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Visa's Goal: Bring World Cup 'Go Fans' Campaign To The World

Fans get ready for the FIFA World Cup in a Visa campaign spanning the globe.March 10, 2010: Coming off what the company called a successful "Go World" global Winter Olympics campaign, Visa is again going worldwide, this time with its "Go Fans/Go Football" effort to support the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Visa is a global partner of FIFA and is the official card of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as well as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Visa said that "Go Fan" would include TV, print, online, outdoor and experiential activation. It  will be customized for 30 markets to "strengthen the campaign’s relevance in those regions." In addition, customized marketing extensions will utilize the taglines "Go Football" and "Go ___ " (with the name of a particular country, such as Go Brazil). Visa's lead agency for the campaign is TBWA\Chiat\Day, Los Angeles.

Elements of the campaign debuted in Argentina last year. Localized versions of Visa’s first spot in the campaign, “Anthem,” broke earlier this month in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The umbrella spot shows footage of fans in various countries displaying an array of emotions while watching soccer matches.

For the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, 78 markets worldwide will activate Visa FIFA-themed marketing programs. Anchoring the merchant activation is a “Go 2010 Football Experience” offering Visa card holders such unique experiences as a pre-match Stadium Tour, in-game sideline access and game tickets.

“Football fans are unlike any other sports fans in the world,"  Antonio Lucio, CMO for Visa Inc., said in a statement. "We’ve created a campaign that captures these fans’ inspirational passion for the game, taps into their nationalistic pride and reminds them how Visa can help enhance their experience."

According to Lucio, building on the Olympic leg of "Go World" and Visa’s other integrated marketing campaigns in support of global sporting events, "our platform enables us to reinforce the ways that Visa enhances the fan’s World Cup experience while also advancing our own business and that of our clients.”

Visa is one of six global FIFA partners with exclusive global category rights through 2014. Other FIFA global marketing partners are adidas, Coca-Cola,. Emirates, Hyundai Kia Motors and Sony. FIFA World Cup sponsors include McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Continental Tire and Castrol.

Q&A: Visa CMO Antonio Lucio

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