With the 2014 World Cup around the corner, ESPN were looking for a way of improving brand visibility through an innovative and forward thinking digital campaign that drew users towards their ESPNFC website. They did this by brokering a deal with TFL to provide live scores to travellers on the underground. This was the first time that TFL had licensed space on the departure boards on the underground between tubes. ESPN wanted to be able to digital mimic the side scrolling orange text of the these boards to use across a number of their sites. The key targets here were impressions and penetration.
With ESPN securing the rights to broadcast on this channel with TFL, we brought this idea into a cross platform reality, from the real world onto that of their website. We replicated the departure boards digitally and created a lightweight HTML5 web-app that could be plugged in to ESPN's own live score RSS feed. Clicking on these banners led you to the ESPNFC homepage or to the live match feed. These banners were placed strategically across the web in conjunction with the real world TFL campaign.
In terms of the campaign’s digital presence, we achieved some interesting penetration and interaction figures. With 2,851,520 unique impressions and 504,163 unique users across all ESPN and 3rd Party locations. The banner was optimised to be especially lightweight so it did not disturb the host websites functionality and performance.
ESPN really wanted to demonstrate that their Football department (ESPNFC) ‘goes above and beyond for football fans’ and consolidate themselves as the people’s choice for football news. The key targets here were impressions and penetration
In conjunction with BDA and ESPN, we came up with the simple idea of broadcasting live score casts on the London Underground departure boards.