General Motors’ Cadillac has chosen Bartle Bogle Hegarty :

General Motors’ Cadillac has chosen Bartle Bogle Hegarty, New York, as its new creative agency after a  review that  began  in  October, say execs familiar with the matter. The shop succeeds Boston-based indie Modernista, which worked on the account for three years. The final round of the pitch was a three-way battle  between  Publicis Groupe-backed BBH, PUblicis, New York, and Interpublic Group of Companies. The quick decision  made  by GM as the final presentations have been taking place over the last two days. BBH and Publicis are  said to have made presentations on Wednesday, while Martin Agency was the last to pitch by yesterday noon. All the consultancy Ark  Advisors  in  NY  was  tapped  by  General  Motors  to manage the agency review. “BBH was awarded the Cadillac business for their combination of passion for the Cadillac brand, deep insight into the luxury automotive target customer and outstanding creativity,” Cadillac General Manager Bryan Nesbitt said to the reporters.

Modernista was invited to re-pitch again the account but still declined. Some pitched their ideas but were eliminated before the finals.

General Motors has increased the domestic measured-media spending behind its Cadillac brand for the  2008 full year and nearly to $270 million according to the TNS Media Intelligence. This could be the first auto account for BBH, New York, which is to take advertising for GM’s luxury brand in  a new direction. The outgoing agency has had created campaigns that tried to bring an erotic, youthful  allure  to  the  brand  with  famous  celebrities like Kate Walsh and also in modern music bands like Phoenix.

General Motors has been making some physical changes related to its advertising initiatives — both internally within the marketing suite and externally with the agencies it works with. In the previous  month, it  shifted  half  of  its  Chevrolet  creative  account  from Interpublic Group’s Campbell-Ewald to Publicis in  Seattle  and  Dallas. Publicis was tapped to handle Olympics work for three models, the Malibu, Traverse and Equinox.  Bartle  Bogle  was  a  finalist  in  Audi  of America’s review in 2006, and the agency’s London office handles Audi in the U.K. In the Audi of America review, the agency pitched against incumbent McKinney, which had held the account from 1993 to 2006. The account is now with Venables, Bell & Partners.

2 responses

  1. Is the Smart Cart electric? Does it make its own battery pack 😉

    1. I am very sorry for the delayed response and yes, the smart cart is electric. The smart cart is a zero emissions, small and quiet mode of transportation. It uses 0 gas.

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