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FCB Is Crazy About the Odds in Its First Campaign for Unibet

Press Release - New York, 11 September 2019

Network’s New York Office Celebrates Unibet’s Passion for Sports Betting After Winning the Brand’s U.S. Business 

FCB New York, in partnership with Unibet – a premium online gambling operator – today announced that it has launched a new campaign entitled “Crazy About the Odds.” The work is the first by the agency since Unibet selected FCB New York as its U.S. Agency of Record in December 2018. 

The new campaign, which launches Unibet Online Sportsbook in the United States, reflects the universal truth that when you have money on the line, the experience is intensified to a rather absurd degree. 

“We’re winking at bettors, acknowledging that when you have skin in the game, you may be reacting in ways that are perceived as odd by less-invested fans,” said Gary Resch, FCB New York EVP, Executive Creative Director. “For instance, why are you on the edge of your seat when it’s 49-3 while everyone else is filing out? Well, you took the over at 52, so the result is still in the balance.” 

In Europe, Unibet has earned the trust of serious bettors, demonstrating for over 20 years an understanding of what players need in order to make informed bets and amplify their sports-watching experience. They seek to begin earning that trust in the U.S. by celebrating their kindred spirit with these bettors.

“We wanted the campaign to be an inside joke between Unibet and the savvy sports bettor. Not everyone will understand the dynamic portrayed in the ads, but the ones who do will know in an instant that we’re the brand that gets them,” said Arnas Janickas, Head of U.S. Marketing at Unibet. “They have a lot of choices out there, so we want to prove that Unibet is the one they want to be watching the games at the pub with.”

In this vein, the new campaign focuses on the raw emotion underlying sports betting moments. With different vignettes for different sports, the campaign will be relevant in every season. 

For instance, two hockey fanatics have oddly been converted to tennis fanatics because of a simple bet. Two other bettors make a scene just seconds into a basketball game because they had money on who wins the tip-off. A gentleman pulls his own hammy celebrating a winning bet of a stolen base. While onlookers may think it pretty strange, FCB and Unibet understand that having a bet on a game amplifies the experience to the extent that exhibiting odd behavior is absolutely normal. Thus, the campaign rallying cry, “It’s not odd, it’s the odds.” 

Unibet, which offers online sports betting, casino games, poker and bingo in 20 different languages for over 25 million customers throughout the UK, Europe and Australia, announced that it would expand into the U.S. in 2019, and tapped FCB as its key launch partner for the Unibet brand. Unibet is live in New Jersey, and looking to roll out in Pennsylvania later this year.

As legislation enabling online sports betting expands into states across the U.S., Unibet aims to deepen its authentic connection with its target audience while broadening the appeal to more casual sports fans who want some more “hell-yeah” moments.  

“Crazy About the Odds” consists of online videos, digital radio spots, geotargeted paid social assets, as well as out-of-home and OTT video ads.

Unibet joins FCB New York’s impressive roster of iconic brands, which includes FDA, LG Electronics, Burger King and Lincoln Financial Group. This campaign launch is the first from FCB New York since its momentous showing at Cannes Lions, as the agency took home an unprecedented three Grand Prix, including the coveted Titanium honor.

Link to creative: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2RkTXPAozj/

Credits:

FCB New York:

Ari Halper – Chief Creative Officer

Gary Resch – Executive Creative Director

Hernan Ibanez – Associate Creative Director

Justin Batten – Art Director

Nick Romano – Copywriter

Jon Gruber – Copywriter

Todd Sussman – Chief Strategy Officer

Adam Isidore – Director of Integrated Production

Henna Kathiya – Senior Integrated Producer

Jesse Morris – Project Manager

Janice Katz – Business Affairs Manager

Jared Shell – Account Director

Miles Brickley – Account Executive 

Unibet US:

Arnas Janickas – Head of Marketing, US

Manuel Stan – SVP Kindred, US

Mateusz Samolyk – Brand Manager, Global

Director:

Adam Goldstein

Circle:

Chris Bowles – Executive Producer

Chuck Ryant – Executive Producer

Steve Schofield – Executive Producer

Kevin Johnston – Executive Producer

Vanessa Lenarduzzi – Producer

Production Manager – Chelsea Ruckle

Lost Planet:

Krystn Wagenberg – Executive Producer

Casey Cayko – Senior Producer

Charlie Johnston – Editor

Rachel Butler & Kenji Yamauchi – Assistant Editors 

Black Hole – Finishing/GFX:

Felix Cabrera – Finishing Producer

Reginald Butler & Andre Sam – Animators

Tim Farrell – Flame Artist

Isabel Gomez – Flame Assistant

Honey Mix:

Mary Tomasiewicz – Owner/Executive Producer

Eric Thompson – Sound Mixer

Photography:

John Keatley – Photographer

Sean Frith – Producer

The Mill:

Fergus McCall – Colorist

Rochelle Brown – Producer

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About FCB

FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, fully integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873. Based on a deeply developed understanding of diversified local markets and global cultures, FCB focuses on creating “Never Finished” campaign ideas for clients that reflect a deep understanding of the brand’s past, a respect for the present and an anticipation of the future potential. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, the company is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Founded in 1873, FCB New York has helped build some of the world’s most iconic brands, like FDA’s “The Real Cost,” LG Electronics and GSK. Learn more at www.fcbny.com and follow us on Instagram (@FCBNewYork), Facebook (@FCBNewYork) and LinkedIn (@FCBNewYork).

About Kindred

Kindred Group is one of the world’s leading online gambling operators with business across Europe Australia, and the United States offering over 25 million customers across 11 brands a great form of entertainment in a safe, fair and sustainable environment. The company, which employs about 1,500 people, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap and is a founding member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and founding member of ESSA (sports betting integrity). Kindred Group is audited and certified by eCOGRA for compliance, with the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling (2014/478/EU). Read more at www.kindredgroup.com.