Launches National Campaign

Online brokerage launched a
multi-year, $40 million integrated national advertising campaign that
includes TV and print media components.

The campaign will focus on promoting the brand and its benefits using the tag
“Your Investments.Your Way.” The company said it invested in research with Market Strategies, conducting
intensive focus groups to target the campaign.
The Web site has been redesigned and now offers MyView, the company’s new
Web-based application.

The television campaign launches on CNBC Aug. 26 during the PGA Reno-Tahoe
Open. The four spots feature a diverse group of online traders — retired
men, a 30-something woman and a 40ish couple. The ads focus on a different
key benefit of which include no hidden charges; instant
pop-up trade notification with new free software; how the free software
allows drill-down for details on a single page, receiving complete history of
transactions; and customer service /technical support.

Marcus and Associates is’s advertising agency of record. Marketecture is the
media buying agency. Apollo Film is the production company and Richard Druz
produced the music for the television campaign.

“We waited to ensure our infrastructure was in place before we made a major
advertising push,” said Bruce Zucker, president of
The national print campaign will be launched in the second week of September.
Creative direction and media plans have not yet been announced.

Online advertising partnerships with and are also part of the campaign. For
the next eight months, will feature as one of
the select broker buttons on the portfolio, stock-quote and stock-chart
areas. The financial section will feature as
an exclusive sponsor on three areas. will co-sponsor two
other areas and will have a trading button on the Gomez page accessed through
AOL personal finance.

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