Driving Cut-Through for Nissan

Nissan needed to build equity in its masterbrand and differentiate itself from the competition.

We found Nissan a vehicle to drive an emotional connection with mums and families.

Australians recognise and love Nissan’s model lines: X-Trail, Navaras and Patrols; however in a cluttered and competitive auto category, Nissan needed to build equity in its master brand and differentiate from the competition.

Building Nissan’s strategy, we recognised the role of sponsorship to generate passion for the brand, by making Nissan stand for something in the minds of consumers and represent more than just cars. So, we analysed every sponsorship property in the country to find something that Aussies love, Nissan could own and was a passion point for its target audience. The answer was Netball.

Negotiating exclusivity and protection from all other autos across Suncorp Super Netball, the Australian Diamonds, Channel Nine’s broadcast, Telstra’s digital streaming and key state bodies, we delivered Nissan ownership of the entire Netball ecosystem from the grassroots to the elite, and with it, an award-winning partnership.

Now responsible for the management of the partnership, Bastion EBA has assisted Nissan to establish themselves as a brand with which audiences have an emotional connection.


Bastion is a truly integrated, full-service marketing and communications agency founded in 2009. We are Australia’s largest independent agency, with an ambition to achieve the same feat in the USA.

We offer a wide breadth of specialist capabilities across the communications spectrum including market research, brand and creative, advertising, corporate and change communications, PR and social media, digital and customer experience (CX), sponsorship and experiential, film and content production, merchandise, Asia marketing and communications, data analytics and panel management.