YAKIMA LAUNCHES INTEGRATED MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO HELP CONSUMERS OVERCOME THEIR “RACK ENVY”

Monday, April 13, 2009

Leading Vehicle Rack Manufacturer Incorporates Campaign Across Website, Consumer Catalog, Print Advertising and Field Marketing Tour

BEAVERTON, Ore. (March 30, 2009) – In a continued effort to enable consumers to streamline their packing for outdoor adventures, Yakima, an innovator in vehicle racks for boats, bikes, winter sports gear, camping, cargo and trailer solutions, today launched a national marketing campaign focused on overcoming “Rack Envy.” Developed in partnership with creative agency Stick and Move of Philadelphia (www.stickandmove.com), the campaign embraces the notion that “rack envy” is a burden that affects consumers using cumbersome and substandard methods to transport gear. The campaign will be integrated through a revamped website ( HYPERLINK "http://www.yakima.com" www.yakima.com), a consumer catalog, national print advertising and a field marketing tour beginning this month.
   
“If you can relate to the envious feeling of driving down the road next to a vehicle with outdoor toys that are well-organized and securely attached, then you know about ‘Rack Envy,’ ” said Mike Steck, senior director for customer marketing and sustainability. “If you are using the backseat of your car or a substandard rack product, then you are experiencing a bad case of ‘Rack Envy’ and this should not be the case. New innovative products like our ForkLift, QuickBack and SkyBox LoPro give consumers an easy solution for organizing their gear combating this common condition.”


   



The redesigned Yakima website features new educational tools such as basic rack tutorials, video product demonstrations and a quiz that helps consumers recognize if they “suffer from Rack Envy.” The updated product catalog includes: new tools to “demystify the rack experience” featuring product feature and benefit call-out sections; four steps to choosing a rack; advanced comparison charts; a camping specific section outlining the best options for camping trips; and actual “real fake customers” that communicate the benefits of the products in an entertaining way.

The print initiative will be seen in Backpacker, Bicycling, Canoe & Kayak, National Geographic Adventurer, Outside, and Paddler beginning this month. Yakima’s field marketing program, the Road Warrior Tour presented by Subaru, will be present at outdoor and retailer events around the country reinforcing the campaign message. The Road Warriors will attend over 50 consumer events in the next 10 months (www.yakima.com/go-mighty/road-warriors.aspx).
   
About Yakima 
Yakima is a world leader in the design and manufacture of destination hardware and gear management solutions. Yakima’s products include: vehicle racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and gear, a line of cargo boxes and bags for a variety of needs, as well as high performance multi-sport trailers. Yakima Products is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.

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