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Lagardere Unlimited Consulting and ASICS America launch the world's first in-event real-time TVC

New platform aims to take fan engagement to the next level by tapping into consumer passion in real-time

July 02, 2014 --

NEW YORK, July 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lagardere Unlimited, in partnership with ASICS America, successfully launched the world's first in-event, real-time television commercial (TVC) over the weekend, a revolution in the real-time marketing space. The spot, which ran during the ITUWorldTriathlonSeries (WTS) in Chicago on Saturday on Universal Sports Network, is the first ever TVC to be shot, produced and broadcast in-event using real-time content captured on location and via social media.

Behind the scenes footage taping Gwen Jorgensen for the world's first in-event real time TVC

The ground-breaking advertisement took viewers on a journey with world-ranked No. 1 women's triathlete, U.S. Olympian and ASICS elite athlete Gwen Jorgensen, as she prepared for the world-class event. Jorgensen won the June 28th ITU World Triathlon Chicago in a swift 1:55:33.

The 15-second spot begins with real-time weather data and event footage captured just moments before the start of the race mixed with real-time video highlights and tweets of encouragement for Jorgensen as she starts off the triathlon on the shores of Lake Michigan.

As a Main Sponsor and Official Apparel Partner of ITU World Triathlon Chicago and with Jorgensen competing as a race favorite, ASICS America was thrilled about the opportunity to work with Lagardere Unlimited on producing this unique commercial.

"We think this is an authentic way to elevate the experience of our fans and make them feel connected to Gwen in those final moments of preparation before the event," said Shannon Scott, ASICS America Director of Marketing Communications. "What excited us about this concept was the ability to build a brand story, involve our fans in the process, while still maintaining enough control to ensure it was uniquely on-brand to ASICS."

As one of the world's premier sports and entertainment agencies with over $5 billion of sports and entertainment rights under management, Lagardere Unlimited saw the move to real-time broadcasting as a natural progression of their innovative digital and media offerings.

"We've been working with brands for many years on creative ways to engage with consumersand harness the energy surrounding major televised events," said Al Silvestri, Senior Vice President of Marketing & New Media, Lagardere Unlimited Consulting. "Now with our Real-Time Broadcast platform brands are able to take this engagement to the next level and tap into consumer passion at the precise moment it's most relevant that's incredibly valuable for marketers."

Silvestri also notes the benefit of this platform in helping brands stay on top of the increasingly rapid demands of real-time marketing.

"Since every second counts with real-time marketing and decisions need to be made on the fly, our ability to create an automated process to pull, package, and push content to all platforms in a matter of minutes provides brands with incredible creative possibilities and control," concluded Silvestri.

As the co-producer alongside USA Triathlon and official rights holder of the ITU World Triathlon Series, Lagardere Unlimited saw the event as the ideal moment to launch their platform and worked in close partnership with UniversalSports Network to create and broadcast the spot to the U.S. audience.

Although the concept of digital real-time marketing has been around for some time, Silvestri notes that the evolution to broadcast within real-time advertising is the logical next step for brands.

"Social media and platforms like Twitter have opened the flood gates to real-time marketing initiatives," said Silvestri. "This development in real-time advertising takes the concept of social media engagement and catapults it to the next level by providing brands the ability to deliver contextually relevant and timely marketing messages within the broadcast medium."

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About Lagardere Unlimited:

Lagardere Unlimited, a division of the $10B Lagardere Group, is a world-leading sports and entertainment agency. As part of a network of more than 22,500 employees working across 30 countries worldwide, Lagardere Unlimited draws on its extensive global reach and deep understanding of the industry to develop strategies that connect brands with consumers through access to unique sports and entertainment properties.

By leveraging its depth and breadth of experience, Lagardere Unlimited provides best-in-class counsel that works to identify and maximize opportunities in the areas of Events, Talent, Stadium & Arena, Marketing, Media, and Academies.

About Lagardere Unlimited Consulting:

Lagardere Unlimited Consulting provides brands with real-time marketing solutions in the rapidly changing world of sports and entertainment. Lagardere Unlimited Consulting's broad experience across traditional, new media, digital, events, sponsorship, and properties make them a global leader in strategy, development, management and execution.

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