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BBDO Russia's Social Project for Mercedes Smart



'Unexpected Test Drive' aims to bring most reluctant consumers to test drive the Smart

BBDO Russia's Social Project for Mercedes Smart

BBDO Russia has launched a new social project for Mercedes Smart Car, called 'The Unexpected Test Drive'. 



The once elusive, now strongly emerging Russian middle class still prefers big, expensive cars, an obvious proof of its social success. Although most of them are in dire need of a second car, our potential customers showed virtually no interest in our Smarts.

Our objective was to bring the most reluctant consumers to test drive the Smart and change their state of mind from “Smart is not really a car” into being true believers and advocates of the Smart.


Our secret weapon: once you take the Smart for a ride, you’ll fall in love with it.
Core audience’s weakest point: their big cars and all the problems they bring along.


Most illegally parked cars in Moscow are picked-up during the weekend shopping. Once car-less, drivers go through a real ordeal – exorbitant, hours long cab rides through Moscow’s traffic, in order to get back their cars.


At the peak of the driver’s desperation, the Smart Teams jump in, offering free rides, a unique opportunity to test drive the versatile Smart in some of the World’s worst traffic jams.

Being there for them exactly at the moment when they needed a car the most turned reluctant, condescending consumers into true believers – a 100% realistic test drive of the very car that could have saved them from all the hustle.


40 Smarts saved 623 car-less drivers during 3 days, in parking lots around 8 shopping malls

Over 400 drivers became true belivers (“Smart is a real car”) – rate of conversion of 70% - advocating Smart on their vkontakte and facebook profiles

Blogs and news portals picked-up the stories, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in earned media and incalculable amounts of positive emotions around the tiny cars that saved the day of Moscow car-less drivers

Test drives increased 10 fold and Sales increased by 300% in the 2 weeks following the event


Agency: BBDO Russia
Chief Creative Officer: Igor Lutz
Creative Director: Mihai Coliban
Deputy Creative Director: Sergey Kozhevnikov
Senior Art Director: Darya Agapova
Senior Producer BBDO: Valery Gorokhov
Producer Assistant BBDO: Natalya Abzalova
Animation: Kirill Kulygin
Producer Park Production: Irina Lanskaya
Director Park Production: Ivan Oganesov
DOP Park Production: Georgy Leonov
Managing Director Pelican Event: Elena Novikova
Account Manager Pelican Event: Maria Stepkova
Client Service Director: Christina Tancher
Group Account Director: Anna Sokolova
Account Manager: Yana Bader

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Genres: Dialogue, Scenic

Categories: Automotive, Cars, Mon, 13 May 2013 16:22:35 GMT