#Volkswagen's vibrator is a big fat #Fail

What on earth were Volkswagen and the agency thinking?

Anant Rangaswami September 11, 2012 12:42:49 IST
#Volkswagen's vibrator is a big fat #Fail

What on earth were Volkswagen and the agency thinking?

"Feel the shiver of excitement?", asks Volkswagen on the front page of various national newspapers this morning. Flip the paper over, and you land on a second full page ad where there's a little black box attached. The little black box, which will no doubt add to the topline and bottomline of a Chinsese company, 'shivers'.

Volkswagens vibrator is a big fat Fail

Shiver or vibrate? The jury is out on this one: Copy of the ad in Times of India

Er, not quite. While it might 'shiver' as far as Volkswagen and the agency are concerned, to the consumer, it 'vibrates'.

Search for 'vibration' or 'vibrator; on Twitter, and here's a sampling of what I discovered (at 11.38 am).

https://twitter.com/Ace_Of_Pace/status/245399642982985728

https://twitter.com/vivekagnihotri/status/245395390113914880

https://twitter.com/rameshsrivats/status/245392801276239872

https://twitter.com/BziB/status/245386427297320960

https://twitter.com/paavani/status/245379054105153536

In fact, run a quick search for the hashtag #Volkswagen and things are as bad.

https://twitter.com/ramansundar/status/245386523703382016

https://twitter.com/schmmuck/status/245403006747701248

https://twitter.com/rajikatalwar/status/245385172516737025

And that's not good news. Do a google search for 'car vibrations' and all the results relate to problems with the car.

Take another step. Do a google search for 'Volkswagen vibrations' and you see a number of problems with references to various models of Volkswagen.It's been about four hours since I've been tracking comments on Volkswagen on social media - and I have yet to see a SINGLE reference to any car model, to any of the virtues of the Polo and Vento highlighted in the 'innovation'.

#Volkswagen is trending on twitter - there's no doubt about that. But does the campaign deliver? I'll use another popular hashtag on this one - the campaign is a #Fail.

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