Consumer automotive Internet service Autoweb.com launched its first nationally broadcast advertising campaign, a $12 million effort created by the San Francisco office of Lowe, Lintas and Partners, Autoweb.com’s agency of record.
Ads will be broadcast on network and cable television through mid-next year. The commercials humorously dramatize what can be the most frustrating aspects of the traditional car buying process and apply them to other common purchase occasions such as ordering a meal, buying a dress and purchasing a newspaper.
The campaign then shows how Autoweb.com offers consumers a wealth of research and the opportunity to buy a car through its network of member dealers.
“We believe that this advertising is the best in this space and among the best of Internet advertising because it not only entertains, it also provides a message that is grounded in a fundamental consumer insight,” said Jim Wolfe, vice president of marketing at Autoweb.com.
“We did not rush to market with unpersuasive advertising but did our homework with the consumer to create entertaining advertising linked to a compelling message.”
In addition to traditional quantitative tests with 1,400 consumers, Autoweb.com hired a clinical psychologist to conduct in-depth consumer interviews.
The research revealed that consumers find themselves in an unequal and intimidating situation during the traditional car buying process.
Frequently, they experience a loss of control and feel shame if they do not get the car they want for a price they can afford.