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Men’s Health drives results for BMW

Men’s Health drives results for BMW marking the 3 Series - the Ultimate Drivers Car. 


Drawing on the interests of Men’s Health core adventure audience groups, four individuals were recruited who embodied the spirit of adventure and sent each of them on a road trip, in a BMW 3 Series to drive to a destination which represented their passion for adventure. Their journeys were captured in pictures and video, delivering a visually stunning communication across 8 pages of print in each title. The individuals selected were;


Tom Kay founder of Finisterre, an ethically minded surf wear brand

Tom Marchant founder of Black Tomato, luxury adventure holidays

Jonathan Thompson award winning travel writer

Alec Farmer Designer and owner of heritage British bag manufacturer, Trakke


Hearst created a campaign that spanned across two phases of print, digital and social.

The September issue of Men’s Health ran x4 pages of advertorial introducing the concept of ‘Beyond the Curve’. This was followed by the main concept delivered in the October issue across a x10 page advertorial showcasing the story of the four road trip adventures.


The digital media strategy championed the four short films that told the story of the four Adventurers’ road trips,  hosting them on the Men’s Health site, enhancing the print content digitally through a series of four long read versions of the MH print story. These were published on a shorthand hub showcasing the stunning photography.

Audience targeting using Hearst ID and social platforms drove video plays, which alongside companion ads, billboards and a tweet per week for the duration of the campaign, added positive reach and engagement with the campaign.

It was important to Men’sHealth to capitalise on the stunning imagery of the car itself, as well as the adventurer’s journeys. With this in mind x5 spreads were produced in print and created a landing site http://bmw.menshealth.co.uk


The campaign was a great success. The video content captured the essence of the BMW 3 Series champions. Hearst delivered superb creative work that led with a photo journalistic style showcasing full bleed imagery that worked so effectively as the star narrative device.

The campaign exceeded all expectations;

  • Display saw the highest CTR – 5.25% on mobile interscroller
  • Video views KPI over delivered by 517%
  • 53% of traffic actively engaged with the content
  • Average dwell time 8mins 09 secs
  • Collectively both phases of the campaign reached 770k  ABC1 Males 25-44