “beige boxes” that have become so commonplace across America. In contrast, Dodge celebrates the true spirit of American driving with pride and energy. Starting with the key features of Wi-Fi hotspot, voice-activated navigation and Flo TV, we developed the “Turncoat” and “Alright, Kittens” ads to show the extreme end of how the Grand Caravan could be used and driven. They dramatically bring to life what makes the Grand Caravan a unique vehicle: It has everything, so you can do anything.
Dodge Challenger – Freedom
“Freedom” is a retelling of an important battle in the American Revolutionary War told as grandiose and beautiful as all American folktales. It first ran during the US vs England World Cup game that aired on June 12, 2010.
Though it isn’t a literal retelling of history, it’s a new American folktale about how American freedom was created. Dodge is making a statement about how cars are a very American thing, and how cars like the Challenger can reinvigorate this country’s passion for driving.
Dodge Tent Event – Invisible Monkey Campaign
After getting into some hot water for the original Dodge Tent Event commercial, W+K got creative to appease all parties involved.
Our challenge from Dodge was to create a breakthrough campaign promoting a free, 60-day test-drive. Our solution was not just any tent sale but the Dodge Tent Event, complete with balloons, confetti, a giant red-and-white tent and the kicker, a chimpanzee dressed as a stuntman.
The commercial garnered a lot of views and comments on YouTube, then PETA saw it. PETA demanded that Dodge remove the chimp immediately. Within hours we had literally taken the chimp out of the ad and rerecorded the VO. The “PETA-friendly” spot was back on TV within days.
People were wondering whether the solution was a “middle finger” to PETA. In order to steer the conversation, we asked Next Media Animation World News (NMA), the Internet-famous Taiwanese news-animation company, to help us tell the real story in an organic way that could be seen by an already-captive web audience. So they did, in a day. Actually in five hours. It worked. The story (of the Invisible Monkey) got out. The media was swayed. The collaboration between W+K and NMA was kept under wraps. PETA was happy again with Dodge.
Dodge Charger – Period Piece
Dodge set out to prove that car chases make movies better. To do this, they’ve taken a stuffy Merchant & Ivory-type period love story full of costumes and haughty British accents, and turned it into something we all would stand up and cheer for.
More cars and more driving make for a better movie. In a spot titled “Fast Five—Period Piece,” Dodge and director Steve Rogers take a turgid period film and give it some much-needed horsepower. This spot pays homage to Dodge’s partnership with Universal Pictures for the fifth installment of the Fast&Furious franchise,Fast Five, a film that has a lot of high-stakes chases and a lot of cars, including the 2011 Dodge Charger.
Dodge Charger – The Future of Driving
In today’s day and age, we are surrounded by technology – right from the air-conditioners, television and refrigerators in our homes to the laptops, PDAs and smartphones at work. The dependency on technology is so much in our lives that it no longer aids us but controls us and sometimes takes out the fun in doing things manually. This is exactly what Dodge Charger portrays in The Future of Driving 2011 Commercial. According to the 2011 Dodge Charger The Future of Driving Commercial, robots can take our food, our clothes and our homes, but they will never take our cars.
Dodge Journey – Search Engine for the Real World
The 2012 Dodge Journey was built to be a search engine for the real world – a perfect vehicle for adventurous people who actually explore the world instead of just reading about it online. To get people to explore the world wide world, Dodge hid three 2012 Dodge Journeys across America. You find it, you keep it..
|Describe the brief from the client|
|The Dodge Journey was built to help people to explore the worldwide world. But we wanted to do more than just tell them this, we wanted to get them off the couch and actually out there.|
|We brought together all the chatter surrounding the campaign onto our YouTube page, combining the conversations from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube into one place.|
|Describe the creative solution to the brief/objective.|
|We started with a series of TV commercials. But unlike other car ads, the final heroic shot of the car was a challenge: the Journey they’ve just seen is still waiting at that same beautiful location. If the viewer went there, they could have it. The commercials themselves contained clues and a 24/7 live camera feed showed people exactly where it was – encouraging them to start looking.|
|Describe the results in as much detail as possible.|
|Even though only a few people got to drive home in a new Journey, everyone involved got to experience an exciting real-world adventure that inspired them to get out there.|
Dodge Grand Caravan – The Right Tool for the Job
The majority of Americans are driving the wrong car. One that doesn’t fit their lives, or their needs. So they end up having to do things like mount a cargo bin to the roof just to take a weekend trip with the family. Or rent a U-Haul to run to IKEA. In this campaign, we hold a mirror up to all those people who are trying to get by with cars that don’t fit their lives and highlight the Dodge Grand Caravan.
