AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – The marketing campaign for the all-new 2007 Dodge Nitro, announced today by Chrysler Group executives, is a lot like the vehicle itself: heavy on the masculine cues yet equipped to attract female buyers to the Dodge brand’s newest nameplate and first mid-size SUV.
And, because so many consumers get a big chunk of their vehicle information from the Internet, all elements of the marketing campaign for the Dodge Nitro will direct them to http://www.dodge.com/Nitro . There, they can learn everything there is to know about the Dodge Nitro on a Web page whose content has been improved by 77 percent since the marketing launch of the all- new 2007 Dodge Caliber earlier this year.
A 30-second spot titled "Jump" provided a sneak preview of the Dodge Nitro campaign when it aired during the 2006 World Series in October. The marketing campaign begins in earnest on Nov. 5 with a new spot on network TV titled "Planet" running on CBS NFL, FOX NFL Sunday, NASCAR racing on NBC and "Law & Order" on TNT. "Planet" will also be shown in movie theaters starting next month. Other elements of the campaign include general market print ads, TV and print campaigns for multicultural markets, events, gaming integration, radio spots, interactive marketing, direct mail, and promotions.
"The mid-size sport-utility market is characterized by vehicles with overall bland designs that many consumers find boring," said Tom Loveless, Director – Dodge Marketing and Global Communications. "The 2007 Dodge Nitro will light a spark to the mid-size SUV segment. With its confident, masculine design, performance, features, technology and safety systems, the Dodge Nitro is the SUV to which men aspire and that women appreciate."
"Media placements for the Dodge Nitro campaign will be where you’d expect Dodge to be: TV sports programming, men’s magazines and gaming," said Mark Spencer, Senior Manager – Dodge Marketing and Global Communications. "At the same time, the campaign will be in front of women using mass media not usually associated with the Dodge brand and its ‘Grab Life by the Horns’ persona."
Examples, said Spencer, are: Dodge Nitro ads on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC) and "Crossing Jordan" (NBC); print ads in such magazines as Domino, Ready-Made, Home, Martha Stewart Blueprint, Essence, Ebony and Latina People en Espanol; and Web sites, including HGTV, DIY, The Home Depot, The Nest/The Knot, Realtor.com, AOL Home/Organizing and MSN Lifestyle: Home.
Still, the primary targets of the Dodge Nitro marketing campaign are men with three particular passions: sports/fitness, social networking/entertainment and personalization (that is, how men create and define their personal space, for example, creating a ‘man den’ in the basement or garage).
Dodge Home Page — As the focal point of the Dodge Nitro marketing campaign, the Dodge brand Web site has been drastically improved to meet the needs of shoppers who routinely visit the Web long before they visit a dealer. Compared to the launch of the Dodge Caliber, the landing pages for the Dodge Nitro have more rich media, more dynamic photos, more video and more sound. The site has information on more than 50 product features, including exterior styling, the five-passenger seating and other interior features, safety systems such as Electronic Stability Program, powertrain options, including the new 4.0-liter V-6 engine, modules like the new LOAD ‘N GO™ cargo floor, tech features like the optional MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System, pricing and more.
"The improvements to the Dodge Web site allow us to expand and deepen the story of the 2007 Dodge Nitro for consumers," said Spencer. "The new site is more intuitive. It provides a virtual walk-around tour of the vehicle. There is more relevant purchase information. We even streamlined the credit application process that interfaces with Chrysler Financial."
Online — Complementing the Dodge site will be marketing elements for the Dodge Nitro that address the three passion points at such online sites as Yahoo! Sports, SI.com, ESPN and YouTube, AOL Black Voices, The Onion and Ticketmaster for entertainment; and BET.com, The Home Depot MSN Latino, Batanga and MSN for personalization.
Television — The schedule has lots of TV sporting events: NFL games on CBS, FOX and the NFL Network, ESPN Monday Night Football, NCAA bowl games, Telemundo Soccer and others; plus cable sports TV, such as NBA and NHL games on TNT. Prime time shows include "Medium," "My Name is Earl" and "Law & Order: SVU," all on NBC; "24," "House," and "Prison Break" on FOX; and "Grey’s Anatomy" and "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC. Late-night programming is on tap, too: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and the "Late Show with David Letterman," among others.
DIRECTV — Dodge is the exclusive automotive sponsor of NFL Sunday Ticket, the satellite TV program for football junkies. The Dodge Nitro is being advertised on many of the program’s outlets, including Enhanced Sunday Ticket, NFL Game Mix and Player Tracker.
Print — Dodge Nitro print ads will run in nearly 70 magazines, including general market (Spin, Entertainment Weekly, People, Bicycling, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Maxim, Men’s Journal, Wired, Blender, Paste, Rolling Stone, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated); African American (Essence, Complex, Jet, Rides, DUB, Vibe); Hispanic (Audrey magazine, ESPN Deportes, Fox Sports en Espanol, Estylo, Tu Cinda Laos Angel, Urban Latino) and Asian (India Today, Korean Journal, Asian week, East West magazine).
Gaming integration — Later this year Nitro will be integrated into the NHL 2K7 video game available on Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2 and PS3. The vehicle will be used in a custom mini-game, custom billboards, sponsorship between periods, voice-overs and stars of the game sponsorship.
Also, a Dodge Nitro is the top prize in an online video game competition, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas Challenge, which features Dodge vehicles integrated into the game. A two-page spread announcing the program is in the current issue of Xbox, PC Gamer, and Playstation magazines. Gamers can register for the tournament beginning Nov. 6 at http://www.gamestop.com/rainbowsixtournament .
TV Spot Descriptions
In "Planet," a crane is off-loading a 2007 Dodge Nitro from a ship when the chains break, sending the vehicle crashing to the ground. It breaks through the pavement and begins a downward journey, first past a subway station and then through the Earth’s sub-terrain. The Nitro falls past strange underground scenery – both dry and wet – inhabited by dinosaurs and gnome- like creatures. After dropping past Hell, the vehicle reaches China, where it crashes through the terrain on its roof, then rights itself on all four wheels, all without a scratch.
"Jump" takes place in a parking lot. A motorist whose car won’t start asks the driver of a Dodge Nitro, "Could you give me a jump?" After the battery cables are attached between the two vehicles, the Dodge Nitro owner cranks the engine, which sends the stalled vehicle straight up in the air, out of view. After a few seconds the car comes crashing to the ground. The driver, wobbly but unhurt, starts to exit his mangled car, only to have the driver door come off in his hand.