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Licence to Thrill

HAVAS SINGAPORE, Singapore / PORSCHE / 2018

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Most Porsche owners buy into the brand because they want an authentic race car that’s built for the road. Deep down, Porsche owners are real drivers – or at least they aspire to be. And they know that serious automotive hardware demands a serious driver.

To put a Porsche through its paces, and really see what it can do, demands a certain level of skill.

So if you want to drive a Porsche – any Porsche – you’re going to need more than just an ordinary driver’s licence.

Our idea: Licence to Thrill.

Earning this ‘special licence’ wouldn’t be easy. But we knew our target audience was highly competitive by nature. Moreover, it would serve as a badge of honour and a unique endorsement by one of the most iconic automotive brands.

Execution

The recruitment phase ran for two months (June – July 2017). During this period, our launch films showed off the unique dynamics of the different models, while offering participants a glimpse of the challenges to come.

Viewers who proceeded to the online Theory Test were drilled on their knowledge of Porsche racing history, design, technology and more. This allowed us to filter down to a shortlist of hardcore fans who could really go the distance.

28 top scorers were then brought to the ultimate testing ground – Malaysia’s Formula 1 racetrack, the Sepang International Circuit – to take part in our final event.

On the day, professional drivers guided the ‘students’ through a series of unique and exhilarating challenges. Those who made the grade were issued with a coveted Porsche Licence to Thrill, with the top performer also being crowned Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year.

Outcome

Our online films garnered 6.8 million views, as well as 330,000 reactions, comments and shares on Facebook. This translated into a cost-per-view of just SGD$0.01 (20x lower than industry benchmarks).

In addition, extensive media coverage generated PR valued at SGD$900,000 (USD$680,000), with a total reach of 50 million.

The microsite received 12,317 visitors, with the highest web traffic coming from those aged 25-44, fulfilling our goal of connecting with a younger demographic. In total, 3,706 people completed the Theory Test, with an average website dwell time of 11 minutes.

The finalists were also highly impressed with the event itself: 92% of the participants felt that the event exceeded their expectations.

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