Dodge Dart – How To Change Cars Forever
What do you need to create a groundbreaking compact car? Smart people, great ideas—and a healthy sense of humor.
That’s according to this entertaining 90-second spot from Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Ore., for the 2013 Dodge Dart, offering a easy step-by-step instruction guide for designing and engineering a worthwhile entry in the competitive compact-car segment. Basically, you need lots of coffee, not a lot of other commitments, not a lot of committees or finance guys, and a whole lot of refining and refining and refining. The playful rapid-fire presentation is vintage W+K, which has built reserves of wry humor into the Dodge brand for several years now. In a nice touch, the Dart spot—directed by Christopher Riggert of Biscuit Filmworks—also features a celebrity endorsement by Tom Brady, in the form of Brady questioning whether he’s even right for the role. The spot’s energy is derived largely from a solid choice of soundtrack: the Jay-Z and Kanye West track “No Church in the Wild,” from their Watch the Throne album. The spot, titled “How to Change Cars Forever,” also introduces the tagline “New rules,” to emphasize that Dodge is redefining what a compact car can be. “Adding a dose of fun, creative license and Dodge brand humor, ‘How to Change Cars Forever’ captures the meticulous process of starting with a simple idea and developing it into a revolutionary new car, including the angst and pressure of a blank page, trials and errors of the early stages, and molding, shaping and testing the Dodge Dart until it was right,” says Olivier Francois, marketing chief at Chrysler Group. “We wanted to provide a peek inside what it takes to bring a new car to fruition.”
W+K continues to make such glimpses worth your while.
Peugeot Panama has launched a Pinterest-based competition that asks people to complete puzzles by repinning images of its cars.
Last week the brand created several boards depicting different models with pieces missing.People can search for and find these pieces, pin them on their own boards and share it with Peugeot. The first five people to complete their boards win prizes.
Though a visit to the brand’s Pinterest page leaves you somewhat confused at first, since several boards have been used as placeholders – separating the cars into different price brackets. One such board is titled ‘Starting at 35,000us’ and is toally blank, with no content pinned. It’s an interesting way to use the space, but isn’t immediately obvious.
People are asked to click any board to find out where to look, which is explained as follows:
This is a 5 piece puzzle of a Peugeot 3008, as you can see there are 4 pieces missing. Look for them in our website (peugeot.com.pa) or in our Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1797346790), pin them in your own board and share it with us. The first 5 people to complete their boards win!”
Using boards as placeholders is certainly one of the most creative uses of Pinterest we’ve seen so far, but sadly it’s overshadowed by the fact that the puzzle itself isn’t very clear. It’s difficult to work out how you’re supposed to get involved, and even the brand itself has had to step in to inform a participant that the goalposts had been changed:
Hi Julia!, thank you for participating in the Peugeot Puzzle Contest, sadly as you may know, Pinterest changed our layout so we were forced to adapt the contest again. Please feel free to leave your board and start pinning again. Best Luck!”
That said, Peugeot Panama uses a conversational tone in its outreach above and is trying something new – so should be applauded for doing so. However, it might transpire that a simpler competition, with mechanics that are easier to understand, might be more successful in driving participation in the long run.
A great and impressive use of this very young network. Of course it takes a bit of courage and passion to start such an experiment – and it IS an experiment that started to work well. The mechanic of the puzzle picks up the main idea of Pinterst, which makes it feel integrated on one hand, and explains the great user feedback on the other hand.
Advertising Agency: Tribal DDB Colombia (?)