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

Nike and creative digital agency AKQA visualized data from apps and wearables (Nike+ and 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 prepare to outdo you in 2015. An intelligent 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, counting on social sharing, and earning attention (earned media) with the videos.

4 Promotional films were created. For the 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 will revolutionize their brands, products, and advertising.

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

The brand, however, is taking integrated marketing and technology to the next level. Underpromising but over-delivering indeed seems a much more innovative approach.

Nike is also showcasing that the relationship consumers have with technology is no longer in 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 intelligent community marketing is delivered in the sharing economy: Who generously shares and cultivates sympathy and loyalty. Welcome to the networked economy, an era of collaborative ecosystems, not egosystems!

Two thumbs and ten toes up. A series of intrusive, non-personalized TV commercials was replaced by this atomic, personalized, engaging video content marketing approach.

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

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In the spotlights, Igor Beuker is a top marketing innovation keynote speaker and futurist known for his foresight on trends and technologies that impact business, economy, and society. Behind the scenes, a serial entrepreneur with 5 exits and an angel investor in 24 social startups. Board member at next-level media firms, changemaker at Rolling Stone Culture Council, Hollywood sci-fi think tank pioneer, award-winning marketing strategist for Amazon, L’Oréal, Nike, and a seer for Fortune 500s, cities, and countries.

In the spotlights, Igor Beuker is a professional public speaker and futurist known for his foresight on trends and technologies that impact business, economy, and society. Behind the scenes, a social entrepreneur with 5 exits and angel investments in 24 social startups, an award-winning marketing strategist for brands like Amazon, L’Oréal, Nike, and Unilever, and a seer for Fortune 500s, organizations, foundations, and governments.