Paddy Power supercharges Summer ‘14 social strategy with Buyapowa

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Bookmaker turns to social-selling platform Buyapowa to drive word-of-mouth around summer sporting events in UK and Ireland.

Referral marketing campaign to boost customer acquisition and organic reach across social networks.

Co-buying promotions to focus on key events and FIFA World Cup

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London, 03/7/14 – The bookmaker Paddy Power today launches a new word-of-mouth social media campaign, designed to capture the excitement of online audiences across the summer sporting events including the FIFA World Cup.

The ongoing social commerce campaign, launched in partnership with social-selling platform Buyapowa, will give sports fans the opportunity to earn special rewards including improved odds by spreading the word amongst family and friends. Launching today, the first promotion will focus on the World Cup quarter finals.

The series of co-buying promotions will offer Paddy Power’s online followers and existing customers the opportunity to increase the odds they receive on the bets they’ve already placed, by getting friends and family in on the deal. The more people who take part and commit to buy, the better the price gets for everyone, creating a built-in incentive for sports fans to drive word-of-mouth. A top prize will also go to the customer who generates


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Analysis: Paddy Power are favourites to revolutionise social

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"Every man", said Paddy Power CEO Patrick Kennedy on a recent call with city analysts, "over the age of 18 on Facebook in the UK is connected to at least one Paddy Power fan."

Them's fighting words and, being a) a man, b) in the UK and c) waaaay older than 18 (weep), I thought I'd give it a go. Guess what? I'm connected to three Paddy Power fans. Turns out that hot air wasn't nearly hot enough.

The important thing, though, is that Paddy Power aren't simply sitting back on their laurels and enjoying their place at social's top table. It's not enough for them to have over a million people listening to them on Facebook, they've got people talking about them, too. In fact, if you compare them with other brands who have similar a number of Fans, they generate six times as much conversation as Costa Coffee, 48 times as much as Pringles and 83 times as much as Blackberry. And Blackberry are in the conversation business.

All this is because, 18 months ago, Paddy Power totally reassessed their growth strategy. As underdogs, they were in no position to compete on level terms with the likes of


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Is Social Commerce about to transform the betting industry?

Is Social Commerce about to transform the betting industry?

I spend a lot of my time working with clients, figuring out the best way to apply Social Commerce to their calendar, to their brand and to their industry. Sometimes, everything just adds up and it's a super-easy fit: retail, travel, pharma, FMCGs. Sometimes, it's not so simple (I'm recalling an interesting discussion with a sewerage wholesaler here - it might have been viable, but the project just smelled a bit 'off').

But one of the things I've always figured would be a real no-brainer is betting. What does Social Commerce excel at? Replicating the thrill of offline shopping online, adding value as people come together, ceding control to the customer in exchange for more and better business. And what does betting excel at? It's thrilling, it's about getting the most value for your stake and it's about getting one over on the house and increasing your chances of a win. Ladies and gentlemen - we have a perfect match.

So it was very cool to read this morning about Paddy Power's forthcoming real-money sports betting app, which has just started beta-ing its way through Facebook's test-tubes. The concept is simple and clever, adding: "social engagement to online betting, enabling


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