Coyne Public Relations and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.: Goodyear ‘Get There' Awards
The 2008 Summer Olympics were set to be the year's most high-profile broadcast property. With an unprecedented 3,600 hours of Olympic television coverage planned, NBC tapped The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to provide the aerial coverage of Beijing that TV viewers in the US would experience.
Goodyear planned to leverage its involvement as the official aerial coverage provider of the Games to generate brand awareness as it headed into the key fall/winter selling season. Goodyear turned to Coyne PR to help find a creative way to further reinforce in consumers minds' the connection between Goodyear and the Olympics. Together, the team set out to capture share of voice in national and local market Olympic media coverage.
Coyne sought to identify 28 people to be honored for their dedication to helping shape American athletes' lives in a positive way. “Exceedingly professional campaign,” said one judge. “The messaging was clear and consistent.”
Dan O'Brien, three-time world champion and a gold medal decathlete, was tapped to be the spokesperson. The team decided to air the awards program when there were no scheduled major news events and within close proximity to the opening ceremonies so Olympic buzz would be at its peak. It worked in conjunction with each national governing body to recognize the one individual who had done the most to help an athlete from each of the 28 sports played during the Games.
“Strong tie-in to the brand,” said one judge. “Good use of celebrity.”
A Goodyear panel selected three winners from among the 28 nominees to receive a Goodyear ‘Get There' Gold Medal. Coyne PR executed a campaign that centered on a launch-day New York City broadcast tour and a national SMT on July 28 and 29.
The announcement of the ‘Get There' Awards generated more than 2,000 broadcast segments, along with an additional 60-plus b-roll hits online for a total of more than 50.1 million media impressions. National broadcast highlights included Fox Business' Money for Breakfast, ESPN2's Cold Pizza, Sporting News Radio, ABC Sports Radio, and an entire half-hour devoted to O'Brien and the ‘Get There' Awards on Bloomberg TV's Night Talk.
“Fantastic leverage of ‘Get There' theme to tie strong human interest stories in support of the Goodyear brand promise,” noted another judge.
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