New Mexico Tourism Department Launches New Advertising Campaign Developed by M&C Saatchi LA

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New Mexico Tourism Department launches new Visit New Mexico advertising campaign developed by M&C Saatchi LA. The campaign is promoting "The Best Place In The Universe. New Mexico, Earth." The state of New Mexico has long drawn tourists from near and far; now it has started attracting them from other worlds.

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These ads will be unique and eye-catching; and they will increase the awareness of New Mexico as a vacation destination.

From balloon fiestas to lava flow caverns, world-class skiing to pristine white sand fields, private spaceports to opera under the stars, New Mexico has a million amazing things to see and do. The state has long drawn tourists from near and far; now it has started attracting them from other worlds.

That's the creative idea behind the New Mexico Tourism Department's new ad campaign -- "The Best Place In The Universe. New Mexico, Earth." -- developed by M&C Saatchi LA.

"People that have not visited often either have no idea or the wrong idea about New Mexico," said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of New Mexico Tourism Department. "We needed a highly creative ad campaign to cut through the clutter of tourism advertising and encourage folks to consider the uniqueness of New Mexico."

The integrated visit New Mexico campaign includes two 30-second TV commercials (entitled "Taking Care of You" and "Personal Day"), as well as four print executions -- "Tourists," "Mountain Bike," "Golf" and "Fishing," which will appear in magazines, on billboards, taxi tops, coffee sleeves, etc. The campaign directs consumers to the campaign web page http://www.newmexicoearth.org, which includes a link to the New Mexico Tourism Department web site. The campaign will launch this week in New Mexico's traditional surrounding markets, as well as in two new test markets -- San Diego, Calif., and Minneapolis, Minn.

"The message is that New Mexico truly is the best place in the universe to visit," said Johnny Montoya, Tourism Department Advertising Director. "These ads will be unique and eye-catching; and they will increase the awareness of New Mexico as a vacation destination."

"We're extremely proud of this campaign," said Huw Griffith, CEO of M&C Saatchi LA. "It's yet another example of our brutally simple thinking and creative hard sell."

The campaign was created by M&C Saatchi's Craig Ghiglione, senior copywriter, and Jay Gundzik, senior art director. The TV spots were directed by Matt Aselton at Epoch Films, post-production was by Chrome and Ring of Fire, and audio post-production by Lime. Still photography was by Eric Swanson. Media planning & buying is managed by Round2. Alien costumes designed by Stan Winston, designer for Aliens, Predator, Jurassic Park and Terminator.

TV spots in Flash
Visit New Mexico for a [Personal Day (Small) 3.3 MB
Visit New Mexico for a Personal Day (Large) 10.6 MB
Taking Care of You in New Mexico (Small) 4.2 MB
Taking Care of You in New Mexico (Large) 4 MB

Print ads as .jpg files
Alien Biker in New Mexico jpg 38 K
Alien Fishing in New Mexico jpg 30 K
Alien Golfing in New Mexico jpg 22 K
Alien Tourists in New Mexico jpg 3.4 MB

Keyframes
New Mexico Tourism movie keyframes Zipped in one file 2.8 MB

About New Mexico
The mission of the New Mexico Tourism Department is to promote New Mexico as 'The Best Place in The Universe' to this world and beyond. For more information, please visit the New Mexico Tourism Department Site.

About M&C Saatchi
M&C Saatchi was launched in 1995 and became the fastest-growing agency in the history of advertising. The agency has since grown to become one of the largest independent agency networks in the world. Maurice and Charles Saatchi founded the agency following the split from Saatchi & Saatchi, which they had originally set up in 1970.

M&C Saatchi is committed to the principle of Brutal Simplicity of Thought. M&C Saatchi LA was established in 2003 and has developed a variety of iconic campaigns for clients including Ketel One, Beverly Hills Convention & Visitors Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce, Crystal Cruises, San Diego Zoo, Qantas, Tourism Australia and now the New Mexico Tourism Department.

For more information, visit M&C Saatchi
New Mexico, Land of Enchantment
Media Contacts:
Martín Leger, Advertising Manager, NMTD
505.827.8036 / martin.leger @ state.nm.us
Huw Griffith, CEO, M&C Saatchi
310.401.6074 / huw.griffith @ mcsaatchi-la.com

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