The Mégane Experiment – Can a car change a town?

The Mégane Experiment, created by Publicis London, is a marketing film for Renault that shows an actor named ‘Claude’ who goes to Gisburn, Lancashire, where there are no Méganes, and tries to convince the local population that a Mégane can change their lifestyle, health and enjoyment of driving by telling everyone he meets that he is a ‘joie de vivre’ expert Menton, Côte d’Azur, France, where there are many Méganes.

The campaign
Our challenge was to raise awareness of the Renault Mégane and position the car as ‘anti-bland’. Statistical research (towns with more Mégane had a higher fertility rate) pointed to a powerful thought: Mégane was a bringer of joy. More Mégane, more Joie de Vivre. And the most powerful way to promote this thought was to test it through a real experiment: could an English town with no Mégane embrace the French way of life and the car that epitomises it?
We approached the experiment like a documentary and produced an entertaining eleven minute film about how a car changed a town. The fully integrated campaign including TV, press, online display, and PR generated £1.8 million of earned media, 417,873 unique microsite visitors and over 313,000 YouTube views.
This is the next generation of advertising. Not just making a bold claim, but taking a product truth and proving it on air with real people.



The success of this campaign rested on directing our audience to http://www.TheMeganeExperiment.com to follow the progress of the experiment. Once there, they could witness Claude’s struggle with the Gisburn residents and the Joie de Vivre impact of the car. Media were chosen to build as much noise as possible, earning news and entertainment media coverage.

The teaser phase of TV, online display and national press introduced our spokesperson Claude (and his Facebook page) plus the two towns involved in the experiment (Menton, Côte d’Azur and Gisburn, Lancashire).
Ten days later the campaign launched with PR, TV, national press and online display.

Versions of the documentary film were seeded on Facebook, YouTube and blogs. Following the launch activity, Renault Dealers each hosted their own Festival de Joie test drive weekend, supported by regional press and online display.

Finally we used bus-sides and press wraps to build on the earned media.

Since the launch of the campaign, Mégane market share has not fallen below 5%, and in fact sales increased by 52% across the year! We generated £1.8 million worth of earned media and 417,873 unique microsite visitors. Rich banners achieved 0.28% CTR (double automotive industry norms), YouTube content exceeded 313,000 views and throughout the campaign, Claude conversed with 15,000 Facebook ‘friends’.
Brand tracking measures show prompted ad recall reached 23.6% (compared to 11.5% average).
Focus group attendees told us:
· “That one for the Renault Mégane RS, with the yokels driving. That’s really funny – and the car looks good.”
· “It’s funny, its real people and its personable”
And our client told Campaign Magazine:
“We wanted a campaign which broke from the norm, so a humorous, light-hearted Anglo-French cultural comparison works well for our brand.”
And finally, yes a car really did change a town.

Phil York, Marketing Director, Renault UK, said: “We wanted a campaign which broke from the norm, so a humorous,  lighthearted Anglo-French cultural comparison of two such distinct villages works well for our brand. The Mégane is an iconic symbol of French ‘joie de vivre’ and we’re hopeful that getting more of them on the road over here will not just bring a little more happiness to the residents of Gisburn, but also  the rest of Britain too.”

Advertising Agency: Publicis, London
Executive Creative Directors: Tom Ewart, Adam Kean
Creative Director: Ed Robinson
Art Director: Robert Amstell, Matthew Lancod, Paul Belford
Copywriter: Robert Amstell, Matthew Lancod, Ed Robinson
Designer: Paul Belford
Production Company: Smuggler
Director: Henry-Alex Rubin
Year: 2011
2 Silver Lions (Media & Titanium) 


Coca-Cola (1998/2010) – Modern Print Ads

Coca-Cola Italia – BLIND BOTTLE


Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Milan
Creative Director: Fabrizio Russo
Copywriter: Maria Paola di Stefano
Art Director:Sandro Olivieri
Photographer: Studio Neon
Year: 1998

