How We Used Trolling To Launch The Hyundai Kona

'Stand Out'

The All-New KONA is different. It’s Hyundai’s first BSUV, with a brave, bold design and an attitude which attracts non-conformists; real women who go against the grain and are unafraid to be themselves. But as we all know, individuality comes at a cost. When you stand out, you attract as much love as you do hate. With the launch of KONA, we wanted to rise above the hate and own our individuality. And how did we do this? By tackling an issue that our audience can relate to: online trolling.

In our launch campaign, Stand Out, we worked with performance Poet Vanessa Kissule to create a series of films to counteract negative comments. Teaming up with three bold influencers, we read out hateful comments they had received and gave them a positive spin with a confident, poetic rebuke.

The campaign not only empowered others to be themselves, but to celebrate their individuality. Because after all, it’s better to Stand Out than draw no opinion at all.


Here's to kicking back at those trolls and standing up for what you believe in

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Stephen Firth

Partner and Managing Director, Gravity Thinking

Stephen Firth is the original founder and Managing Director of Gravity Thinking in London, now part of the Vivaldi family. Specialising in digital marketing and communications, Stephen established an award-winning creative agency working with some of the world’s leading brands including Hyundai, Disney and Allianz.