Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Pirelli Short Film

Pirelli has always had attractively pioneering marketing. It is characterized by facility and skill among tire companies, front running many with flamboyant calendars (see Pirelli Calendar ). Adopting short films is not such a leap for them and The Call is certainly more interesting than watching the Michelin Marshmallow Man try to get his Marshmallow Dog.

Pfanner (2006, pp1-2) gives some insight into this campaign. It was the first time Pirelli worked with Leo Burnett and behind it was concerns with the declining effectiveness of traditional media advertising. Traditional advertising seems to be dissolving before our eyes. It is no longer the altruistic industry that gives us free TV, but now has an appearance more like a monolithic parasite draining money from its corporate host.

Pirelli backed its bet on short film marketing with 60% of its marketing budget according to Pfanner (2006, p1). Why?
"Many advertisers are worried that traditional ways of reaching consumers, including the 30-second television spot, are losing their power to persuade."
Their tag-line “Power is nothing without control” is catchy. However, to build long-term relationships, the slogans should be consistent with the customer’s experience with the company. Duncan (2005, p 15) says that “ interactions with customers send some of the most impactful messages that customers receive about a brand.”

Curiously, Pirelli has had some scandal related to its level of concern for safety. Lawsuits allege that it had foreknowledge of safety problems but did not take action. Many complain, see AllAutoWorld .

All in all, though, the campaign was a hit. They even have a short film out now with Uma Thurman (see Pirelli on YouTube ). Same theme.

Duncan, Tom (2005). Principles of Advertising & IMC. McGraw-Hill
Pfanner, Eric (January 29, 2006). On Advertising: Film or Ad? Ask Pirelli. International Herald Tribune. Retrived on August 23, 2008 from

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