2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD Stars in 'Max and Al' Advertising Campaign - VIDEO ENHANCED
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DETROIT – November 5, 2010: Reminiscent of the old Bartles and James wine cooler television commercials, Chevrolet introduced a new marketing campaign today that focuses on the heart of the Silverado HD pickup line, the Duramax Diesel and Allison transmission. The “Max and Al” campaign contrasts the proven durability and performance of the powertrain – which benefit from 10 years of development and more than 20 billion miles of experience – to the unproven record of competitive heavy-duty trucks.
“Max and Al are creative expressions of the confidence we have in Chevy trucks,” said Tony Truelove, Silverado marketing manager, “and a lighthearted way to call out our competitors. We think Max and Al will connect with the heavy-duty enthusiasts who are passionate about the capabilities of their trucks, and ignite a lot conversation in the truck world.”
The campaign features Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld, Rules of Engagement) as Max, and Craig Robinson (The Office, Last Comic Standing) as Al.
The centerpiece of the campaign is MaxandAl.com, which features Max and Al in the ultimate “man cave,” complete with a pet bull, stone fireplace, and firemen poles. The website highlights features of the new Silverado HD, such as the all-new, fully-boxed frame, proven durability, and increased towing and payload capacity. Silverado HD fans also can send E-cards to friends who drive competitive trucks. The mobile application allows fans to share “smack talk” videos, where Max and Al explain the differences between Silverado HD and lesser heavy-duty trucks.
Click PLAY to watch the long-form promo video from the new campaign
The Max and Al campaign will be supported with targeted advertising. For example, TV spots will debut weekend in NASCAR and cable programming. The “Stump” spot dramatically demonstrates Max and Al’s stump-pulling 765 lb.-ft. of torque. The “Bouncing Baby” spot contrasts Max and Al’s proven record to that of the less proven diesel engine from a competitor.
The campaign, created by Campbell-Ewald, will run through 2010. Additional creative executions are planned to continue spreading Max and Al’s heavy-duty message.
“Max and Al is a fully integrated, targeted campaign that speaks directly to truck enthusiasts,” said Bill Ludwig, chairman and CEO of Campbell-Ewald (C-E). “This campaign is a complete departure from traditional heavy duty truck creative, driven by humor, to bring to light the insight of how the target relates to one another and to their truck.”
Click PLAY to watch three of the campaign's TV commercials