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Ford partners with YouTube to make films that identify with car shoppers to drive brand consideration

Ford of Europe wanted to find new ways to connect with potential customers by showing that the brand understood the consumer’s mindset and challenges offered a different buying experience. Ford partnered with Google, YouTube and its global media agency, Global Team Blue) to identify the concerns of consumers based on searches. The brand held a ‘createathon’ in five European markets which produced five unique films.

27/04/2017  |  Full story...

Instagram case study: Harley Davidson uses carousel cartoons to win over adventurous Australians

Harley Davidson used Instagram ads to increase awareness and drive relevancy among young, urban riders.

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09/03/2017  |  Full story...

Video marketing case study: How BMW created the most watched Canadian car brand film ever

To generate hype for its latest car series, BMW turned to programmatic and digital media to reach the right people at the right time. This case study looks at how the auto brand managed to generate over 5 million YouTube views in a short span of time through smart, well-timed targeting.


08/06/2016  |  Full story...

Mobile case study: Location data gives BMW UK the edge

Global auto manufacturer BMW which recently celebrated its 100th birthday, embracing marketing innovations by forming partnerships with brands like xAd and Amplifi using location-based technology to reach desired audiences with the right content, at the right time, in the right place. This case study looks at how the car maker used a location-based marketing campaign to drive sales of its 7 Series.


xAd Showcase BMW X-RAY from xAd Design on Vimeo.


17/05/2016  |  Full story...

Mobile case study: Car maker goes mobile first to boost test drives 50%

With a new product launch on the horizon, Isuzu UTE looked to capture a larger market share by improving its mobile presence. By redesigning its site in just three months and increasing its mobile ad investment, the Australian car maker increased its mobile conversion rate by 335%.

18/03/2016  |  Full story...

Analytics case study: Behind the scenes video shows how Google revamped Hertz marketing

Over the past year, Hertz partnered with digital agency Forward 3D and Google to identify its key challenges and devise a step-by-step strategy for improving its marketing and sales operations. A series of behind-the scenes videos shows how Google worked with the vehicle hire company to identify how its display ads were undervalued by a massive 400%.

03/02/2016  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Mercedes takes its “design a car” utility to millennials on Instagram

For car manufacturers, one of the most popular sales tools is the “design your own car” utility, which is typically found on the brand’s website. For the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes wanted to target high income millennials who live on social media so decided to bring the “design your own car” utility to them via Instagram.


15/10/2015  |  Full story...

Graphical advertising creative case study: How Audi teamed up with InSkin Media Singapore to raise brand awareness

In 2015 InSkin Media (ISM) Singapore partnered with Mediacom to help promote Audi's new A1 Sportback Model. The ad encouraged users to interact with the creative with buttons to change the colour of the car.

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07/10/2015  |  Full story...

Graphical advertising creative: How the automotive industry is getting creative with full page skin ads

InSkin Media have been working with numerous automotive manufacturers to create bespoke full page skin ads to boost brand awareness.

06/10/2015  |  Full story...

How Audi won the Super Bowl with Snapchat

Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest advertising day of the year, so how could a car brand stand out from the scrimmage? In 2014, Audi sent followers funny Snapchat pictures relevant to the game in real time. The campaign generated millions of earned impressions and introduced Audi to a new generation of consumers.


23/09/2015  |  Full story...

Native content case study: MINI champions all things “not normal”

The MINI, a small car, unique in its design is “not normal” in appearance compared to traditional cars. The car maker wanted to capitalise on the fact that it is different and created a marketing campaign around being “not normal”. MINI used the BuzzFeed platform to launch the campaign using a native content marketing strategy.

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05/06/2015  |  Full story...

Facebook marketing case study: Toyota gets satisfied hybrid car owners to do the selling for them

In Norway, Toyota Hybrid drivers are the most satisfied car owners. Toyota decided to capitalise on this and let hybrid owners’ help with marketing and recruit new buyers.


07/05/2015  |  Full story...

Ford lets Facebook fans customise Mustang

Ford and its agency, Team Detroit, launched the Customizer in 2011 and generated more than a million personalized vehicles. A year later, they moved beyond the microsite and into the full capabilities of the Facebook platform. This campaign is a prime example of a brand leveraging Facebook to its fullest potential.

Mustang Customizer 2013 from Michigan Motion Buds on Vimeo.


07/05/2015  |  Full story...

Facebook case study: Smart car lets fans tag their own adventure

Would you face the aliens or enter the wormhole? smart USA's 'Tag Your Own Adventure'—a new spin on the classic 'Choose Your Own Adventure' format—was a smart and original Facebook storytelling experiment letting fans' tags decide the destiny of a smart car hero.

Smart: Tag your own Adventure from Shotopop on Vimeo.

02/04/2015  |  Full story...

Search case study: Luxury car rental boosts sales leads with AdWords

How does a small luxury car rental business stand out from the crowd in a crowded market? This case study looks at how PT Wahana Indonesia Transport used Google AdWords to increase sales by 50% and expand its business.

