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Astral Out-of-Home Launches New Online Platform for Marketing and Advertising Professionals

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Astral Out-of-Home Launches New Online Platform for Marketing and Advertising Professionals08:00 EST Wednesday, February 27, 2013Astral Out-of-Home is aiming to inspire Canada's creative professionals by providing a space to share industry knowledgeTORONTO, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of its commitment and passion for innovation, Astral Out-of-Home has launched a new platform called FACE/AD/BLOG. The new online resource and corresponding Twitter and Facebook assets showcase bold and cutting-edge projects for the professionals that give our cities their unique character through advertising.From Toronto to Montreal to Vancouver, Astral Out-of-Home is in the forefront of shaping Canada's urban landscape. With this new online platform, FACE/AD/BLOG not only brings together artists, photographers, designers, architects and some of the most ingenious minds in advertising and marketing, but also offers infinite possibilities to create inspiration. The platform will highlight great examples of creativity from across the country, and shares the industry knowledge and insights from key influencers and specialists in the field."Out-of-home advertising changes our perception of the urban landscape and we wanted to provide the marketers and advertisers responsible with an online platform to inspire their creativity," said Nathalie Doré, Vice-President, Marketing and Media Creativity at Astral Out-of-Home. "Our partners are always seeking new ideas, industry trends, and information about what's being done at home and abroad. With FACE/AD/BLOG we're giving them exactly that, and aiming to start conversations, inform and inspire."To engage their clients, Astral Out-of-Home has created a large format publication made out of posters, which feature artwork and stories about influential artists and non-artists who help give our cities their creative character. Astral Out-of-Home is delivering the posters to their partners to help inspire and ultimately drive them to be part of the dialogue on FACE/AD/BLOG."It was important that we find an innovative way to market the online platform to those who know marketing best," said Doré. "The posters tell our story in a creative way and introduce FACE/AD/BLOG to our clients, and give them something to remember it by."FACE/AD/BLOG is already live with content developed by Editor-in-Chief, Anne-Marie Archambault, including photos and interviews with influencers like the country's leading designer of street furniture, the art group GRL from Vancouver and Montréal's own En Masse. As the online platform evolves Astral Out-of-Home will continue to look for content that is fearless, optimistic, passionate and ties back to the tag line: Show Your Colours.FACE/AD/BLOG launched on February 20, 2013.  Keep up with the trends and look for information and updates through Twitter: @FACEADBLOG and Facebook: FACEADBLOG.Astral Out-of-HomeAstral Out-of-Home is one of Canada's leading out-of-home advertising companies with more than 9,500 strategically-placed advertising faces in key markets in Québec, Ontario, and British Columbia. As a forward-looking company, Astral Out-of-Home has embarked on a series of green-and-clean initiatives to reduce its ecological footprint and actively participate in sustainable development.Astral Media Inc. Founded in 1961, Astral (TSX: ACM.A ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several media properties—pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media properties—among the most popular in the country. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers alike. To learn more about Astral, go to astral.com.SOURCE: Astral Media Inc.For further information: Media Contact Abigail Bueno abueno@webershandwick.com 416-642-7893 Véronique Desroches Marketing Director Astral Out-of-Home vdesroches@astral.com 514-529-6664 ext.7637