Nike turns running data into 100.000 personalized videos in their new campaign dubbed Our Year. See how Nike takes community marketing to the next level.

Nike and creative digital agency AKQA visualized data that is coming in from apps and wearables (Nike+ and Nike Fuelband) in personalized animated videos. The data is also connected to the weather and location of the runners.

Nike+ Our Year: Smart Community Marketing

In 2014 we ran, trained and moved together. Watch our year, directed by our Nike+ data and get ready to outdo you in 2015. A smart way of engaging community members with the running movement.

The videos called Your Year are delivered to the runners via e-mail. Runners can watch them on YouTube and on Nike’s social media channels.

Of course Nike is tapping into POE media and counting on social sharing and earning attention (earned media) with the videos.

Nike and AKQA also created 4 promotional films for its most hardcore runners in Toronto, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles:


My Opinion

Most marketers love to talk about how big-data, wearable technology, and people’s growing interest in quantifying their health are going to revolutionize their brands, products and advertising.

So far, not many brands have given their consumers a reason to believe this hype.

Nike however, is taking integrated marketing and technology to the next level. Under promising but over delivering indeed seems a much smarter approach.

Nike is also showcasing that the relationship consumers have with technology is no longer command and control. It is evolving to become a ‘human relationship’, and slowly technology will know, understand and help people.

With this story, I also want to show how storytelling is changing: Unless brands know how to tell their stories in quick, witty and purposeful ways -that is native to these new platforms– they will be left behind.

But not Nike. It again shows marketers how they too can be a frontrunner.

Last but not least, Nike+ shows us how smart community marketing is delivered in the sharing economy: Who generously shares, cultivates sympathy and loyalty. Welcome to the networked economy, an era of collaborative ecosystems, not egosystems!

Two thumbs and ten toes up for Nike! Same for AKQA, since most traditional agencies would have proposed a series of intrusive, non-personalized TV commercials.

What About You?
How do you rate this Nike approach? I’d love to read your feedback and ideas in the comments.

About the Author
In the spotlights, Igor Beuker is a professional keynote speaker, emcee and publicist full of passion, power, and purpose. Behind the scenes, a serial entrepreneur with 5 exits and 24 angel investments, an award-winning marketing strategist for brands like Amazon, L’Oréal, Nike and Unilever, and a new breed