What better way to experience the emotion of driving in an Audi A3 with the top down?
Audi Spain enlisted the human sense of smell to provoke their customers into reliving intangible sensations, transported back in time, to happy memories from the past, such as spring days, the smell of salt at the beach, and holidays in the mountains.
For this campaign, the brand selected a total of four regions of Spain embued with memorable scent cues: the Mediterranean breeze, the refreshing gusts of Finisterre, the light winds of Tarifa and the air of La Mancha. Each of these scents were captured by the brand and packed into different cans with a minimalist design.
The cans are available on the official website for Audi A3 Cabrio at www.aireA3cabrio.es. Customers can order one for free in exchange for a symbolic tweet or post on Facebook. The cans will also be available in special vending machines, which will be available at different summer events across Spain.
The use of smell in marketing strategies is called “olfactive marketing”. According to Sensory Marketing, “today, a big part of the research in the sensory marketing field is dedicated to the expansion of olfactive marketing, as it has gained an undeniable importance”. “Human beings have 10 millions olfactive receptors, which enables us to recognize more than 4000 different smells. Our smell memorization is therefore stronger than the visual one”, explains the same source. Marketing professionals use smell as a way to attract consumers, but also as a way to build their brand identity.
This campaign is a very relevant and creative way to promote a cabriolet as drivers of convertible cars have the opportunity to experience another level of freedom by feeling the wind on their face and inhaling the scents of nature as they drive through beautiful landscapes. With this campaign, Audi is building new brand cues that encourage consumers to associate their brand with positive and highly emotive olfactive experiences.