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Skive Creative deliver first online campaign for Stolichnaya

Premium Vodka brand Stolichnaya, this week, launches its first ever online viral campaign. The campaign, conceived by Revolver Communications and produced by Skive Creative, promotes the brand as the only authentic Russian vodka made in Russia by Russians for Russians and the best selling vodka in the world. The online activity is part of a branding exercise, which includes, PR. The viral campaign hosted at www.stolibrides.com runs for 2 months.

According to Skive Creative’s Commercial Director, Ben Palmer, Stolichnaya’s move into viral content reflects the increasing interest by brands to look at online to deliver more than just banners, buttons and pop-ups. He says: “This is a first online venture for Stolichnaya and it allows the brand to test the effectiveness of interactive content. They are also keen to learn how marketing through interaction can play an important part in their overall marketing strategy.”

Revolver Communications commissioned interactive content specialists Skive Creative to produce a tongue-in-cheek microsite and viral campaign. Called ‘Stoli Brides’, the site, www.stolibrides.com, mimics the many Russian Bride online services. Visitors are given the chance to find a genuine Russian beauty via a simulated database matchmaking mechanic and they are given a rather cheeky conclusion. The site also offers an opportunity to win cases of Stolichnaya to people forwarding the execution onto friends.

Martin Ballantine, Creative Director for Revolver says: " We're using Skive Creative’s online viral marketing expertise to widen awareness amongst our, technology-savvy online audience. The light-hearted and humorous creative is a perfect fit for the Stoli consumers and emphasises the Russian roots of the brand - continuing its cult status as the only authentic Russian vodka."

The campaign is aimed at men aged 25-34 yrs, and is being seeded as entertaining and fun content via Skive’s online influencer network. It will also be placed on sites such as Lycos, TTR2 and a network of other viral Blogs and portals, and distributed to a relevant portion of the Maxim email database.

Other recent Skive Creative campaigns include work for clients such as PlayStation 2, Sony Ericsson, AXA, BBC Five Live, Wrigley’s X-Cite, Vodafone live!, Ladbrokes.com, Shiseido, NIVEA, and website wins for Freeserve, NFLuk, Firetrap and Butcher’s Pet Care.

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Editor’s notes

About Skive Creative

Skive Creative is one of the fastest growing digital agencies, with a strong reputation for developing engaging and effective interactive content. The company works with clients to assist them in connecting to consumers through engaging and innovative online content.

Other Skive Creative clients include: Centrum, Hawaiian Tropic, Sport Telegraph, Wrigley’s, The Independent, 32Red.com, Royal Bank of Scotland, Teletext, Hallmark and adidas.

www.skivecreative.com

About Stolichnaya

www.stoli.com

Contact

Katy Howell

PR

immediate future

01932 706 810

07803 898511

katy.howell@immediatefuture.co.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 1st March 2004