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Mirrored Media Wins W3 award Best in Show for BMW Road to Coachella Campaign

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Mirrored Media is honored to have won “Best in Show” for the “Social Content & Marketing-Influencer Marketing” category for BMWi Road to Coachella campaign. The W³ Awards celebrates digital excellence by honoring outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Video, Mobile Sites/Apps & Social content created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. 

The Winners of the 13th Annual W3 Awards have been announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts today. Receiving over 5,000 entries from across the globe, the W3 Awards honors outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, Mobile Sites/Apps & Social content created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. Please visit www.w3award.com for a complete list of W3 Award Winners. “The creativity and quality of this season’s entries surpassed even our grandest expectations. As the digital landscape continues to expand and break new ground, our winners are a testament to the creative capability that makes the internet a true work of art.” said Derek Howard, the director of the AIVA. “On behalf of the over 750 members of The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, we laud the talents and dedication our winners showcased and commend all of this year’s entrants for their commitment to furthering the quality of the digital content we view.”

The W³ Awards celebrates digital excellence by honoring outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Video, Mobile Sites/Apps & Social content created bysome of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. The W3 Awards is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. Check out all the winners HERE.

BMW i’s Road to Coachella 2018

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Building on the success of 2017’s multiple-award-winning Road to Coachella campaign, BMW i returned to the desert in 2018 with a fresh take on the groundbreaking idea. This year, the Road to Coachella focused on a creative partnership with John Gourley of the multi-platinum group Portugal. The Man, one of the most anticipated performers of the iconic festival. Gourley is an accomplished visual artist in addition to his role as the band’s co-founder and lead singer. He drew inspiration from Coachella and BMW i to create a custom one-of-a-kind design that was wrapped on the BMW i fleet for the Road to Coachella. Gourley’s creative process, including the big reveal of the wrapped i8 and i3, was all documented and released on BMW’s socials as well as its official website. The entire campaign was announced with two teaser videos via Coachella’s official social media channels.
See the full story at BMW.com
  

In addition to John Gourley’s creative aspect, we also enlisted 15 social media influencers from around the world who each embarked on their own Road to Coachella. These creators documented their road trip as they made their way to the Coachella Valley, stopping at iconic destinations along the way. Each influencer’s journey was experienced through compelling social media posts to their millions of followers, all centered on the fleet of custom-wrapped BMW i8s and i3s. Influencers included Kellan Lutz, Nick Bateman, Dorothy Wang, Jack Baran, Jenn Im, and more. See them all at #RoadtoCoachella on Instagram.
 
Outside of the festival, the brand partnered with nightlife leaders the h.wood Group to present two of the largest events: Poppy’s BMW i Powered Paradise on Friday night, and Poppy’s BMW i Recharge Oasis on Sunday afternoon. On Friday night, Kylie Cosmetics celebrated the launch of the new makeup collection ‘KOURT X KYLIE’ & the launch of Pizza Boys Radio on Apple Music’s Beats 1. More than 6000 guests were shuttled from a remote parking lot to the secret location of the parties, which took place at a sprawling estate just blocks away from Coachella. As guests disembarked from the shuttles, they were greeted by a fleet of Gourley-wrapped BMW i display vehicles that they could climb into for the perfect shareable photo as they entered the party.
 
The events featured performances by Diplo, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Pizza Boys, Post Malone, and more. The star-studded parties drew attendees like Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, G-Eazy, Halsey, Paris Hilton, Kourtney Kardashian, and many more. The parties included several custom BMW i activations. An interactive neon photo booth experience with the brand new BMW i8 Roadster gave guests a chance to create their own instantly shareable video. A custom-wrapped claw machine housed custom bandanas designed by John Gourley, with four of those bandanas hiding a BMW i8 key. The four lucky guests who clawed their way to a key won an extended weekend test drive of the all-new BMW i8 Roadster. Another popular photo moment inside the event was a BMW i3 neon art installation, which featured a metal i3 frame traced with neon flex lighting. BMW i teamed up with experiential marketing firm Mirrored Media for a second year of the Road to Coachella campaign.
 
