Sponsorship lies at the heart of Parimatch’s international marketing and brand strategy, and in the space of just one year, two of the most iconic sporting names in history have joined the Parimatch brand family.
Conor McGregor and Mike Tyson embody Parimatch’s fighting spirit – and both partnerships have put Parimatch on the international stage, proving that some of the biggest names in the sport are ready to place their bets on Parimatch.
Following the launch of Parimatch’s dynamic new brand look in February, Parimatch announced MMA superstar Conor McGregor as its first ambassador, who would represent the brand across the CIS region and Cyprus.
The ambassador deal was activated at ICE 2019, communicated via a video screening at the event and a multi-channel campaign incorporating billboards, digital and print adverts and social media collaborations, to ensure as many audiences as possible were reached across the CIS and beyond.
As part of the personal endorsement deal, Parimatch and the Irish fighter collaborate on promotional and consumer activations across digital platforms. A video of Parimatch’s very own CEO, Sergey Portnov, practicing his fighting skills with Conor McGregor, is the latest in a series of content that will be pushed out on Parimatch channels as part of the brand partnership. It is very rare to see such a high profile fighter jump in the ring for a play fight!
The face of the new look Parimatch, McGregor has gone on to be featured in adverts which have run in ten countries including Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, reaching an audience of 211,644,753 – demonstrating the huge scale of the partnership in Parimatch’s key markets.
Parimatch’s “Fired up to win” marketing campaign featuring McGregor has showcased the brand’s character and resonated widely with audiences – boosting the number of active players and turnover.
Iron Mike Tyson
Following the booming success of the McGregor deal, Parimatch announced this July that Mike Tyson was to join their team sheet of iconic ambassadors. The boxing legend will be featuring in Parimatch’s brand activations and advertising across the CIS region and Cyprus.
The boxing legend requires no introduction, but as the undisputed world champion of professional boxing, and the highest-paid heavyweight boxer in history, it was a major milestone in Parimatch’s corporate history that Tyson chose to put his name to the Parimatch brand.
This 12-month personal endorsement deal was announced with a major press conference and party attended by over 100 journalists from major media outlets. The conference was broadcast across 30 news channels, creating 214,269,334 media impressions across 4 countries.
The partnership was kicked off in style, with a viral video published by Parimatch. Leveraging the bottle cap challenge, popular on social media during the month of July, Parimatch teamed up with Mike Tyson to create a branded video of him completing the challenge with a powerful left hook. The video has already been viewed by a staggering 2.2 million people on social media – with no signs of abating!
The appointment of real fighters and icons as brand ambassadors not only complements Parimatch’s rebooted branding but is central to Parimatch’s ambitious approach to marketing, which is driven by the mission to offer the best quality entertainment products to a growing global community of risk-takers.