For years, the hyper-competitive grocery retail landscape in France has been dominated by a leadership race between the E.Leclerc Group and Carrefour Group. At the time we pitched our first Star Wars programme in 2015, E.Leclerc was looking for ways to connect more to new generations and boost its image to become the biggest retailer in France. We ran our first Star Wars programme that year, and followed this up in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with three more programmes based on this popular theme. By January 2017, E.Leclerc had overtaken Carrefour to become the largest grocery retailer in France, and is still in the lead today.
With a brand new Star Wars movie coming out in 2015 after 10 years of silence, this was the perfect opportunity for E.Leclerc to connect to a new and wider audience. E.Leclerc decided to bring the Power of the Force to its product aisles, adding excitement to the weekly shopping trips of many French families. From the moment we launched our first programme in October 2015, E.Leclerc became the talk of the town. Hundreds of millions of Cosmics Shells were handed out to E.Leclerc’s shoppers, and the retailer welcomed many new families with kids into its stores. E.Leclerc won the retail battle thanks to basket size and frequency, and its image received a very positive boost during the campaign too.
As Star Wars is all about exploration, E.Leclerc really raised the bar and did a tremendous job in creating a spectacular theatre experience on the shop floor. The retailer took its shoppers on a surprising journey through the galaxy from the moment they walked into the store. All stores were decorated with big arches at the entrance, life-size silhouettes of the action figures, spaceships that came alive, and marketing materials that could be scanned for AR/VR experiences. There was Star Wars narrowcasting on big screens, lots of movie merchandise in-store and even Star Wars branded packaging on FMCG goods in every aisle.
E.Leclerc extended the experience outside the stores by investing in a massive digital campaign that resulted in 30.5 million views on YouTube. Together with Disney, the retailer created a tailored and successful humorous web series that attracted fans of all ages. The short episodes of just 120, 30 or 20 seconds highlighted the programmes in a highly entertaining way. No major social media platform was left out when it came to spreading and sharing the buzz online. Each campaign became a much-discussed topic in online blogs, on internet forums and on press websites. Michel-Edouard Leclerc’s blog during the first campaign showed how his reaction to the programme changed from initial scepticism to surprise and admiration as shoppers flocked to his stores.
BrandLoyalty France and E.Leclerc together received an award from The Walt Disney Company for our outstanding activation of the latest Star Wars programme (in spring 2018) with Solo trading cards
We are ending the saga with a 5th programme Mastering the Force. This programme is not only based on the release of the new movie; The Rise of Skywalker, but also on the 3 Star Wars trilogies.
Star Wars Mastering the Force stimulates children through play, to become more active, mindful, healthy and social. Both with the album, and the app, customers will learn how to become a Jedi Master. Through training, which includes games, recipes and social and physical exercises, children need to complete four different stages.
Starting from 19th November 2019, for a period of 5 weeks, over 1,300 stores will offer Mastering the Force stickers & albums
E.Leclerc currently has more than 500 locations in France. Since 2017, it has been the biggest food retailer in the country. With a market share of 21.6% (source Kantar P6 2019), it is continuing to outpace its competitors.
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