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GMC ProShot: An Experiential Marketing Winner.

Posted Topics: Displays, Custom Displays, Experiential Marketing, Experiential Activation, Experiential |

There’s nothing quite like arming yourself with a water gun and lifting a 7000lb truck ten feet above your head with it. And if you have visited the Calgary Stampede, you might have done just that at the GMC ProShot exhibit—one of our all time favourite projects.

Man using Pro Shot Exhibit at Calgary Stampede

We’ve worked with Momentum Worldwide, one of the top advertising agencies in the country, on many projects over the past 7 years. Every one of them has been a creative masterpiece and a challenge for our production and fabrication teams. The GMC ProShot exhibit was no exception, but our mantra has always been ‘if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’


GMC’s mandate for Momentum Worldwide was “An engaging activation for the GMC Sierra HD that featured the truck in a premium, but contextually relevant, manner.”

What Momentum Worldwide came up with was a spectacular idea: take a classic midway game, make the water guns bigger & badder, and skip the fluffy stuffed animals. Lift a 7000lb Sierra HD instead. No big deal, right?



Naturally, when Momentum Worldwide realized what a challenge this kind of custom experiential activation was going to be, they turned to Exhibit Studio to help bring this idea to life. They’ve worked with David and our production crew enough to know that we laugh in the face of a challenge. Well, laugh, swear, get down to work, and then laugh again when the exhibit is successfully built. You know how it is.


So how did we do it? We started two months out from Stampede’s opening day, collaborating with Momentum Worldwide on the graphic and 3D design of the exhibit space. With the design nailed down, we moved onto the materials. Determining what each and every component would be constructed from, sourcing hardware, material, and the mechanical parts that would make the game possible.

That was the easy stuff.

GMC ProShot water gun and target close up.

Engineering the actual water guns and hydraulic lifts, as well as moving targets to make this game a real challenge, that was the fun part. We use the word “fun” loosely here, but man, when this started to come together, it was AWESOME.

Of course, along the way we had to make sure that everything—the display, the layout, the game—all met with the Stampede’s rules and regulations. Our show management team was invaluable in ensuring that everything we did followed the rulebook to a T.


When the Stampede opened for the annual "Sneak a Peak" evening we were there in our finest black and orange T-shirts, exhausted, but standing proudly beside the GMC ProShot game we had built entirely from scratch. It was a pretty amazing experience!

People crowded around Pro Shot game at the Calgary Stampede


It was unquestionably a success. Remember that mandate? With over 100,000 interactions between GMC’s staff and visitors, and some 2795 people who played the game, the ProShot was definitely engaging. And hey, a suped-up carnival game at the Stampede? Seems “contextually relevant” to me.

Momentum Worldwide documented the whole ProShot experience—check out the video on our YouTube channel—and won an Award of Distinction at the SMAs in the Festivals & Events category. GMC ProShot was also the winner for the best partner exhibit at the Calgary Stampede. How awesome is that? 

So what’s next? As I said earlier, we laugh (politely) in the face of challenge, so bring us yours and we’ll make your vision come to life in a spectacular fashion.