The first experience will put you in the seat of B.A. Baracus driving the iconic van throughout the maps of some world's main cities.
It's on YouTube, with the 3D Google Earth plug-in, and it is aimed at promoting the upcoming movie The A-Team.
The second experience will put you in the seat (saddle) of a Harley-Davidson, to let you enjoy a ride through 360° videos.
The site has been developped to promote the new Touring range of the legendary motorcycle manufacturer.
For once, my post won't be around social media, neither brand content nor digital innovation. Today I am sharing a very nice online media campaign, very well executed by my friends from Duke. They did a great job for Nissan Qashqai.
Have a look today on French Yahoo and Msn, and click on the banner, to get the full visual experience.
A permanent link for the demo here.
As Martina says "either you create online media that make the difference, or you just invest your money somewhere else" !
Exactly four years after the controversial but very viral VW suicide bomber, Audi walks the same tricky road. A funny but disturbing commercial shows a man trying to kill himself in an Audi A5 TDi. Audi will probably deny being responsible, but that will make the video go even more viral. See for your self:
update: Audi claims a violation of it's trademark and urged YouTube to remove all copies. Here's Adland's version:
update 2: Adland has nothing to do with the production of this ad. They are simply hosting the video.
MINI claims to have a lot in common with street art. Both urban phenomenons, both part of metropolitan streets. That's why they teamed up with Craig 'KR' Costello. Craig created the KRINK brand, which stands for highest Quality markers and ink (KR-INK) and has a great reputation among street artists as well as designers worldwide. For MINI Germany, Craig painted a black MINI Cooper S with the typical dripping ink aesthetics.
Remember when automotive CEOs went to Washington DC asking for loans? This website called "Shocking Barack" from Brammo powercycles seeks to redo the same route but instead of asking for aid, they will try to show President Obama a proposal based on electric energy as a feasible solution to the transportation crisis. So this site is to follow the trip (starting tomorrow) and asking people to spread the word and collaborate if possible with a place to stay or to charge the vehicles, go check it out or follow them on Twitter.
I liked this one by Tribal DDB London for the new Volkswagen Polo, what does it take to be considered timeless? Assuming that the car has been built under that idea, the site VW Timeless Polo collects different options from worlds such as fashion, food, design, music and television for people to choose what do they consider the 50 of them that will become as timeless as the car, so it's a good way to rediscover lots of time and history.
In Sweden, Lowe Brindfors has launched a new brand campaign for Saab featuring a TV spot and a website that want to remember consumers how cool and fascinating the brand is. The starting point maybe is a bit ambitious, but the result is astonishing. As said, the first piece is a beautiful Tv commercial that takes you through the world of Saab.
Presenting a very powerful car-configuration tool, you can customize a template Ford Mustang the way you want or even customizing collaborating in real time with some people, in the end it's about "experiencing" the car and also sharing it to the gallery (almost 2k submissions in a week) or, the main purpose for sport cars fans, downloading the image to use it as a wallpaper.
The site also contains some other features, as Mustang stories, a store locator or getting what is being talked about the car outside, in a new example of that way of building things we talked a while ago, conforming the place to go to know everything you want about the Mustang world.
I'm always amazed of the quality and consistency of brazilian Almap BBDO's work. Their latest one is this interactive film to advertise the new Volkswagen EOS.
The story is about "a car, a destination and some other little things in the middle of the road for you to solve", making this woman the star of the film while her car it's followed by some birds creepier than Hitchcock's.
Told in an interesting way that shows every benefit from the car itself, it makes me think in how they're going to submit this into festivals. Is it a microsite, an online branded content or an online video? While discussing about it they also released a little blog where you can see how the whole video was done.
At first sight you would say it is just another racing game. Make sure not to skip the intro, and you will change your mind. Honda Formula E is an advergame launched in Japan to teach people how to drive with an eco-friendly attitude.
In the game you don't have to use the steering-wheel, but just the brake and accelerator to find the ideal speed to drive in the city, saving gasoline, and therefore saving the planet.
From China, a website that in Italian I would call very "tamarro" (almost impossible to translate this in English - maybe it's "yobbe", any suggestion from an Italian who isn't on holiday yet, will be very appreciated!). It's for the Chevrolet Cruze and it definitely features a "macho" approach to communication which I found quite surprising for the Asian market.
On top of discovering the car model and it racing competitions, you can also "virtually pimp" your Chevrolet. The customization engine is quite rich, and you can create horrible car to share with your mates. Yes, because pimping is all about sharing, so after you are done with your masterpiece you can then save it as wallpaper for your computer, mobile phone or MSN avatar.