In Dubai, Chrysler shows its technology edge

Chrysler Mideast "The Performer" by Publicis.
Chrysler Mideast "The Performer" by Publicis.

At the Dubai Lynx festival, the luxury car maker described how it retained Publicis to appeal to younger drivers in the region

DUBAI — A piece of innovation from the Middle East took the spotlight at this week's Dubai Lynx Festival of Creativity 2015. The work was a polyphonic "musical instrument" created from the sounds of the Chrysler 300C, labeled "The Performer."

"Chrysler is counted among the Big Three [automakers] in the US," explained Muhammad Aslam, director of marketing, communications and product management, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles."The Middle East is a very competitive market. We were seeing significant growth here, but we are constantly looking to increase market share. In most markets, Chrysler brands are seen as a luxury executive sedan for a slightly older market. In this (slightly younger) market, we seemed to be attracting a younger buyer."

In that context, the brief to the agency Publicis was to integrate the brand and the 300C seamlessly, leveraging Chrysler’s association with the show "Arabs Got Talent" (for two years) and Saudi DJ and rapper Qusai.

Read full Dubai Lynx 2015 coverage at Campaign Middle East

"It was an opportunity to create something new with technology at the heart of it," explained Alex Brunori, regional ECD, Publicis.

Collaboration between the brand, agency, Qusai and sound engineers saw the birth of "Performer." The performing sessions were aired during the reality show, while a TVC with soundtrack from the "instrument" went on air during the "Arabs Got Talent" finale. Posters on which one could play the instrument and a similar press ad were part of the package. Retargeting was possible online with the help of technology that tracked the press and poster executions.

"Integration happens truly when you make the physical and digital worlds communicate," said Brunori. The campaign also straddled PR, promotions and digital. This became the first print ad created using the technology, informed the creative head.

Tony Mowatt, product manager, Google, noted that given the penetration of mobile devices in the region, and to achieve the furthest reach, HTML5 was chosen for the campaign. The conscious effort was to not lose the "coolness" or "engagement" of the campaign, he underlined. It was, after all, about the experience, irrespective of platform.

Going further, a QR code on YouTube allowed users to download and create beats and melodies on their own devices using the Performer. The innovation has also been sent to musicians and composers across the world for them to use as an instrument.

The session on "Technology Driven Creativity in the Brave New Multi Screen Word" set the tone for Dubai Lynx 2015.

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