New ESPN App Creative Debuts Featuring Vocals from Rising Artist Chika

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During the 2020 American Music Awards on ABC, ESPN introduced “One App, One Tap,” a new marketing campaign dedicated to the No. 1 sports app in the country. In her first-ever ad collaboration, rising artist Chika delivers the vocals that reflect a bold show-of-force display of everything the ESPN App has to offer. The creative reflects the swagger and tone of a champion sports app, brought to you by the undefeated leader in digital sports. ESPN worked with agency BSSP on the creative.

“Being the No. 1 sports app in the country, with more than triple the number of monthly users than the next closest competitor and more time spent than the next two combined this year, hasn’t stopped us from constantly innovating to better meet the needs of fans,” said Seth Ader, VP of Brand Marketing, ESPN. “The ESPN App is the gateway to everything we have to offer, including ESPN+, and has a fresh new look. In this new campaign, recording star Chika infuses energy and swagger and delivers our story in parallel with the endless array of content found in the app. We have never been more confident in our ability to serve sports fans digitally. We know our fans will agree.”

“The ESPN app is the No. 1 sports app in the world, so we wanted to reintroduce our app to the masses and let fans everywhere rediscover just how deep it will take you into the world of sports,” said Sinan Dagli, Group Creative Director at BSSP. “We love the energy of the piece – it’s a jolt of adrenaline for the brand, and captures the excitement and spontaneity we’re all chasing after.”

The creative reinforces the app as an essential platform and the only place for fans to access the best storytelling in sports across all content forms – streaming, audio, social, and written. Moving quickly through numerous shout-outs, cameos and highlights of star athletes, coaches and ESPN personalities with eye-catching animation treatments, the spot captures the full breadth and depth of ESPN content delivered through a sleek, modern interface with direct-to-consumer capability, personalization features and more.

“One App, One Tap” launches amid a strong year of growth and leadership towards ESPN’s digital future – one that is anchored by a high-performance and must-have app for sports fans. According to comScore, thus far in 2020 (through October), the ESPN App leads over its next closest competing app in average unique visitors and minutes per month by 244 percent and 98 percent, respectively. Overall, ESPN Digital continues to extend its leadership as the No. 1 digital sports property, despite the disruption to the sports calendar. In fact, ESPN has remained at No. 1 in unique visitors for 32 straight months, peaking in January with a category record 117.4 million uniques (up 16 percent YOY) and the largest category share (58 percent).

September also marked ESPN’s best streaming month ever. According to Adobe Analytics, total unique devices and time spent viewing were both up 15 percent year-over-year. Growth was driven by both ESPN+, ESPN’s fastest-growing video product with subscribers tripling in the past year alone to 10.3 million, and authenticated pay TV unique devices, which are at a record high and were up 26 percent in September.

Credits:

ESPN

Laura Gentile: Senior Vice President, Marketing

Seth Ader: Vice President, Brand Marketing

Peter Mulally: Director, Brand Marketing

Stacey Pressman: Director, Talent Production

Kevin Wilson: Music Director

John Lobo: Manager, Brand Marketing

Spencer Shaev: Brand Marketing Coordinator

Jonathan Little: Associate Producer II

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Director: Diego Berakha

Executive Producer: Nick Litwinko

Post Producer: Toby Rubin-Sowers

Editor: Joe Bosch

Illustration: Nahuel Rollan, Juan Barabani

Animation: Ben Nichols, Cyril Izarn, Federica Intelisano, Lucia Vidal, Ofir Shoham

Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners

Sinan Dagli: Group Creative Director

Kelly Bernard: Art Director

Rodd Naimi: Copywriter

Jake Bayham: Strategy Director

Fearghal O’Dea: Executive Producer

Tony Bossard: Account Supervisor

Patrick Kiss: President