MKTG partners with Reebok and Sports Direct for Reebok Knockout experience

Reebok, the footwear and apparel company, partnered with MKTG, the experiential agency, to produce a brand experience in collaboration with Sports Direct in London this week, to promote its association with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its UFC Fight Night Collection.

Ahead of the UFC Fight Night event at London’s O2 this weekend, Reebok is inviting aspirational mixed martial arts fighters and fans to test their punching prowess at the punch-bag at the flagship Oxford Street branch of Sports Direct.

As part of the one-off Reebok Knockout experience customers will also have the chance to win one of five VIP packages to the UFC Fight Night London event. As participants attempt to emulate the skills of successful professional fighters, a 180° bullet camera rig will film a GIF for the individual to share on social.

In keeping with the high intensity atmosphere and entertainment of a major UFC event, a line-up of DJs will create the soundtrack in-store, while an MC will be on hand to commentate on the day’s events and encourage supporters and participants in the Reebok knockout challenge.

A pre-event awareness campaign is also running throughout this week, including a campaign featuring UK-based UFC influencers shouting out the experience, while London-based MMA and boxing gyms have been signed up to promote the experience to members through direct comms and an in-gym ad campaign.

Joanna Hodgetts, brand activation manager at Reebok, commented: “We are extremely proud of our Official Reebok UFC Collection and wanted to bring a little bit of the UFC action to the high street. As UFC Fight Night makes its hugely anticipated return to London’s O2 this weekend, we wanted to amplify our partnership with an engaging experience at Sports Direct that gives fans the chance to win a VIP package and grab their official UFC gear at the same time.”

Gary Whelan, business director at MKTG, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Reebok to work with Sports Direct to bring the brand’s association with UFC to life with this knock out retail experience. This activation is part of our continued strategy to bring our learnings from designing and activating big brand experiences to drive footfall into the retail environment, improve the in-store customer journey, and increase customer dwell time for retailers and brands.”

MKTG is responsible for the event concept, development and production, influencer and gym partnerships and competition management.