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11 November 2019

Parimatch`s New Epic Story with Conor McGregor

On the 8th of November 2019, Parimatch, the international betting holding, has launched a new advertising campaign featuring cult athlete and brand ambassador Conor McGregor. The campaign, titled “A new epic story” features 15 action shots of Conor, which can be seen on billboards across the CIS region. McGregor also features in a short video, created by Canadian director Angelo Merten and French cameraman Charlie Bravo. Filming for the campaign lasted for three days and took place in Dublin and Kyiv. "It is impossible to put Conor's personality into words, and also impossible to remain indifferent to him. In his advertising campaign for Parimatch he was true to himself - unpredictable and brutal, but always reliable and charged to win" said Parimatch CEO Sergey Portnov. The new campaign comes hot on the heels of McGregor’s first trip to Ukraine in October, where Parimatch hosted a press conference in the MMA legend’s honor. Conor McGregor has a two-year personal endorsement deal with Parimatch across the CIS region. As part of the agreement, the sporting icon collaborates on promotional content and consumer activations. McGregor joins global boxing icon Mike Tyson, UFC stars Alexey Oleynik, Petr Yan and the Shevchenko sisters in Parimatch’s stable of brand ambassadors.  

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04 November 2019

Breathing life into Parimatch’s personality

How sponsorship deals can help communicate a brand’s core values. Any self-respecting brand has a corporate mission, its own philosophy, and values, which help to build brand love with its customers. But it isn’t enough to just rely on the written word to bring a brand’s personality to life, it is too impersonal, and frankly quite boring! Instead, it is key to attract well known and respected names and personalities who embody the same philosophies as the brand and lives and breathes the same values. But how do you make these kinds of partnerships work, and what do they cost? Asking sporting megastar Conor McGregor to be the face of your advertising campaign does not come cheap. He is one of the top 5 sports stars in the world when it comes to social media presence, with tens of millions of eyeballs watching his every move online. Signing one partnership with McGregor costs around the same amount as it would to partner with the entire UFC MMA Association. It seems crazy that the impact is the same for a whole sporting community as it is for one athlete, but when it comes to somebody like McGregor, his legion of fans makes the investment worthwhile. “A sponsorship deal can be compared to decorating a new apartment. You bought a new apartment, it is cool, of course, but by decorating it the way you want it makes it even better, and more personal to you. Similarly, with a sponsorship deal, you need to put some money aside to make sure that it personal to the brand.” - Ivan Liashenko, CMO. Earlier this year we agreed on a brand partnership with Mike Tyson. What he brings to the table is slightly different from McGregor. He may not have the same online influence, but in our key markets, he is famous for being an ultimate global sporting icon. We wanted to associate the brand with somebody with longevity as a winning legend, embodying the Parimatch fighting spirit but in a different way. For Parimatch, associating ourselves with global sporting superstars like Tyson and McGregor has helped raise our profile internationally, particularly in markets we don’t have operations in. It takes years to measure the success of sponsorship deals, but agreements with superstars like Tyson and McGregor have already indicated to us that our customers associate Parimatch with being a serious international betting brand, fired up to win.

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29 October 2019

Conor McGregor discusses fight plans at Parimatch event

Parimatch hosted MMA superstar and Parimatch brand ambassador Conor McGregor, the sporting icon’s first visit. During a packed press conference, McGregor spoke candidly about the prospect of fighting the winner of the upcoming Jorge Masvidal v Nate Diaz bout, lessons learned from his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, his whiskey brand Proper Twelve as well as the importance of charity work. “I am very happy to be in Ukraine. The first thing I noticed was the amount of Parimatch adverts at the airport and around the city with my face on them, which is really motivating. I chose to collaborate with Parimatch because they are ambitious and cool. Ukrainian sport, in particular, boxing, is a global phenomenon. Fighters such as Lomachenko and Usyk are a real stand out stars for me.” -Conor McGregor Following the press conference, McGregor spent time meeting with children at a sporting tournament organized by Parimatch Foundation, a non-profit organization that delivers Parimatch’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. The Foundation funds and support charities and projects which improve children’s health and happiness through sport in the communities where Parimatch operates. “Conor McGregor is an undisputed superstar in and out of the ring with a huge global fanbase and I am delighted that we have been able to bring him to Ukraine. As one of the main patrons of sports in Ukraine, Parimatch seeks to inspire sports enthusiasts and amateurs, and what better way to do this than by bringing the fighting spirit of Conor McGregor to the people.” -Sergey Portnov, Parimatch CEO Not only is McGregor a megastar athlete, but also a savvy business man – a perfect example of how the same attributes are required in the sports arena as well as the business world. It is this blend of sporting prowess, determination to win and business acumen which makes the MMA hero a natural fit for Parimatch’s team of legendary brand ambassadors, which also includes global boxing icon Mike Tyson, UFC stars Alexey Oleynik, Petr Yan and the Shevchenko sisters.

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