ADIDAS Z.N.E.

TitleADIDAS Z.N.E.
BrandADIDAS CHINA
Product / ServiceADIDAS ATHLETICS Z.N.E
CategoryE06. Co-Creation & User Generated Content
EntrantTBWA\SHANGHAI, CHINA
Idea Creation TBWA\SHANGHAI, CHINA
Media Placement TBWA\SHANGHAI, CHINA
Production BUCK Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Credits

Name Company Position
Ronnie Wu TBWA\China Chief Creative Officer
Mo Chen TBWA\Shanghai Group Creative Director
Han Gao TBWA\Shanghai Group Creative Director
Minzzy Ooi TBWA\Shanghai Creative Group Head
Andre Almeida TBWA\Shanghai Associate Creative Director
Alvin Lim TBWA\Shanghai Art Director
Weiwei Jiang TBWA\Shanghai Designer
Christine Chen TBWA\Shanghai Head of Production
Vivian Feng TBWA\Shanghai Head of Production
Alice Wu TBWA\Shanghai TV Producer
Crystal Han TBWA\Shanghai Assistant Producer
Muriel Lechaczynski TBWA\Shanghai Managing Director
Claire Pouly TBWA\Shanghai Senior Account Director
Fung Wee Chew TBWA\Shanghai Senior Account Director
Stella Chen TBWA\Shanghai Senior Account Manager
Safiro Sun TBWA\Shanghai Senior Account Executive
Ting Liu TBWA\China Head of Planning
Kristin Tan TBWA\Shanghai Associate Planning Director
Justine Hsu TBWA\Shanghai Planner

Background

Z.N.E. is an off-court hoodie built for elite athletes to get in the zone with a “Born Ready” attitude. But in China, where the development of sport is still in relative infancy, the elite “Born Ready” attitude would be too hardcore and professional to be relevant to the wider audience that had the purchasing power and volume we needed to grow the business. The standout product feature of the Z.N.E. hoodie—a fast release zipper that can be ripped opened with one hand—was not highlighted in the global campaign. Knowing the hunger for novelty Chinese consumers have, we needed to reinvent the global campaign to connect with our beginner athletes for a successful launch. 1) AWARENESS: create excitement and increase the desirability of the Z.N.E. hoodie fast release 2) BUSINESS: Achieve a 20% increase in sales with Z.N.E. compared to the same period last year across key sales channels.

Describe the creative idea

The essence of Z.N.E. is the “Born Ready” spirit–we needed to connect this to our stylish athlete. Without a natural appetite towards sports, we needed to compel them stylish athletes to identify with the Z.N.E. and inspire action. A single-minded focus on the unique product feature of the fast release zip to make the product stand out in consumer minds. The idea: RIP, UNLEASH. When you RIP open a Z.N.E., you UNLEASH what you were born ready for. A manifestation of ultra-readiness in any situation. Building in an attitude, product demo, and call to action all in a single-minded message.

Describe the strategy

In China, sport is still in infancy, with just over half of our target exercising at least once a month. This meant that our target was not the elite, but the stylish athlete—to them, sport is a trend, not a focused pursuit, a social currency to standout, and style is valued over form. As savvy ad-avoiders, they seek authentic experiences to express their passion for sports lifestyle. We needed to curate an environment that empowering our KOLs to influence and shape authentic, not commercialized UGCs. Borrowing from the culture zeitgeist, we identified core passion points for Chinese consumers—sport, fashion, gaming, lifestyle—that connected the essence of Z.N.E. through RIP, UNLEASH., and where they could express their “born ready” spirit. We sought out innovative new media partnerships with TikTok, the it-platform of the year, focusing on creating synergy to product feature to gain exposure and spark organic experiences, eventually driving to commerce.

Describe the execution

To launch into the sportosphere, we featured 4 celebrity athletes. In animation style, RIP, UNLEASH. was visualised, demonstrated by the athletes’ unique attributes, creating talk-ability and increased relevance among sport fans. We turned RIP, UNLEASH. into a social challenge, kicked off with 20+ KOLs in different passion points to connect with stylish athletes. From celebrity athletes to actors to street style stars, we selected influencers that maximised the engagement within each passion. A seamless digital journey with Alibaba sustained the campaign driving conversion with keyword buy. This was sustained throughout the campaign period with programmatic Youku pre-roll, WeChat video ads and OTT ads to drive targeted awareness among the relevant passion points. Programmatic digital media buys targeted our elite and stylish athletes, generating high interest and driving a surge in clicks. On PR, 360º GQ exposure and 200+ mass medias featured our athletes and passion points for increased relevance.

List the results

1)REACH: On digital, we exceeded estimated impressions and clicks at 1783% and 41808% respectively. TikTok was a core driver, generating an astounding 13.3% CTR from the social ads, versus benchmarked 0.5%. On PR, 941.7m impressions and 7.93m media value, exceeding campaign benchmark targets by 188% and 158% respectively. 2)ENGAGEMENT: The TikTok challenge generated over 2 billion views, 46.8Mil engagement & 295k UGC that was organically reshared on Weibo generating a further 76.9m views and 119k engagement, awareness levels of a brand campaign, despite no TVC and a tenth of the media investment. 3)SALES: The social challenge and impactful creative and programmatic grow e-commerce sales value up to 71%. In-store activation attracted an average daily traffic of 63.8k that converted to an incremental 21.5% sales. Consumer demand for Z.N.E., drove purchase in-store and online, contributing to an overall net sales value growth of 52% versus the previous year.

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