Prius Owner: Colette B
Last Updated: Tues. 11/26/2002INDEX
POWERS BIG IMAGINATION
Something BIG happened on the way to the gas station…or rather,
passing it by. L.A.- based Big Imagination Group wanted to get their old
gas-guzzlers off the road. So they purchased a fleet of gas/electric hybrid
vehicles, expecting basic transportation. What they got was transformation.
Inspired by the ingenious technology that propels their hybrid vehicles, BIG is using its fleet to raise eco-consciousness among commuters and attract new business in the process.
BIG knew that the Toyota Prius hybrid was earth-friendly, a pleasure to drive, yet never needs to be plugged in! Moreover, it knew its hybrid fleet would reduce the group’s annual fuel consumption by over 3,000 gallons a year. But that was just the beginning.
BIG’s founder and Chief Imagination Officer, Colette Brooks, discovered that the hybrid was a perfect metaphor for BIG. “Just like our Prius hybrids, we’re innovative, efficient, eco-conscious, and responsive,” Brooks notes. “We use nimbler, more evolved solutions to get clients where they want to go. In fact, we now call our creative process, Hybrid Thinking. Hybrid Thinking fuses the concepts of imagination, efficiency and sustainability to help businesses maximize their brand potential.”
In an effort to leverage the natural relationship between BIG and the hybrid, the Imagination Group is applying the fruits of its transformation to a new client – itself .
The first elements of this transformation hit the streets this week. Designed to inspire like-minded consumers and potential clients, BIG wrapped its fleet of hybrids with compelling messages that pose the question, “So What Drives You?” These mobile brand satellites, driven by BIG ambassadors, direct rubber-neckers to http://www.bigLA.com, which is prominently featured on the cars.
Once at the site, visitors can experience a new web community that describes the benefits of Hybrid Thinking and stimulates progressive companies to tap into The Power of ImaginationTM, BIG’s new company credo. It also engages the fledgling hybrid vehicle community and explores other great “Big Ideas” that have changed the way we live.
BIG’s transformation is starting to pay off. Through its wrapped hybrid fleet and online initiatives, BIG is increasing its brand awareness, especially among kindred spirits. BIG recently landed two new accounts, and several current clients are excited about the prospect of incorporating similar sustainable solutions into their business practices.
Here’s how BIG is putting HYBRID THINKING to work:
ON THE STREETS
BIG’s wrapped hybrid vehicles act as mobile brand satellites, driving home the core messages of Hybrid Thinking and The Power of ImaginationTM
With personal ambassadors and repetition of exposure, BIG’s wrapped fleet leads consumers and prospects alike to the BIG site
According to the DOT, the average vehicle is seen by 750,000 people a month. And in L.A., the number is significantly higher
ON THE WEB
BIG launched a new website to engage like-minded companies seeking sustainable growth
The site is dedicated to inspired thinking and supports the hybrid vehicle community
Visit http://www.bigLA.com to see for yourself
IN THE AIR
By replacing its employees’ gas guzzlers with its new hybrid fleet, BIG is:
Reducing CO2 pollution by over 32 TONS a year
Reducing fuel consumption by 3,000 gallons annually
Saving its employees $4,500 a year in fuel costs
A local Eco-Hollywood hybrid road rally to increase hybrid buzz and awareness
BIG will support hybrid vehicle owner clubs
BIG is developing a “BIG Idea” contest
“Wrap your ass, get free gas” puts a BIG message on other Prius owner bumpers in exchange for free gas every month
About Big Imagination Group
Born in 1987, BIG is an imagination factory that serves as a cultural compass for progressive companies. BIG specializes in creating cost effective marketing campaigns with explosive brand and sales impact. BIG’s client roster includes Shakey’s, Tenet HealthSystem, Ranch1 Restaurants and Surf City Squeeze Smoothies. Over the years, L.A. based BIG launched a variety of brands, including Paradise Tropical Teas, Zand Herbal Formulas, Pritikin Wellness Centers, Relax The Back Stores and Finlandia Furniture, to name a few.
Brooks notes, “Our current size as measured in billings is approximately $11 million. Our current size as measured in imagination is considerably larger.”