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GAME Named Manufacturer of the Year in Arizona

Great American Merchandise and Events (GAME) has been named Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Arizona Manufacturers Council. GAME President Eric Schechter accepted the award at the AMC’s signature event recognizing the achievements and contributions of Arizona manufacturers.

“Our factories are getting very good at designing unique circuitry and LED lighting,” Schechter said, describing GAME’s floating LED-illuminated accessories, as well as the ePool wireless water chemistry management system.

“Our products are at the forefront of backyard entertaining, especially when it comes to the pool and pool deck area,” added Andrew LaHaie, director of operations.

The award is given annually to the company that best demonstrates overall forward thinking in its commitment to excellence. In making its choice, AMC evaluates the uniqueness and technical advances represented by recently introduced products, as well as the manufacturer’s commitment to continues process improvement, utilization of technology, and protecting the environment. AMC also rewards entrepreneurial spirit and creative solutions to challenges that raise or enhance the industry standard.

The Outstanding Small/Medium Manufacturer of the Year award is one of four presented by AMC at this annual summit, which salutes Arizona’s manufacturing community and the contributions its members make to the state, economically and socially. AMC also named a (large) Manufacturer of the Year and gave awards for Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Sustainability.

For more information about the award, visit azmanufacturing.com.

For more information about GAME, visit www.game-group.com or find GAME on Facebook.

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Super Bowl power outage shines light on PR opportunity

One of the biggest victories that came out of this year’s Super Bowl was not the Baltimore Ravens win, but the fast thinking public relations and creative teams that seized the moment when the lights went out. When the players were side lined due to a 34-minute power outage viewers immediately took to social media. According to Twitter, users sent an estimated 24.1 million tweets during the game, with a bulk of postings taking place during the blackout.

While television ads during the Super Bowl broadcast were at an all-time premium at $3.8 million for 30 second spots, outreach and engagement on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube was a fraction of the cost.

Quick turn around

Two major brands that pulled out all the stops and generated considerable buzz were Tide and Oreo. Tide posted an image with a simple headline reading, “We can’t get your blackout. But we can get your stains out.” The image was retweeted more than 1,300 times. Oreo generated even more interest with its post showing on Oreo cookie illuminated on a dark page with copy reading, “You can still dunk in the dark.” This tweet was retweeted approximately15,000 times and was still being talked about the next day.

While fans waited for the lights to turn back on and for the game to resume, there was an estimated 231,000 tweets taking place per minute.

Looking to the companies and brands that recognized the opportunity serves as a valuable lesson in PR communications, and aptly demonstrates the advantage of a timely response. Having the ability to seize the moment and turnaround clever content quickly, paid off. While the NFL covered the blackout with banter about the game, viewers and ticket holders turned to their smartphones and tablets to access social media sites to receive updates and share.

Expanding reach

Unlike any other televised event, the enormous publicity building up to and surrounding the NFL championship takes on a life well beyond the match-up of teams. Viewers have equally as much interest, if not more in the half-time entertainment and the commercials. It may even be safe to say that the Super Bowl is the only televised program where viewers do not consider the commercials or half time as an optimal time for a bathroom break. Nor do most viewers set the DVR just so they can fast forward to get to the “good stuff.”

Most notable is the significant amount of pre and post publicity coverage centered on the ads themselves. News teams on local and national stations discuss which companies will be advertising during the game and in some case go so far to show video clip teasers. In the days after the game the buzz continues with post game dissection of which ads were deemed favorites.

On YouTube this year’s award-winning Budweiser ad featuring the Clydesdales has received more than 11 million views and 56 thousand “likes”. In addition, while we don’t have access to the statistics, we know they also benefited from viral email, Facebook, and Twitter shares. In other words, the $3 million plus price tag for ad time may be warranted not just because of high program viewership, but because of the added value received from PR and the viral viewing via social media.

Super Bowl XLVII proved to be an exciting game full of entertainment, surprise blackout and all. While the city of New Orleans and the operations team at Mercedes-Benz Superdome were not prepared for an electrical outage, some savvy marketing and PR professionals were certainly prepared. Let Super Bowl XLVII be a lesson to us all in how to maximize PR and utilize the increasing power and up-to-the-minute connection of social media to engage and expand a campaign.