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QR Code Makes Entering Valpak and "HGTV Design Star" Sweepstakes a Snap!

LARGO, Fla., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc., the savings giant, will promote a sweepstakes for HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, on the Blue Envelope starting this week, and featuring one of the network's top-rated shows – "HGTV Design Star."

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The promotion will be a snap to enter: the Valpak envelope includes a quick response – or QR – code.  Consumers use their smartphones to simply snap or scan the QR code and enter to win the sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000 cash for a room makeover.

After entering, consumers can sample the show by watching a video featuring "HGTV Design Star," share with their friends on Facebook or Twitter, and can also post to their calendar to receive a reminder to watch "HGTV Design Star."

"Now, print allows us to go one step further and show our readers and HGTV viewers what the new season is all about," said Michael Vivio, president of Cox Target Media, providers of Valpak.

This is the sixth season of "HGTV Design Star," the popular reality show where finalists compete for their own design show on HGTV.  The promotion will be featured online including on HGTV.com, which attracts an average of 5.2 million unique visitors per month. Viewers can also go to Valpak.com to enter. The sweepstakes lasts through Sept. 9.

Valpak, which has used QR codes with additional promotions this year, expects the QR code will engage viewers and readers in a whole new way.

"The use of these QR codes represents an opportunity for Valpak to appeal to and engage with promotionally responsive consumers, as well as younger consumers," said Vivio. "It provides a connection and allows us to reach the consumer directly with rich multi-media content. We're connecting recipients directly to the programming," he said.

In the next six months, Valpak will mail to more than 200 million households with QR codes on the outside of the envelope.

Use of QR codes – 2D barcodes that contains a call to action such as a link to a mobile Web site – has soared in popularity over the past two years, with conservative growth estimates ranging from 80,000 monthly scans two years ago to two million monthly scans, according to one of the industry's leading providers.

Valpak QR code for the campaign is powered by SPARQ.ME, a Seattle-based mobile technology company.

About Valpak®

Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, is owned and operated by Cox Target Media, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Media Group. With nearly 180 franchises throughout the United States and Canada, The Blue Envelope® delivers savings and value to nearly 40 million households each month. Annually, Valpak will distribute some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 500 million envelopes. Valpak also offers digital solutions with www.Valpak.com®, an online site for local savings, which has nearly 40 million offer views each month, as well as mobile phones, including apps for iPhone,  iPod touch®, Android, Palm® Pre, Blackberry®, and  Microsoft Windows® Phone 7 platforms. For more information, please contact 1-800-676-6878.

About Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group, Inc. is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. With $1.8 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 85 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.   For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.  

About HGTV

HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks.  HGTV's website, HGTV.com, is the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination, which attracts an average of more than 5 million unique visitors per month.  

About SPARQ.ME

SPARQ.ME is a mobile marketing service focused on turning mobile phone users into customers. SPARQ.ME's platform enables mobile phone users to purchase products or services, receive mobile coupons and connect with businesses via social media. The SPARQ.ME platform also includes the following offerings: mobile websites, loyalty programs, lead generation, marketing via QR Code and SMS, advanced analytics and more. SPARQ.ME is now one of the largest and highest quality providers in mobile marketing with many fortune 500 clients. To learn more about our products, visit us at www.sparq.me.

Contact information:
Marsha Strickhouser
8605 Largo Lakes Drive
Largo, FL 33773
727-399-3175
marsha_strickhouser@valpak.com

SOURCE Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc.



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