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Ad of the Day: Ford Pranks Drivers by Turning a Car Wash Into a Haunted House Good clean fun for Halloween

Don't you hate it when you're just trying to get your car washed and some freaking weirdo with a wood axe pounces on your hood and starts banging on your…

October 24, 2014, 11:34 AM EDT

Here’s Why Automakers Are Ahead of the Game in Digital Honda tests new tool for programmatic Facebook ads

For years, automakers were synonymous with branding-based advertising, but the shift to digital has steered more of them toward direct-response marketing. Of course, sizable ad budgets help, but there’s more…

October 21, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

Nissan's CMO Explains How Digital Is Changing the Future of Car Advertising Sophisticated marketing needed for sophisticated shoppers

Nissan's CMO Roel de Vries is bullish on digital, and for good reason—80 to 90 percent of the car-buying experience now starts online. Car shoppers already know exactly what model…

October 16, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT

Ad of the Day: Peugeot Remakes 1984 Ad, Taking the Stunt Driving From Crazy to Insane A worthy sequel for the GTi

In 1984, Peugeot introduced its 205 GTi with a wild, James Bond-esque commercial in which the car was seen being chased across a snowy expanse by a plane dropping explosives. Thirty…

October 13, 2014, 11:48 AM EDT

Hot Wheels Climbs In for Vanguard's Third Fun, Furious Stop-Motion Toy Car Chase Driven to fantasy

IDEA: Vanguard Pictures won plenty of fans with its first two, unbranded Nitro Warriors films—see them here and here—exquisitely made stop-motion shorts that showed toy cars in wonderfully frenetic car…

October 7, 2014, 9:10 AM EDT

For Nationwide's Matthew Jauchius, Marketing Is the Best Policy 2014 Brand Genius winner for financial services

Promoting insurance services has traditionally relied on earnest pitchmen or scenes of car trips gone awry. But exotic birds? Nationwide’s spots in the recent past featured scenes like a guy sitting…

September 29, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

Trudy Hardy Drives BMW to Olympics Glory 2014 Brand Genius winner for automotive

The U.S. bobsled team took home one silver and three bronze medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And BMW scored marketing gold. Lots of brands ink sponsorship deals…

September 29, 2014, 12:03 AM EDT

How Nissan Beat Everyone With a Royal Baby Tweet in Just Seven Minutes It's worth listening to rumors

It was about as real-time as marketing gets. A mere seven minutes after the royal family's announcement Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting again, Nissan U.K.…

September 9, 2014, 11:21 AM EDT

Toyota Sees 45% Boost in Traffic Through Targeted Mobile Ads Takes aim at competitors’ customers

The automotive industry has long been viewed as the sweet spot for location-based marketing, with campaigns that track all parts of the car-buying process. But brands have been reluctant to…

September 7, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

Ad of the Day: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite in Audi's Hilarious Emmys Promo Co-starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who tries to pawn her trophy

Aaron Paul was just going on about how he misses playing Jesse Pinkman. Well, he gets a bit of a Breaking Bad fix here by reuniting with Bryan Cranston for…

August 19, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

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