Kelley Blue Book and Digitas Win Internet Advertising Competition Awards for Pontiac G8 - 'Tommy Kendall Avatar'

IRVINE, Calif.

Online Ad Recognized as 'Best of Show Rich Media Online Ad', 'Best Automobile Rich Media Online Ad'

IRVINE, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Kelley Blue Book,, the leading provider of new and used car information, today announces its win with Digitas in the 2009 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) for Best of Show Rich Media Online Ad and Best Automobile Rich Media Online Ad. The Internet Advertising Competition is produced by the Web Marketing Association to honor excellence in online advertising, recognize the individuals and organizations responsible, and showcase award winning Internet advertising. 

"Digitas is thrilled the Pontiac G8 'Tommy Kendall Avatar' has been recognized in the Internet Advertising Competition," said David Katzman, associate director of creative for Digitas. "It is an honor to be recognized not only for our work with General Motors, but also among our peers in creative marketing. We continually strive to produce results for our clients, but would not be as successful without the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to the table."

Digitas used DoubleClick Rich Media to develop a unique, rich media experience, using an avatar, to walk visitors through the new-vehicle research process, ultimately pushing them lower and lower into the purchase funnel and closer to buying a new car. This created visibility and interest in General Motors' new Pontiac G8, and was the first time this type of treatment had been applied to an online ad unit in this space. The avatar was personified by race car driver Tommy Kendall and specifically promoted the Pontiac G8.

"Kelley Blue Book strives to provide manufacturers and dealers with advertising opportunities that expand their reach to more online in-market new-car shoppers," said Susan Brown, director of advertising and business development, East, for Kelley Blue Book. "By working with Digitas, we were able to create an interactive ad experience and provide the consumer with additional product information to aid the manufacturer in reaching car buyers in new and engaging ways."

The IAC judges evaluated each submission based on creativity, innovation, impact, design, copywriting, and use of the medium. For more information about the award winning advertisement, please visit For more information about advertising on Kelley Blue Book's, please visit

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