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New Balance Embraces Ties With Run Specialty Stores [Small Business Saturday® Series]

How many days a year do you shop locally? Small Business Saturday® occurs the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is an annual event that reminds consumers to spend their dollars in local communities. This year, Promoboxx started a new Small Business Saturday® initiative to encourage our brand partners to run paid ad campaigns with their local, specialty stores. New Balance is the first brand highlighted in this special Small Business Saturday® series.

New Balance started as a specialty store nearly 30 years ago, which has led to a special relationship and respect for their local retail partners.  The footwear brand embraces their connection to local businesses and recognizes the instrumental role run specialty stores play in constructing the pinnacle consumer experience.

“Working for New Balance, which started as a small business and grew into the large brand it is today, makes reinvesting in local businesses a distinct, authentic and rewarding experience for our team,” said James Carney, Run Specialty Channel Manager, New Balance.

Supporting Small Business Saturday®

New Balance will be featuring the 860v8 shoe in their Small Business Saturday® campaign. The 860v8 shoe is one of New Balance’s most thought about stability shoes, designed to be the “go to” workhorse for runners who need a little additional support. It’s also sold exclusively through specialty retail and

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New Balance 860v8 content on specialty store Facebook page

New Balance is currently running a campaign on Promoboxx promoting the 860v8 shoe, and retailers who are using the content are seeing fantastic results. We recently asked retailers who participated if they found success by sharing content from the campaign on their social channels and found:

  • 43% saw an increase in FB page engagement due to the content
  • 24% saw new customers buying the product in their store after seeing the post
  • 19% saw an increase in traffic to their website during the time they were promoting content
  • 14% had customers asking about the campaign in their store

Commitment to Local Retail Partners

New Balance’s decision to make this shoe only available in brick and mortar locations and on demonstrates their commitment to supporting their local retail partners. Limiting the availability of these shoes puts trust in the fit expertise of run specialty and provides a unique selling opportunity.

New Balance is offering funds for targeted Facebook advertising to retailer locations across the country via Promoboxx Local Ads. Through the use of geo-targeted advertising on social media, New Balance helps these retailers place co-branded 860v8 shoe marketing content in front of running enthusiasts in their area to drive awareness of the 860 and increase traffic, both in-store and online.

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New Balance 860v8 content on specialty store Facebook page

Promoboxx is supporting Small Business Saturday® by waiving Local Ads management fees for all campaigns run in the month of November with a focus on small businesses, and we are proud to have New Balance as a partner as we continue to encourage everyone to #shoplocal!

Read about New Balance’s launch of the Fresh Foam Vongo shoe on Promoboxx >>

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