TELENOVELA

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EL PROBLEMA: In recent years, Toyota had seen sales declining in the Hispanic market. We looked at how we could reverse this trend, generate more vehicle sales and increase our share of this vital and fast-growing market segment. A dramatic change was clearly called for.

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EL BACKGROUND:  Two key cultural insights led us to our “big idea.” The quinceañera is a tradi­tional rite-of-passage celebration in many Latin American countries as well as here in the U.S. But in a major cultural shift, instead of the usual huge party, a new generation of quinceañeras has begun asking instead for something more practical, such as a new car.

We then connected that insight with another: the television genre watched in most Hispanic houses, the world-famous soap operas known as telenovelas. What if we were to develop a creative plan that would meaningfully connect with the Hispanic consumer by linking those two worlds? What if we created our own telenovela story line around a quinceañera who, in dramatic defiance of tradition, wants a Toyota?

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LA SOLUTION: In late 2018, we created a Toyota telenovela. It would not just mimic the classic telenovela format, but produce a real telenovela where a story line developed throughout the year with Toyota at center stage. We titled it in typical novela intensity: The Wheels of Destiny. The results were so dramatic and so immediate that in 2019 we produced a second season.

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In 2018 and 2019, we blanketed Los Angeles with: 606 Bus Kings, 2,245 outdoor boards and 20 digital boards.

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Total Impressions: 13,728,955

Total Engagements: 1,275,337

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We carried the telenovela storyline through to radio, producing 21 spots that were heard on radio stations and digital devices throughout Southern California. 21 RADIO SPOTS! You know that a NOVELA is good when it turns into a TELENOVELA with 52 TV SPOTS!

IN 2018, LAS RUEDAS DEL DESTINO DELIVERED DRAMATIC RESULTS:

  • Our market share increased 2.6%.
  • Our growth volume jumped 8% from Q1–Q2 2017 to Q1–Q2 2018.
  • Our campaign delivered a 10% jump in brand consideration from Hispanic auto intenders from Q4 2017 to Q2 2018.
  • The campaign resonated with the Hispanic community, strongly influencing Brand Perception and Drive Purchase Intent. 88% said the ads motivated them to consider Toyota when buying a car and 90% felt the campaign connected genuinely to their cultural roots.

AND IN 2019, THE RESULTS WERE EVEN MORE DRAMATIC:

  • Hispanic Market represented 46.8% of total Toyota sales, a 2.9% increase from 2018.
  • In fact, 16 of 20 Toyota models showed a year-over-year market share increase versus 2018.
  • And the top 6 Toyota nameplates represented over 20% of the total Hispanic Market sales.
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LOS ANGELES HEADQUARTERS

865 S Figueroa St, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

SAN DIEGO

7750 El Camino Real, Suite 2F
Carlsbad, CA 92009

SEATTLE

2033 6th Ave, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98121

ARLINGTON

1101 Wilson Blvd, 6th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209

KANSAS CITY

420 Nichols Rd
Kansas City, MO 64112

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