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Best Of The Best, Baby at Automark


Draftfcb Johannesburg campaign South African Toyota dealer network

Best Of The Best, Baby at Automark

Draftfcb Johannesburg’s new campaign for Automark is reinforcing the link between its certified pre-owned vehicle dealer network, Automark, and the Toyota dealer network in a bid to allay consumer anxiety about purchasing a pre-owned vehicle.

Toyota South Africa’s Senior Manager: Marketing Communications and Planning, Pieter Klerck, briefed the agency to push the sentiment of ‘best of the best’ in the pre-owned market.

“Automark’s target market is broad – males and females from all races from the age of 18 and upwards that are looking for a pre-owned vehicle. They are individuals who put a large amount of emphasis on status and lifestyle. However, no matter who we are talking to, there is always some sort of anxiety around purchasing a pre-owned vehicle”.

Given that Automark has thoroughly checked all vehicles before letting them onto the showroom floor, customers can be assured that only the best of the best have been selected 
for them. In fact, because its standards are so high and measures so stringent – they’re backed by Toyota and certified by the Automark dealership. 

“We needed to reinforce that, when a customer purchases a pre-owned vehicle through Automark, they get the backing of the Toyota brand. This means quality and trust – qualities that eliminate a large amount of anxiety from the customers mind. Along with that peace of mind comes the wide range of choices with 2 500 vehicles being advertised online and 6 000 vehicles availible across almost 200 Automark showroom floors”.

The 30” TVC which launched in the first week of November is turning the historical approach to pre-owned vehicle advertising upside down by using a methapor for what vehicles really mean to their owners. It’s more than just a vehicle to them, it’s their baby! 

“Automark’s new advertisement is not your average automotive retail advertisment, it’s a very different way of advertising pre-owned vehicles,” added Draftfcb South Africa Chief Creative Officer, Brett Morris.

“Jonathan Parkinson from Fresh Eye Productions added a superb treatment to the creative concept – one that was unusual, engaging and very relevant to today’s consumer. It highlighted how important vehicles are to the target market, but also acknowledged that trust, honour and reliability are extremely important at any price point. We are of the opinion that it will have tremendous appeal and quickly build traction for Automark,” he said.


Client: Toyota South Africa
Len von Graevenitz – Vice President: Vehicle Sales and Dealer Network
Kerry Roodt – General Manager: Marketing Communication
Pieter Klerck - Toyota South Africa’s Senior Manager: Marketing Communications and Planning

Creative agency: Draftfcb Johannesburg
Executive Business Director: Mike Di Terlizzi     
Account Director:  Jacqui Teixeira
Account Executive: Nicole Combrinck
Chief Creative Office: Brett Morris
Creative director: Tian Van den Heever
Copywriter:  Frank Kunene        
Art director:  Kevin Yong
Strategic planner: Ashleigh Albertyn, Tim Allemann
TV production: Barbara Clarke

Production house: Fresh Eye Productions
Director: Jonathan Parkinson
Producer: Martina Scheider

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FCB Africa, Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:10:12 GMT