New Balance Launches Ad Campaign With Local Runners
The national campaign features the November Project, a local, grassroots fitness 'tribe'.
Unless you haven’t been off the couch in a year, you’ve heard of the November Project. Two northeastern grads. Free fitness. Three early mornings a week. Stadiums, hills, runs; public, free, and social.¬†Think: sweaty hugs. And this is not all bros and frat boys. The age range is anywhere from 18 to 80 (even plus or minus a few years in some cases), and some days it’s hundreds of people. Yes, hundreds.
It’s remarkable what they’ve done. We aren’t the only ones giving the November Project attention. They gained¬†national¬†attention with a June 2013 feature in Outside¬†magazine¬†that talks about the tribe and the reason why New Balance chose them:
For the past 19 months, a growing cadre of fitness buffs, including former 800-meter runner Nicole Teter-Downin and Bruin Andrew Ference, have been gathering at outdoor spots around Boston. On Mondays, they do push-ups and sit-ups in public parks; on Wednesdays, they sprint up the Harvard Stadium stairs; on Fridays, they run the city‚Äôs hills. Hundreds of people turn out, rain, snow, or shine, some of them in spray-painted clothes.
‚ÄúWith the state of the economy and our reliance on technology, millennials‚Äô desire for community is heightened these days,‚ÄĚ says Claire Wood, senior product manager at New Balance. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre desperate for it. The November Project provides fitness and helps erase loneliness simultaneously.‚ÄĚ Besides, she notes, ‚Äúthese are potential lifelong New Balance customers.‚ÄĚ
The campaign is dubbed ‚ÄúRunnovation‚ÄĚ and the ads featuring the¬†November Project¬†will focus on how running has evolved from a¬†solitary¬†sport to something much more¬†social, and what¬†New Balance says is its commitment to the sport of running from the streets to the science lab.¬†‚ÄúThis campaign is built on the strong foundation that we, as a brand, have in driving and supporting innovation in the sport of running,‚ÄĚ says Hilary Keates, New Balance director of global marketing and brand management in the press release. ‚ÄúRunning is constantly evolving and ‚ÄėRunnovation‚Äô seeks to document these moments and inspire people to think about the sport in exciting new ways.‚ÄĚ
The national ads featuring the November Project will be in¬†Men‚Äôs Journal, Outside, Running Times, Women‚Äôs Running, Competitor, New England Runner magazine,¬†Men‚Äôs Health, and¬†Women‚Äôs Health.¬†Where’s Hub Health?
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/07/09/new-balance-launches-ad-campaign-with-local-runners/