News Release

Febreze and Ambi Pur Declare Victory Over Odors With The Azerbaijani National Wrestling Team

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:00 am EDT



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"By putting real people in the experiments, we’re putting our products to the test on the toughest odors in front of the entire world."

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--When Procter & Gamble’s Febreze and Ambi Pur set out to find the Olympic sport with the biggest odor challenges, wrestling - with its sweaty grappling, arduous mat workouts, stinky equipment and locker rooms – became the clear choice. To prove that consumers in real-life stinky situations can breathe happy no matter what, Febreze and Ambi Pur teamed up with the official Azerbaijan national wrestling team. Together they conducted an experiment to demonstrate that the brands’ superior odor elimination and freshness capabilities can defeat the hardest working odors in the world.

Many brands align themselves with teams or athletes based on popularity. Febreze, a brand known for its unconventional marketing campaigns, chose to partner with a sport that faces tough odor challenges on a daily basis and a team that holds the sport of wrestling in the highest regard.

The Febreze campaign includes holistic and integrated support in advertising, retail, digital, social media, and public relations channels. It is part of P&G’s Worldwide Partnership with the Olympic Movement which is anchored by the ‘Thank You, Mom’ campaign for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The real athletes of Azerbaijani national wrestling team will be featured in Febreze and Ambi Pur’s first marketing campaign in support of The Olympics and will demonstrate that if Febreze and AmbiPur can declare victory over tough wrestling odors, they can defeat any odors in the home.

Kicking off with a robust digital campaign today, Facebook fans around the world will see a sneak peek of the Olympic Games campaign by meeting some of the world-class wrestlers who are part of the Azerbaijani national wrestling team before the ad campaign airs. The campaign stars Haji, a Freestyle wrestler in the 74-84 kilo division, Jamal, a Freestyle wrestler in the 120 kilo division, Rafiq, a Greco-Roman wrestler in the 74-84 kilo division, Sharif, a Freestyle wrestler in the 74-84 kilo division, as well as a Febreze-wielding towel boy. The campaign will take viewers on a journey to London where Febreze and Ambi Pur conduct the biggest Breathe Happy experiment to date.

Azerbaijan, a country situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea, has a long history rooted in the sport of wrestling, and it is often considered the national sport of the country. Through a series of video vignettes, Facebook fans can follow the Azerbaijani national wrestling team as they prepare for The Olympics and get to know these endearing wrestlers and their unique personalities.

The sponsorship is part of P&G’s Worldwide Partner status with the London 2012 Olympic Games and marks the first time Febreze has partnered with an Olympic team. This follows the revolutionary Breathe Happy campaign, which proves to real people around the world that Febreze freshness can transform the air through extreme odor experiments. The new Olympic Games campaign will follow with large-scale, global experiments, using real athletes and the real odor cues that surround them.

“We are honored to partner with the Azerbaijani national wrestling team and have these talented athletes star in the Febreze/Ambi Pur Olympic Games campaign,” said Gary Coombe, Global Vice President of Air Care and Western European Home Care brands. “By putting real people in the experiments, we’re putting our products to the test on the toughest odors in front of the entire world.”

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