Agility is taking one step when your competitor has to take two. As the number one brand in professional pickleball, the owners at Onix know how to compete. Realizing their site had become difficult to manage, they saw an opportunity to boost their day-to-day efficiency and leap further in front of the competition.
Onix partnered with CQL to design and build a site that would bring agility back to their marketing and merchandising teams. The result is a high-performing new home for the brand and a world-class ecommerce store built on Shopify Plus.
In 2020, pickleball became the fastest growing sport in the US. New players are taking to the court everyday. Capitalizing on a market opportunity like this takes a clear strategy and lightning-fast speed to market. ONIX set out to transform it’s direct-to-consumer site in 3 months to launch by Black Friday and best capitalize on this industry momentum. The CQL team focused efforts on content design, schema, SEO, analytics, and building out an improved data layer. The reimagined ONIX website hit the market within 10 weeks of project start, providing a new destination for pros, enthusiasts, and those just looking to get started in this new sport.
Through strategic content planning, CQL and ONIX built a content approach that supports the needs of both customers and their professional player network. As a commitment to their partnership with professionals, dedicated player profile pages highlight achievements, favorite gear and reflect pro players’ affinity for the sport and the ONIX brand.
Carefully planned customizable content sections are built for speed and can be updated in minutes not hours. The ONIX marketing team can now adapt their promotions, merchandising, and content strategies with speed, no coding needed. This allows the new site to stay fresh with the most current products, culture, team news, and educational content – a true hub for the sport.
ONIX is owned and managed by Escalade Sports. The CQL and Escalade teams architected a repeatable model on Shopify Plus that supports an entire portfolio of Escalade Sports equipment brands. ONIX paved the way for the multi-brand strategy, and outperformed all other brands through Black Friday. Escalade’s strategy to replatform on Shopify Plus was a crucial step to transition from a CIO mindset, to a CMO growth-focused approach.
The No. 1 brand in the sport required a website that looked and performed as well as our products. In only 3 months working with CQL, the team helped take ONIX to the next level and transformed our eCommerce presence into both an outstanding shopping and player resource destination.
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