The RAC’s pounds 4 million push to reposition itself as a journey
management group rather than a simple roadside repair service broke new
ground this week with an unscripted two-and-a-half minute
The film shows a series of interviews with a selection of technological
gurus including Ken Perlin, the director of New York University’s Centre
for Advanced Technol-ogy, about what the future holds. The talking heads
are interspersed with futuristic images.
The concept came from the creative directors of BDDH, Simon Green and
John Dean, who invited Mark Harrison, the documentary film director, to
make his debut in commercials for the campaign.
The Media Business, which bought all media, persuaded ITN to shorten its
commercial breaks by 30 seconds to ensure the ad would run by
Initially scheduled for three screenings this week, the ’documercial’
will be followed by 30-second cutdowns and a series of ten-second ads
promoting various products.
TV advertising will be backed by national press ads, three posters and
eight tube- card executions.
The repositioning was the brainchild of the RAC’s group strategic
director, Jan Smith, who set up a ’virtual agency’ for the campaign.
Client of the week, p16
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