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As the World Sets its Eyes on the Olympic Winter Games, Gillette Narrows in on the “By a Hair” Moments That Matter Most

New Brand Campaign Highlights the Role of Precision in Shaving and in Life


Friday, February 7, 2014 11:15 am EST



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"In sports, precision can ultimately determine between a win and a loss. It comes down to tenths of a second or fractions of an inch applied at the right angle"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Gillette® [NYSE: PG], the world’s leading male grooming brand, unveils a new brand marketing campaign communicating a modern vision for “The Best a Man Can Get.”

In a new brand anthem commercial airing for the first time tonight, Gillette highlights how a man’s most important moments, from professional achievements to personal relationships, are often determined by mere fractions. Whether a moment between father and son or taking that buzzer-beating winning shot at goal, the distance between a man and his best can come down to the tiniest of measures. In life and at the Olympic Winter Games, men will either make it or miss it not by a mile, but by the smallest of margins - by a hair.

In fact, only fractions of a second often make the difference between medals across major events. In competitions1 at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the average difference between winning a gold medal vs. silver in sports determined by time was seven-tenths of a second. The difference between silver and bronze times was closer still, at only half a second. While the distances these athletes travel and measures they undertake to get to the Olympic Games are far and wide, the final result comes down to small, yet significant moments.

“In sports, precision can ultimately determine between a win and a loss. It comes down to tenths of a second or fractions of an inch applied at the right angle,” said U.S. Olympic silver medalist Ryan Suter. “Precision gives you that competitive edge you need to go for gold.”

But men don’t have to compete on an international stage to look, feel and perform at their best. The new spot entitled “By a Hair” acknowledges that a man’s best can be reached with any moment worth savoring, anything worth doing and any battle worth winning.

“The new campaign commemorates the precise details that help men to reach their best no matter what that moment is,” said John Mang, Gillette global vice president, Procter & Gamble. “In life and in shaving, a millimeter makes all the difference. That's why we have spent the last 110 years refining and engineering down to the microscopic razor’s edge to give men the advantage of precision.”

With more than a century of providing the best a man can get in male grooming, Gillette knows that precision matters when you need it most. To celebrate the “By a Hair” moments of all athletes as they take the podium and medal across gold, silver and bronze, Gillette is encouraging fans to share their favorite “By a Hair” moments from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games through its Twitter handle (@Gillette) using the hashtag #BYAHAIR.

Visit Gillette’s YouTube channel to view the spot online and celebrate all athletes on Twitter and Facebook for the duration of the games.

About Gillette

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1 Calculations based on final medal times from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games across 26 individual competitions in the following sports: Alpine Skiing, Bobsled, Luge, Skeleton and Speed Skating.


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