Notable Guests:
Kendall
Kylie
Diplo
Post Malone
Travis Scott
Sheck Wes
Lil Wayne
Scott Eastwood
Rihanna
Gigi Hadid
Bella Hadid
The Weeknd
Demi Lovato
Odell Beckham Jr.
G-Eazy
Halsey
Kellan Lutz
Nicole Scherzinger
Post Malone
EJ Johnson
Paris Hilton
Brock O’Hurn
Montana Tucker
Sincerely Jules
Brielle Bierman
Gigi Gorgeous
Kourtney Kardashian
 

Mirrored Media’s BMW Road to Coachella Campaign is an AME Awards finalist

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Mirrored Media is excited to announce that our BMW Road to Coachella campaign has been announced as a finalist in the automotive category of the AME Awards. The AME awards is the only award show to recognize excellence in advertising and marketing effectiveness on a global scale. AME Awards honors work that demonstrates ground-breaking solutions to challenging marketing problems across the globe. The competition is judged by top industry experts from all over the world. The first two rounds of judging is divided by region. This allows all entries to be reviewed in its social, economic, and cultural context to determine the Shortlist and Medalists. Winning campaigns address a challenge in the marketplace, with the creation of a thorough marketing plan to deliver a successful execution, and utilizing outstanding creative elements; they exhibit specific objectives accomplished through creative execution and strategic planning.

Below is more information on the AME awards and our fellow finalists.

“Since 1994, the AME Awards has honored campaigns from around that globe that are not only creative, but successfully demonstrate innovative solutions to challenging marketing problems. This year’s standout Shortlisted entries represent ground-breaking creative work that has achieved measurable results on behalf of the brand,” said Michael Demetriades, President and Executive Director of the AME Awards.

2018’s Shortlisted entries submitted from creative agencies around the globe boosted brand awareness and achieved exemplary results utilizing a robust number of strategies including guerilla marketing, branded entertainment, social marketing, sponsorships and promotions and cause marketing. To view the complete 2018 Shortlist please visit: https://www.ameawards.com/finalist-page.

Innovative ideas placed brands out front and helped achieve measurable market share including such cutting-edge tactics as a talking store, snow tweets in the Alps, and tattoo ink created from motorcycle burn-out carbon. Brave New World Communications Pvt. Ltd. India’s Shortlisted campaign’s “THE HEART OF THE HIGHWAY – The World’s First Talking Store” for client The Roadster Life Co. featured a talking store, with a unique first-person voice, that reached out to shoppers creating the effect of personal interaction delivered by interactive in-store tech including custom software, digital façade, interactive and multiTaction touch screens, augmented reality green-screen, immersive VR and virtual shopping screens. Results included a 70% revenue spike in high-value apparel categories.

Heimat Werbeagentur GmHB “Snowdrawings” for Swisscom, sponsor of the Swiss Ski team, wanted to be more than a logo and create a benefit for ski fans and showcase their extensive network. The telecommunications provider utilized a remote cheering app that allowed fans to send supporting tweets to the ski team and have them written next to the race track in the snowy slopes of the Alps. The tweets were visible for 2 miles and were created using automated snow blower-bots. Results—26 million impressions, 4 million video views and over 20 km of written messages in the snow.

Team One Los Angeles, “Inking Our Mark on Motorcycle Culture” regained market share for Indian Motorcycles by leveraging a brand-first lifestyle media partnership and the world’s-first tattoo production technique formulated from the burn-out carbon from Motocross legend Carey Hart’s Indian Motorcycle. The process of making the ink and tattooing Carey were presented in a video along with a six-page custom print advertorial for Inked and offering a limited-edition run of Indian Motorcycle Ink™ in select biker-focused tattoo parlors nationwide resulted in the ink being sold out in a week. With zero paid traffic to Indian’s website, the results include 82% new visitors who spent an average 59% more time and visited 7% more pages than other visitors in the same period reinforcing success in generating qualified conquest leads. Indian went from 7th to 2nd most purchased motorcycle brand in the U.S.

Branded Entertainment repositioned brands and increased brand affinity, Shortlisted entries include Zulu Alpha Kilo Canada’s campaign “Common Ground” for their docu-series that followed riders from around the globe on a trip across Canada for Harley-Davidson Canada. Discovery Channel picked up the series as a primetime special, increasing Harley’s market share. PHD China’s “Panamera O2O Brand Repositioning” for client Porsche re-launched the Panamera through an integrated sponsorship with the immensely popular series “Ode to Joy” making it better-aligned government and cultural climate and consumer needs and wants. Starcom Saudi Arabia’s “ALJ Toyota After Sales” for client ALJ Toyota created an animated web series for YouTube portraying the day-to-day life of a Saudi citizen. The film showcased ALJ after sale and maintenance services resulting in 94% change in brand perception with 49% increase in service appointments.

HBO Multicultural Marketing “The HeLa Project” was launched as a lead up to the premiere of HBO’s film, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The multi-day, multi-city, multi-media, travelling art installation consisted of a unique, impactful collective of artisans and thought-leaders from the African-American community. Touring activation resulted in 182 million media impressions. Oprah, the film’s star, promoted the film through promotional channels, including her social media accounts, a promotional press tour that included the cover of an Essence cover and hosting a junket for black female journalists (#blackgirlmagic), and show appearances. Over 6,500 guests attended, 77% of guests were more likely to watch “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.

