Multi-Channel Marketing Campaign Taps Driver Emotions, Sensations with Striking All-New 2018 Camry – America’s Best-Selling Sedan for Past 15 Years
PLANO, Texas (September 1, 2017) — The all-new Toyota Camry is here with a striking new look and a hot new marketing campaign that’s set to tap into drivers’ emotions and the sensations they will feel when driving the vehicle. While purchasing a Camry continues to be a smart and rational choice, the 2018 Camry now delivers the magic and excitement drivers crave. These emotions are highlighted in the “Sensations” campaign, which compels drivers to love the new Camry for all the “wrong” reasons. The campaign will cover multiple media channels, including broadcast, cinema, social, print, digital and out-of-home placements.
Rather than telling customers how it feels to drive the all-new Camry, this campaign shows them through impactful and evocative imagery that clearly conveys a specific feeling generated by some aspect of the Camry’s styling, safety, technology and performance. The goal of the campaign is to introduce people to an inspiring, more emotional, more exciting driving experience that will make every driver feel special.
The fully-integrated campaign was developed under Total Toyota (T2), the total market model that creates a cohesive marketing approach between Toyota’s agencies of record, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Conill, Burrell Communications and interTrend Communications.
“The launch of the next-generation Camry is incredibly important for Toyota, and we wanted to create a campaign that matched its excellence and the excitement of the new design. ‘Sensations’ perfectly conveys what people will feel driving the new Camry,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, marketing, Toyota. “Once again, our Total Toyota agency partners at Saatchi & Saatchi, Conill, Burrell and interTrend elevated our expectations and delivered an outstanding integrated campaign resonating with what Toyota envisions and what our owners will experience while driving the car.”
A total of eight broadcast spots were developed using multicultural insights aimed at a transcultural audience. The commercials highlight specific vehicle strengths while introducing customers to the emotions they will feel while driving the vehicle.
Four broadcast spots feature dynamic visual imagery along with legendary music hits meant to bring emotion to life and tell the story of the all-new Camry. In three spots – “Thrill,” “Wonder” and “Indulge” – the music of classics like Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Roxette’s “The Look” and “What a Wonderful World” allow the vocals to act as an emotionally powerful narrative. In a fourth spot, "Wild," the powerful sounds of Suzi Quatro’s “Wild One” drive an exciting new vision of how it feels to drive the all-new Camry. Every spot is supported by near-musical sounds recorded directly from the Camry itself.
“Striking” and ”Rebellious” communicate the kinds of emotional highs the Camry can inspire, represented by high-octane beats and fast-action editing. “Strut” transforms a routine run for pizza with a cool slice of style. And “Captivating” captures the bond between parent and child as they discover together the thrilling features in their new car.
In the “Sensations” digital campaign, users are invited to interact with the creative in combination with unique video content. Additionally, an interactive ad unit will highlight various features of the Camry by providing an auditory experience delivered to mobile devices. When opened, users will be prompted to tap bubbles titled “rebellious,” “thrill,” “serenity,” among others, that take them into a series of interactive experiences with sound by a simple movement of the phone or finger on the screen. A different creative execution incorporates ASMR technology (autonomous sensory meridian response) – a tingling many people experience when listening to certain sounds – to magnify sensations, create rich sight and sound content and highlight the extraordinary features of the new Camry.
An innovative social media campaign takes a unique approach to targeting Twitter audiences. Short social videos, each coming to life with different emotion-eliciting emojis, will be targeted to Twitter users based upon their recent emoji use on the platform. The “Sensations” campaign marks the first time this advertising strategy – with custom-built creative – has been employed by an automotive brand on Twitter.
Additionally, a series of artistic snackable videos playing with visual metaphors for the feelings that the new Camry will provoke will be featured on Facebook and Twitter. Utilizing a variety of assets like snackable videos, stills and GIFs, Instagram will create a collage that displays the vehicle, its features and the feelings it elicits.
Print & Out-of-home
Print ads will use broadcast campaign visuals to push the emotional envelope for the all-new Camry sending senses into overload and encouraging drivers to indulge, wonder and stay wild. Using CGI (computer generated imagery), the Camry print campaign features nine traditional print placements along with an experiential magazine insert in targeted publications that allows the reader to feel the sensational impact of driving the new 2018 Camry. With the out-of-home campaign, the brand-focused creative prominently features the new vehicle and logo in front of a distinctive wall of stylized auto parts, utilizing a similar look and feel to that of the print executions.
About the 2018 Toyota Camry
The eighth-generation Camry has gone through a total evolution, from a proven, dependable and safe car to one that also possesses a more exciting and emotional character, thanks to its newfound sporty performance and eye-catching style.
The new Camry utilizes TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) which represents a completely new strategy to the way the company designs, engineers and packages its vehicles. TNGA retains all of Toyota’s traditional values of superlative build quality and safety while injecting a fun driving experience that plays on all the senses. The physical manifestation is the usage of a new engine, transmission and GA-K platform.
The “Sensations” spots are available for viewing here. View photos of the All-new Camry here. The vehicle is on sale now in dealerships.
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