Bing-le bells: Pre-school IP lands major Italian toy retail presence this Christmas shopping season

Acamar Films’ flagship pre-school property, Bing, is to be a big presence across Italy this Christmas, thanks to the implementation of a marketing strategy throughout the region’s largest toy and retail stores, spearheaded by the Italian licensing agent, Maurizio Distefano.

The aim is to strengthen the Bing property and the consumer awareness around it both in-store and online throughout the key trading period.

Kicking off the strategy, leading Italian toy retailer Toys Center has set up new branded shelf areas dedicated to the popular pre-school series. With over 90 locations participating and with some areas including a light-up display, the concept will make it easy for consumers to make their Bing purchases this season.

Bing will also have a significant branded area at Toys Con Te, starting at the retailer’s newly opened location in Rome Tiburtina. Bing will then roll out across the retailer’s best-performing locations. 

On top of this, and through a collaboration with Bing’s master toy partner Giochi Preziosi, 157 Bing-branded bay areas have been created for Italy’s main mass-market retailers, including Carrefour, Finipier, Conad, Bennet, and Mondadori.

As Bing’s presence continues to grow in stores, the hit pre-school show’s e-commerce footprint is also expanding. Toys Center and Acamar Films recently collaborated on a dedicated Bing shop-in-shop on the Toys Center website. Various Bing products are now available to purchase via a direct link on Toys Center’s home page.

Acamar Films has also launched an Italian Bing Store on Amazon which was recently highlighted in a successful paid media campaign ahead of Amazon Prime Day on October 13th to 14th.

The series is currently number one on Rai Yoyo’s RaiPlay app and is the most watched series on DeA Junior. Pre-school fans have also been treated to the release of two new episodes on Rai Yoyo this November, including a Halloween episode and the Nicky Nicky episode.

In addition, as part of Acamar Films’ multi-platform distribution strategy, the Italian Bing episodes (together with various educational games and activities) are available to stream and download through the recently launched Bing app called Bing: Watch, Play, Learn, and on the official Italian YouTube channel.

The YouTube channel today boasts an average of 30 million views each month. Bing is also available on TIMVision’s on-demand platforms and on Amazon Prime Video in Italy.

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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