Harley Tackles Stereotypes on Twitter


Harley-Davidson Social Campaign

Harley-Davidson rider…three words that tend to create a series of stereotypical images which span age, ethnicity, socio-economic status and lifestyle.

Today, Harley-Davidson introduces the latest evolution of its “No Cages” campaign, which puts real Harley riders in the spotlight, while challenging stereotypes and launching the new Seventy-Two Sportster model.

Titled “E Pluribus Unum,” or “out of many, one,” the new campaign is the first content born out of Harley-Davidson’s new crowd-sourcing Facebook application called Fan Machine.

Fan Machine allows Harley-Davidson’s 3.3 million Facebook fans to review an advertising brief, submit ideas and vote on submissions from other community members.

The centerpiece of the new campaign is a series of digital videos featuring genuine Harley-Davidson riders and a corresponding stereotype showcased as a Twitter hashtag – “#StereotypicalHarley [fill in the blank].” The ads are designed to start a conversation that will come alive in the social sphere through Harley-Davidson’s Web site and social platforms.

Scott Beck
(Harley-Davidson, General Manager of Marketing Operations for North America) says: “The beauty of the ‘E Pluribus Unum’ campaign is that it uses the element of surprise that exists in every Harley-Davidson owner to inspire people to think about riding our motorcycles.”

The “E Pluribus Unum”campaign is based on an idea submitted by Harold Chase, from Tukwila, Washington, through the Fan Machine and the riders were casted on Twitter. Harley-Davidson worked with existing marketing partners including Victors & Spoils, VSA Partners, Digitas and Sapient to bring the entirely digital campaign to life.

Fans can watch the new “E Pluribus Unum” video on the Harley-Davidson Web site, h-d.com/stereotypicalharley.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).