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Army Confidence Lasts a Lifetime: Karmarama launches fourth evolution of This is Belonging campaign for The British Army


Karmarama, part of Accenture Interactive, today unveils its latest recruitment campaign for the British Army – Army Confidence Lasts a Lifetime. The campaign shines a light on the unique and long-lasting sense of confidence earned in the Army, in contrast to quick hits of confidence that fade fast in the modern world.  


The campaign is the fourth execution of the ‘This is Belonging’ series, showing how the Army helps recruits build a unique lifelong confidence through strong bonds and support from within in the Army, unique training and the achievements reached along the way. With 89% of Gen-Z believing that self-confidence is important to achieving success in life, but 80% admitting it’s hard to find it in today’s society, the campaign shows how the Army offers an alternative path to achieve this self-belief.


The campaign is supported by new research that reveals 80% of Gen-Z believe they could achieve more in life with a stronger sense of self-confidence, with the same amount admitting it’s hard to find long-lasting confidence in today’s society. In a world with the pressures of social media, 72% check their social media channels more than ten times a day and a third of people see ‘likes’ on their posts as a short-term confidence hit. When it comes to long-term confidence, the majority of young people state that achieving a goal (62%) and support from others (53%), helps achieve this.


The TV spot follows a metaphorical journey of a soldier confronted with distractions from quick confidence hits, like fast fashion, intensive gym sessions to achieve a ‘beach ready’ body and a night out, set against encouragement from a fellow soldier, demonstrating an unshakeable confidence that belonging in the Army gives.


A further series of films and radio ads reveals moments within the Army which build individuals’ lifelong confidence.


Posters challenge the promises of confidence that surround us in the modern world, which are easily gained but quickly lost, in contrast to a deeper, longer lasting confidence that can be found in the Army.


The campaign will also be supported with further integrated PR campaigns planned for 2020.


Nik Studzinski, Chief Creative Officer at Karmarama said: “Building on the foundations of the ‘This is Belonging’ campaign, this year’s campaign highlights another benefit of a career in the Army, the sense of confidence you develop as a recruit. A deep sense of confidence that, just like the friendships you make and the skills you learn, lasts a lifetime. We’re looking to build on last year’s success, with more than 16,000 people applying to join the Army in January 2019, an increase of 71% on the previous year.”


Nick Terry, Chief Marketing Officer Recruiting Group, comments: “It is really satisfying to see candidates grow into strong and confident soldiers throughout the recruitment process. Many have previously been in jobs where they did not feel valued, but by joining the Army they develop self-confidence and we want to show just how valuable this confidence can be. The recruitment campaign evolves each year and we are looking to build on the success of last year where applications reached a five-year high and 1.5 million people visited the recruitment website in January alone.”


Previous ‘This is Belonging’ campaigns landed the emotional benefit of the strong bonds experienced in the Army(2017), how it’s not only one type of person who finds their place in the Army (2018) and how the Army looks beyond stereotypes to see young people’s potential (2019).


The 2019 campaign drove 95,000 applications in 9 months, and the highest number of recruits started basic training in September 2019 than in the last ten years as a result. The work was most recently awarded at Cannes Lions, APG for creative strategy, Masters of Marketing, and the Drum DADI Awards amongst others.


Army Confidence Lasts a Lifetime launches on 2 January 2020. Search Army Jobs or follow the hashtag #ArmyConfidence.


Karmarama is the UK’s most progressive creative agency, part of Accenture Interactive, working across advertising, PR, data-driven communications, mobile platforms and products, digital and innovation. The agency is known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. Or as Karmarama calls it – Connected Creativity. It is one of the most effective agencies in the UK and has won the DMA Grand Prix for the last two successive years, in 2017 for its work for the Army. It was again the highest ranked creative agency in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For in 2019.