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Bodog.com Advertises on Airplane

24 Apr 2006

LAS VEGAS – (PRESS RELEASE) -- With advertisers increasingly seeking alternatives to traditional media to reach customers, InterAir Media is piloting a novel approach that literally propels messages across the skies. The company announced today that on April 25 six commercial aircraft will be in operation (one already is in operation) at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport wrapped in advertising messages in a deal brokered with Allegiant Air.

"Advertisers are looking high and low for new media to extend the reach of their messages," said InterAir Media CEO Drew Stoddard from his Miami Beach office. "By wrapping planes with logos or messages, we can help them reach to the sky to communicate with customers, literally."

After several years of working in the traditional advertising industry, Stoddard launched InterAir Media to serve clients demanding out-of-the-box communication approaches. With the resources and concept in hand, he first approached Allegiant Air with the idea in the summer of 2005, and the privately-held company didn't take long to recognize the win-win proposition.

With a commitment from Allegiant in hand, Stoddard began contacting companies that would likely benefit from the new communication vehicle, which InterAir Media estimates can provide exposure to an audience of more than 750,000 per quarter by advertising on a single wrapped airplane. Stoddard soon got his first bite from online casino BoDog.com.

"This in-air branding allows us to target a specific demographic while continuing to expand the presence of our brand throughout the continental United States," said Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of BoDog.com.

"There is so much message clutter on television, in print, even on the Internet these days," Stoddard added. "Our partnership with the airline enables us to help an advertiser take its message to a captive audience while also helping the airline secure an additional revenue stream. Additionally, we are not painting the planes per se, rather using a more efficient and cost effective technology - a decal which allows quicker turnaround for both the advertiser and airline."

Artists are putting final touches on the materials necessary for the initial ad wrap featuring BoDog.com. The branded aircrafts will fly between Las Vegas and 32 other U.S. destinations. When not in flight, the planes will also be highly visible for passengers arriving to and departing from the airport.

"In today's media environment, consumers are gaining considerable control over their media and are opting out of receiving ad messages," said Billy Stubbs, creative director for Foote, Cone and Belding in New York. "InterAir Media is providing a new medium where advertisers are guaranteed a connection with consumers.

"It's going to be hard to miss such a large message brandished on the side of an airplane," Stoddard said.

 
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