Mercedes-Benz – The Campaign Created By Nature

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has chosen an innovative approach to promoting the clean Euro 6 engine. The entire campaign is literally created by nature. That’s because it is vitally important that we switch to cleaner engines for the sake of nature. And who can convince you to switch better than nature itself. How have animals made the posters? Cut-outs of letters are put on canvas posters and then placed in nature so that rabbits, hedgehogs, boars and other animals can create the advertisements with their pawprints. They do this by leaving behind their muddy pawprints on the canvas posters. So this is how the cut-out letters are gradually filled in. The posters can be seen at car shows and in outdoor advertising together with a link to the making of.

Advertising Agency: N=5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art Director: Ed van Bennekom
Copywriter: Jasper Diks
Producer: Guy van der Hoop
Director: Danny van den Bersselaar
Production Company: Big Shot
Year: 2012

Mercedes-Benz – Tramp a Benz

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
Year: 2011
Gold Lion

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter – The Sprinter applies for a job

The brief.
Develop an exclusive mailing campaign for major buyers of commercial vehicles, like fleet managers of big companies and present the Sprinter in a completely fresh and new way. 50% of the target audience was drawn from existing customers. The strategy was to keep the contact and the customer relationship on a very exclusive level and recruit potential customers for a test drive event.

The creative solution
The Sprinter is the one of the best workers a company could have. However, before you can work in a company, you have to apply for a job. So the Sprinter did: he writes his own letter application with special made tires. Each letter of application came with a link to a campaign micro site, providing video evidence that the Sprinter really had written the application itself. We raised the average response rates, because a real application letter will definitely find his way on the manager’s desk.

The creative execution
As already described: The Sprinter is as one of the best workers a company could have. And before you can work in a company, you have to apply for a job. So the Sprinter did: he writes his own letter application with special tires. But also the brand Mercedes-Benz could benefit from this completely new way of communication and strengthen its position as a innovative brand.

The Letter:

Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and I would like to apply for a position in your company.
I have extensive experience in the area of transport and logistics, with a 15-year track record of continuous personal development that makes me among the most reliable goods transporters around.
I am made by one of the best-known and most prestigious manufacturers in the industry, and have been engineered to deliver hundreds of thousands of kilometres of service.
My greatest strengths are my durability and my large capacity. I would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate my abilities to you in a test drive.
To find out more about me and what I can offer, and for proof that this application is all my own work, please visit
Yours sincerely,
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The results
More than 400 letters were printed by a Sprinter. Every print was an individual creation. The cost per print is about 8 Euros. Ca. 120 of them was sent to the main commercial car buyers in a first flight. A second flight will follow. 39% of the recipients watched the video evidence online. Key Account Managers reported a much higher response quote especially in the face-to-face contacts.

Advertising Agency: Lukas Lindemann Rosinski, Hamburg
Executive Creative Director: Arno Lindemann, Bernhard Lukas
Creative Director: Thomas Heyen, Markus Kremer, Jakob Kriwat
Art Director: Markus Kremer, Damian Kuczmierczyk
Copywriter: Thomas Heyen
Designer: Victor Aloji
Director: Marc Bethke
Year: 2011
Silver Lion