In January 2016, Daimler AG launches the global change management initiative "Leadership 2020" with a kick-off in Stuttgart.
For this purpose, 144 executives were recruited in a worldwide "bottom-up" process. Over two days, eight working groups worked together with all members of the Board of Management on the future of the company. The aim of the campaign, which is to run until 2020, is to jointly develop the company further and adjust it to the growing challenges of the constantly changing market.
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The goal and challenge of the Grow the Network Tour was to effectively network Ambassadors and HR employees. The RedBlue in Heilbronn offered two days of time and space for exchange and active learning. All participants were equipped in their roles with the relevant tools - specialist knowledge, methods, contacts. The result was a group-wide change community of multipliers.
The workshops were held on two levels around the joint plenum. Due to the completely open design of the areas and the plenum as a connecting element between the two floors, the guests experienced the "community feeling" at every point in the room. All areas were visible, and Silent Conference technology enabled guests to integrate themselves acoustically into other workshops at any time during their free time.
Foodtrucks and "Brown Bag Lunch" bags allowed a catering concept that was independent in terms of time and space, which also showed the effect of networking at the joint evening event.
The great added value for the participants was confirmed by the good evaluation results (at least 4 out of 5 stars in all questions). The specially programmed homepage, which was displayed in tandem with the newly developed event app, both the booking tool and the content hub, was visited more than 10,000 times and the content downloaded more than 3,500 times.
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The design concept of the Summit-Event Area reflected the new management principles of Daimler AG and served the networked program as an emotional open platform. Modules of information and entertainment were held in the style of a silent conference, creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere with large, connecting rooms and wide viewing axes.
The WHY-Box acted as a gate into the Leadership 2020 world for the participants. 360° projections visualized the Daimler pioneering spirit of the past 130 years up to the challenges of the new age of digitalization.
For the #stepintochange you need the right outfit. In the sneaker big box the participants received change game sneakers in the corporate design colours of the Leadership 2020 campaign.
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In studio 9 of the Bavaria Movie Grounds an authentic environment for the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs was created. This included the usage of different construction materials and heavy tools.
The keynote speeches of Mercedes-Benz manager Andreas Renschler and new director of Mercedes-Benz trucks, Stefan Buchner set the stage for a spectacular orchestration.
Two huge bucket excavators moved to the center of the studio hall with chorographical precision and seemingly effortless grabbed the ends of a cloak with their diggers. They raised it several meters revealing the new force in construction, the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs.
7 weeks before the IAA for commercial vehicles Daimler AG, in the context of a sneak preview, invited 200 international journalists for a preview of the current technology concepts in the field of electric drive.
Special challenge was to hold the event, without affecting the general test operations on the in-house test track in Stuttgart.
Combinations of various temporary constructions and an appropriate food concept, made it possible to successfully present the reveal of the first battery-powered truck for the inner city and heavy distribution.
After the dynamic presentation of the Fuso Canter E-cell and the still fully camouflaged MB urban eTruck, there was the opportunity to learn in detail about the innovations of the Daimler electric vehicles in two technical sessions.
Tissues are called "Kleenex", adhesive tape is "Tesa" – transporters with a total weight of approximately 3,5 tons are called "Sprinter".
That is one large stage for the iconic brand and global number one among the transporters:
At the Düsseldorf plant, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. For the official ceremony, more than 250 guests from the worlds of politics, business and the media attended, as well as employees from the six global Sprinter production locations in Germany, Argentina, China, Russia and the USA.
Following the official part of the event, all guests were invited to take a guided tour with the entire Sprinter range, starting with the first historical model up to the current Sprinter version.
At the Rheinkalk-factory in Dornap the press drive presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs took place.
For 14 days international groups of journalists arrived daily to test drive the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs on three different test drive routes.
Before each test drive cycle the new heavy construction truck was presented in a spectacular staging. It took place in an unused part of the gravel pit with pyro technics and music. All this impressively demonstrated the formidable capabilities of the new Mercedes-Benz Arocs.
