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Publishers Clearing House Announces Advertiser-Sponsored Online Game Tournaments on PCHGames.com

New sponsorship program offers advertisers network-wide visibility, more than eight million targeted impressions of highly engaged Web site visitors and drives an estimated 200,000 potential customers per tournament to an advertiser’s Web site.

 
PRLog - Apr. 19, 2010 - SAN FRANCISCO -- New York and San Francisco – April 19, 2010 – Publishers Clearing House (PCH) today announced at Ad-Tech San Francisco the introduction of advertiser-sponsored tournaments for free online games on PCHGames.com. Sponsorship exposes a brand to more than eight million targeted loyal PCH site visitors and drives an estimated 200,000 potential customers per tournament to an advertiser’s Web site. Tournament games include Mahjongg and Solitaire, which are two of the most popular games online and on PCHGames.com. In February 2010 PCHGames.com had 16 million game plays, 1.6 million unique visitors, 5 million visits and 28.8 million page views. Tournaments are developed in conjunction with casual game developer Arkadium.

The next tournament, Mom-Jongg, a Mother’s Day inspired version of the popular Mah-Jongg classic tile game, is taking place on April 28th and includes cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. In addition, the top 25 scorers will earn 1,000 tokens, which can be used to win prizes including Amazon and Walmart gift cards or entries into PCH sweepstakes.

“PCHGames.com site visitors are highly motivated and engaged, especially when they have a chance to win cash just for logging on and playing their favorite games,” said Josh Glantz, vice president and general manager of PCH Online. “During the last tournament there were more than 540,000 games played in 24 hours. As the popularity of these tournaments increases the number of free online game plays continues to rise and ultimately makes this a very successful program for sponsoring advertisers.”

The advertiser-sponsored tournaments present a number of opportunities for brand messages and offers to be communicated throughout PCH’s stable portfolio of online properties, as well as through the company’s opt-in database of email subscribers. In addition to the customized tournament landing page sponsors also receive takeover ads, featured placement on the homepage of PCHGames.com, banner ads throughout the network, pre-roll and post-roll ads before the game begins and when it ends, custom tournament and partner emails and much more.

“Our online game tournaments provide a great way for advertisers to reach a targeted audience with multiple touch points at a time when they are engaged and hoping to win big,” said Michael Zane, director of online marketing at Publishers Clearing House. “Our team at PCHGames.com works closely with participating advertisers to obtain artwork and messaging, and then manages the tournament in its entirety. It’s a simple process that results in an entertaining and rewarding experience for those who play, as well as a great marketing success story for participating brands.”

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About Publishers Clearing House Online
Consisting of nine online properties including PCH.com, PCHCoupons.com, PCHGames.com, PCHLotto.com, PCHSearch&Win.com, PCHTV.com, PCHOnlineSurveys.com, PrizePatrol.PCH.com and PCHOnline.com, PCH Online is the Web destination for Publishers Clearing House, a leading multi-channel direct marketer of value-based consumer products and magazines.

The company calls attention to its advertisers and products by providing site visitors chances to play and win prizes, including valuable cash sweepstakes prizes with no purchase ever necessary to enter or win. With more than 3.5 million new registrants per year, more than five million unique visitors per month and a database of more than 10 million customers, PCH Online continues to be a viable opportunity for advertisers to reach a diverse group of men and women online. For more information about PCH Online, visit http://www.pchonline.com.

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