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Paddy Power pins down first Snapchat geofilter with St Patrick’s Day Cheltenham creative


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

March 17, 2017 | 2 min read

In claiming a gambling sector first, Paddy Power has rolled out a Snapchat filter tied into St. Patrick's Day and the Cheltenham festival.

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Paddy Power's Snapchat filter

Social media users in the UK and Ireland will be able to access the geofilters on Friday. A banner on the page reads ‘Happy St. Patrick’s Day’ while referencing the brand’s PR stunts.

The geofilter was designed by the bookies’ in-house team, adding to its video contributions to the app under ‘thepaddypower’.

Mícheál Nagle, head of social and digital content at Paddy Power, said: “What was the logic behind this? Something like: ‘Hey, it’s Paddy’s Day, we are called Paddy, and the Gold Cup is on. We should probably do something'.

“It wasn’t a huge mental leap, admittedly, but we’re excited about working with Snapchat – not least because it’s a great excuse to ask for an upgrade on our company phones. We’ve been dedicating more time and resource to Snapchat over the last couple of years, and seen strong growth in our presence, as well as our selfie-taking ability.

“Now, we want to scale further and maximize reach. To do that, you obviously have to invest. Snapchat is the perfect platform for this, as it allows us to target our key demographic of 18- to 30-year-old males, who don’t watch TV as much as they used to.”

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