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12/03/2015  |  Full story...

Honda Twitter account 'hacked' by Skeletor in social media stunt

In December 2014, Honda faked a hack of its own Twitter account, handing the @Honda handle to Skeletor of ‘He-Man’ fame, even taking potshots at other brands, including Toyota and Burger King, with a number of humorous tweets.The stunt marks a growing trend for guerrilla marketing practices. In 2014, a simple commercial featuring retro action figures is unlikely to stand out from the crowd- hence why social media stunts are a better way to reach a younger demographic.The fact that the campaign also coincided with 'Cyber Monday' also helped boost visibility on a popular online shopping day.

03/12/2014  |  Full story...

Social TV case study: Mercedes tells interactive Twitter story to boost brochure requests by 140%

For the launch of the new Mercedes A-class, Mercedes wanted to appeal to a younger generation of drivers in the UK. This case study looks at how the car maker moved away from a traditionally heavy focus on TV and outdoor advertising to include social and mobile channels in its marketing mix. The #YOUDRIVE campaign combined social media and TV advertising by creating an exciting story told over three TV adverts where social media was used to decide the outcome of the story.

02/12/2014  |  Full story...

Video case study: Peugeot reboots action-packed 80’s ad gets 12m views

Back in 1984, Peugeot ran a James Bond-style ad to promote its 205 model, replete with helicopter chases, explosions and glamorous women. In 2014 the ad returned… with a digital twist. Launched on YouTube on October 1st 2014, the reboot of '80s campaign "The Legend," has already generated piled up more than 12 million views in a month.

06/11/2014  |  Full story...

Land Rover’s brings magazine ads to life with augmented reality

In January 2014 Land Rover launched a new Range Rover Sport. Realising a regular print ad didn’t have the capability to show the cars diversity, Land Rover decided to put the reader in the driving seat by publishing a multi-sensory print out to show the versatility, power and speed of the car. This case study looks at how the car maker used augmented reality to become one of the most successful Blippar apps yet.

05/11/2014  |  Full story...

Lexus offers virtual test drive with Oculus Rift

In October 2014, Lexus became one of the first brands to use Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to promote its new NX car model. Teaming up with agency Amaze, the campaign provides and interactive consumer buying experience using Oculus Rift (OR) technology and the new DK2 headsets.

View the experience in action here:


23/10/2014  |  Full story...

Social media case study: Volkswagen ‘People’s Car Project’ wins fans in China

In German, Volkswagen literally translates as "People's Car". To boost its brand in one if the largest and most competitive markets, the car maker started a novel social media campaign in China that let people create and vote for their favourite car designs. This case study looks at how Volkswagen managed to generate 33 million website visits and over 200,000 car designs, extending a year-long campaign into a long running project.

05/09/2014  |  Full story...

Case study: Lexus uses ‘three screen sequence’ advertising with Microsoft

Car brand Lexus ran a six-week test to grab the attention of 25- to 34-year-old male users with a campaign for its F-series performance vehicles, using an ad campaign that spanned three platforms in partnership with Microsoft.

06/08/2014  |  Full story...

Cannes Lions case study: Sound of Honda brings Senna to life with light display

This "Sound of Honda -- Ayrton Senna 1989" ad from from Dentsu Tokyo, caught the eye of the judges at Canes Lions 2014. We look at how the video went viral, getting over 4 million views for recreating a moment of sporting history with a sound and light display.

25/06/2014  |  Full story...

'More robots than humans' saw Mercedes-Benz ad

Online ads for Mercedes were seen more often by fraudster robots than humans, according to a new report. The Financial Times reports that the Mercedes-Benz ads were accidentally placed on to fraudulent websites by Rocket Fuel, a Nasdaq-listed ad technology company that went public with a market capitalisation of nearly $1bn last year. According to Telemetry, a UK company which specialises in detecting ad fraud, in a sample of 365,000 ad impressions brokered by Rocket Fuel over three weeks, 57 per cent were “viewed” by automated computer programs rather than real people. The allegation will raise concerns about fraud in the fast-growing online advertising market, which expanded 15% last year to $120bn.

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28/05/2014  |  Full story...

Case study: BMW runs ‘ultimate driver’ InSkin ad

BMW used a page takeover format to promote its latest 2 Series Coupé following a competition to search for an ‘ultimate driver’ for the car maker. The firm worked with InSkin Media using a PageSkin ad format running across several high profile websites, featuring video integration and strong, viewable brand messaging. From the 40 finalists who took part in the Ultimate Driver track day, one man stood out. Duncan Smart, in the new BMW 2 Series Coupe, proved himself worthy of becoming BMW’s Ultimate Driver. The Pageskin format wraps around entire web pages in a takeover style, only served on screens that are large enough to display them in full. BMW could maximise campaign reach across multiple premium publishers through a single, fully optimized creative that remains in the user's eyeline for maximum brand recall.

View a demo of the Page Skin ad here

30/04/2014

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