“Be first. Drive electric.”– under this motto, smart is launching an international campaign to accompany the market launch of the EQ fortwo and forfour models.
The campaign with a strong digital bias centres on boldly trying out something new and the pleasure to be had in helping to break new trends. This special “be first” moment may vary from one person to another – and may take the form of driving an electric vehicle, for example.
“Being number one – that is a perfect fit with smart. Since the beginning of the brand, we have radically redefined urban mobility. We are the first automotive brand now to offer the entire model range – smart fortwo, cabrio and forfour – as all-electric vehicles. Our radical approach also extends to the area of electric mobility, where our vehicles and the innovative smart ready to services provide simple solutions to help our customers avoid daily hassle and inconveniences in the city.
The campaign adopts a digital, always-on approach, whetting appetites for electric mobility on various levels. The integrated moving image campaign spans the areas of TVC, product film and pre-rolls, editorial stories, how-to films, features and social snippets for smart’s international digital channels and platforms.
Central focus on moving image and digital content
“The campaign centres on moving image content which conveys a clear stance on the topic of electric mobility and showcases the smart EQ models on- and off-line,” says Carolin Güthenke, Head of smart Marketing Communications. In the film “Be First Manifesto”, which is also to be used as a TV sport, smart makes a strong case for electric mobility.
Editorial stories and how-to videos
For use on social media, the campaign includes additional moving image elements. The editorial stories show influencers from the worlds of fashion, food and music on their way to their “Be First” moment. A street musician enjoys his first live appearance in front of a large audience thanks to smart.
The campaign motifs showcase the smart EQ models in their natural habitat: the city. The photographs are in the style of a “premium snapshot”. Based on “street photography”, the vehicles are depicted with urban avant-gardists – with a glossy aesthetic, but with a perfection all of their own. The motifs will appear in various formats – always under the claim “Be first. Drive electric.” and the message “Intelligent – and fun”.
In accordance with smart’s “creative agency hub” model, BBDO Berlin was responsible for the campaign motifs and banners, the programmatic advertising and the measures for dealer marketing. The fischerAppelt agency implemented the integrated moving image concept. This covers smart’s digital channels, the TV spot and the product film. Fuel was responsible for media strategy and planning. The JEFF Berlin agency developed the central theme for the campaign.