On Sunday night billions of people around the world watched the Olympic Closing Ceremony, a sporting competition that continuously delights, entertains and brings the world together.
International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach summed up the Rio Olympics perfectly when he said, “These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city. Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.”
In the UK, reflecting on the past few weeks of sporting gold, team GB brought in the highest medal tally at an overseas Olympics – 27 gold medals and a massive 67 medals in total.
Since the London 2012 Olympics, there has been a vast change in communications around the Olympics. More people are now able to catch the coverage as live streaming options have become more advanced, allowing people to tune into special moments across a range of devices when they’re on-the-go.
As for out-of-home, new technology has transformed OOH into an increasingly dynamic, adaptive, innovative and interactive medium that has allowed advertisers to deliver dynamic real-time advertising messages at the same time the audiences are cheering a win. Truly relevant, in the moment messages.
Stand out OOH campaigns for us this year include real-time medal tally posting and up-to-date highlights. Some of the top OOH Olympic Campaigns this year were:
Camelot’s “I am Team GB” Campaign
This campaign, planned and bought by Posterscope, cleverly kept people in the know when out-of-home about the latest Olympics medal count.
The National Lottery is the largest funder of Great Britain’s athletes, supporting over 1,300 athletes across 40 Olympic and Paralympic sports. Therefore the “I am Team GB” integrated campaign celebrates the role the nation plays in Team GB’s success through the support they give elite athletes by playing The National Lottery.
The Dynamic campaign ran during the AM Commuter slot each day to keep commuters informed with the latest medal wins of the previous day and night during the Olympics and will continue during the Paralympics.
Notable and unexpected medal winners were ‘hero-ed’ each day and during days with no new medal wins – the copy referenced Team GB’s overall medal tally.
Camelot was the most talked about British sponsor on Twitter as a result of the overall campaign activity.
The Olympics Played Out Across DOOH Screens for the First Time
As an official Olympics Media Provider, Ocean launched its Rio 2016 sports coverage across full motion city and roadside out-of-home screens, with highlights of inspirational performances featuring Team GB competitors.
In partnership with Team GB, Ocean scheduled the playout of full motion broadcast coverage of the Games in six minute slots that lasted for 11 hours every day. The short films were also supported by content from Team GB’s Instagram feed.
The sixteen days of coverage featured across 98 screens in seven UK cities. Film vignettes were supported by content from Olympics sponsors including Omega, DFS and Strongbow.
Accompanying exclusive media content was supplied by Getty images, allowing the nation to celebrate immediately and together during each “Medal Moment”.
(Image credit: Ocean Outdoor)
MKTG work with Team GB sponsors Fitness First
Fan zones were erected around London with big screens which streamed live Olympics coverage. As part of MKTG’s sponsorship plan for Fitness First the Fan Zones supported gym sponsorship and Team GB classes. Fitness first, an official Team GB sponsor, provided an actionable chance for people to use a Fitness First gym for free for three days, while they were being inspired by the Olympic action on screen.
Strongbow the official Cider brand of Team GB
As the official cider sponsors of the Rio Olympics, Strongbow kicked off a six week campaign, ‘Let’s Own It’ on 14 July with a 30-second TV spot that highlighted ‘the tension, excitement and elation of cheering on Team GB’.
As people spend 70% of their time OOH (Target Group Index, 2015), it was a natural fit to include out-of-home advertising in the media plan that ignited the emotions of supporters, featuring the most captivating elements of the games; unity, tension and the thrill of being lost in the moment.
Samsung: using data to connect with Olympic Fans
Using Olympic themed creative, Samsung invested in high impact and high frequency driving formats in locations with product audience rich environments which were the highest indexing against their core audience.
During the morning commute when the OOH advertising was aired, placement was focused in areas where TV viewing was lightest against Samsung’s audience, to ensure minimum wastage and maximum visibility for the Olympic themed creative.
JCDecaux dedicate a network of screens for a public channel
In the wake of a recent editorial partnership between JCDecaux and The Press Association during the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, where people were updated on the latest news and live scores on DOOH screens, JCDecaux and the PA partnered again during the Olympics to bring the latest headlines and medal tables from Rio.
The news and updates, curated by the team at PA, included the biggest stories from Rio each day, athletes’ & teams stats and rankings, and daily medal tallies. The content was broadcast to the public via JCDecaux’s dedicated channel on a network of D6 screens.
(photo credit JCDecaux)
And some overseas campaigns:
Although not an official Olympic sponsor, Dove sparked conversation in the US around the portrayal of female athletes with their #MyBeautyMySay campaign. Their OOH ads broadcast sexist comments made by media outlets about female athletes. In the creative execution, initially the comments appear on images of women playing sports, but gradually the athletes in the billboard disappear to emphasise that these women haven’t been seen in their own right as athletes.
Live Stream of Team NL
The Netherlands also had a live stream of their Team NL achievements. Ngage Media streamed Olympic achievements on Train Station DOOH. Meanwhile JCDecaux displayed live medal tallies in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht city centres.