Not a recreation: HP’s high-stakes bid to win players over with Omen | Advertising

By | August 20, 2021


The eight-decade outdated tech large HP is in search of recent legs to drive its enterprise in APAC and desires to construct out its gaming model, Omen, as a standout providing for the area’s rising gaming neighborhood. Starting with hardcore players in Japan and Korea after which to China, the corporate is targetting a big and nonetheless rising gamer inhabitants with its assortment of laptops and related gaming peripherals. To succeed, the corporate faces a twin problem: luring followers of standalone recreation consoles over to the PC-gaming universe, and ensuring that Omen has the cred to be a go-to model for players who do purchase PCs. 

“The pandemic has actually brought about a rise in gaming in Asia,” says Siew Ting Foo, CMO for HP in Larger Asia. “Within the final one yr, we truly noticed a rise of 42% in gaming time, and we all know that two out of three persons are truly spending extra time watching movies on gaming.” On this rising market, HP sees a possibility to “elevate the ability of inclusivity and the ability of neighborhood” with its Omen gaming model and its ‘Play to progress’ tagline. 

Siew Ting Foo, CMO, Larger Asia, HP

To make a mark in Asia, HP might want to construct a definite model providing for Omen, one which makes the sub-brand extra fascinating to the target market than mother or father firm’s model, which is perceived to be extra dated and, in response to some knowledge, in decline. In Marketing campaign Asia-Pacific’s Asia’s Prime 1000 Manufacturers, for instance, HP’s model has fallen from as excessive as fifth place in 2008 to forty ninth in 2021. In Japan, it was final in our listing of the highest 100 manufacturers in 2015 at 94th; in 2021, it’s positioned at 147th. 

Whereas Foo acknowledges the challenges of coping with this model dichotomy, she does not assume it is going to cease Omen from constructing its personal distinct id in APAC. HP recognises that the console market is 3 times the scale of the PC gaming market, so the Omen model has to attempt to attain the PC-curious among the many console followers. “Our core target market is what we name the console wobblers…, which means people who find themselves the players who’re truly focused on different decisions past only a console itself.” To focus on this group, HP is trying to construct a “a way of neighborhood” with players and provide merchandise “the place their expertise could be upgraded”. 

At this time, Japan is residence to 97.4 million online game customers. With a inhabitants of roughly 126 million, greater than 75% of its inhabitants are taking part in video games—on telephones, consoles and PCs, in addition to in arcades. Players strongly establish with their platform of selection too, with PC gaming usually perceived negatively.

Nonetheless, a brand new era of players, and the exploding recognition of Asian esport stars who’ve discovered success in PC video games, at the moment are altering the notion of PC gaming, says Foo. HP sees a possibility to persuade Japanese console gamers who’re contemplating PC gaming to make the change. HP appears to be like to excite console players in regards to the world of PC gaming, utilizing native insights to drive culturally related and inclusive campaigns.

Within the case of its Japanese campaigns, for instance, within the hero movie, a gamer reverentially thanks their console for some good early years, bonding with associates and having fun with a fun-filled childhood. Nonetheless, the gamer additionally seeks one thing extra from the gaming expertise—an improve to each their gaming expertise and the life-style afforded by top-end gaming gear. “We not too long ago launched an Omen gaming hub,” Foo provides. “It is a software program that is embedded within the product itself, which permits a neighborhood to be constructed, and so they can actually discuss to the completely different players as they get immersed into this expertise.”

In Japan alone, HP estimates there are 7 million customers prepared to make a change. Foo goals to make Omen the No. 1 model in PC gaming within the subsequent 5 or 6 years. 

She says HP and Omen are taking a extra nuanced strategy throughout APAC. For instance, in Korea, a current Omen marketing campaign targets standing tradition, in a market the place historically financial and social clout mattered loads. As an alternative, the ‘We do not care’ marketing campaign goals to spice up Omen’s standing by stating that in gamer circles, nothing issues however your expertise.

In China, in the meantime, Omen’s focus has been on the frenemy standing between players out there. ‘Frenemies’ depicts a gaggle of passionate players who furiously attempt to win a recreation, till one of many teammate’s laptop computer conks out (see “When your laptop computer sucks so dangerous you kill it with noodles”). Fury ensues because the members of the group take turns bashing the ineffective pc in imaginative methods earlier than in the end changing it with—you guessed it—an HP Omen. “Cultural relevance to get their consideration and sense of neighborhood is vital,” Foo provides. 

Apart from catchy inventive, HP can also be trying to associate throughout the exports market to extend the recognition of Omen’s model, even because it focuses on a social and digital push for its initiatives in yr two of the pandemic. Foo additionally needs to associate with completely different items of the gaming market to extend Omen’s model recall. 

“Esports partnership are important for us,” she says. “We have now to know their behaviour and the place they go… so social is a key technique to affect them.” In accordance with her, these pacts are vital to achieve hardcore players, as a result of manufacturers having “a gaming mindset” is what they’re actually focused on. As an illustration, in Korea, Omen companions with LCK as a gaming associate and in Japan too the model is related partnerships to drive each market share and better model fairness.

On prime of this, Omen will use influencers as a technique to “drive authenticity” throughout its key markets. In Japan, for instance, Omen is working with Asuka Kijima, a feminine gamer, who’s within the means of transferring to PC gaming and speaks of her personal experiences in making the shift and with Omen. Foo needs to work with extra influencers, not simply in Japan and Korea, but in addition past, in markets reminiscent of China, India and Southeast Asia. 

Talking of Southeast Asia, Foo says it’s a high-potential marketplace for HP and Omen, given its quick progress, however the model might must tweak its focus to work with ecommerce platforms reminiscent of Shopee and Lazada in an effort to make an affect in a fragmented and mobile-first market. The core problem for this market is it’s fairly fragmented, so Omen would want to make sure advertising investments translate into entry, Foo contends. “In a lot of them, [gaming] remains to be very a lot an offline-driven market, although the web market is rising shortly,” she observes. So, from a possibility standpoint, whereas Southeast Asia could also be huge, HP will take a extra measured strategy to tapping it. 


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