Nissan and 24

Nissan’s primary drive for their sponsorship was to build awareness of the Nissan brand and key models within their range. The loyal and upmarket audience of Sky 1’s Sunday Night drama was a perfect sponsorship fit…

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The campaign featured 4 Nissan vehicles, the 350z, Murano, Pathfinder and Navara, all of which were central to the idents. Interactive elements where constantly updated as the story progressed, allowing users to find out more.

Objectives

  • Build awareness of the Nissan brand and key models within its range
  • To own a territory that was key to Nissan’s core audience
  • To partner with great programming with similar values
  • To increase consideration of Nissan and its vehicles
  • To drive consumers to seek further information – getting customers to the dealer where they could experience the vehicles first hand.

The Sponsorship

” We wanted to create a campaign that reached our core audience and talked to them in a way that they wanted to be talked to. Too many car manufactures shout at consumers, hoping that the message will eventually get through.” James Collier, Brand Communications Manager, MGOMD

TBWA produced the award winning creative for the campaign. A 24 minute film was created and edited in one minute increments and unfolded over a 24 week period. The story was the focal point of the campaign integrating various Nissan models into the plot.

The sponsorship was augmented by enhanced programming and online. Viewers were able to use the red button/go online to enter branded areas featuring behind the scenes footage. They were also able to further engage by entering competitions and exploring Nissan’s model range.

Insights

Pre and post quantitative research was carried out by SPA in January and May 2005; to assess the effect the sponsorship had on awareness; appropriate fit; and propensity to purchase.

Appropriate Fit
Results showed that 86% of viewers who had seen the sponsorship thought it was “a good way to show new Nissan models” and 86% thought it “an appropriate fit”, while 83% thought that “the look and the feel (of the sponsorship) went well with the programmes”.

Brand Awareness
A significant increase in brand awareness was seen for all Nissan models featured. In prompted awareness research the Pathfinder doubled its awareness and Murano increasing by over 3 times.

Propensity to purchase
Before the campaign, only 14% of respondents put Nissan either at the top or high on their list of makes they would consider buying. Following the sponsorship that number had risen to an impressive 38%.

We were very pleased with the outcome of the campaign. Awareness of the sponsorship was 40% and the eTV site was viewed by over one million Sky Digital viewers. As a direct result we were inundated with brochure and test drive requests.
James Collier, Brand Communications Manager, MGOMD

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