The Hyundai Motor Company has launched its first Black American marketing campaign, dubbed OKAY Hyundai last week after partnering with a Black-owned marketing agency.
Hyundai hired Maryland-based Culture Brands in May in an effort to “be more strategic, targeted and authentic in how we communicate with African American consumers,” Erik Thomas, the automaker’s senior group manager for experiential and multicultural marketing said according to the New Pittsburgh Courier.
“… We look to continue to connect with people on their own terms and in relevant ways. As we increase our share of voice with the African American market and communicate successfully, we anticipate sales growth will follow,” Thomas added.
The OKAY Hyundai campaign will highlight two of Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid vehicles, on radio, television and social media.
According to Hyundai, The campaign focuses on a less is more approach and efficiency is what counts. It also points to how the African American community acknowledges and praises someone with one word.
“OKAY is defined as a word that is used to express assent, agreement, or acceptance,” Eunique Jones Gibson, CEO & Chief Creative Officer of Culture Brands said in a release. “In the African American community, placing OKAY before something is the quintessential way things worth noticing are acknowledged. Together, it’s the perfect nod to Hyundai and to our prospective buyers.”