Bauer Media’s Story54 launches campaign for New Holden SUV Equinox starring comedian “model”, Celeste Barber

Posted 9 March 2018 in Announcement, Campaign

Bauer Media’s insight-led brand entertainment and storytelling division Story54 today launches a digitally led campaign created for the new Holden Equinox.

The 4-part video series, developed in conjunction with Woman’s Day, Holden’s main agency, Carat, and media partnership specialist Lacuna Agency, are broadcast across Now to Love, Bauer’s digital brand network of Australia’s most loved women’s magazine brands.

Ground-breaking comedian and Instagram sensation Celeste Barber co-creates and stars, delivering her thumb-stopping brand of satire across the content series.

With women forming the auto category’s most influential decision makers, Holden engaged Bauer and Story54 to develop a campaign that resonated with its diverse female audiences, based on the insight that Holden Equinox drivers have ‘nothing to prove’. Bauer Media’s General Manager, Story54, Jane Waterhouse, said “Story54 allows clients to work with an experienced team of channel agnostic strategists, creatives and producers, dedicated to delivering stand-out campaigns by women that influence and engage with women

“Women as consumers are recalibrating what’s appropriate in advertising communications. They are responding to brands that are abandoning stereotypical and predictable communications and want to be spoken to in a more authentic language that shows truth in their lives. We couldn’t think of a better creative partnership for the Holden Equinox than one with Celeste Barber. Quite simply her work says it all. She has nothing to prove”

Comedian Celeste Barber, who has over 3.2 million Instagram followers including Cara Delevigne, Chrissy Teigan and Gwyneth Paltrow, said “I’ve built a career on the idea of having ‘nothing to prove’ so this campaign was a perfect fit.”

Holden’s Senior Marketing Manager for Media, Brand & Partnerships, Nancy Del Monaco said: “Bauer’s Story54 delivered both the insights and the solution to help us celebrate the thousands of women who have nothing to prove by driving the new Equinox. Celeste was a perfect fit for the campaign. The campaign’s tagline ‘nothing to prove, prove it’ aligned seamlessly with Celeste’s parody prowess and her ability to reflect the real lives of Australian women and the moments where they can be, unapologetically themselves.”

The campaign was part of a multi-layered communication plan, which began with a brand campaign by creative agency, The Monkeys. Holden’s approach was to reach women in a different mindset on different platforms with the ‘Nothing to Prove’ messaging.

Bauer Media’s Holden Equinox campaign was developed in collaboration with Carat and Lacuna Agency, launching on March 8th on the Now to Love digital brand network and across Woman’s Day’s and Celeste Barber’s social channels.

In just 24 hours, the campaign has clocked up an impressive 760,000+ views, and over 6500 comments via Celeste’s social channels.