According to its brand identity, Mercedes-Benz’ stands for business people with success and leadership. The problem is that this demographic, usually hardworking with little free time, are often difficult to reach by traditional means.
The perception that these executives never use digital media, however, Mercedes-Benz found to be incorrect. Its research showed that business leaders are voracious consumers of digital media. 30% read blogs on a regular basis and 72% said they were tech-connected by necessity, knowing that keeping up with the latest technology is vital to the success of their businesses.
Partnering with social networking site, A Small World – which offers membership on an invitation only basis – the car manufacturer provided users with exclusive information, content and competitions, at the same time being careful not to interrupt the user’s online experience or bombard them with too many advertisements. Offers were mainly related to activities already sponsored by Mercedes-Benz; its Fashion Week, for example, or opportunities to join its Formula One race team for a day out.
67% of those surveyed after the campaign said the advertising had impacted on their perception of the Mercedes-Benz brand positively. Nearly 40% of respondents said the campaign had made them want to find out more information about Mercedes-Benz in general. In addition, 30% said that the advertising would cause them to recommend the brand to someone else.