Alfa Romeo is launching its first global ad campaign that introduces the #AlfaRomeoExperience hashtag.
The Stellantis brand will present the spot during the Formula 1 U.S; Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Oct. 24. The
spot will be running on the screens across the track all weekend.
The effort launched Oct. 22 on social media and will launch worldwide later this year.
“Near Life Experience,” created in partnership with The Richards Group, pays tribute to the brand's racing heritage, says Olivier Francois, global chief marketing officer, Stellantis.
Launching at the U.S. Grand Prix is by design, he says.
The brand’s involvement in racing “goes back as early as 1910 and to the start of Formula 1 in 1950, when Alfa Romeo was not only present, we were champions the first year, taking first place with Giuseppe Farina and the Alfetta 158,” Francois says in a release.
The campaign interprets new values, yet reminds “Alfistas” that Alfa Romeo vehicles are designed with a premium placed on both driving and emotion, according to the company.
The creative aims to show how driving an Alfa Romeo is a uniquely emotional experience.
As part of the campaign, Alfa Romeo is introducing the #AlfaRomeoExperience hashtag, which gives owners the opportunity to share their own near-life experiences across the brand’s social media channels.
The camping is a “very big step” toward Alfa Romeo’s future as a premium global brand, says Jean-Philippe Imparato, chief executive officer, Alfa Romeo.
“This is the first time we’re using a single language all over the world, a direct message to everyone who shares Alfa Romeo's values,” Imparato says in a release.
The 45-second video was directed by Salomon Ligthelm. The director of photography, Daniel Bouquet, previously worked on "Sound of Metal," which was nominated for a 2021 Academy Award. The soundtrack consists of Flavio Ibba's arrangement of "Vltava (The Moldau)" from Smetana’s "Má vlast" (My Country).
In support of the campaign launch, Alfa Romeo, in partnership with MotorTrend, is providing on-site activities at the Grand Prix. These include a VIP lounge with entertainment, a virtual race simulator, giveaways for Alfa Romeo owners who show their car key, and a silent auction benefiting the local United Way charity.
I actually have an Alfa. It is, by far, one of the most exciting cars I've owned (and my 2 previous ones were an S4 and a 335). This car is pretty, especially the front, it accelerates wildly (I will recognize doing in excess of 150 mph, but that's it). But Alfa is going to fail miserably in social media. The social media groups in Alfa are full of hysterical idiots who harp on and on and on about reliability issues --so one gets the idea that the car is just trash, when it really isn't. The other aspect of social media groups and Alfa is that 50% are basically sexual deviants that are almost sick in their love of the brand. It is totally disturbing. I got booted out and blocked from the North American Alfa group for pointing that out. The campaign will no nothing until Alfa reins in their social media presence.