Campaigns created to raise awareness for causes, or social and civic issues advanced. Shortlisted campaigns include: Dentsu Jayme Syfu Philippines guerilla campaign “Dead Whale” for client Greenpeace. The agency mounted a 73-foot decomposing “Dead Whale” installation on the shores of one of the most polluted cities in the Philippines during the 2017 ASEAN Summit. When examined closer, the whale was made entirely of plastic wastes collected from the ocean. The results—over 100 million impressions internationally and it caught the attention of ASEAN leaders, which put Coastal and Marine Protection in the proposal for the next Summit. Heimat Werbeagentur GmHB Germany’s Shortlisted campaign “A New Way of Thinking” for Free Democrats created a game-changing election campaign to reach and activate young voters and bridging the gap between the Liberal party and the voters. The digital campaign resulted in a comeback for the Liberal party.

Entries utilizing Sponsorships raised awareness for brands and connected them with target audiences. Shortlisted entries include: QIYI China’s “Rising! Chinese Hip-hop” for client McDonald’s China connected McDonald’s with millennials via food and music creating The Rap of China, the first internet-based hip-hop contest. Havas San Francisco “Citrix & Red Bull Racing: This Is How the Future Works” for client Citrix. The campaign repositioned Citrix as a thought leader in the future of work, leveraging their high-profile partnership with the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team and showcasing what Citrix can bring to any IT customer relationship. GMR Marketing “Lincoln Financial Group Presents: The Game Plan” for client Lincoln Financial leveraged their Philadelphia Eagles partnership to showcase best practices for financial planning by following a day in the life of players and illustrating that Lincoln Financial is a partner who will help them take charge of their financial future.

Social platforms created buzz for brands resulting in measurable gains in market share along with Shortlist status. Grabarz & Partner Werbeagentur GmbH Germany’s “Laughing Horses” Volkswagen showcased the product benefits of the Trailer Assist, illustrating the stress of parking while someone is watching. This funny social video featuring laughing horses mocking a frustrated driver trying to park his trailer became the best performing German Volkswagen video with 40 million views. Other Shortlisted entries include: Team One USA “Platforms of Expression for a Shareworthy Life” for Lexus IS; TBWA\ Singapore “Justice Bao and The Missing Travel Insurance” for Singapore Tourism Board; Saudi Ministry of Health “Diabetes Monster” for Diabetes McCann New York “The Sound of Priceless” Mastercard; Al Jazeera Qatar “#DemandPressFreedom by Al Jazeera” for www.aljazeera.com; Brave New World Communications Pvt. Ltd. India “Once Upon a Highway” The Roadster Life Co.; and Mediacorp PTE Ltd. “Letter to My Son” for Mediacorp.

Campaigns for automotive brands drove consumer engagement and gained traction for the brand.   Agencies Shortlisted include Grabarz & Partner Werbeagentur GmbH “Laughing Horse” for Volkswagen; Socialize United Arab Emirates “Meet Kamal: The World’s Best Auto Salesman” for Mercedes-Benz; Mirrored Media “Road to Coachella” for BMW.

The medal round is underway and AME’s Grand Jury awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze to the highest scoring entries through two rounds of regional judging to ensure scoring accounts for cultural and economic relevance. Gold-winning work from all regions is judged by the full international Grand Jury to determine a Platinum Award for each of the five regions (North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific) and the International Grand AME Award.

To view the complete 2018 AME Awards Shortlist, please visit: HERE

About the AME Awards® for Advertising & Marketing Effectiveness™: Founded in 1994, the AME Awards honors international work that demonstrates ground-breaking solutions to challenging marketing problems. To earn a coveted AME® Award, an entry must exhibit specific marketing goals and objectives accomplished through creative execution and strategic planning. Entries are judged by an international panel of top interactive and multidisciplinary marketers, media planners, strategy directors, social media experts, and creative directors.

Mirrored Media Wins Summit International Emerging Media Awards for BMW Road to Coachella

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Mirrored Media is proud to announce that it has won a 2017 Summit International Emerging Media Award with BMW. This is the second year in a row that Mirrored Media has taken home an Emerging Media award.

2017 Emerging Media Awards:

BMW Road to Coachella: Emerging Media Award – Innovator – TV / Internet Video

About Road to Coachella: 

This first-of-its-kind partnership paired renowned composer and producer Hans Zimmer with BMW i to create an artistic and visually-inspiring content piece featuring an original score by Zimmer himself along with a cast of Coachella and influencer cameos. The concept was unique in that it gave BMW the opportunity to create an open dialogue with its target audience while also fostering a narrative around why BMW partnered with Coachella. The campaign told the story of the partnership while blending multiple forms of art including music, film, photography, and automobiles across multiple genres. The success of the campaign allowed BMW to focus on a new lifestyle line of marketing that has now changed the direction of its 2018 efforts going forward.

