As the London 2012 Olympic Games draw to a close, we wanted to thank you for supporting the Team Visa athletes. Over the next few days, we will continue to reflect on additional memories from London.
Your cheers helped Team Visa’s athletes keep their drive and determination alive during their training and competition at London 2012. But don’t take our word for it–hear directly from the athletes themselves what your cheers meant to them!
Thank you from Michael Phelps, winner of 6 medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games:
And more personal “thank yous” to fans for the cheers from more Team Visa athletes:
As a sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games and a company that has been involved with the Olympic movement for over 26 years, Visa is a passionate supporter of the athletes that compete. To show out support of Team Visa, we have produced videos that introduced you to athletes like Chinese tennis player Li Na and even videos of athletes thanking you for your amazing cheers!
But during the Olympics, some of our most popular videos have been those Visa created in real time to congratulate the athletes for their successes at the Olympic Games. When Canadian diver Emilie Heymans competed and medaled in her first Olympics, we produced a video entitled “Congratulations Emilie” that ran on Canadian television within a matter of hours. This was followed up by similar ads for medalists Michael Phelps and Mark Oldershaw, among others.
We sat down with Kevin Burke, CMO of Core Products at Visa, to understand the strategy and planning required to create the ads and get them broadcast on TV–all in 4-6 hours from the time a Team Visa athlete wins a medal.
For Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, the London 2012 Olympic Games meant another chance to play together, another chance to win close matches and another trip to the medal stand to be awarded their third straight Olympic gold medal in women’s beach volleyball.
With a gold medal as a member of the 4 X 100-meter medley relay team, Michael Phelps finished the London 2012 Olympic Games with six medals. Over four Olympics Phelps earned 22 medals, earning Phelps the distinction as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.
Phelps sat down with Visa’s Kevin Burke (Chief Marketing Officer, Core Products) and several hundred members of the global media to discuss his retirement and plans for the future, as well as predictions around the future of swimming. Relaxed and deservedly proud of his achievements, Phelps is looking forward to a well-deserved rest and reaffirmed his plans to retire from competition following the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Stay tuned to Visa Viewpoints for exclusive conversations with Michael Phelps. And for updated content on Team Visa athletes during the London 2012 Olympic Games, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
As I’ve mentioned in previous postcards, Visa advertising is everywhere around London. So it should come as little surprise that ad placements pop up at some places you might least expect them–like outside a public toilet.
The ad is located in a busy intersection in Holborn that gets a lot of foot traffic and catches you eye as Usain Bolt appears to be running right at you. And when you stop to consider the location, the text of the ad (“Flow Faster With Visa”) might make you chuckle when you pass this particular public loo.
Tonight I found myself in the office craving a late night snack. After all, a chocolate honeycomb Crunchie counts as dinner, right?
And working at Visa, the vending machine (like increasingly more vending machines I encounter) takes contactless payments. While I had the option to pay with my mobile device, I decided to use the Visa Prepaid card we were given upon arrival in London. And what’s more fun than a Visa Prepaid card? One that features Wenlock, one of the two official mascots representing the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In a matter of seconds, I avoided having to fish around for coins or find correct change and the 65p had been deducted from my Visa Prepaid card. Quick, easy and hunger-satisfying. Something tells me that this card is going to see more locations around London.
With last night’s gold medal win in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay, Michael Phelps upped his Olympic medal total to 19, besting the record of 18 career medals set by Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina in 1964. To celebrate this achievement, Visa has introduced a new congratulatory advertisement celebrating 19-time Olympic medalist Phelps as the most decorated Olympian of all-time. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Phelps also captured a silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay and a silver medal in the 200m butterfly.
For the first time, Visa used actual video and photo cheers from fans in the U.S. that were submitted via Visa’s Cheer application on Facebook to star alongside Michael Phelps. The spot, entitled “Congratulations Michael,” aired on NBC following his win in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. Leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Phelps appeared in a number of Go World commercials including The Difference and 100th of a Second and was featured in more than 40 countries as part of Visa’s global marketing campaign.
Michael Phelps is a longstanding member of Visa’s global athlete support program, Team Visa. For the London 2012 Olympic Games, Visa is supporting 69 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (Team Visa London) along with national teams from more than 30 countries, providing financial support and valuable marketing exposure to assist them in pursuit of their Olympic and Paralympic goals.
