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Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race
Jan. 25, 2012
- Twitter Campaign
Team members: Frederic Bonn - Executive Creative Director, Luca Grelli - Creative Directors, Sam Luchini - Senior Art Director, Rogerio Baran - Senior Copywriter, Reid Armbruster - Copy Lead, Derek Harms - Designer, Wonjun Song - Designer, Chad Drobish - Flash Art Director, Joey Maese - Flash Developer, Bryan Hamilton - User Experience Director, Tom Bailey - Technology Directors, Jibi Scaria - Technology Directors, Ke Xu - Sr. Technical Architect, Andrew Babaian - Presentation Layer Architect, Drew Foehn - Presentation Layer Developers, Soraya Dib - Presentation Layer Developers, Dan Gintis - Presentation Layer Developers, Kaiwen Lin - Technical Architects, Gowri Shankar - Technical Architects , Kaki Tsang - Functional Analyst, Grant Owens - VP Account Planning , Holly Mason - VP Client Partner, Justin Wallace - Agency Producers, Chris Toliver - Agency Producers, Mark Mulvey - Agency Producers, Abby Gardner - Account Planner, Stephanie Schutzbank - Analytics Consultant, Paula Connard - Group Media Director, Troy Miles - Senior Media Planner, Alex Mitchell-Hardt - Media Planner, John Durbin - Senior Alchemist, Eric Bee - Catalyst, Tim Harris - Client Engagement, Carolyn Chen - Copy Writer, Lynn Lim - Associate Alchemist, Sarah Chiappetta - Sr. Designer , Stephanie Huynh - Catalyst
About this entry
As Mercedes-Benz celebrates 125 years of innovation, competitors have been positioning the brand as old and stodgy.
Introduce a legendary automaker to a new generation of consumers.
GET 4 TWEETS, DRIVE 1 MILE
The Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race to the Super Bowl
3 Days, 4 Teams, 1400 miles… Powered only by Tweets! On Feb. 2, 2011, four two-person driving teams recruited on Facebook embarked on their challenge. Powered only by the Tweets of their online supporters, teams were in charge of creating engagement to literally drive them forward in real Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Conducted on Twitter and chronicled in real time at www.mbtweetrace.com, the race generated vast amounts of wholly unfiltered content from teams and supporters — bringing every aspect of the competition to life. As the bond between participants grew, the race reached millions of people and created connections between the brand and a new audience.
The case for why this entry should win a Shorty
THE WORLD’S FIRST TWITTER FUELED RACE:
Previously quiet across social media channels, this campaign was designed to mark the brand’s first foray into social media in a way that was bold, far-reaching and demonstrative of a luxury auto leader. The objective was to engage prospects, owners and enthusiasts alike and introduce this legendary brand to a new generation of consumers using social media. It was an opportunity to make a definitive move in response to competitors’ attempts to label the brand as old and stodgy.
The campaign generated 1,949 race applicants and 72,000 new Facebook fans. At the launch of the campaign, Mercedes-Benz had no Twitter followers. By the races’ conclusion, the following grew to over 77,000 and generated over 545MM Twitter impressions, including 21,000 active participants. The Tweet Race videos reached #2 on the Ad Age viral video chart with over 2MM video views, and one of the team’s hash tags became a trending topic during the race.
The business goal to raise brand appeal among the Gen-Y audience was achieved by a 5% increase in site visitors under the age of 34 in a pre/post campaign survey. The business goal to enhance brand awareness of the C-Class Coupe was achieved by a 150% increase in daily blogosphere conversations in a pre/post-campaign analysis.
The result was a highly engaging branded experience of an offline adventure fueled by online communities. MBUSA supported the program with an interactive microsite where users tracked their team’s Tweets and location on a map, viewed updates from @MBtweetraceHQ, and linked to all content produced by the teams and their followers along the way.
27,953 – Active Participants
72,588 – Likes on Facebook
77,726 – Followers on Twitter
150,739 – Tweets Generated
1,999,927 – Video Views
24,919,018 – People Reached on Twitter
143,070,159 – PR Impressions
545,425,558 – Twitter Impressions