Dot-Coms Taken to the Cleaners with New Ad Deals
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Dot-com companies seeking to stand out from the crowd are turning to ever more unusual placements -- now that race cars, stadiums, pizza boxes, and the sides of trucks have been used -- one of the latest being dry cleaning bags.
"We find that combining traditional and alternative media yields effective results," said Carol Rothschild, vice president, group supervisor at Young & Rubicam's The Media Edge in New York.
Weather.com is trying a diverse mix of ads in its latest campaign, including peanut bags on Delta Airlines, tops on gas station pumps, and umbrellas. The company credits these unusual placements for its upward movement in Media Metrix and Nielsen/NetRatings rankings.
Citifi.com is using a specially crafted tagline, developed by Y&R, New York for the placement -- "Better rates. Lower banking fees. Looks like only your clothes will be taken to the cleaners."