How Flipboard and Fitbit Teamed up to Create a New Health and Fitness Community on Flipboard

We recently finished a campaign with Fitbit, in which Flipboard and Fitbit users were invited to join the Flip. Heart. Go. community, a place to get inspired and inspire others to move more, eat well, and even sleep better. For a little extra motivation, members were encouraged to share or like stories for a chance to win a Fitbit Versa watch and an all-expenses paid trip to San Francisco to train with a Fitbit Local Ambassador.

In this blog post, we share the details of how this partnership came about, what drove success, and key takeaways for brands.

Fitbit was the right fit.

From the starting line, we knew that both Flipboard and Fitbit were on a mission to help people invest in themselves and live their best lives.

Flipboard readers are hungry for #Health, #Fitness, and #Happiness content. 59% of Flipboard readers in the U.S. exercise frequently and 43% are interested in Health & Fitness. Additionally, over 16% of Flipboard readers use health and fitness related apps (according to the Global Web Index 2018).

With Fitbit’s blog, active community, and launch of their new Fitbit Versa watch, we knew we could cook up something special together. We came up with Flip. Heart. Go. — a place to find and share inspiring stories, read fitness tips and tricks, and connect with wellness enthusiasts. The destination was easily accessible both on the web and in-app.

There’s no “I” in “team.”

To make the campaign a success, we wanted to ensure both Fitbit’s and Flipboard’s goals were met. Fitbit was looking to raise awareness for their new Fitbit Versa watch amongst an engaged audience. Flipboard wanted to increase brand awareness and boost community engagement.

A full-court press.

We created an integrated campaign to drive traffic to the community group — inclusive of emails, blog posts, social media, promotional banners, notifications, and house ads.

When users entered the destination, they were invited to join the group. Shortly thereafter, they received an educational email letting them know how to share stories, interact with the group, and automatically be entered to win in the sweepstakes. This email not only helped boost engagement in the group, but it also taught new Flipboard users how to curate in the app.

It was a win-win.

Overall, the campaign served over 33MM targeted impressions, effectively reaching fitness enthusiasts on-and-off platform and driving 416K views to the community group.

During the course of 5 weeks, more than 2.5K stories and articles were shared to the group, producing almost 24K engagements (likes, comments, re-shares). Members often reflected on their personal fitness journey and provided words of encouragement to others.

Beyond the numbers.

Each week, 3 lucky participants were randomly selected to win a Fitbit Versa watch. While the sweepstakes helped motivate members to engage with the group, the real value was the content in the group itself. Below are some quotes from the weekly winners:

Fitbit and Flipboard also surprised the grand prize winner, Jenia, on a video call. Watch her reaction as she learns about her upcoming trip to San Francisco to train with Fitbit.

Key takeaways.

The success of this co-promotion was deeply rooted in brand synergy and audience alignment, as Flipboard and Fitbit both attract an audience passionate about #mindfulness and #self-improvement.

The creation of a supportive, inspiring community helped create meaningful user engagement and generate excitement around an enticing grand prize. With the help of various media channels, we were able to scale the campaign and achieve the goals of both Fitbit and Flipboard.

A huge thank you to James Kuo and Nick Rezendes from Fitbit for helping bring this co-promotion to life.

The community remains open on Flipboard (now as Better Self Community Group), so members can continue sharing stories that inspire themselves and others to live healthier.

- Shannon L. is curating “Yin-Yang Yoga” on Flipboard.

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