Strong Viking, increasing ticket sales by 232%.

Strong Viking Obstacle Run wanted to create more awareness among a broader audience in the Netherlands, Belgium & Germany, since they offer obstacle run parcours suitable for every level.

This multi-channel online strategy was aimed to challenge anyone who set their (workout) goals for the new year. Strong Viking overwon all obstacles by increasing their ticket sales by +232%.

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The main goal was to be visible among people (18-35) who are actively working out, specifically in January. What better way to stay motivated than to train for a specific challenge: a Strong Viking obstacle run event in 2023?

Nominated by the European Search Award
for the Best Integrated Campaign.

This online strategy was innovative, mainly due to its multi-channel approach that was aimed to creatively reach the target audience at every possible moment before, during or after their workouts.

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What was the

To reach the right audience the following branding campaigns were implemented: (1) Videoland: people who watch tv-shows such as Expeditie Robinson with video ads, (2) Spotify: people who listen to workout playlists with audio ads, (3) YouTube: people who watch workout tutorials with video ads, (4) Azerion: hyperlocal targeting of people who visit gyms with banner ads, (5) Facebook & Instagram: people that show an interest in running & fitness.

All these campaigns were strategically planned to increase the number of high intent audiences in the performance campaigns: (1) Facebook & Instagram: people who interacted with Strong Viking, (2) Search: people who search for Strong Viking or ‘obstacle run’ related queries with text ads, (3) Performance Max: people who are most likely to convert based on conversion data.

What did we

This strategy and all its branding efforts contributed to the growth in volume and revenue of the performance campaigns on Facebook & Instagram, Google Search & Performance Max.

And as planned these resulted in a large increase in brand searches (+174%) on Google and a tremendous growth of our remarketing lists (+267% reach) on Meta. 

This meant we were able to increase budgets of the performance campaigns. This meant we were able to generate a much higher volume while also improving the performance of the campaigns in terms of efficiency (+27% ROAS). 

Overall the campaign was extremely successful with a total growth in ticket sales MoM (+232%) and YoY (+13%). We were extremely proud to achieve these goals and overcame the obstacles together with Strong Viking!

Key results

In 2023 there are in total 18 Strong Viking obstacle run events in 3 different countries (NL, BE & DE).

18 events

This campaign integrated a mix of seven online advertising channels with each having unique targeting options.


This was the total ROAS of all paid online advertising channels combined (incl. branding campaigns).

ROAS 7,33

This was the MoM increase in ticket sales, generated online through the campaigns.


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