Coca-Cola Classic – SEALS/PENGUIN



Advertising Agency: Publicis Conseil
Creative Director: Olivier Desmettre
Art Director: Fabrice Delacourt
Photographer: Jeal-Noel Leblanc Bontemps
Year: 1999

Coca-Cola Brazil – TRUCK/HYDRANT



Advertising Agency: McCann Erikson Brazil
Creative Director: Luiz Nogueira
Copywriter: Monica Maligo
Art Director: Jose Luiz Vaz
Photographer: Mauro Risch
Year: 1999

Coca-Cola India – BARCODE


Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett India
Creative Director: KV Sridhar
Art Director:KV Sridhar
Year: 1999

Coca-Cola India – GLASSES


Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett India
Creative Director: Agnello Dias
Copywriter: SM Talha
Art Director: Vijay Kartik
Photographer: Prased Naik
Year: 2001

Coca-Cola New Zealand – ENJOY Campaign




Advertising Agency: Publicis Mojo, New Zealand
Creative Director: Laclhan Mcpherson
Copywriter: Seymour Pope
Art Director: Laclhan Mcpherson
Photographer/Illustrator: Kane Mcpherson/Mike Shepherd
Year: 2001

Coca-Cola Spain – FISH TANK/NEW HOUSE



Advertising Agency: El Laboratorio, Spain
Creative Director: Carlos Holemans/Eduard  Farran
Art Director: Armanda Carbonell
Photographer: Sara Zorraquino
Year: 2002

Coca-Cola Poland – BOOKSHELF/PENCIL



Advertising Agency: McCann Erickson Polska
Creative Director: Damir Brajdic
Copywriter: Katarzyna Orseszek-Korobleuska
Art Director: Arkadiusz Pawlik
Photographer: Jacek Wotowski
Year: 2003

Coca-Cola India – BARBER SHOP/MAN IN THE SHADOW

In India, the word ‘Thanda’ has many meanings. It means ‘cool’, ‘cold’, as well as ‘refreshing’. Any refreshing drink, including soft drinks are also referred to as ‘thanda’. Guests are asked whether they would prefer coffee, tea or ‘thanda’ (something cool and refreshing). Therefore the headline in Hindi (the local language) means “Cool Means Coca-Cola”.


Advertising Agency: McCann Erickson India
Creative Director: Prasoon Joshi
Copywriter: Prasoon Joshi
Art Director: Akshay Kapnadak
Photographer: Altaf Khan
Year: 2003
Gold Lion for the campaign

Coca-Cola India – REFRESHING WIND/REFRESHING BATH/REFRESHING RADIATOR




Advertising Agency: McCann Erickson India
Creative Director: Prasoon Joshi
Copywriter: Prasoon Joshi
Art Director: Akshay Kapnadak
Photographer: Altaf Khan
Year: 2004

Coca-Cola Italia – BOTTLE/KISS



Advertising Agency: McCann Erickson Milan
Creative Director: Alessandro Canale
Copywriter: Valerio Delle Foglie
Art Director: Antonio Mele
Photographer: Marco Ambrosi
Year: 2004

Coca-Cola UK – THE REAL WORLD OF COCA-COLA Campaign






Advertising Agency: Mother, London
Creative Director: Robert Saville/Mark Waites
Copywriter: Yan Elliot
Art Director: Luke Williamson
Typographer: Stephen Allen
Year: 2004

Coca-Cola de Argentina – FACES


Advertising Agency: McCann Erikson Argentina
Creative Director: Martin Mercado/Esteban Pigni
Copywriter: Pablo Romano/Martin Mercado/Esteban Pigni
Art Director: Christian Maselli/Diego Tuya/Denise Rodman
Photographer: Charlie Mainardi
Year: 2004

Coca-Cola, Germany – BLACK


Advertising Agency: Springer & Jacoby, Hamburg
Creative Director: Till Hohmann/Axel Thomsen/Bettina Olf
Copywriter: Birgit Bouer/Florian Kahler
Art Director: Jan Blumentritt
Year: 2005

Coca-Cola, Germany – THOUGHT/DREAM/IDEA


Headline: When a thought stays just a thought nothing changes.

