CarnationGroup - Scent of a new car

Category: Best Performance Campaign

Client: Opel Romania

Year / Domain / Status: 2014 / Auto / Winner

Strategy description:

Idea: Reinvent the selling process: get the showroom to the key people. The strategy of the campaign was to make second-hand car buyers reconsider the benefits of new car. Our first objective was to generate test-drives with Opel cars. As a second goal we needed to fight negative experiences, indecision and laziness. // Who? - We focused on car owners who craved at a new car, but who would not get out of their comfort zone too soon. They like to look, admire, day-dream, but it was difficult to get them actually do something, visit a showroom or apply for a test-drive. Consumer Insight: The thing that all car owners love, regardless of type, model or manufacturing date, is the smell of a new car: it ranks among top 3 key things owners would like to keep in their cars for as long as possible. (Cristian Manafu was saying in a blog post: “Imi place mirosul unei masini noi. Imi place mirosul unei camere de hotel bune. Imi place mirosul ziarelor si revistelor.” (I like the smell of a new car. I like the smell of a good hotel room. I like the smell of newspapers and magazines) - // Where? - Relevant leads from specific geo-locations were selected from the subscribed users // How? – If our target was too passive to actually go to an Opel showroom, our Opel dealers brought the cars to them: we visited SH car owners with new Opel models at home and at their working place. // When? – The campaign has run during July – September 2013 Strategic guidelines: // Memorable - Potential buyers did not expect to get the Opel showroom at their house. Brand love at very high level // Unique - The activity itself was a new way to interact with the Opel brand. // Large impact - The key persons were not the only ones affected by the action. Neighbors, friends, pedestrians and Facebook fans had also enjoyed the experience, thus helping us earn free exposure and WoM. // Personal – The potential buyer was in focus. He felt special, pampered, and important. Time spent with the car increased. We managed to fight indecision.


The user target in the campaign was very specific. The ads were displayed on second-hand car website portals for only specific geo-locations, price ranges, targeted brands, car models and number of kilometers. Creative banners transmitted the following message to potential leads: “Change the perfume of your car. Nothing compares with the smell of a new car. Get yours free with 1 click. Apply now” Users were redirected to the campaign website: where they could subscribe to receive the new car perfume sample. Sorting of the leads was an important challenge. We stored with the subscription form the following important data elements: // URL of the page from where the user had arrived, so we could see his last visited page (what was the car he was looking before he subscribed to receive the free perfume sample) // search keywords /referral website for the Google campaign // IP and geo-location The media campaign ran for users located in the following cities: Cluj, Timisoara, Arad, Brasov, Prahova, Arges, Buzau and Constanta on the following websites:,, and the Google network.

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