Fans can continue to voice their support for Phelps, as well as other Team Visa athletes still competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the form of cheers by submitting photos, videos and text cheers, performing one-click cheers, and viewing content through Visa’s Cheer application on Facebook and by viewing and sharing video content on YouTube.
Looking fast, even when standing still in the mid-day London traffic, Visa wrapped taxis seem to be everywhere for those looking for an above ground travel option. Whether you’re toting bulky bags of equipment across town (like me) or are weighed down with London 2012 souvenirs for friends and family back home, these roomy rides are a welcome sight.
And the slogan on the taxi seems especially appropriate for those looking to make it to events across the city in a timely fashion: “Visa Contactless Taxis Flow Faster”
Emilie Heyman’s bronze medal performance in women’s synchronized 3-metre springboard earned Canada its first Olympic medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As one half of the medal-winning Synchro Team, Emilie also becomes the first female diver to win a medal at four consecutive Olympic Games.
To celebrate her medal-winning performance, Visa has created a new commercial, “Congratulations Emilie.” The commecrial aired on Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium and features an image of Emilie on the podium in London. To view the ad, click here.
Visa introduced its first congratulatory commercial in the U.S. during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and continued this tradition during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, releasing special-edition ads in Canada (“First Gold” which celebrated the country’s first gold medal on home soil) and the U.S. (Julia Mancuso, skiing; Johnny Spillane, skiing; Seth Wescott, snowboarding).
Fans can continue to voice their support for Emilie leading up to the Women’s 3m Springboard on August 3, as well as other Team Visa athletes in Canada still competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the form of cheers by submitting photos, videos and text cheers, performing one-click cheers, and viewing content through Visa’s Cheer application on Facebook and by viewing and sharing video content on YouTube.
With the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games just hours away, the world is ready to celebrate and cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. At Visa, we’ve been encouraging fans to cheer for Team Visa athletes for the past several months leading up to London 2012. To date, more than 28 million fans have submitted digital cheers as part of Visa’s Go World campaign, our largest global and most social marketing campaign in Visa’s history.
Go World encourages consumers to cheer via Facebook, Youku and Sina-Weibo in China, VKontakte in Russia, YouTube and Twitter (US), to inspire Team Visa athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since the campaign launched in May, fans have cheered in the form of liking the Visa Facebook page, submitting photos, videos and text cheers and performing one-click cheers through Visa’s Cheer application on Facebook, viewing and sharing video content on YouTube, as well as including the campaign’s hashtag (#VisaGoWorld) on Twitter (@TeamVisa) and cheering through partner websites.
Some highlights of the campaign:
• 1.9 million fan “Likes” on Visa’s Facebook page
• 400,000 cheers for 69 Team Visa athletes in the form of a one-click cheers and text, photo or video submissions
• 25.7 million views of Visa’s Go World commercials, behind-the-scenes athlete content and consumer-generated cheer videos
• Globally, the most viewed Go World commercials include:
1. “The Difference”* (8.5 million views)
2. “Double Beach Volleyball” (3.4 million views) featuring Brazilian Team Visa athletes Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti
3. “A Very High Dive”* (3.2 million views) featuring Team Visa athletes David Boudia (US; diving) and Hugo Parisi (Brazil; diving)
4. “100th of a Second” (1.9 million views) featuring US Team Visa athlete Michael Phelps (swimming)
5. “Perfect 10” (1.1 million views) featuring Olympic legend Nadia Comaneci
6. “Yelena” (1.3 million views) featuring Russian Team Visa athlete Yelena Isinbaeva (pole vault).
The five most cheered for Team Visa athletes around the world include:
1. Li Na (tennis, China)
2. Yelena Isinbaeva (pole vault, Russia)
3. Michael Phelps (swimming, USA)
4. Lopez Lomong (track & field, USA)
5. Azizul Awang (track cyclist, Malaysia)
Within the United States, the five most cheered for Team Visa athletes include:
1. Michael Phelps (swimming)
2. Lopez Lomong (track & field)
3. Nastia Liukin (gymnastics)
4. David Boudia (diving)
5. Alana Nichols (wheelchair basketball)