Showing the car driving was not enough, we wanted to create a sense of excitement, energy and personality, whilst ensuring we always stayed within the CAP code governance. The mechanic of the campaign had to start online and finish online, it had to stimulate a conversation, raise awareness and finally create long-tail content that intrigued the viewer and was worth finding out about.
The concept we proposed was a Punk’d Style video to raise profile for the campaign and more importantly the D-Max. The road map for the concept started within social media with a competition to win a weekend break featuring a stay in a luxury hotel in the Lake District and an exclusive test drive of the new vehicles. The only catch was the winners would be part of an advertisement for the vehicles, or so they thought...
The scene is set with the winners of the social media competition thinking they would be taking a sedate yet challenging test drive. What they don’t know is that a professional rally driver, disguised as a Granny who is also part of the test drive posing as one of the winners, will also be taking them for a ride. The concept relied heavily on the element of surprise, the more genuine this was the better the outcome of the piece, this was achieved to great effect.
The Granny Rally branded content TV campaign created a successful platform from which we achieved significant traffic onto both social media, the branded YouTube channel and the campaign microsite. Within the social and online environment we used paid media to amplify the campaign and drive viewers to a dedicated microsite that was designed specifically to focus on conversion to enquiry.