2018 Winners & Shortlists

CAMELPOWER

Grand Prix

Case Film

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Client/BrandNISSAN
Product/ServiceDESERT LINEUP
EntrantTBWA\RAAD Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Type of EntrySectors
CategoryDurable Consumer Goods, including Cars
Idea Creation TBWA\RAAD Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Media Placement OMD Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Production NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Production 2 STOKED Beirut, LEBANON

The Campaign

We introduced Camelpower to the world: the first ever unit to measure automotive performance in the desert. Following the example set by Henry Watt, the inventor of horsepower, we developed our unit around the most effective and efficient desert animal: the camel. Horsepower (hp) was developed with land-based experiments using a horse as a benchmark. Our sand-based experiments used a camel and followed a similar scientific approach, creating a formula and value for Camelpower (dCP). We worked with Nissan engineers, accreditation experts and technical gurus to develop the formula and conduct field tests (accounting for sand friction, time, velocity, weight and inclination). Once a value for 1dCP was established, we measured the dCP value for Nissan’s top desert SUVs. And there we had it. Not only an empirical way to measure the off-road performance of our SUVs, but a metric against which every other car could be measured.

Creative Execution

Instead of an advertising campaign, we wanted to own a conversation. So, we started by working alongside third party engineers, technical experts and geology academics to create a robust formula and conduct rigorous field tests. Then we vetted the entire plan with Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA). And that was just the due diligence. To promote the concept, we had to explain the science. An 11-minute documentary shot by and aired on National Geographic brought the entire process to life, while we used social media platforms and formats to direct people to www.camelpower.ae, where they could learn more about the unit, the science, and most importantly, the Nissan SUV line-up. Graphic illustrations drew analogies between camels and our SUVs across the website and our showrooms. And finally, following the announcement and film, talks were held at universities to promote the new unit and opportunities for future application.

Describe the success of the promotion with both client and consumer including some quantifiable results

1. Earned Media -Campaign reached over 450M people with a minor budget as every major news outlet covered the story -Earned 22m PR Media Impressions in GCC, worth $2.8m paid media 2. Engagement -12.2 minutes average time spent on www.camelpower.ae (245% higher than Nissan average benchmark) -14% of visitors clicked through to SUV model pages on www.nissan.me -Social post engagement rate of 3.87 (more than 2x that of Nissan new-model-launch posts) 3. Brand Impact -Those who had been exposed to the campaign were 60% more likely to believe that Nissan made the best off-road SUVs (a 31ppt increase) and 64% more likely to believe Nissan was an innovative company (a 28ppt increase) -Nissan’s Brand Affinity increased by +4 points And while unexpected, in the month during and after the campaign, year-on-year sales for Patrol, Patrol Safari and Navara were significantly up (despite media spend being 83% down).

Explain why the method of promotion was most relevant to the product or service

Sales were significantly down for the whole market in 2017. In response to a client brief to address the downturn, we came up with the idea of establishing a new metric for automotive desert performance: Camelpower (dCP). We wanted to drive brand engagement and own the conversation around desert off-roading, rather than compete on media spend and price. After much due diligence, we invited owners, key automotive bloggers and journalists to the desert to see the testing for themselves. Here, they witnessed the validation of 1 dCP and how the dCP values were derived for the Nissan SUV line-up.

If we talk about road cars, any debate around performance is easily resolved with stats about horsepower, torque or acceleration times. Publications and websites are dedicated to this type of content. No measure existed to accurately measure performance in the desert sand. 500HP might give you supercar acceleration, but it’s not worth much on soft, shifting sand. To end the debate and officially claim leadership, we proved that Nissan SUVs are the best desert off-roaders in the region by creating a new unit of desert performance measurement: Camelpower. Credibility was a key factor. As such, we needed to follow a strict scientific process from start to finish. We needed to work with experts from Nissan (engineering, R&D and technical), plus third party engineers and geology professors. Furthermore, we needed official accreditation from the national standardization board. Only then would the science be robust and the metric accepted by the industry.

Credits

Name Company Position
Walid Kanaan TBWA\RAAD Chief Creative Officer
Manuel Borde TBWA\RAAD Creative Director
Oswaldo Sa TBWA\RAAD Art Director ACD
Gabriel Gama TBWA\RAAD Art Director
Guilherme Grossi TBWA\RAAD Copywriter
Alex Pineda TBWA\RAAD Copywriter ACD
Clayton Needham TBWA\RAAD Senior Digital Designer
Felipe Sona TBWA\RAAD Senior Digital Designer
Claudio Campisto TBWA\RAAD Head of Art
Saad Gharzeddine TBWA\RAAD Brand Leader
Mathieu Khaled TBWA\RAAD Senior Account Manager
Ali Marashi TBWA\RAAD Senior Planner
Vishal Badiani TBWA\RAAD Strategy Director
Rouba Asmar TBWA\RAAD Head of Production
Samer Arzouni Nat Geo Abu Dhabi Director
Alex el Chami Nat Geo Abu Dhabi Executive Producer
Joseph el Hachem - Lead Unit Engineer
Rita el Hachem Stoked Executive Producer
Charbel Aouad Stoked Producer
Mazen Fayad TBWA\RAAD Director
Hazem Atieh / Ezzat Habra TBWA\RAAD Creative Services Managers
Fouad Abdel Malak TBWA\RAAD Executive Creative Director
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