Headline: Live your dream, don’t dream your life.

Headline: When an idea remains merely an n idea nothing changes.

Advertising Agency: Springer & Jacoby, Hamburg
Creative Director: Till Hohmann/Axel Thomsen/Bettina Olf
Copywriter: Menno Kluin
Art Director: Menno Kluin
Year: 2005

Coca-Cola Spain – CLOUDS/SHAME



Advertising Agency: McCann Erikson, Madrid
Creative Director: Marcos Garcia
Copywriter: Marcos Maggi
Art Director: Marcela Augustowsky
Illustrator: Genevive Glaucker
Year: 2005

Coca-Cola Spain – MANDALA/MOON/WAVE




Advertising Agency: McCann Erikson, Madrid
Creative Director: Marcos Garcia
Copywriter: David Moure/Pablo Castellano
Art Director: Javier Wandosell
Illustrator: Javier Wandosell
Year: 2005

Coca-Cola Philippines – VALENTINES


Advertising Agency: McCann Erikson Philippines
Creative Director: Peter Acuna/Carlo Directo/Micky Domingo
Copywriter: Lisa Kahn
Art Director: Che Soriano
Photographer: Jeanne Young
Year: 2005

Coca-Cola Japan – Coke, Please Campaign




Advertising Agency: Dentsu, Tokyo
Creative Director: Tohru Tanaka
Copywriter: Hirokazu Ueda/Satoshi Hanai
Art Director: Kengo Kato
Photographer: Shu Akashi
Year: 2007

Coca-Cola Pacific – SURFER

Advertising Agency: Ogilvy & Mather, Singapore
Creative Director: Sanol Dabral
Copywriter: Neil Flory
Art Director: Alan Vladusic
Year: 2007

Coca-Cola New Zealand – SUMMER AS IT SHOULD BE



Advertising Agency: Publicis Mojo, Auckland
Creative Director: Nick Worthington
Copywriter: Guy Denniston
Art Director: Emmanuel Bougnerers
Year: 2007

Coke Side of Life Campaign – LIQUID SPLASH/COLOUR SPLASH/GUNS/TOGETHER/STRAWS/RAINBOW HAND






Advertising Agency: Wieden+Kennedy, Amsterdam
Executive Creative Director: Al Moseley/John Norman
Creative Director: Rick Condos/Hunter Hindman
Copywriter: Rick Condos/Giles Montgomery
Art Director: Hunter Hindman
Illustrator: Dave Fikkert/Pierre Janneau/Genevieve Gauckler/Spencer Wilson
Year: 2007

Coke Side of Life – COCA-COLA ART GALLERY

In 2006, Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam has commissioned artists and collectives from around the world to create experimental work for the global “The Coke Side of Life” campaign. The result is a range of original artworks by emerging image-makers as different as Catalina Estrada, Geneviève Gauckler or the Peepshow Collective, … many of whom have gone on to make strong impacts in today’s graphic design & art scene.
The ‘Coca-Cola’ Art Gallery is a collection of images that has been designed by leading artists and designers. They have all depicted their own interpretation of ‘The Coke Side of Life’ philosophy.
The work of the artists reflects various styles, personalities and cultures, and all designs have one thing in common: they are colourful explosions of energy, optimism and happiness.
Throughout its 120-year history, advertising and communication has played a vital role in shaping ‘Coca-Cola’ into an iconic, cultural and timeless brand. Over the years, ‘Coca-Cola’ has continually challenged artists and agencies to create innovative refreshing images.
The diverse backgrounds of the contributing artists and designers, has resulted in a range of images that reflect different cultures and societies. By combining the iconic original glass bottle image with up-to-date illustration techniques and styles, the artists have given rise to a progressive style of visual expression.
‘Coca-Cola’ has always had a strong artistic heritage having been famously interpreted by artists such as Haddon Sundblom, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol who have all reflected the social and cultural attitudes of the time.

