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GM / Pontiac press release 9/15/2005






FOR RELEASE: 2005-09-15

Pontiac Debuts Torrent 'Survivor Search in the City' Promotion on 'SURVIVOR: GUATEMALA - THE MAYA EMPIRE' September 15





DETROIT – Following the success of Oprah’s 19 th Season Premiere last fall and Donald Trump’s boardroom in “The Apprentice” last spring, Pontiac is again stepping out with a major media partner – CBS’ “Survivor” – in surprising fashion for the launch of its new Pontiac Torrent SUV.

“While many companies place their product in a show, this time we’ve sort of placed the show in our product,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Pontiac marketing director.

Six former Survivors from the hit CBS television show will hit the “urban jungle” in Pontiac Torrents during the launch of “Survivor Search in the City” tonight on the top-rated reality show, ‘Survivor: Guatemala – The Maya Empire.’ The participating Survivor celebrities include many popular characters from top urban areas: “Boston Rob” Mariano in Boston (Survivor: Marquesas/Survivor: All Stars), Rupert Boneham in Chicago (Survivor: Pearl Islands/Survivor: All Stars), Jerri Manthey in Los Angeles (Survivor: The Australian Outback), Ethan Zohn in New York (Survivor: Africa), Gervase Peterson in Philadelphia (Survivor: Borneo) and Erin Collins in Texas (Survivor: Thailand).

Pontiac, along with marketing partner Leo Burnett Detroit and CBS, is launching the promotion, a fully integrated, effort incorporating the six former Survivors who will drive new Torrents as they go about their daily life over the coming weeks in their home cities and local regions. Consumers will be asked to find one of them and snap a picture of them with their Torrent on their camera phone. They can immediately transmit the image for a chance to win five, fully-loaded, 2006 Pontiac Torrents, what Pontiac is calling “Torrents for your tribe.”

Photos may also be submitted from digital cameras (via email) or by postal mail through November 6.

“This promotion represents one of the most creative executions of a sponsor promotion we have ever had in association with the Survivor brand,” said Anne O’Grady, executive vice president, CBS marketing “Survivor has one of the most passionate audiences on television, consistently ranking it in the top ten in viewership every week.”

GM research shows that the Survivor audience is 25% more likely than other prime time shows to talk about the program. “Because we’re working with the enhanced enthusiasm of the audience, this promotion becomes naturally viral,” said Richer.

In fact, fans who get pictures can spread them to friends who can also submit them. Further, the ex-Survivors themselves will keep daily blogs about their experiences and whereabouts with their Torrents which consumers can access at http://www.cbs.com. Photos will also likely spread at each Survivor’s website and fan websites.

Fifteen second television billboards on ‘Survivor: Guatemala – The Maya Empire’ will drive consumers to the promotion during each week’s broadcast in addition to web advertising through portals like Yahoo! and AOL.

The Torrent is also the sole automotive product placed in ‘Survivor: Guatemala – The Maya Empire.’ While it is an SUV, it is sleekly styled and designed with more agility, more for the urban jungle than an actual one.

Pontiac is a division of General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and markets the G6 sedan and coupe, GTO, Solstice roadster, Torrent SUV, Grand Prix, Vibe and Montana SV6. In 2006, Pontiac will introduce the G6 retractable hardtop convertible. Pontiac sold more than 474,000 vehicles in 2004, ranking third among GM divisions in total sales. More information on Pontiac and its products can be found on the division’s website at www.pontiac.com.



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“Because we’re working with the enhanced enthusiasm of the audience, this promotion becomes naturally viral,” said Richer.
Maybe he meant virile?
 

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solli4me said:
Maybe he meant virile?
Since the paragrah talks about how the show's fans talk about it, think the reference implied is that the buzz (for Pontiac) will spread (like a virus).





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solli4me said:
Maybe he meant virile?
I don't know, he may have gotten it right the first time:

viral - adj., Of, relating to or resulting from a virus.

virus - n., ... 3. Something that poisons one's soul or mind.

I think a lot of these reality TV shows could be considered poinsonous. :lol:
 

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Viral marketing is the biggest rave right now. You can find some articles online about what it really means.
 

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Small Dealer said:
Since the paragrah talks about how the show's fans talk about it, think the reference implied is that the buzz (for Pontiac) will spread (like a virus).
Saw something on 20-20 or 1 of those shows about the "echo-boom" generation, people under 25, children of the baby boomers.

They spend way more time on the internet then watching TV and are very well tapped into communications (IM, text, phone etc.) so advertizers are having to find new ways to reach them. Word of mouth (buzz) is thought to be a big way to reach them. They used Scion in the 20-20 show as an example. They advertise in very non-traditional ways to reach their target audience.
 
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