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iCrossing Kicks Off Connected Digital Efforts for AEGIntegrated SEM Campaigns to Connect Music Fans With New Ticketing Platform (November 14, 2011)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/11 -- iCrossing (http://news.icrossing.com), a global digital marketing agency, announced today that it has been selected by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), one of the leading sports and entertainment companies in the world, to help connect with entertainment lovers by driving awareness of AEG's new entertainment and ticketing platform, www.axs.com.
iCrossing will develop connected paid search (SEM) campaigns to promote AEG's state of the art venues, including Los Angeles' Staples Center, and drive ticketing sales through www.axs.com for an array of events ranging from small indie rock bands to national tours like American Idol. For the first time, AEG will sell tickets direct to consumers, moving business away from Live Nation's Ticketmaster. This enables AEG to connect directly with fans, while providing centralized CRM services and core ticketing technologies.
iCrossing will utilize its proprietary Connected Marketing Platform to manage the large number of campaigns running simultaneously to keep AEG in top placements, through custom workflows, intelligent automation, decision support and performance reporting.
"The axs ticketing platform is new, so getting exposure within search is key," said Todd Sims, SVP Digital, AEG. "Partnering with iCrossing allows us to continue to build awareness of our events and venues, and drive sales."
iCrossing recently rolled out initial campaigns to promote musical acts at two iconic AEG venues in Denver -- the Ogden Theatre and Bluebird Theater. It will soon roll out campaigns supporting 18 regions and more than 25 AEG venues nationally.
"AEG recognizes the importance of being visible where its customers are, and engaging with them in ways they want," said Brian Powley, President, North America, iCrossing. "Having this integrated approach to digital is reflective of how companies must transition to become truly connected brands."
iCrossing is a global digital marketing agency that combines talent and technology to help world-class brands find and connect with their customers. The company blends best-in-class digital marketing services -- including paid search, search engine optimization, Web development, social media, mobile, research and analytics -- to create integrated digital marketing programs that engage consumers and drive ROI. iCrossing's client base includes such recognized brands as The LEGO Group, Epson America and Toyota, and 40 Fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, MasterCard and FedEx. Headquartered in New York, the company has 750 employees in 18 offices globally. iCrossing is a unit of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media companies. For more information, please visit www.icrossing.com.
AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, owns or is affiliated with a collection of companies including over 100 facilities such as STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, CA), Best Buy Theater (Times Square, New York), Sprint Center, (Kansas City), Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Mercedes Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Mastercard Arena (Beijing, China), O2 World Hamburg, Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), The Globe arena (Stockholm, Sweden), O2 World arena (Berlin, Germany) and The O2 arena and entertainment district (London, England); sports franchises including the Los Angeles Kings (NHL) and two MLS franchises in addition to overseeing privately held management shares of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). AEG has created L.A. LIVE, a 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, a 54-story, 1001-room convention "headquarters" destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE hotels and 224 luxury condominiums -- The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE -- all in a single tower), the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14, "broadcast" facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant and office space and developed The Home Depot Center in Carson, California designated as an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site" by the United States Olympic Committee that includes major facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling and other sports. Business units include AEG Sports, operators of a variety of events and tours; AEG Live, the world's second largest live entertainment, concert promotion and touring companies and AEG Facilities, a division that operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide. The organization is also developing additional arenas in China and arenas in Stockholm and Las Vegas. In 2010, AEG launched its AEG 1EARTH environmental program with the announcement of 2020 environmental goals and the release of the industry's first sustainability report. The groundbreaking report contains metrics collected on resources consumed and wastes generated at 20 facilities from AEG's global network of venues. The report also highlights success stories such as the over 3,000 solar panels on the roof of STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. For additional information, visit www.aegworldwide.com.
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