Honda. The Power of Dreams

When Honda rebranded they were, quite simply, a copywriter’s dream to write for. Lots of exciting stories to tell, and all with that Garrison Keillor tone of voice.

The Honda Welcome Book

Power of Dreams

Honda had just launched its now famous ATL campaign: The Power of Dreams. Everyone now knew that Honda had great cars...but Honda was concerned that consumers wouldn’t be aware of their incredible heritage. So I was asked to come up with a mailer that could be sent to new Honda owners – one that not only contained insurance forms, a questionnaire and warranty but also touched on Honda’s history. 

The result? A colourful, engaging Welcome Pack that introduced new Honda owners to Honda’s Power of Dreams philosophy and told them about Honda’s history: from F1 racing to outboard motors. The whole pack encouraged the new consumer to ‘act and think’ like Honda on every right hand page throughout the book. So they, too, are involved in the Power of Dreams. At the time of creating the pack, most of these stories were not in the public domain, so were a revelation to many people. 

For those of you who like facts and figures, this book helped lift Honda’s after-purchase satisfaction score from 70% to 75%. Honda also went from 3rd to 2nd in the JDPower Customer Satisfaction Report.   

DMA Gold Art Direction
Campaign Gold  Best Creativity


Hondamentalism

 
How to describe obsessive engineering? You can sum it up in one word:  Hondamentalism . And what better road car to show this than on the brand new Civic Type R. Built with race car technology, obsession and experience.  This integrated campaign launched the Civic Type R to specifically appeal to Petrol Heads. It showed the two sides of Hondamentalism: technological obsession versus passion. So the copy was written in two styles: rational meets emotional. You can see it in the red and black alternating text. The images, too, were a combination of technical and emotive shots.   This truly integrated campaign of banner ads, inserts, press ads, DM, mobile phone communication and competitions sold an impressive £4 million worth of Civic Type Rs.    Precision Marketing Awards  Finalist - Effective Integration

How to describe obsessive engineering? You can sum it up in one word: Hondamentalism.
And what better road car to show this than on the brand new Civic Type R. Built with race car technology, obsession and experience.

This integrated campaign launched the Civic Type R to specifically appeal to Petrol Heads. It showed the two sides of Hondamentalism: technological obsession versus passion. So the copy was written in two styles: rational meets emotional. You can see it in the red and black alternating text. The images, too, were a combination of technical and emotive shots.

This truly integrated campaign of banner ads, inserts, press ads, DM, mobile phone communication and competitions sold an impressive £4 million worth of Civic Type Rs.

Precision Marketing Awards
Finalist - Effective Integration

 

Sharing the future of driving

 

This new brochure was sent to people who’d expressed an interest in Honda – with the aim of gaining data. We also need to show off Honda’s commitment to the environment and technological advances. So we asked ‘Can we share the future of driving with you?’ The copy was simple, the art direction uncomplicated. 

The brochure and its accompanying extra large, extra engaging data capture form was supported by an engaging website and banner ads.

 

 

Google Market Finder

Google launched their award-winning Market Finder site in 2018. This online tool helps small businesses pinpoint the best export market for their products, instantly.

With the brief to keep everything clear and useful I wrote the copy for marketfinder.com’s library of inspiring success stories and case studies, as well as explainer videos, dozens of articles about export law, country-specific facts and how-tos about AdWords and Google Search.

I’m showing copy from the Operations section of the site here. Check out the live version at marketfinder.com

The Lovie Awards - Silver

The Webby Awards - Best Visual  Design


Landing page

 

Operations Page

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Operations Success Story, Intercom 

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Lettering Arts Trust

The Lettering Arts Trust charity needed a new website and branding to ensure their mission of promoting carved lettering throughout the UK could reach a new audience. It was important not to alienate their existing patrons during this relaunch.

The source material was extremely varied, so the main challenge was creating a unique but unified tone of voice throughout the site, from gift shop to the memorial commission page. Interviewing lettering arts craftsmen, researching the charity’s background, learning about the craft of letter carving, and discovering how the LAT helps create wonderful memorials were just some of the pleasures of this job –all that, in just three weeks.    

 

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HSBC

HSBC are big on local knowledge. For this brief the banking giant wanted to highlight its local knowledge and expertise to its business customers. Blendlikealocal.com was created to be a must-visit site for business travellers to get the low down on very subtle elements of business etiquette in nine wildly different cities (plus cool places to visit). I dove into the cultures of these cities and winkled out all sorts of local business customs, writing the copy in a friendly and smart tone. Sadly, I didn't go on the whirlwind global photo shoot for the site...except if you count the London one. 

 

Hegron de Carle

 

I created a brand new tone of voice for this boutique Marylebone-based industrial furnishing emporium.  Ensured the landing page was SEO’d up to the hilt while breathing life into each product descriptor and information pages.

 

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Getting naked

The idea for Stark Naked furniture came from a journalist and photographer whose day job is usually covering coups in Africa. He had a great idea: make furniture that didn’t cost the earth, that didn’t collapse, and that looked pretty darn cool too. I created the tone of voice for Stark Naked, which I wanted to be as down to earth and as honest as its founder.  


 
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 Doggone crazy

If you’re crazy about man’s best friend, then this is the site for you. The copy here needed to convey the passion the company’s owner had about our four legged friends. As a startup, it was fun to help create the brand (as well as seeing lots of cute pictures too). 

 

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