Ad Nut
Mar 14, 2019

AAMI's geo-targeted ads keep drivers safe via Spotify

If you can get used to the feeling of being watched, this clever campaign by AAMI and Ogilvy Melbourne may hold huge potential for road safety.

As concepts go, it's more than a little creepy at first. Allow Ad Nut to paint the scene.  

You're driving along Australia's Great Ocean Road, on the recent Labour Day long weekend. The car snacks are flowing, the weather is beautiful and the views are stretching out before you. Your Spotify soundtrack is, quite frankly, epic. You're approaching the gorgeous coastal town of Anglesea, with its rugged cliffs and beaches, when suddenly a voice says: "So! You're driving through Anglesea. You're not alone."

This sense of being spied on—actually a result of advanced geo-targeting capabilities that allow ads to be served to you when you reach a certain location—retains the advantage of novelty, at the moment. Ad Nut is sure there'll be some time in the future when we won't be surprised by ads' ability to find and target us wherever we are. 

But while it remains unusual, the floor is open for brands to take advantage, and insurance company AAMI, in partnership with Ogilvy Melbourne, has done this here to great effect. 

The creepy-sounding ad, which was delivered to listeners via Spotify as they approached Anglesea, continues: "Plenty of cyclists share the road. Be on the lookout for Lycra, and be careful overtaking in the next few kilometres."

The campaign features six such "driver reminders from AAMI" in total, each served at a particularly dangerous spot on Victoria's Great Ocean Road over the long weekend. Cleverly, it also used frequency capping to avoid locals hearing the ads every time they drove through the same place. 

As a measure of its success, the campaign is due to survive beyond the weekend, with more ads reaching inner-city Melbournites coming soon. 


Client: AAMI
Executive Manager Marketing Insurance: Mark Behr
Marketing Manager AAMI: Toby Gill

Go To Market Lead: Olivia Rourke

Agency: Ogilvy Melbourne
Executive Creative Director: David Ponce de Leon

Creative Director: Lenna Boland
Associate Creative Director: Tom Russell

Senior Art Director: Axel Tagg
Producer: Annie Thiele 
Group Account Director: Milly Scott
Senior Account Director: Belinda Bassingthwaighte

Account Manager: Alexandra Leahy

Media: OMD Sydney

Business Director: Thad King

Account Manager: Joe McCabe

Sound Design: Sam Hopgood, Bang Bang

Ad Nut is a surprisingly literate woodland creature that for unknown reasons has an unhealthy obsession with advertising. Ad Nut gathers ads from all over Asia and the world for your viewing pleasure, because Ad Nut loves you. You can also check out Ad Nut's Advertising Hall of Fame, or read about Ad Nut's strange obsession with 'murderous beasts'.


Related Articles

Just Published

2 days ago

Mindshare adds dedicated China leadership

EXCLUSIVE: APAC CEO Amrita Randhawa has relinquished her China responsibilities to two new leaders, Benjamin Condit and Linda Lin.

2 days ago

Pinterest unveils new tools and insights for marketers

Major takeaways from the platform’s first global advertiser summit.

2 days ago

Crash Course: How to develop a content strategy

You know content should be a key part of your overall brand strategy, but where do you start? This course explains the key steps you should take to ensure an effective content journey.

2 days ago

The unlimited potential of live storytelling in ...

Brands like Standard Chartered, Uber Eats and Mastercard achieve impact by marrying human emotions with the unpredictability and excitement of live sports.