RealTime IT News Launches First Offline Campaign

Inviting consumers to "Make Yourself at Home," on Wednesday kicked off its first offline campaign, in an effort to help the brand stand out in the crowded home, real estate, and mortgage space.

The campaign, designed by McCann-Erickson Seattle, positions as the brand that recognizes the role homes play in people's lives. Campaign components include television, radio, print, outdoor and online advertising. Spending wasn't disclosed, but the effort was described as a "multi-million dollar" campaign.

"This category is crowded with sites that focus exclusively on the finite transactions associated with finding and buying a home," said Ian Morris, product unit manager for the division of HomeAdvisor Technologies Inc.

"By moving beyond real estate listings and mortgages to address the full life cycle of home ownership, we believe we can establish a much more meaningful and long-term relationship with consumers."

In one television spot, the three little pigs use to find the perfect home. In another, a prison inmate has used the site to turn his cell into a model home. Radio, print, outdoor, and online ads use similar themes. Traditional advertising will run in seven major markets, while online ads will run nationally.