CarGurus Turns Auto Shopping Into a Sweet, Sweet Dream
What if you could landscape your yard with the sip of a drink, or your toddler prepared gourmet dinners? That would make life a lot easier, right?
Keep dreaming. Like the guy in DDB San Francisco's latest campaign for CarGurus, which vividly illustrates the auto shopping platform's commitment to providing a righteous user experience.
"We all know the euphoric feeling of getting things exactly our way without compromise—a feeling that, for most of us, is all too rare," says DDB creative director Sian Coole. "We wanted to show how CarGurus gives you that empowering feeling of control."
In this category, it's tough to stand out, because consumers tend to view the competing services as interchangeable commodities. CarThis and CarThat ... the brand names even sound alike
To break through, CarGurus and players like CarMax and Carvana have traveled similar roads, stressing ease of use and lifestyle advantages. The latter companies crafted amusing scenarios with Hollywood celebrities.
CarGurus forgoes such flash, emphasizing customer perspective in mild fantasy storylines developed with Arts & Sciences director Fiona McGee. Perhaps that lack of star power makes the work more relatable? If nothing else, it removes potential distractions and amplifies the brand proposition.
"We know consumer needs are evolving, with research showing that a majority of car buyers and sellers are open to doing more online, but not necessarily everything," says CarGurus CMO Dafna Sarnoff. "We're driven to transform what can be a tedious process into a delightful experience through omni-channel retail tools, transparent listing information and expert-informed reviews."
"We love that this campaign captures how our platform can make you feel as that happens, and inspires viewers to feel supported in whatever path they choose," she says.
The push breaks this across TV, digital and social platforms, with influencer programs to follow.
Dafna Sarnoff, Chief Marketing Officer
Allison Conroy, Director, Brand Marketing
Amanda Giddon, Brand Lead & Special Projects
Carli Riibner, Sr. Brand Marketing Specialist
Alison Ciummei, Director, Product Marketing
Maggie Meluzio, Director, PR & External Communications
Ty Kendig, Managing Director
Ben Wolan, Executive Creative Director
Sian Coole, Creative Director
Roselyn Pla, Senior Copywriter
Aidan Zeecchel, Art Director
Alexis Coulter, Head of Production
Aaliyah Moffett, Junior Producer
Jonathan Rodrigues, Head of Strategy
Shelby Kennedy, Associate Strategist
Maggie Williams, Account Director
Jack Lakowske, Account Supervisor
Chris Merchant, Senior Project Manager
ARTS & SCIENCES
Fiona McGee, Director
Mal Ward, Managing Partner / Executive Producer
Marc Marrie, Managing Partner / Executive Producer
Christa Skotland, Director of Production / Executive Producer
John Benson, Executive Producer
Milena Milicevic, Head of Production
Ivy Jane, Office Coordinator
Miriana DiQuinzio, Executive Producer
Chris Hutsul, Executive Producer
Gillian Marr, Sr Producer