BEIJING, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Charm Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRM) ("Charm" or the "Company"), a leading advertising agency in China, announced today that its digital marketing agency, Charm Interactive, has been awarded the digital marketing business for 2011 for Hisense Group ("Hisense"), a leading home appliance, telecommunications and IT manufacturer in China. Charm Interactive was selected by Hisense following a competitive pitching process that included digital marketing agencies such as Ogilvy Interactive, Tensyn Ad, and Wonder Ad.
Founded in 1969, Hisense is a multibillion dollar manufacturing conglomerate with its products exported to 130 countries worldwide. Under the Hisense Group, the company owns two publicly listed companies and provides a wide range of products and services in various industries including multimedia, home appliances, telecommunications and information technology. In 2010, Hisense had total sales revenues of US$9.5 billion, with international sales accounting for US$1.4 billion.
Charm Interactive has been named as the leading digital agency to help Hisense develop and implement its internet communications strategy with China's leading portals, including SINA, Sohu, NetEase, and Baidu. Concurrently, Charm Communications' full media communications agency, Charm Advertising, was also awarded Hisense's satellite and provincial television media account for 2011.
Mr. He Dang, founder, chairman and CEO of Charm Communications, said, "As we continue to make strides in our digital marketing business, we are excited about this major win for Charm Interactive. Hisense is a highly respected, blue-chip company in China, and their selection of Charm for both our digital and traditional advertising services is a reflection of our ability to deliver innovative and integrated communications solutions to our customers."
About Charm Interactive
Charm Interactive is the full-service digital marketing agency under the Charm Communications Group and offers the following internet marketing services: digital creative, planning and buying, ePR, online video, search engine marketing (SEM) and search engine optimization (SEO), social and viral marketing, and integrated TV/online brand campaigns and product launches. Charm Interactive has provided services to clients in the following industries: pharmaceuticals, FMCG, automobile, home appliances and telecommunications.
About Charm Communications
Charm Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRM) is a leading advertising agency in China. Charm operates its business under three brands: Charm Advertising, Charm Interactive, and Shangxing Media. Under the Charm Advertising and Charm Interactive brands, Charm offers integrated advertising agency services from planning and managing advertising campaigns to creating and placing advertisements. Under the Shangxing Media brand, Charm has established a portfolio of television advertising media resources through its exclusive arrangements with premium national television channels, which include not only advertising time but also opportunities for placing branded content. Charm's clients include well-recognized brand names in China across many industries, as well as emerging domestic leading brands. In January 2010, Charm formed a joint venture with international 4A advertising group Aegis Media, its strategic investor, to operate its brand "Vizeum" in China. In October 2010, Charm also entered into agreement to establish a joint venture with Wasu Digital Group to operate all advertising-related businesses across Wasu's IPTV, 3G mobile TV and broadband TV network platforms.
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