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BizReport : Advertising archives : May 31, 2007

Skoda's Fabia finds fame online

Skoda’s latest TV advertising campaign is proving a hit online with over quarter of a million views in less than two weeks.

by Helen Leggatt

skoda%20logo.jpgThe car manufacturer’s integrated campaign was kicked off with television ads showing the “baking of” the Fabia which was created by confectioners and bakers and made entirely of cakes, biscuits and sweets.

Integrating the offline campaign with online is a series of baking-themed banner ads which link through to a dedicated microsite. The banner ads appear on sites such as Top Gear, Times Online and AOL.

After just under two weeks over 37,000 people have visited the Skoda Fabia's microsite via which test drives can be booked, the making of the ad can be viewed and Fabia brochures downloaded. The popular ad, which has even been featured on the front page of a Czech tabloid, has spread virally across the internet and has already attracted over 260,000 views on YouTube.

A website address is noticeably absent from the television ads, but why?

"We didn't put the URL on the TV ad as we felt it lost the feeling of the ad,” said Skoda account director Damien Boss. “So we were extra creative in our executions and made it easy for users of our main portal to link through to the campaign site."

Tags: Fabia, microsite, Skoda, viral marketing, YouTube

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