Since 2013, the owner-managed group has been presenting itself at the German graduate congress in an inviting, modern and aesthetically sophisticated ambience concept. Each year, high-quality frameworks are created for the transfer of information about the group's history, communication orientation, products and brands.
In addition to recruiting measures, the trade fair stand was also used for sustainable image transfer. From urban city cafés to stylish flat-sharing communities, [mu:d] repeatedly stages surprising Melitta HR touchpoints with the company's potential new employees.
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Every day approximately 35 international journalists were invited by Mercedes-Benz to participate in the event "discover distributed & collect" over a period of 14 days to Frankfurt by Mercedes-Benz.
After a preceding press conference and a dinner in the design hotel Roomers, journalists had extensive time to test the new Mercedes-Benz Atego, the Mercedes-Benz Antos, the Mercedes-Benz Econic and the Fuso Canter eco hybrid in the real environment of distribution transport.
Here both, city rides and overland, on different routes, suitable for the respective type of vehicle, were carried out. The new Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle centre, Frankfurt Rhein/Main served as the base station.
The technical aspects of the product were communicated in thematic workshops.
The Ezcasibasi Group, the sixth largest manufacturer of sanitary ceramics in the world, invited its brands Burgbad, VitrA, Engers Keramik and Villeroy & Boch Fliesen to a kick-off meeting in 2014 and 2016.
The aim of the event was to use the diversity of the individual brands for the first time as added value for the umbrella brand. 100 employees met in the Hotel Hyatt to work out perspectives, strategies and goals in a one-day conference. To strengthen team spirit and increase sustainability, all employees of the individual brands took part in a drum workshop in 2014 and an interactive "Ezcasibasi Song" workshop in 2016.
At a networking party, the day ended exclusively in the nearby restaurant.
Since 2003 GS1 Germany hands out the ECR-Award. An exclusive and highclass gala event with 400 guests from the top management of leading industrial and commercial entreprises.
Every year the ECR Award outstanding performances are awarded. Here the focus lies in cooperative value added chains looking to enhance customer orientation
Congratulations! Otto‘s homecoming.
In the setting of the 35-year anniversary of the G-Class the celebratory handover of Gunter Holthorf’s G-Class to the Mercedes-Benz museum took place. The location was an adjacent branch office of Mercedes-Benz. The ceremonial act was represented by Dr. Dieter Zetsche.
250 Guests of the G-Class clubs were invited. In 26 years Mr. Holthorf visited 215 countries and put 900.000 km on his G-Class vehicle, “Otto”. After an emotional entry of “Otto” an impressive presentation of the vehicle took place.
The staging of the vehicle handover was bookended by a first-class entertainment program. A top-quality dinner jazz band, alongside a speedpainter and the lecture Mr. Holthorf gave were the highlights of the celebration.
Communicative support for small series start of the smart electric drive until the launch of sale of its series production. smart positions itself as a pioneer with the only real electric vehicle.
Development of a logistics concept, location scouting, organization and implementation of the kick-off event in Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt.
International event lead of the over-all project including coordination of the markets and local agencies in the European cities Rome, Zurich, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, Barcelona and Milan.
The main thought of this dramaturgy: Whatever society required in the realms of transportation – it was always the truck, which shouldered the task.
The reveal began gently – softly the first truck of the world by Gottlieb Daimler chugged across the stage – and increased in speed quickly: all historically relevant generations of heavy trucks by Mercedes-Benz of the last 115 years ensued.
Large-scale video mappings on the freight containers interacting with the driving trucks visually supported the choreography of vehicles. Shown were picture and type projections from the past decades of truck transport.
Scene by scene it became clearer how Mercedes-Benz trucks performed aptly for every task asked of it by politics and society – and which convincing answers the new Actros has for the present demands.
At the same time as „Meeting Metro“ the Metro Group presents itself with seven lines of distribution and cross-section corporations annually at the Stauffenbiel graduate congress in Cologne, Germany.
The 125th anniversary of the invention of the automobile is primarily the anniversary of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz. This was celebrated with a large ceremony in the birthplace of the automobile, Stuttgart.
