Volkswagen Invites Benched U.S. Soccer Fans to ‘Jump on the Wagen’ for a New World Cup Team

Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Iceland or Germany?

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For the first time in more than three decades, the United States team is not playing in the FIFA World Cup. So what are fans to do–become a dreaded bandwagon fan? Exactly, says Volkswagen.

Working in collaboration with creative agency Deutsch, Volkswagen released its “Jump on the Wagen” campaign. The multi-media campaign features fans from different teams making the pitch to Americans to root for their teams during the tournament. Most compelling of all (to Americans anyway) might be the VW Tiguan stocked with trophies from Brazil.

Deutsch produced six spots–two 30-second spots and four 15-second spots featuring Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Iceland and Germany–that will air on Fox and Fox Sports. The campaign will additionally feature digital extensions through social channels encouraging fans to adopt a team, as well as Snapchat filters for countries still playing in the last two weeks of the tournament.

“The big tournament’s broadcast will be watched by more viewers than ever,” said Jim Zabel, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Volkswagen of America. “Given the unique situation for U.S. fans in this year’s tournament, our ‘Jump on the Wagen’ campaign encourages Americans to root for one of the 32 teams in the tournament that may be tied to their lineage, includes one of their favorite players, or has an interesting backstory. Overall, it is meant to appeal to the Volkswagen fan’s affinity for soccer, delivered with our brand’s signature wink and smile.”

Additionally, Volkswagen worked with Hispanic agency Creative on Demand (COD) to release the Spanish language campaign “Súbete a la Pasion” on Telemundo featuring fans from several Hispanic nationalities inviting others to celebrate their shared passion for fútbol.

Client: Volkswagen
Creative Agency: Deutsch, Creative on Demand (Spanish language campaign)

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@cara_02 Cara Anderson is a contributor to Adweek.
Publish date: June 14, 2018 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT