New Balance is one of the world’s top athletic brands. They aim to aid athletes in their pursuits, whether that means helping professional athletes set records and win medals, or propelling everyday athletes to live a more healthy and active lifestyle.
In January 2023, New Balance worked with Mediahub London to get people out of the January blues, by moving and unlocking rewards at the same time, using Strava’s Sponsored Challenges as the centrepiece of the project. The campaign was a huge success, and was named Best International Campaign in Adweek's Media Plan of the Year.
Designed to help folks get motivation to go outside, Runlock offered money-can’t-buy rewards, including a trip of a lifetime to the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon.
The challenge performed very well, with around 250,000 participants in 180 countries taking part, significant brand lift in many markets, and 83,500 reward clicks, meaning targeted website clicks – all from engaged active people.
To maximise impact, the brand weaved in OOH, digital, social and display, featuring eye-catching creative to emphasise unlocking value through movement.
Runlock isn’t New Balance’s first inventive use of Sponsored Challenges. In fact, some of our most eye catching campaigns have been with the footwear brand, including the Breakfaster challenge – where runners could exchange KMs run for breakfast at The Runstaurant popup, as well as product discounts on New Balance’s website.
As they allow brands to engage audiences in unprecedented ways, together with using real life data to power their other channels, Sponsored Challenges are also increasingly playing a role in award-winning campaigns.
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