Ahead of the launch of the BMW X2, its first-ever sports activity coupe—the hottest new car type among millennials—BMW (@BMWUSA) was faced with a challenge: How to leverage social media to build mass awareness and drive consideration for a completely new product?
Looking to surprise its customers and distinguish the X2 from others in its class, BMW turned to Twitter, harnessing the platform’s power to connect brands launching something new with an engaged and receptive audience.
With few product launches per year and a lengthy buying cycle, BMW recognized the importance of a successful campaign on Twitter that would build mass awareness and drive consideration for its new line.
BMW kick-started its campaign with bold, creative videos teasing the X2. At launch, it leveraged Twitter’s First View product to run a video takeover campaign designed to drive mass awareness of the new car. According to a Nielsen Digital Brand Effect study, compared with U.S. campaigns without First View, those that use First View can increase recall among more people at lower costs. Simply said, the study found that the first ad position on Twitter overdelivers.
BMW combined First View with Twitter’s Promoted Trend product, which nearly doubles ad breakthrough: With 86 percent higher recall on campaigns with First View and Promoted Trend vs. just First View (control vs. exposed). BMW’s campaign on-platform complemented and amplified real-world brand activations at key cultural events. Here are the five key steps of the launch:
1. Tease using a Conversational Card
To start its campaign, BMW teased videos of a David Bowie-themed car coinciding with the exhibit on the late music legend at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. To complement the videos, BMW leveraged Twitter’s Conversational Card, which enables fans to share a pre-populated Tweet about the car simply by clicking a strong CTA.
2. Partner with ArtHouse influencers
To build momentum, BMW partnered with Twitter’s ArtHouse influencers to promote the X2 at key cultural events popular with its millennial target audience, like Coachella and Fashion Week. It used Promoted Tweets with images to get fans excited.
4. Take over Twitter with Promoted Trend
To drive further recall, BMW paired First View with Promoted Trend, featuring #ProjectUnfollow as a top trending topic on the Explore tab. This pairing maximized BMW’s ability to reach its target audience on launch day.
5. Retarget to reinforce brand messaging
But it wasn’t done—BMW retargeted the audience who engaged with its ads, providing additional video content and driving viewers directly to BMW’s website to learn more about the X2 or schedule an appointment to see it.
Audience retargeting helped BMW reinforce its message and drive awareness with its audience throughout the year, keeping the X2 top of mind for potential buyers who might be mulling over their decision.
By turning to Twitter for launch and following recommended best practices, BMW successfully launched its X2 on Twitter, grabbing people’s attention and breaking through its audience’s timelines. Pairing First View with Promoted Trend generated 71 million impressions and 12.3 million video views, all within 24 hours of launch.
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1. Nielsen Brand Effect U.S. only, Q3 2015-Q3 2018. Launch campaigns with First View N =14; Launch campaigns without First View N = 209.
2. Twitter-Commissioned EyeSee New Ad Products Research, 2018 Q. Which of the following brands do you recall seeing a Tweet for?