VIA Rail says goodbye to traffic and icy roads this winter | Cossette

VIA Rail says goodbye to traffic and icy roads this winter


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Winter is back and so is VIA Rail Canada’s “Why don’t you take the train?” campaign. Developed by creative agency Cossette and media agency Touché!, the campaign once again encourages Canadians to say goodbye to the hazards of winter driving by opting to travel by train—the smart way to travel, especially when road conditions are poor.

Launched during some of New Year’s Eve’s most popular programs, including CBC’s year-end segments on The National and the New Year’s Eve countdown special, as well as Bye Bye 2017 on Radio-Canada, the campaign will run through the winter and include pre-roll, OOH, digital advertising in LaPresse+, as well as social media ads.

The latest executions include two 15-second videos and six social media videos featuring winter driving hardships that all drivers and passengers can relate to. As for OOH, billboards located near major highways will advertise contextual messaging on days when the weather is particularly dreadful, to position VIA Rail as a safe and smart alternative.


Advertiser: VIA Rail Canada
Agency: Cossette
Media agency: Touché!
Digital agency: Tink
Production company: 4Zéro1
Director: François Jaros 

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