Team One is breaking its first creative for Slingshot during March Madness with an integrated advertising campaign that includes TV, social and digital media buys. And wait for it, a bleeped-out “F” bomb.
Polaris Slingshot is a three-wheeled, open-air roadster that combines exotic looks with raw performance. Team One handles creative for Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle account and won the additional Slingshot business in January. Their previous agency was The Integer Group. Slingshot vehicles hit the market in 2015.
In the 15- and 30-second ad executions, viewers are introduced to flashes of the mysterious Slingshot in a dark room. It could be a UFO, for all we know. “We dare you to ignore it,” a voice says. “We dare you to categorize it.” As the taunts continue, the screen flashes a series of visceral and futuristic-looking shots that look straight out of a Tron movie —showing the Slingshot at different angles, including a bird's-eye view of the exotic machine with no doors and no roof. Finally, we get the full reveal and the roadster springs into action. The helmeted drivers buckle in and the Slingshot aggressively accelerates. The ad tags with: “Slingshot: Drive one at your Slingshot dealer. We f---in’ dare you.”
The brash strategy is aimed at reaching Slingshot’s target audience of “Broken-DNA Thrill-seekers,” who index high for adrenaline and attention. As that name implies, this is a segment that loves to take risks and sees themselves as “self-made” and “the life of the party.” These consumers tend to be middle-age males with discretionary income ($100k+) and aligns well with March Madness demographics.
Polaris believes these adrenaline thrill-seekers are customers who could help Slingshot define the unique category of one—and perhaps even become a brand verb like Band-Aid or Uber. To “Slingshot” is to ride this type of vehicle, typically with the intent to show off its exotic looks and/or raw performance capabilities.
Steve Menneto – President, Polaris Motorcycle Division
Kevin Reilly – Senior Marketing Director
Rachael Elia – Marketing Manager
Production Company: Sibling Rivalry
Joe Wright – Director
Maggie Meade – Executive Producer / Partner
Shelby Ross – Executive Producer
Joanna Fillie – Head of Production
Amanda Clark Altham – Producer
Bryan Cook – Editor
Adolfo Martinelli – Colorist
James Bohn – Flame Artist
Bob Gremore – Sound Engineer
Chris Graves - Chief Creative Officer
Craig Crawford – Group Creative Director
Scott Ivener – Copywriter
Patrick Dougherty – Art Director
Reilly Park – Producer
Steve Bava – Management Director, Client Services
Landon Nguyen – Account Director
Taylor Toomey – Account Executive
Jen Grant – Management Director, Strategy
Robert Watchmaker – Junior Planner
David Peake – Director of Business Affairs
Karen Thomas- Senior Project Manager