Puma Wants to Sprint in Olympics Brand Race Against Nike and Adidas

Puma wants to be known as the “fastest” sports brand in the world, and it’s hoping the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics will help it cement that status.

The German sportswear company has unveiled its first global brand campaign in a decade, “Forever Faster,” highlighting its performance prowess and targeting everyone from athletes to your regular neighborhood jogger.

“We’ve been using ‘Forever Faster’ as our mantra since around 2014, but we’ve never used it as a communication tool,” Puma’s global brand and marketing director, Richard Teyssier, told ADWEEK.  

Now the tagline is at the center of Puma’s priciest-ever marketing push, which demonstrates how speed has been in the brand’s DNA since the 1948 launch of its first soccer boot (“The Atom”), designed by founder Rudolf Dassler so players could be quick and nimble on the field.

With “Forever Faster,” the business is moving away from category marketing across sports like football, running and basketball to adopt a single “emotional and distinctive” message, said Teyssier.

Puma in Paris

The campaign, developed by agency Matte out of New York, will run across social media, TV, PR, out-of-home and at points of sale globally. At its heart is a high-octane hero ad and supporting creative shots featuring top athletes, including soccer stars Luis Suárez and Jack Grealish, as well as basketball forward Breanna Stewart and Olympic sprinter Shericka Jackson.

Dedicated iterations will run across major sporting events through 2025, including Copa America, UEFA Euro 2024 and the Paris Olympics.

“The best way for us to [be present at the big events] is to be on athletes’ feet,” said Teyssier. “We’re doing that with increasing visibility year on year.”

In 2024, the brand’s logo will be emblazoned on the uniforms of Jamaica’s Olympics team, home to some of the world’s best sprinters like Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah.

This sponsorship, combined with how the brand activates its “Forever Faster” messaging around the Summer Games, will play a crucial role in helping Puma as it looks to carve out a space in an increasingly competitive running and lifestyle market.

 Olympic sprinter Shericka Jackson debuting Jamaica's Olympic kit at at the ISSA Boys & Girls Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.

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