Yesterday, Columbia Sportswear rolled out its new campaign developed by the Portland creative agency North. As promised the ads include Gert Boyle, Chairman, and the tag line “Tested Tough” in the Pacific Northwest.
According to The Oregonian the $50 million campaign (biggest in company history) will be rolled out in 63 markets across Europe, Asia, South America and North America.
Columbia executives hope the ads resonate more with consumers compared with what’s been offered the past decade, Columbia chief marketing officer Stuart Redsun said in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive.
“The majority of them over the last six or seven years were about specific products or technology that had little to do with the emotional side of the Columbia brand,” said Redsun, a one-time Nike and Under Armour marketing employee who has a University of Oregon journalism degree. “We will still talk about features and tech but they all will be under the lens of this brand umbrella which we called ‘Tested Tough.'”
To assist the brand, relate and resonate with its consumers, Columbia has also hired two Directors of Toughness. After a month long search and reviewing over 3,000 applicants the company selected two individuals to travel the world and test gear for six months. All of which will be captured and shared on Columbia’s blog. Meet Zach and Lauren:
This campaign has the opportunity to show consumers what the brand is about and give them something they can identify. Gert (91) will likely resonate most with Baby Boomers to Generation X and The Directors of Toughness (25 and 22) will likely connect with Generation Y-Z.
I look forward to following Zach and Lauren on their journey around the globe as well as monitoring the success of the campaign.