The Meaningful Challenge:
The speed Kia has moved from a value proposition to a sophisticated modern
manufacturer is impre...
The digital elements of the partnership included a direct call to action, enabling people to
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Kia - The Power to Suprise: Case Study


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Kia partnered with the Daily Telegraph to drive conversation and action.

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Kia - The Power to Suprise: Case Study

  1. 1. The Meaningful Challenge: The speed Kia has moved from a value proposition to a sophisticated modern manufacturer is impressive. The problem is consumers’ long held perceptions of the brand lag behind the product reality; this combined with low model familiarity meant Kia experiences poor levels of brand consideration. With no major new launches in 2013 and ambitious sales targets across all models we had to think creatively. Human Understanding: Over the previous 12 months, the automotive path to purchase has changed significantly; consumers now research cars in far more depth online than ever before meaning they are incredibly well informed about individual models ‘warts and all’ before heading to a dealership. While trust in advertising is generally waning, peer to peer recommendation and consumer reviews are increasingly influential – but so far no car brand had exploited this shift. Kia pride themselves on high levels of customer satisfaction and were the first to sign up to an independent post purchase survey, with impressive scores across all their models. Our Eureka moment – how can we use our satisfied customer data in a large integrated media campaign that would rapidly improve brand opinion and consideration to boost web visits and sales conversion? The big idea: A world media first for the automotive industry; Kia confidently and transparently published and publicised un-filtered real Kia customer reviews with a clear call to action encouraging consumers to read them for themselves. Through media we integrated the power of genuine online customer reviews across our paid, owned and earned channels - deployed to give consumers a seamless convenient customer experience from off line media to PC, tablet and mobile device to find out more from real Kia customers encouraging new customers to re-consider Kia for themselves. We selected a partner, the Telegraph, with a proven record at driving strong results for our client. They provided great synergy with our target audience in terms of gender, age, profile, as well as their attitude to motoring, such as, 56% of Kia’s audience and 51% of the Telegraph’s are worried about pollution caused by cars, and 63% of Kia’s audience and 59% of Telegraph readers are interested in their car, and have a lot to do with it. Partnering with the Telegraph enabled us to efficiently add incremental coverage to our planned digital & print schedules, +2% and +11% respectively, and enabled us to unlock significant trading efficiencies for our planned offline campaign. We dominated the Telegraph’s full cross platform portfolio with impactful formats, providing their readers and users access to a wealth of Kia consumer reviews however and where ever, they chose to engage. Early chequerboard formats within the paper, early full page insertions in their Saturday supplement, non-standard HPTOs, mobile takeovers and full page interactive tablet insertions introduced Kia’s range of models and their review concept.
  2. 2. The digital elements of the partnership included a direct call to action, enabling people to click straight through to Kia’s review site. And a series of advertorials held within the Telegraph’s motoring section were designed to hero Kia car owners and document their reviews of their Kia’s in a personal and engaging manner. These advertorials hi-jacked the Telegraph’s Festival of Motoring themes, which saw them focus on different types of car within their motoring section each week, by mimicking the themes (i.e. when the Telegraph focused on Sportswagon’s we hero’d a cee’d Sportswagon car owner’s story). Our partnership enabled us to follow consumers during the various stages of their purchase cycle, from consideration, to exploration, to purchase, and to further engagement. The results: We negotiated a cross platform package which included print, tablet, mobile, and digital activations and represented a significant discount off standard trading rates. The activity drove just under 36,000 clicks within a week, performing with an average CTR 639% higher than the market average. This partnership contributed to Kia’s strongest Q1 performance to date, with dealer searches up 72% YoY and registrations up 12% YoY. Digital Non-standard HPTO FHMN Print half page Checkerboard Mobile Site takeover Supplement Full pages iPad Full pages Motoring Section Advertorials DPSstrips