Orchard Advertising recently created a first-of-its kind digital
recruitment campaign for Decathlon Sports India, a subsidiary of
France based Decathlon Sports International.
The initial brief was to create a recruitment ad. Instead of doing
the obvious thing i.e. recommend a print campaign that would reach
millions of people and invite CVs, Orchard identified two key challenges
and decided to tackle them in an out of the box manner.
The first challenge was that not many people outside Bangalore were
aware of Decathlon, and so the response a print ad would generate
was questionable. Secondly, Decathlon has a strong culture of hiring
sports passionate people. Everyone who works at Decathlon, from
the sales personnel, to the CEO himself, actively plays and promotes
sport. Hence, a print campaign would never allow the recruiters
to sieve out the sports-passionate people from among the respondents.
Orchard then decided to design a digital campaign that would (i)
create awareness about Decathlon in India and (ii) get relevant
enquiries from people who are passionate about sports.
The agency chose social networking website Facebook as a participation
platform, with conversations being mirrored on Twitter and Linkedin.
The target is to hire 100+ sports enthusiasts over the two-month
campaign across departments - stores/IT/logistics/finance/legal
/real estate across the country. The campaign started with an online
teaser that ran for five days, which spoke of job opportunities
for sports lovers. On the sixth day, the recruitment campaign was
revealed through five short films, made specifically for the digital
medium. The films showed various sports enthusiasts who were misfits
in their current jobs, and were probably better off working for
Decathlon where they can find like-minded people who appreciate
their passion for sport.
The films, made by production house Nirvana Films, and released
on YouTube, were posted for fans to see on Facebook. All people
had to do was to like the work for sport page on the
social networking website and click on the Apply Now
tab. This was a special application created on Facebook, which allows
one to see jobs available, job descriptions, requisite qualifications,
and apply. In addition to this, applicants had to create a video
of theirs, expressing their passion for sport and Decathlon
and post a link on the application. Mumbai-based digital agency
WATConsult was hired to develop the application and manage the social
media conversations over the two month of the campaign.
Orchard vice president and branch head Anish Daryani said, The
most exciting part about working with Decathlon is that they already
have a strong Human Purpose the democratisation of sports
in India. It gives us an opportunity to exploit our creative ideas
to tackle some key social issues pertaining to sports in India.
We are in a timeline that calls for a change in human behaviour,
and thats exactly where the proprietary HumanKind® philosophy
of The Leo Group comes into play. I think our ability to understand
the Decathlon brand, and use this to think on new media opportunities,
calls for a beginning of this great partnership. Moreover, in Decathlon,
weve found a client thats willing to try out new things,
junk clichés, and open up to fresh ideas.
Orchard chairman and national creative director Thomas Xavier added,
It is rare to get an opportunity to work on a brand that is
so strongly inclined to bring about a social change. The strong
ethos of the brand gives us an opportunity to push ourselves towards
a larger cause.