Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited imports and distributes the brand’s comprehensive range of luxury passenger cars and commercial vehicles in Hong Kong and Macau. They actively perform sales and after-sales activities to further cement Mercedes-Benz’s growth in the region, while remaining dedicated to reinforcing their core values through different public and private events.
In early November, Mercedes-Benz held a totally unique and spectacular off-road private driving event at Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront. Raising brand awareness, particularly of their SUV models, was their primary goal with Mercedes-Benz wanting to provide their elite customers with an advanced driving experience which reinforced their brand values of safety, comfort and driving dynamics.
Guided by professional drivers, guests got to personally experience the high performance and superior driving dynamics of the brand’s different SUV models as they passed through checkpoints on a specially-designed course stretching over an eye-popping 36,000 sq. m. The Central Harbourfront was transformed into a cross-country track and divided into two massive test driving zones. The ‘drifting zone’ allowed attendees to skid into specially-arranged sharp turns; while in the ‘off-road zone’, various checkpoints simulated features which would be found in real off-road areas – steep hills, muddy swamps, logs and gravel patches, each providing different levels of camber. A total of one media session and nine customer sessions were held, with Pico providing creative design, production, site operation and event management services throughout the event.
Pico also focused extra attention on boosting brand awareness in the immediate area. The team designed immersive venue decorations to capture the attention of the many pedestrians passing through Central’s crowded streets and buildings during the daytime. We branded the client’s logo on top of the 15.5m wide, 50m long and 5.7m high hospitality marquee, and surrounded the venue with 60m long promotional fence banners.
Our branding efforts did not stop when the sun set. We designed and created a gigantic 21.8m lightbox displaying Mercedes-Benz’s iconic three-point logo which lit up the centre of the venue, adding to the breath-taking night view of Victoria Harbour and the city’s skyline. This lightbox was easily visible from Central’s crowded pedestrian walkways and buildings like IFC and the AIA Centre.
In addition to the lightbox, our team created an eye-catching arch entrance complemented by exterior branded fencing banners and flags. All key visuals at the venue, from the merchandising area to the off-road signage and guest passes, were also designed by our experts. We built an LED wall in the briefing room, which showed a promotional video, producing a stunning visual experience for the attendees. Our team also strategically designed the layout of the F&B area and the inside of the marquee, creating a luxurious yet comfortable environment for all the guests.
To add a social dimension to the event, we arranged an “Instaphoto” service to capture guests enjoying their exclusive experience. These photos were shared on multiple social media platforms, further intensifying the brand’s exposure.
The five-day event attracted a huge number of reporters and guests, receiving great write-ups and favourable feedback.
As this was the first time anyone had held a driving event in the very centre of Hong Kong, there were no existing precedents for the permits required or the logistics involved in the set up. Our team had to approach and negotiate with numerous different government departments, and then leverage our years of experience to manage and execute the complex logistics for the large-scale setup, which included a 50m long marquee and the huge branding logo lightbox, all within three days!
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