Live the Coke Side of the Music – VIOLIN/FACES/INSTRUMENTS




Advertising Agency: JWT Brazil
Creative Director:Richardo Chester/Roberto Fernandez
Art Director: Roberto Fernandez
Illustrator: Roberto Fernandez
Year: 2007

Coca-Cola  – CREATED IN 1886

After years of cool marketing campaigns revolving around football, music and latterly computer gaming, the world’s most famous brand is going back to basics. Coca-Cola has been communicating about its product, what’s in it “Nothing artificial. Never had been, never will be” and the product heritage, dating back to 1886 when John Pemberton created his secret formula.

Advertising Agency: Weiden+Kennedy, Portland
Year: 2008

Open Happiness Campaign – BRRR/AHHH/BURP/FIZZZ/PSSST/GULP

“Open Happiness”is an advertising focus building on the award-winning “Coke Side of Life” campaign. The new tag line, seen in this series of print advertisements, will serve as a platform for all integrated marketing for the Coca Cola brand around the world, tying together the pleasure of opening up a drink and the satisfaction of sharing with others. Open Happiness is designed to work at every level, from national advertising all the way down to coolers and store shelves, with a clear call to action at the point of purchase.”






Advertising Agency: Wieden+Kennedy, Amsterdam
Executive Creative Director: Jeff Kling/John Norman
Creative Director: Jorge Calleja/Sue Anderson
Copywriter: Sue nderson
Art Director: Craig Williams/Pierre Janneau
Illustrator: Pierre Janneau
Year: 2009

Open Happines Campaign from Coca-Cola Pacific – BURP/LAUGH LINE/SMILE

This poster campaign introduce Coca-Cola’s new Open Happiness platform to a relatively young audience — locally.
These “bottles” executed in a breezy manner bring out the full flavour of the Open Happiness campaign. The light-hearted messages in the shape of iconic Coke bottles invite the audience “to open happiness” — even without overt Coke branding.



Advertising Agency: Euro RSCG, Singapore
Creative Director: Alfred Wee
Copywriter: Wong Wai Ling
Art Director: Jimmy Kim/Seah Ting Ting
Illustrator: Evan Lim
Year: 2010


AXN TV Boxes – The TV boxes that promoted a TV channel


The brief:
AXN is a TV channel famous for its TV series. Our task was to promote these series in order to get new spectators for the channel.
Describe the promotion:
When people buy a new TV, all they can think about is watching it. We took advantage of this opportune moment to announce the series. In a partnership with a leading TV brand, we printed their own boxes with the series screenshots and schedule, suggesting consumers how to best enjoy their new TV. The boxes carried our communication to stores all over the country, impacting both consumers at POPs and at home.
Results:
AXN had no cost at all to implement the idea. The printing and shipping were handled by the TV manufacturer, as they were used to doing. In exchange, AXN paid them back with empty advertising slots. In one month, the boxes reached over 300,000 people. In the same period, AXN register a 12% increase in its ratings, such a good result the client is now extending the project to other TV brands. In 2010, our national TV market sold over 10 million TVs – a number that has been growing bigger and bigger. We got a ride on that huge demand to speak to spectators in a perfect moment to get them to watch the series.

Advertising Agency: Publicis Brazil
Executive Creative Director: Hugo Rodrigues
Creative Director: Kevin Zung
Copywriter: Luis Felipe Figueiredo
Art Director: Antonio Correa


Reporters Without Borders – The voice

Advertising Agency: Publicis Brussels

Creative Directors: Paul Servaes, Alain Janssens
Art Director: Daniel Vandenbroucke
Copywriter: Kwint De Meyer
Webdesign: Denis Evlard / http://www.reed.be
Sound Studio: Think’n Talk
Photography: Getty Images