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AKQA Inserts a Little Je Ne Sais Quoi into the New Eurostar Campaign

AKQA, 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Eurostar unveils new marketing campaign to showcase state-of-the-art new fleet

AKQA Inserts a Little Je Ne Sais Quoi into the New Eurostar Campaign

Eurostar, the high-speed rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is launching a new above the line campaign today designed to showcase Eurostar’s service benefits and features of the new state-of-the-art fleet, which started service in November 2015.

The central campaign created with creative agency AKQA features four 40 second videos each set inside a carriage that follow the journey of individual passengers as they travel from London to Paris.  

To bring to life the new exciting features of the train, the viewer is transported on a journey through the imagination of the traveller in focus.  

    Service in Standard Premier: A mother and daughter are filmed in the spacious surroundings of their carriage and then into a set reminiscent of the Grand Budapest Hotel. Crew dressed in black tie holding silver trays are featured to mimic the quality of Eurostar’s on board service. 


    Wi-Fi: Through the eyes of a business woman the video shows just how easy it is to stay connected with the on board Wi-Fi.


    On-board entertainment: With free Wi-Fi and an on board entertainment system across all classes of service on Eurostar’s new trains, it’s the ultimate time to escape and catch up on films. The video follows a young man on his iPad as he looks out the window and is transported into a movie scene.


    Comfort and space: A family relax in Standard class to reveal the space for children to play and let their imagination run wild as parents unwind. 


      The videos are supported with four digital and static creatives and a suite of banners across Eurostar’s key cities in the UK, France and Belgium. Media includes premium stand-out OOH sites from a Platform Domination in London King’s Cross and Waterloo, Media Eyes in Birmingham and premium digital sites across Belgium and core French cities – Paris, Lille, Nantes and Lyon. It is also in standout press formats including the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and Sport magazine. 

      Lionel Benbassat, Head of Marketing & Brand, Eurostar, said: “With the launch of our new trains, we’ve created a campaign that brings to life the on board experience. By playing on each of the new features and overall benefits of the Eurostar service in an engaging video format, we are inviting travellers to explore the new trains.”

      With city-centre to city-centre fares from £29 one way, free travel for children under four, free seat selection and a generous luggage allowance with no weight restrictions, Eurostar is ideal for those that don’t like to travel light.

      Creative Agency

      Creative Agency: AKQA

      Genre: Visual VFX