In the last few months, Instagram has exploded with engaging home fitness workouts created by Instagram fitness influencers. Workout videos, especially on Instagram Live, has become an ideal way for fitness influencers to keep their audience engaged while practising social distancing.
As health becomes the top priority on consumers’ minds, fitness influencers have been gaining massive followings during the pandemic. Hence, now’s the golden opportunity for brands to work with fitness influencers and increase brand awareness to potential customers.
In the previous article, we discovered the Top Trending Fitness Micro-influencers in Southeast Asia, but in what ways brands can collaborate with them to make the best of their potential? Below are great examples of how brands have leveraged their influencer campaign with fitness micro-influencers.
Last May in the Philippines, Nike launched a Community Workout series, partnering with Filippino fitness micro-influencers @tanyamariaaguila and @monicaracestheworld to stream workout sessions on Instagram Live.
The livestreaming series was a part of their #playfortheworld campaign which encourages their customers to stay healthy and active during the stay-home period. The idea was well-received on social media, and the post featuring Nike’s workout session made Tanya and Monica the influencers with the highest engagement rate in the Philippines in May 2020!
@Bioresg is another brand that executed a brilliant influencer marketing campaign by hosting workout sessions. They partnered with fitness macro-influencer, @roxannegan_, to provide their audience with regular home workouts. In the post featuring @Bioresg, Roxanne emphasized the importance of using sunscreen Biore UV Athlizm to protect our skin against UV rays, even when she is practicing indoors.
With video content being the spotlight on social media, producing engaging videos is the key to attract Millenials and Gen Z consumers.
You may know #movemoreathome, a campaign that has gone viral recently launched by @rexonathailand. With the aim of inspiring people to get up on their feet during self-quarantine, Rexona collaborated with a number of Thai influencers, including celebrities, fitness micro-influencers and even dancers. Influencers were made to share videos of them exercising or dancing to dynamic background music. By partnering with Tiktok influencers too, the campaign quickly became a hit and received high engagement rates, especially among younger audiences.
But, fitness workouts are not the only way to have fun with video content. Recently, Thai fitness influencers @thisisbebe, who is a famous pilates performer, amazed her followers with a video featuring @slimmadrink. Instead of showcasing her graceful pilates moves as usual, the opening of her video was made up of energetic dance movies which was totally unexpected. This dancing part came as a surprise for her followers, rewarding her with a whopping 170k views!
Another example of how we can be creative with video content is from student-athlete @kerstinong. In her video post promoting @underarmoursg, she challenged herself with single-leg hops over up to 7 shoeboxes. The video quickly gained popularity and became one of the most-viewed videos on her Instagram feed.
Have you heard about “virtual race”, the latest running trend in the world?
Virtual Race is a race in which participants will run alone and connect their phones to a GPS-tracking app to measure results. Joining the virtual race, runners can avoid social gatherings, which is important to keep them safe from coronavirus, but still feel as if they’re a part of the crowd!
Last July, as the annual Pocari Sweat Run was canceled due to coronavirus, Pocari Sweat Indonesia decided to launch the first virtual race in Indonesia, namely Pocari Sweat Run Virtual 2020. The event is scheduled to take place on August 16 at 06:00 - 08:00, Jakarta Time. To spread the word, @pocarisportid partnered with reputed fitness influencer @melanieputria. With such an innovative virtual event, the influencer campaign immediately generated great attention on social media as well as the running community in Indonesia.
Asics Global Running Day Virtual Run is another virtual race that is worth your attention. Unlike the Pocari Sweat Run, this race aims to encourage women to run more but also to raise funds for Breast Cancer Foundations in the region, and the National Cancer Society of Malaysia. Holding a race with a good cause is a great way for brands to contribute to society in times of need and showcase what your brand stands for and your values to consumers.
Nike’s video commercial is a perfect example of how brands can connect with their customers by sharing inspirational stories. Unlike most videos nowadays which are created only for amusing purposes, Nike’s videos are rooted in personal yet inspiring stories about the athlete’s journey to attaining success.
In 2019, Nike successfully spotlighted tennis legend, Rafael Nadal, in their commercial ad named Rally. The video is a combination of different rallies where Nadal never fails to put in relentless effort to earn each of his points in different matches. And the message at the end of the video is still stuck in viewers’ minds: “Crazy dreams take crazy effort.”
Beginning is another 60-second commercial ad from Nike that inspires the audience by featuring professional basketball player, LeBron James’ journey to become one of the greatest players in NBA history. The video showcases how he had emerged from poverty in a small and humble city in Akron. At the end of it, James expresses his hope that children in the world will not have to start with a “humble beginning” like he did.
Telling stories that inspire is the recipe to an engaging marketing campaign. While not every brand will be able to reach out to legendary sports players, brands can always partner with local athletes and trending fitness influencers in the community to spread the story about determination and motivate consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle!
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