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Mazda Will Keep Zoom-Zooming With New Agency

Popular image campaign will survive switch.

by on Aug.23, 2010

Think of Zoom-Zoom as part of Mazda's "DNA," says Jim O'Sullivan.

Though it’s abandoning its long-time advertising agency, don’t expect Mazda to walk away from the popular Zoom-Zoom tagline that has made the Japanese maker such a standout in the otherwise crowded automotive marketing space.

If anything, the familiar campaign — meant to position Mazda as a more performance-oriented marque among mainstream brands – will become even more critical, what with the Japanese carmaker looking to boost its American market share by as much as 50%.

“Zoom-Zoom is not going away,” Jim O’Sullivan, president of Mazda’s North American sales subsidiary, tells TheDetroitBureau.com.  “We’re not doing away with our creative and brand positioning,” despite the decision to leave the Detroit-based agency, Doner, for MindShare, a division of the global advertising powerhouse, WPP.  “It’s our DNA,” O’Sullivan contends.

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The decision to drop Doner came as something of a surprise considering the successful collaboration between the agency and automaker.  There’s been plenty of debate about why Mazda made the move, though O’Sullivan insists it was not driven by the corporate parent, in Japan.

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Cadillac Changes Ad Agencies – Again

Musical chairs – but is Chrysler left without a seat?

by on Jun.29, 2010

It's now up to Fallon to help Cadillac move the metal as the GM division's new ad agency.

It’s a game of musical chairs in the automotive ad world, these days, and it’s hard to find many brands that haven’t changed their seats – or partners – in recent months, though some seem to be moving more often than others.

Like Cadillac, which has yet again switched agencies under the orders of General Motors’ new marketing czar, former Hyundai wiz kid Joel Ewanick (who is himself on his third job since the beginning of the year).

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GM’s luxury arm will now be teaming up with the well-respected Fallon, part of mega-agency Publicis Groupe.  The decision to switch to Fallon was something of a lateral move, however, since Caddy had, not that many months ago, switched its multi-million dollar account to another Publicis agency, Bartle Bogle.

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