I guess they are stuck on companies that start with V in their rolodex at Volkswagen- bringing in former the Volvo ad director to direct marketing and VW agency Crispin Porter Bogusky to try to sell some Vee dubs in the USA. It won’t help until VW addresses shoddy workmanship, poor resale value, low JD Power ratings and now, they will be fighting a rock bottom dollar when compared to all major world currencies. VW may as well put a revolving door on the office- and keep it spinning.
Volkswagen Taps Volvos Ellis as VP-Marketing - Advertising Age - News
Volvos global advertising director, Tim Ellis, is moving to Volkswagen to run its North American marketing operations, according to a Volkswagen spokesman…
Though his title is new, Mr. Ellis will succeed Kerri Martin, director of brand innovation, departed the automaker in January. Volkswagen works with MDC Partners Crispin Porter & Bogusky in the U.S. and Omnicom Groups DDB Worldwide elsewhere. Volkswagen spent about $419 million in measured media last year the U.S., according to TNS Media Intelligence.
Mr. Ellis ran the recent account review that ended up with Volvo shifting its global ad business from Havas Euro RSCG to sibling Arnold and independent Nitro.
In a recent interview, Volkswagen of America President-CEO Stefan Jacoby told Ad Age that the marketer didnt plan to change agencies, though he did say some of the work done under Ms. Martin was too narrow. “We have to address our communications with a wider net,” he said.
Since joining Volvo in 2003 from independent Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors, Stockholm, where he was a managing partner, Mr. Ellis, an American, has been known for doing more creatively with fewer ad dollars than his competitors.
Mr. Ellis is best known for 2004s “Mystery of Dalaro,” a hoax that started with a fake news story about 32 families in a tiny Swedish town all buying the new Volvo 540 model on the same day from the same small dealership. That led to a documentary about the eerie coincidence, which was soon revealed as a fake, by a director who didnt exist. The “Mystery of Dalaro,” created by Euro RSCGs Fuel Europe, ran across Europe in TV spots, and at great length on Volvos website.
Mr. Ellis, and Fuel, followed up with another low-budget, web-oriented effort called “Life on Board.” To make Volvo seem warmer and friendlier, they staged a series of conversations pairing interesting people who had never met getting to know each other by chatting in a Volvo.
Interesting revelation that VW spent $419 million on media- a bump from what was previously reported as a $300 million dollar account. Also, Mr. Ellis moved Volvo to Arnold- VW’s previous agency. Could a change be in the works? Stay tuned to the continuing drama of VW’s search for the old Bernbach mojo.