INFINITI ANNOUNCES “360°” COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL CAMPAIGN WITH ESPN, NABC AND OTHERS

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– New Multi-Media Marketing Initiative Focuses on “Inspired Stories” to Help Launch the All-New 2011 Infiniti M Performance Luxury Sedan –

Infiniti today announced details of the most comprehensive marketing initiative in its 20-year history – a multi-level, multi-platform agreement with ESPN, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and Big Ten Conferences. The integrated package of sponsorships, content-driven original programming and online and social media extensions is designed to provide college basketball enthusiasts with a “360° look” at the inspired stories behind the run up to the 2010 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship.


The comprehensive television, print and digital media campaign tips off today and runs through the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game on April 5th. The campaign will spotlight Infiniti’s “Inspired Performance” brand messages, as well as individual models such as the newly redesigned 2010 Infiniti G. The all-new 2011 Infiniti M performance luxury sedan will make its television debut during the tip off of the NCAA Championship. The Infiniti M, which features inspired technology such as the world’s first Blind Spot Intervention™ System, is scheduled to go on sale at Infiniti dealers nationwide in spring 2010.

“College basketball, and particularly the NCAA Championship Tournament, is one of those special moments in time that everyone looks forward to every year. Infiniti is proud to be a major player this year in support of the NCAA Basketball, the SEC and Big Ten Conferences and college hoops fans from coast-to-coast,” said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Business Unit. “With this multi-platform approach and the creation of unique editorial content in conjunction with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, we’re creating a great space from which to promote our brand and launch the exciting new Infiniti M sedan.”

Key elements include:

  • The “Infiniti College Basketball Tip-Off,” which airs on ESPN prior the start of eight top college match-ups beginning Jan. 23rd, including seven Saturday Primetime games and one Tuesday night game. The show features one-on-one interviews with the head coaches from each team, focusing on the role of inspiration – how they inspire, how they were inspired and how it enables them to lead their players and supporters to deeper, richer experiences.
  • An additional “Inspiring Coaches” Spotlight Series will be available prior to each spotlight game on ESPN.com, ESPN mobile and the Infiniti Facebook page. Hosted by ESPN.com’s senior college basketball writer Andy Katz, the series features fifteen coaches, including Mike Krzyzewski, Duke; Bill Self, Kansas; Tom Izzo, Michigan State; Billy Donovan, Florida; and Roy Williams, North Carolina.
  • “What To Watch For” teasers during the week leading up to each Saturday Primetime game, along with spots in the ESPNews “Infiniti Saturday Recap.”
  • ESPN Mobile will introduce “Game of the Night” branding and create a surround experience around Infiniti’s exclusive “Inspiring Coaches” video and text components, giving fans a look at the week’s premier games from all angles, including analysis from the network’s top talent.
  • “Official Luxury Vehicle” of the SEC and Big Ten Conferences and on-site fan experiences at conference championship tournaments.
  • USA Today and Facebook post-game ads.

“Infiniti is working with ESPN to bring the inspired stories behind the competition to life, both on TV and across digital media,” said Poore. “We’re creating our own platform with our original themed content and new media applications and extensions to build awareness of Infiniti and our exciting Infiniti luxury performance vehicles.”

Quelle: Infiniti

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