Mobile Marketer: Volvo, Weather Channel forecast deluge of hits from iPad app


By Michael Barris

July 17, 2014

The Weather Channel mobile app.

Volvo is teaming up with The Weather Channel to promote its XC60 crossover and reach consumers with its first iPad-application use of branded creative that appears in the background of content on the channel's iPad app.

The Swedish automaker and the cable and satellite TV weather-forecast and news channel worked with agencies Grey Advertising (creative) and Mindshare (media) on the campaign. Taking the Branded Backgrounds TWC has used previously in its mobile app, it features full-screen images of the XC60 displayed under translucent weather content, with the images changing to match weather conditions in the user’s location. The campaign reflects how mobile is helping automakers personalize their advertising pitches in a crowded marketplace.

“On mobile, you can customize dynamic creative to deliver a relevant message in real time to the user, which can change at any moment to reflect their local conditions,” said Linda Gangeri, manager, digital and CRM brand, product and communications, Volvo Cars of North America.

“Mobile reaches users at different times throughout their day,” she said. “IPad is more of a lean-back mindset, used as a second screen during primetime hours. For the automotive category, this is particularly beneficial as users can research vehicles while watching TV.”

Watching the weather

Interacting with the Volvo ad takes users directly to the brand’s site.

The campaign is built on an awareness of the consumer’s habit of using mobile to check the weather to make plans, and using a car to carry out those plans.

“This campaign helps the user visualize that the XC60 Crossover performs beautifully in any weather condition,” said Randi Stipes, vice president, client solutions with The Weather Company, owner of The Weather Channel. “Life doesn't stop when you get in your Volvo, and certainly, no matter the weather.”

The larger iPad screen lets marketers seamlessly integrate their brand into the weather story in a way that is locally relevant since the creative adapts to users' weather conditions, she said.

The newly relaunched Weather Channel app for iPad is designed to offer more intuitive navigation as well as easier access to forecasts, radar maps and other features.

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Posted on July 17, 2014 .