Via the main entrance of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, 1,400 top-class guests reached the Mercedes-Benz branch office in Stuttgart via an organically designed video time tunnel with company history.
The guests of honor on this evening were Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Stefan Mappus, then Prime Minister of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Franz Beckenbauer, Boris Becker, Jogi Löw, Edwin Moses and Niki Lauda also accepted the invitation to the anniversary of the automobile.
International Mercedes-Benz convention at the Berlin-Tempelhof airport on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the automobile in cooperation with the official Mercedes-Benz brand clubs.
On two days more than 200,000 visitors came to the 250,000 sqm event venue.
The visitors had the possibility to experience historical milestones, innovative mobility concepts and the entire present portfolio in dynamic car presentations as well as static exhibitions up close.
The core piece of the event was a 35m wide stage with LED-back drop for interviews and musical acts.
A logistical tour de force made it possible to position more than 2,200 vehicles from all over Europe within only 16hrs.
The event was kicked-off by a press conference on the second to last day of build-up, which only lasted 4 days.
Idea and creation of the kick-off for the US-market launch of the smart fortwo.
Set-up of an exclusive studio house in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, representing the center of the US American market launch.
Detailed staging of the brand image by means of test drives, product consulting and a smart gallery.
Organization of 30 events in the smart house in the fields of environment and climate protection, music, fashion, art and zeitgeist.
The launch of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA: young, dynamic and unadapted he stands out from the crowd.
The advertising campaign specifically addressed the postmodern audience, people critical of advertisement. In order to convince the target audience of the CLA, their attention needed to be caught right at their individual interests. Therefore, the task was to create events that are adequate for both, brand and target group. The requirement: to invent an innovative form of photo exhibition. The installation needed to be technically innovative and designed emotionally grasping, leading the viewer to interact with its content and its room structure.
In order to be able to communicate with applicants, Metro Group created its very own event platform: “Meeting Metro”.
Every year, ca. 800 students are invited to the information event „Meeting Metro“. In a big auditorium, the company introduces itself to its applicants.
The auditorium is designed with a spectacular 180° multimedia projection.
Well-known keynote speakers like Urs Meier or Rainer Calmund offer an additional value to the conference.
World premiere of the new smart fortwo in Stuttgart for 1500 international press-guests and dealers.
[mu:d] as the lead agency for the organization and realization of the three-day event was responsible for the design, construction and scenic implementation of a gigantic steel-and-glass structure over the rooftops of Stuttgart, on the top parking deck of the Galeria Kaufhof.
Shuttle through the parking garage, that was branded with smart activity and exhibit spaces.
Spectacular reveal of the smart fortwo with an unobstructed view of the city skyline.
LIVE EARTH was a worldwide series of concerts, taking place on all seven continents for 24 hours following the example of Live Aid and Live 8. Like this, LIVE EARTH became the largest benefit and music event in history so far.
Al Gore, the former US vice president and environmental activist once founded the project together with music producer Kevin Wall. Their aim was, to draw attention to global warming.
smart as main sponsor of the worldwide event commissioned [mu:d] GmbH with the planning and organization of smart´s complete brand appearance in New York, London and Hamburg.
There were 75.000 promotional articles per city produced and distributed by over 100 promoters. In addition, 18 live percussionists performed in front of the stadiums.
Organization of an international celebration on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of smart.
A total of 700 guests from all over the world came to Cologne. Construction of a temporary drive-in theater for 350 smart on a 20,000 sqm area in Cologne. Idea, concept and implementation of a smart anniversary film including synchronization into 5 languages.
Organization of a motorcade from the drive-in theater to the gala location with all 350 smart.
In Amsterdam 400 journalists from all over the world were treated to a first look and touch at the new Mercedes-Benz Citan within the setting of a celebratory evening.
Fitting the urban place of action a location amidst the bustling but tight Amsterdam city was chosen. The Beurs van Berlage needed to be used optimally in order to cater to the demands of the press event.
An 8.5m high projection surface was also separating the stage and catering space. The staged setting of room expansion by usage of kabuki and projection set the stage for car exhibition as well as dinner in the “Grote Zaal”.