NIKE 'AWAKEN THE PHANTOM'
|Category||D01. Sports: Film, Series & Audio|
|Title||NIKE 'AWAKEN THE PHANTOM'|
|Product/Service||NIKE PHANTOMVSN FOOTBALL BOOT|
|Entrant||WIEDEN+KENNEDY AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS|
|Idea Creation||WIEDEN+KENNEDY AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS|
|Production||BLACK LABEL PRODUCTIONS London, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Production 2||THE QUARRY London, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Production 3||GRAND CENTRAL RECORDING STUDIOS London, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Production 4||MASSIVEMUSIC Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS|
|Production 5||THE MILL London, UNITED KINGDOM|
|Eric Quennoy, Mark Bernath||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Executive Creative Director|
|Craig Williams, Evgeny Primachenko||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Creative Directors|
|Riccardo Rachello||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Art Director|
|Jake Barnes||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Copywriter|
|Joe Togneri||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Head of Broadcast Production|
|Elissa Singstock||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Broadcast Producer|
|Sanne Van Hattum (Freelance)||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Assistant Producer|
|Stephane Missier||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Planning Director|
|Hillary Heath||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Communications Planning Director|
|Kathryn Addo, Alyssa Ramsey||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Group Account Director|
|Amber Martin||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Account Director|
|Fulvio Itagiba||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Account Manager|
|Joe Burrin||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Head of Design|
|Lizzie Murray||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Studio Director|
|Gustav von Platen||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Designer|
|Loes Poot, Saskia Van Zwieten||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Project Manager|
|Emilie Douqué, Belen Jerez||Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam||Business Affairs|
|Matthew Vaughn||Black Label Productions||Director|
|George Richmond||Black Label Productions||Director of Photography|
|Tim Wild||Black Label Productions||Producer|
|Dom Freeman||Black Label Productions||Executive Producer|
|Paul Watts||The Quarry||Editor|
|Patrick Walsh||The Quarry||Editor Assistant|
|Patrick Walsh||The Quarry||Editor Assistant|
|Tor Adams||The Quarry||Producer|
|Raja Sehgal||Grand Central Studios||Sound Designer/Mixer|
|Adam Droy||The Mill||3D Lead Artist|
Why is this work relevant for Entertainment?Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, Kick-Ass, Layer Cake), this 2 ½ minute cinematic epic, was produced to entertain a wide variety of audiences. It features fun and surprising appearances from famous footballers Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Mal Pugh, as well as football icons Ronaldinho, Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo. Nigerian rap star WizKid and his posse Legendury Beatz, and Tiwa Savage also make a cameo.
BackgroundIn the wake of the 2018 World Cup, Nike Football set out to launch a new boot: the PhantomVSN. As young footballers around the world prepared for their upcoming season, we wanted to make this boot the must-have for the pitch, using Nike’s stable of amazing athletes, influencers and footballing talent to spread the message of this new boot and its benefits. And make Phantom the top selling premium football boot of the season.
Describe the creative ideaWe unleashed upon the world a mysterious character called THE PHANTOM - a demonic football freak capable of wreaking havoc on all those who cross its path. The film itself spread dark and mysterious rumours among footballers everywhere, leaving everyone wondering WHO or WHAT the PHANTOM was…
Describe the strategyOur target audience (12-18 year old football fanatics) want to be the type of player that can do it all. Create havoc in midfield. Nutmeg the opposition. Run with the ball glued to their boot or square defenders up before striking an incredible goal. The fanatics want to be deceptive by nature and extremely precise - so they can become unpredictable to the opposition & a constant threat. The positioning of the PhantomVSN boot plays directly into the idea of unpredictability and threat - two key motivators for our target audience. And the execution dramatized and elevated those messages within the film via the menacing character of the Phantom.
Describe the execution24-hours before our film went public, we used top footballers’ Instagram Stories to “leak” the film to their millions of followers via a "secret" Whatsapp Phantom number - that shared the the un-released film. The film was then officially released on Nike’s YouTube channel and paid media kicked in to support the campaign. All the athletes and influencers within the film also shared teasers and swipe ups that pushed our target audience to view the main film. Each social asset was customized for where an athlete posted it - we created cinematic in-feed trailers for IG/FB feeds and full-screen vertical content shot on mobile for IG Stories.
Describe the outcomeThe film drove 200M views globally, and delivered the highest completion rate of a long-form film in paid media on YouTube (in North America) - indicating the power of the mysterious story of the Phantom. It also drove positive uplifts in all metrics globally (brand awareness, favourability, and consideration) in a YouTube brand lift study.
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