Hitting the target for Decathlon


Our content-rich social and digital campaign for Decathlon attracted over 13,500 new customers, increased website transactions from social media by 509% and grew revenue from social media by 486% in just eight weeks.

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Decathlon is a global sporting goods retailer with stores located throughout the world. They ran a Price Drop promotion and commissioned Pelican to generate online purchases using social media channels to encourage visitors to ‘click-through’ to the website and encourage their journey travel through the conversion funnel.

We recognised that the price drop promotion was a great mechanic for encouraging people to try a new sport, so we developed ‘Drop into a New Sport’ as a creative platform to drive engagement and purchase.

Key to the success of the campaign was creating a stream of high-quality content that would highlight the ‘Drop into a New Sport’ platform in order to attract attention and drive engagement. We produced four pieces of content which were disseminated during the eight week campaign of posts and tweets on Decathlon’s UK Facebook, Twitter and Vine presences.

The first piece of content was an infographic based on a survey of 1,000 respondents about attitudes to hobbies and the sports they’d like to try.

This led to the creation of 10 high quality studio shots depicting sports equipment in out-of-context settings to encourage those already participating in sport to try something new. Photos included a horse rider in snorkelling gear, a rugby player on roller skates and a ballerina in boxing gloves. A series of similar stop-motion videos reinforced the message and demonstrated the wide variety of products available in the Price Drop and in store.

Finally, we created a Facebook game which encouraged sharing by offering a leader board and prize mechanic to encourage competition.


The result

During the campaign, total sales revenue from the Decathlon website was over £1.9 million: an increase of 104% over the same eight week period 12 months previously.

The social media campaign generated a significant rise in web traffic from social media, driving conversion to sale. The increase in transactions and revenue demonstrates that the type of visitors finding the website from social media content during the promotion, were more likely to purchase products from the website than before the promotion.

Compared with the same Price Drop period the year before, the social media campaign generated over 13,500 new users to the Decathlon website.

Don’t just take our word for it…

The video content created by Pelican proved particularly popular. Posts referring to videos generated an 8.9% engagement rate and a 10.02% click through rate. Specifically engaging were the gymnast video – generating 12.5% engagement and 14.5% click throughs – and the skating video – generating 11.8% engagement and 13.6% click throughs.

Pelican Communications is a specialist in the environment & CSRfoodpackaging & logistics and trade association sectors and offers a range of services such as strategy, design,  content creation,  public relations and people development.

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