VivaKi Offers Exclusive Advertising Opportunities with Xbox

ZenithOptimedia and Starcom MediaVest Group are first agencies to offer clients exclusive opportunities through Xbox LIVE

London – Following the latest update to the Xbox 360 experience, VivaKi today announces it will be the only media partner to offer clients exclusive pre-roll advertising inventory within entertainment content apps on Xbox LIVE in the UK. This opportunity will be exclusively available to all Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia clients from 6th December until March 2012. The first advertisers to take up this opportunity include EMI, Samsung, Emirates, Honda, E1 and O2.

Chris Locke, VivaKi UK Trading Director says: “As the world's leading media and digital organization, VivaKi is constantly looking for innovative ways to enable clients to engage with their many different audiences. Working together with Xbox LIVE to allow clients exclusive access to this new platform is an exciting opportunity.”

The launch of the new Xbox 360 experience represents a new era of interactive TV advertising and is the first time that Xbox LIVE has offered in-content advertising opportunities. In addition Xbox LIVE has announced a number of new entertainment partners including Sky, HBO, You Tube, Channel 4, AlloCiné, Screenrush, Dailymotion, and MSN Video and with more than 35 million active subscribers worldwide, Xbox LIVE is the largest next-generation TV platform to offer advertisers the ability to purchase 30-second TV spots within entertainment content. In the UK Microsoft will be partnering to offer ads within content of four entertainment partners including MSN Video. The new experience also offers Kinect-enabled Brand Destination Experiences making Xbox LIVE the only place on TV where advertisers can use the power of voice and gesture to engage with audiences. 

“We’re pleased to be working with VivaKi to offer the new Xbox LIVE ad inventory to select UK advertisers,” said Dean Carignan, Senior Director Xbox Live Advertising, EMEA “The new Xbox LIVE experience brings extended possibilities for marketers, placing TV advertising within an interactive entertainment context and helping them to engage a large and growing audience where they are spending their time.”

John Baylon, Group Digital Trading Director for Starcom MediaVest Group comments: “We are really excited to partner to provide Xbox LIVE in-content advertising in the UK. This is a great opportunity for Starcom MediaVest clients because our partnership gives them first mover advantage, unlocking new and engaging ways to reach audiences on Xbox LIVE."

Mauricio Leon, Digital Group Trading Director for ZenithOptimedia says: "We're delighted to be able to offer ZenithOptimedia clients this exclusive, first-to-market opportunity on XBox as part of our work with Microsoft. We strive to innovate within the digital space and opportunities like this ensure ZenithOptimedia clients continue to be at the forefront of interactive TV advertising and can communicate with their customers in new and innovative ways."

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NOTES FOR EDITORS
About VivaKi
VivaKi is part of Publicis Groupe (Euronext Paris Exchange: FR0000130577; and part of the CAC 40 index) the world’s third largest communications group.  VivaKi aggregates the marketplace influence of four autonomous brands, including two global media agency networks: ZenithOptimedia and Starcom MediaVest Group; and two leading digital marketing agencies: Digitas and Razorfish. On behalf of its agency brands and their clients, VivaKi faces the market to help identify and build technology, message distribution, audience aggregation and content solutions for the future. Sitting at the core of VivaKi is the VivaKi Nerve Center, which serves as a think tank, R&D center and testing ground to activate new pathways for clients to connect with consumers in an increasingly digital world. VivaKi also includes a Talent & Transformation Practice, which leverages the scale of the VivaKi brands to develop and deliver tools and approaches designed to attract, develop, train, motivate and reward the world's best people. www.vivaki.com

About Xbox LIVE
Xbox LIVE is the online entertainment service for your Xbox 360, connecting you to an ever-expanding world of games, movies, TV, music, sports and social entertainment. Xbox LIVE lets you play the best games, enjoy one of the world’s largest on-demand libraries on any console, listen to millions of songs and share the fun with friends around the world. Xbox LIVE is also the exclusive home of controller-free online entertainment through Kinect, making your Xbox 360 more intuitive and interactive than ever before. With an active community of more than 35 million people across 35 countries, Xbox LIVE, together with Xbox 360, provides you with instant access to the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, wherever you are. More information about Xbox LIVE can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/live.

About Microsoft Advertising
www.advertising.microsoft.com
Twitter: @MSAdvertising
 Microsoft Advertising provides world-class advertising tools and solutions for digital advertisers and publishers to drive brand and consumer engagement. The portfolio includes all of our digital advertising businesses: our global media network that includes MSN, Windows Live, XBOX, Bing Search, Windows Phone, Skype and more, and our global technology platforms and tools that include Atlas, the Microsoft Media Network, the Microsoft Advertising Exchange and adCenter which together create engaging digital advertising experiences for their consumers.  Microsoft Advertising helps make buying and selling media simple, smart and more cost-effective across media and devices in the Microsoft network of properties and beyond, which spans 42 markets globally and 21 languages. Visit http://advertising.microsoft.com/europe for more information.
 
For more information about Microsoft Advertising, including advertising on XBOX, please contact Lucie, Sophie or Paul at 3 Monkeys Communications: msadvertising@3-monkeys.co.uk, 020 7009 3000

Contact:
VivaKi - Claire Ballard
Head of Communications, EMEA
e/m: claire.ballard@vivaki.com         d/l: +44 (0) 20 7961 1164         m: +44 (0) 7956 394 886