Campaign of the month: Mercedes

Another engaging and innovative microsite for Mercedes sees Agency Republic win this month’s IAB Creative Showcase Award, sponsored by Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions. The Mercedes-Benz new R-Class microsite was developed to allow consumers to engage with the car in an inspirational manner, rather than simply describe its features and functions and expect consumers to gauge from this the experience it offers. The site takes the user through ‘six journeys’ written by six writers including children’s author Laurence Anholt and sports expert Mike Harris, each presenting their unique take on the car, accompanied by audio and illustrations tied into the narrative to produce a thought provoking consumer experience.

This is the second Creative Showcase Award for the Mercedes-Agency Republic partnership, which won in April 2006 with the A-to-S site. Following that success it decided to allow consumers to feel the R-Class – rather than simply show and tell – but this time using animated visuals and inspired writing delivered in an open unrestrictive and fluid manner.

The first runner-up this month was Dare Digital with its campaign to promote ‘The Big Idea’ – a Vodafone sponsored TV show on entrepreneurs. The strategy was to drive people to a site where they could submit their idea to the show – if successful they won £10,000 to help develop their idea.

The second runner-up was unit9 with ‘Creative Mind’ – a microsite for Adobe. The site immerses the user in a surreal environment of creativity and possibility and the interactive result is a free-flowing, whimsical animated experience that shows off the capabilities of the Adobe Creative Suite 2.3 software package within the abstract framework of a designer’s mental universe.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here