It’s Friday afternoon, and my creative juices are all but shot after a week of writing, designing, and building ads for everything from camcorders to auditorium speaker arrays. I was out trolling the internet, specifically Vimeo, when I came across the video below. Dial M and Joe Marcantonio have put together an 18 minute short on DDB’s icon VW ad campaigns from the 1960’s. Talk about rejuvenating the creative spark. Universally acknowledged to be some of the greatest and most influential ads of all time, these changed the game for advertising when the campaign first launched. At the beginning of the short, there is a sequence from Mad Men where Don Draper says he hates both the ad and the car. Obviously Mr. Draper couldn’t see the impact that these were going to have. I remember these from when I was a kid, and I still think they are some of the best written and produced ads from that period.
This is a great use of interactive technology, and user engagement. VW has launched a new site to promote the new Golf R that allows visitors to create their own movie featuring the new car. The premise is pretty simple. You make car noises, and the site builds a video based on them from a series of prerecorded clips.
Working with Michael Winslow the man of 10,000 sound effects, the trailer is pretty compelling. The YouTube video directs you to the site where you can create your own experience and then share it through all of the standard social media channels and at http://rrr.vw.com as well. It’s a pretty fun concept, and watching the peoples expressions as they make the car sounds is a riot.
The Smileage app for Volkswagen while a very cool marketing tool, has the potential to be one of those apps that floods social media like Facebook and Twitter. It has the potential to be an app that gets blocked by everyone that hates apps like this. With that said though, the video sure makes it look fun, and I do like the idea of an app that lets you record your road trip in a social fashion.
Powered by Google Maps and developed in partnership with Deutsch LA, The The Smileage app syncs your phone with your car, can connect in multiple drivers, allowing them to combine, photos, milage, checkins, comments fist bumps, and more. All of this helps to calculate your Smileage score. Click here to pre-register.
I want to hand it to Ogilvey’s Cape Town South Africa offices for turning out a smart and engaging spot for the VW Amarok (sadly a vehicle that will never make it to the USA). The production quality of this spot shines, with really great cinematography, editing, staging, casting and soundtrack.
Produced by Velocity Films the ad features the Amarok rolling through a museum designed to look like the Smithsonian built on a sound stage at Cape Town Film Studios. Velocity created five dioramas using over 130 tons of sand and 26 tons of rock depicting everything from cavemen to the lunar landings. As the truck rolls through the museum an unsuspecting janitor polishes the floors while listening to a funky version of “It Don’t Mean a Thing, If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.
The shoot and post work took more than two months to complete including the build out of the sets, and it shows. The final piece has a highly credible museum look and feel.
“The final result provides an unexpected, striking and amusing way of highlighting the technological innovation and smart, tough capabilities of the Amarok”. Jacques Massardo