Dr. Z to Help Sell Jeeps

Date 2006/7/1 10:01:00 | Topic: Sales

DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche will be taking over the airwaves with a new advertising campaign: Ask Dr. Z. Before you read the entire press release, let's cut to the chase - here's the Jeep ad. In case your computer is multi-media challenged, here's the description:

“Field Trip”
In this 30-second Jeep brand TV spot, Dr. Z answers a letter written to him. Next thing you know, Dr. Z has assembled the entire elementary school class at the Jeep proving grounds for a field trip. Dr. Z explains that American and German engineering and design are helping to improve fuel economy. He refers to three muddy Jeep vehicles behind him as “our cleanest” 4x4s ever. The irony is lost on the kids, who seem to focus on his moustache instead.

Check it out for yourself at www.AskDrZ.com

(from a Chrysler Group press release)

For the first time since the merger of the former Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler Group is communicating the consumer benefits of the best of American and German engineering and design built into every Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicle in a new corporate ad campaign.

Chrysler Group revealed its unprecedented campaign today and introduced its new spokesperson, DaimlerChrysler Chairman Dieter Zetsche. The multifaceted “Ask Dr. Z” campaign launches July 1 and focuses on the innovative design, quality, reliability, performance and fuel economy of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles today.

The campaign launch coincides with the beginning of an Employee Pricing Plus summer sales program. Also unprecedented, the program includes employee pricing for all customers plus zero percent financing for 36 months on most models when financed through Chrysler Financial plus the option to return the vehicle within 30 days if not satisfied. Or, in lieu of special financing, customers may choose to receive employee pricing, cash back up to $3,500 and the 30-day Return Program.

“We wanted to communicate in a memorable way how our unique heritage sets us apart from our competitors and provides real benefits to our customers,” said Tom LaSorda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chrysler Group.
“Dieter is the ideal spokesperson for the company we are now. He put us on the path to be competitive with the best in the world by combining the great strengths of two historic companies to benefit our customers.”

The “Ask Dr. Z” campaign includes television, radio, print, online, in-dealership and customer relationship marketing media components and guerilla marketing tactics (mobile billboards, aerial banners, street teams), as well as targeting the NASCAR fan community.

The campaign begins July 1 with 60-second and 30-second tri-brand television spots that will air on network and cable television, including primetime, late night, news and sports programming. A minivan spot and four ads – for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles – will begin running shortly thereafter.

Tri-branded, four-color, two-page ads will appear in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Parade and USA Weekend national newspapers, and four-color magazine spreads will run in news and entertainment weeklies, including Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, People, Sports Illustrated, US Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

A special “Ask Dr. Z” paint scheme, featuring Dr. Zetsche’s image and the www.AskDrZ.com URL, will adorn the hood and side of the No. 9 and No. 19 Dodge Charger race cars (driven by Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, respectively) at the July 1 Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway and the July 16 New England 300 at the New Hampshire International Speedway. Mayfield’s No. 19 Dodge will carry the Ask Dr. Z paint scheme July 9 at the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The www.AskDrZ.com URL will appear in all advertising, encouraging consumers to write to ask their own questions about the American and German engineering and design built into all Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles.

Ads also will run in local newspapers and on radio stations in the Top 50 markets, including African American and Hispanic papers and radio stations.

Interactive advertising includes AOL, MSN and Yahoo!

As Chrysler Group CEO from 2000-2005, Zetsche coined the phrase “Disciplined Pizzazz” to describe the unique blending of key strengths from Mercedes – engineering and technology – (the “discipline”) with the key strengths of Chrysler – American engineering and styling innovation (the “pizzazz”).

“In addition to the potential for melding expertise and skill sets,” Zetsche said, “the merger also brought the opportunity to leverage the vast global resources of DaimlerChrysler in our product development efforts. And, today you see the synthesis of DaimlerChrysler strengths and resources – the ‘Disciplined Pizzazz’ – embodied in the new generation of Chrysler Group products.”

TV Commercial Descriptions

The “Ask Dr. Z” campaign demonstrates the fact that two great companies (Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corporation) came together to give consumers the best in American and German engineering and design. And today, consumers are seeing the result – innovative designs with great quality and reliability, performance and improved fuel economy.

Each of the TV spots in the new campaign will sign off with a variation of the tagline, “Experience the best in American and German engineering and design. Get employee pricing, plus zero percent financing on 2006 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. If not satisfied, simply return it within 30 days.”

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