The Venturous + FANCY and Director MAPP Find Happy Place with Driveway

The Venturous + FANCY and Director MAPP Find Happy Place with Driveway

Aug. 01, 2022

Driveway.com, Lithia & Driveways (LAD) online car retailer, has launched a nationwide broadcast and social campaign featuring visions of customers buying vehicles from wondrous and fanciful settings. Created by agency Bruiser in collaboration with FANCY and Director MAPP, the campaign promises customers the ability to "Buy or Sell a Car from Your Happy Place."

The campaign marks a big step for the nation’s 2nd largest automotive retailer. Though LAD has existed since 1946 and is a mainstay in the S&P 500, Driveway represents the company’s first commitment to building a national consumer brand.

Marguerite Celeste, Chief Marketing Officer at Lithia Motors said:

“Today’s car buyer expects to purchase a vehicle on their own time, on their own terms, and from wherever, whenever, and however they are most comfortable. Driveway exists to provide this exact experience. We are excited to partner with the creative minds at Bruiser and FANCY to bring this promise to life, and in the most memorable way possible.”

 

Nick Strada, Founder at creative agency Bruiser said:

“We believe that strong brands have a strong point of view. The team at Driveway knows that their number one job is to put their customers at ease and give them maximum control. Our job is to tell their story with creativity, respect, and craft. Oh, and a nosy dolphin never hurts.”

 

Celeste continued:

“Our manufacturers provide our store network with the air-cover of strong brand advertising. With Driveway, we knew we’d have to do that for ourselves. This meant developing a big, creative brand idea that can serve our business and delight our customers for years to come.”

 

The latest spot in the campaign is a splashy tale in which a surfer shops for a car while riding a giant wave and having her hair brushed by a mermaid. Taking a meditative posture, she explains Driveway’s “totes chill vibes” to a chatty dolphin. Another equally whimsical vision of a Happy Place is set in a magical forest where gigantic cuddly cats and hot cocoa train are part of a relaxing experience for a laidback dude and an inquisitive talking deer. Both spots used a blend of in-camera and visual effects magic to deliver a blend of comedic timing, sincere performance, and fantastical environments.

MAPP said:

“Bringing to life people’s happy place is a dream project, figuratively and literally. In this campaign, the trippy surrealist visuals just so happen to be a vehicle for clear and concise messaging about the Driveway experience. Sneaky, I know! I’m passionate about craft, which we seem to have less and less time for these days. So, it was wonderful to be involved in creative conversations early on, as the concept evolved. And it took a mighty crafty team to bring it all to life — from Trent Opaloch’s marvelous cinematography to Michelle Foote-Derrick’s flawless production design to Pete Koob’s deft editing to LIGHT’s skillful and tireless team of VFX elves.”

 

The campaign is now airing on national and regional television as well as social channels.

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