The Roaming Gnome Explores the World for Travelocity's 'Wish You Were Here' Campaign

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Proof advertising launches the first campaign as new agency of record for Travelocity
The Roaming Gnome Explores the World for Travelocity's 'Wish You Were Here' Campaign

Leading online travel agency Travelocity and recently appointed creative agency-of-record, Austin-based Proof Advertising, have launched their first major campaign together, putting the brand’s beloved Roaming Gnome front and centre.

The national brand campaign promotes Travelocity membership, which gives travellers added perks. Membership is free and unlocks benefits like an easier end-to-end user experience, personalised deals sent to travellers’ inbox and additional member-only discounts on select hotels.

The ‘Wish You Were Here’ campaign gives the Roaming Gnome a starring role as the seasoned world traveller, depicting him in various destinations while he shares the benefits of Travelocity membership. While the Roaming Gnome was already a regular presence in Travelocity’s advertising, this works casts him in the leading role.

The campaign uses Travelocity’s existing Wander Wisely tagline, but it’s the first new work under that platform in more than two years and represents a new creative direction for the brand. Ads will run primarily on TV in :30 and :15 versions nationally, as well as across online video and social platforms. Proof also handles the Roaming Gnome’s social media handles, which will also feature behind-the-scenes glimpses of the campaign from the lead talent’s perspective. Find the :15 versions here

“We chose Proof because they elevated our brand promise and brought it to life in breakthrough creative. This campaign is evidence of that,” said Laura Molnar, senior manager of brand marketing for Travelocity. “We’re happy to have the Roaming Gnome take on a brand influencer role and trust consumers will find Travelocity more engaging as a result.”

“We felt like it was time to give The Roaming Gnome his mojo back. He’s the world’s wisest traveller, so it makes sense that as a Travelocity member he will advise people on the real-world benefits of membership in his own way,” said Craig Mikes, executive creative director and co-owner at Proof, which was appointed as Travelocity’s creative AOR last July. “We’ll continue to align his wit and charm to the brand to highlight the best of Travelocity and stay top of mind with travelers.”

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Campaign: ‘Wish You Were Here’

Client: Travelocity

Agency: Proof Advertising

Agency Credits

Executive Creative Director: Craig Mikes

Art Director: Lane Jordan

Copywriter: Claire Jordan

Producer: Amy Hurt

Group Account Director: Dionne Estabrook

Account Supervisor: Blair Williams

Senior Strategist: Deb Freeman

Production Credits

Director: Sean Thonson

Production Company: Wondros

Editor: Einar

Editorial: Union Editorial

Audio: Digital Domain

Finish: Finland Finish

Genres: Comedy, Dialogue

Categories: Services, Travel

AJM, 2 months ago