Cars.com follows up the Super Bowl 2009 David Abernathy story with the 2010 Super Bowl spot, “Timothy Richman”. He put out a grease fire from his highchair. Bypassed the training wheel stage while learning to ride a bike. Helped a damsel on the beach suffering from a jellyfish sting. Delivered breached Bengal cubs. And rescued a cheerleading squad from a tornado. Timothy Richman’s story isn’t exactly the oldest in the book. A genius? Perhaps. But when it comes time to buy a car, Timothy turns to Cars.com to get the knowledge he needs to build his confidence, so he can get the perfect car at the perfect price. The ad closes with Cars.com’s tagline, “Confidence Comes Standard.” The complete ad and exclusive web videos can be seen in advance of the game at www.cars.com/superbowl.
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“Cars.com’s 2009 Super Bowl commercial was extremely effective at communicating our brand’s key messages to consumers. In addition to being very likeable and well-received by consumers, it was also the most successful commercial we’ve ever produced in achieving key brand-building metrics,” said Cars.com vice president of marketing Carolyn Crafts. “Given its success, we wanted to continue the campaign for 2010, but with a fresh approach to give consumers something new for this year’s Big Game. Timothy Richman is a powerful character that brings to life the power of knowledge and benefit of using our site, which delivers all of the information, tools and advice shoppers need to decide what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.”
The ’Confidence’ campaign was developed by DDB Chicago by group creative director Mark Gross, creative directors Brad Morgan, Bart Culberson, associate creative director/copywriter Pat Burke, associate creative director/art director Chris Carraway, executive director of integrated production Diane Jackson and executive producer Will St. Clair.
Editor was Steve Gandolfi at Cut+Run with producer Carr Shilling.
VFX were produced at MassMarket.