Emerging Media Awards Recognizing Visionaries in Our New Forms of Media
The Summit Emerging Media Award evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate creativity, innovation, and those pushing the bounds of creative excellence in all newer forms of emerging media. Traditionally, advertising has focused strictly on the big idea. Today, advertising needs to break new ground to keep up with the ever-changing pace. This
award recognizes communications that keep pace with our times through innovative use of new media. Compete on a global stage, with an international panel of judges and creative from all over
the world.This award is for the marketers, coders, designers, developers, innovators, visionaries and leaders in this exciting new realm of advertising.

BMWi’s Road to Coachella with Hans Zimmer

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BMW has teamed up with Mirrored Media on their Road to Coachella.

Coachella has long been one of the largest music festivals in the world and a hotbed of fresh, sustainable, and progressive ideas. For this reason, BMW i ventured outside its core event strategy to become Coachella’s first-ever automotive partner. BMW i teamed up with Mirrored Media to present #RoadToCoachella, a campaign that seamlessly blended music, inspired design, technology, sustainable mobility, and the journey that fans and artists take on their own road to Coachella.

This first-of-its-kind partnership paired renowned composer, producer, and Coachella headliner Hans Zimmer with BMW i to create an artistic and visually-inspiring content piece featuring an original score by Zimmer himself along with a cast of Coachella and influencer cameos. The narrative followed Zimmer along his journey to his first-ever and much-anticipated Coachella headlining performance. Zimmer is no stranger to the spotlight, having scored films such as InceptionThe Lion King, and Pearl Harbor. The campaign successfully fused together digital and social elements by creating original branded content that introduced Coachella fans to BMW i through an authentic medium while garnering millions of views and tens-of-millions of impressions organically, going viral across social media almost instantly.
The concept was unique in that it gave BMW the opportunity to create an open dialogue with its target audience while also fostering a narrative around why BMW partnered with Coachella. The campaign told the story of the partnership while blending multiple forms of art including music, film, photography, and automobiles across multiple genres. The campaign also featured a group of prominent Coachella performers, which is unique for Coachella brand sponsorships.
The star-studded group included Marshmello, Grouplove, Broods, Warpaint, Galantis, Amy Pham, Brian Willitte, Silas Lee, and of course, Hans Zimmer’s All-Star Orchestra featuring Niles Marr.
A social media campaign supplemented the online content, creating continued engagement and dialogue. The campaign consisted of 10 influencers and artists who supported the #RoadToCoachella through original content and social media posts before, during, and after the festival. Posts included calls-to-action for fans to watch the original content, and offered festival-goers the chance to win weekend passes by documenting their own preparation and journey to the Coachella Valley via social media using the hashtag #RoadToCoachella.
The campaign launched with three social media-based teasers released by Coachella and BMW on their respective social media channels. The first teaser officially announced BMW’s sponsorship. The second teaser hinted at Hans’ participation in the campaign. The third and final teaser helped craft the storytelling experience and drive traffic to the long-form content. The pieces went viral across social media, leaving fans curious and anxious to see what would happen next.
The long-form piece of content was truly unique in that it included exclusive behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage from Hans Zimmer; which is rarely seen; mixed with artistic sound stage shots, lifestyle driving shots on the actual road to Coachella, original content from influencers and other Coachella artists, and even user-generated content from fans. The piece integrated several anticipated Coachella headliners from various genres rarely seen together in one video.
On site at the festival, BMW i invited visitors to its innovative Brand Lounge in the VIP Area where fans were able to experience the allure of BMW i and the unique Coachella-inspired design, co-developed with Garage Italia Customs. An eye-catching photo collage in the VIP tent documented the making of the #RoadToCoachella campaign and featured original behind-the-scenes photos of the i8 and i3 in action with cameos by Hans Zimmer, Niles Marr, and Brian Willite.
A stand-out feature of the BMW i3 fleet at Coachella was a unique wrap that was created especially for the occasion; its design reflecting the creative and unconventional nature of the event. BMW i8 plug-in hybrid electric sports cars with the Coachella design also took to the roads between Los Angeles and Indio with a select group of festival-bound celebrities and influencers on board.
The #RoadToCoachella hashtag garnered the following:
Over 2.5k mentions
Over 33M impressions
– 44% Twitter
– 50% Instagram
– 5% Tumblr
– 1% Facebook
The influencer campaign garnered:
Over 20.5M impressions
Over 240k likes
Over 150k original video content views
Over 1.2k comments
Fans also got creative with their own #RoadToCoachella original content with custom photos and videos.