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09 . 01 . 17

Making a splash – how print is powering Speedo’s new swim strategy

Words by: Print Power
From the everyday swimmer to the pro athlete, and from the gym to the pool, Speedo is communicating its new message through print.

Speedo decided to revamp its current swimwear image from everyday swimwear brand to that of  expert swimwear. It also wanted to demonstrate the effectiveness of swimming as a fitness regime, converting people from the gym into the pool.

Therefore it chose to use a multi-channel campaign to distribute the message.

The Case Study

Speedo utilised the most relevant magazine titles such as Men’s Health and Women’s Health and Runner’s World, aiming to empower their audiences to ‘Get Speedo Fit’.

The three month programme campaign chose four participants: a rugby player, two novice swimmers and a competitive swimmer to assess how swimming improved their fitness, muscle tone and fat content.

This content engaged readers and brought the audience up close and personal with the participants’ journey. The campaign included print advertorials, online articles, videos, newsletters, social media and influencers outreach.


The campaign delivered against its key objectives, with post-campaign analysis showing excellent recall levels, indicating the content was very memorable particularly in print.

The analysis showed 46% of Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World audience found the Speedo Get Fit Challenge of interest. The campaign generated extremely high levels of call-to-action, with over 55% of print recalls and 85% of hub visitors taking action.

As a result of the campaign there has been a directional uplift in brand loyalty for Speedo, particularly among Women’s Health and Runner’s World audience.






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