Fuel brand 76® is unveiling a comprehensive new marketing campaign aimed at attracting a younger audience to the iconic brand. Created in partnership with agency of record Carmichael Lynch, this social-centric campaign is led by a series of videos detailing the adventures (and misadventures) of a couple embarking on an unexpected road trip fueled by 76.
“Here at 76, we’re on the driver’s side and have been for over 80 years. As the campaign launches, we are excited to live vicariously through Jean and Gene and bring their adventures to life for our consumers,” said Bree Januhowski, 76 brand director.
“Jean and Gene’s Awesome Adventure Road Trip” is led by a series of six videos that tell the story of Jean and Gene, an average, everyday couple that, after a late-night impulse buy online (a vintage blue van, mind you), turns their normal life into #VanLife and take off on a cross-country journey.
“#VanLife is a very real phenomenon playing out in social media — in culture — right now,” said Carmichael Lynch Group Creative Director Josh Leutz. “It’s inspiring to people – leaving the daily grind and committing to this life on the road. That’s the thing we’re tapping into with Gene and Jean.”
“We used accomplished improv actors and shot everything very docu-style to make it feel very raw and natural and not commercial-y,” continued Leutz. “The film instead looks like it might have come from an Instagram feed.”
These six 15- and 30-second videos by award-winning director Matt Lenski will air online and in broadcast in the Los Angeles and Seattle markets.
The campaign also includes digital, paid social, radio, and out-of-home elements as well as branded merchandise and swag, such as t-shirts, patches and sticker sets to be distributed in target markets. The spots are available to view on 76’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/76Gasoline