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Honda Launches Summer #Cheerance Event Spreading Cheer to Three Million People through Five-Day Honda Summer Clearance Event

- Multifaceted, large-scale effort across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube includes real-world stunts, comedy and concerts August 4-8

TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honda is launching five days of continuous "Summer Cheerance" by spreading an abundance of smile-inducing videos, memes, GIFs and visual jokes via social media, as well as hosting events from Mon., Aug. 4 to Fri., Aug. 8 to support the brand's annual Summer Clearance Sales Event. In addition, Honda will donate $100,000 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as part of this effort. The Summer Clearance event will also be supported by traditional TV, print, digital and radio advertising.

Honda Launches Summer #Cheerance Event Spreading Cheer to Three Million People through Five-Day Honda Summer Clearance Event

On Aug. 4, "Summer Cheerance" will launch with an introduction video revealing the mission to spread Summer Cheer. Lots of funny, crazy or just plain weird cheer videos, memes and GIFs will respond to people on Twitter throughout the five-day effort. Facebook and YouTube will also be leveraged. Content will conclude with a Honda Summer Clearance Event call to action.

To magnify reach, the brand is teaming with YouTube superstar Andrew Hales to promote his take on "Summer Cheerance" via two videos on his popular LAHWF YouTube channel during the five-day effort.

Real-world events will bring surprise moments of cheer in select cities across the country. Video will capture unsuspecting participants experiencing acts of cheer and will then be shared on Honda's social channels during the "Summer Cheerance" effort. Live cheer events include randomly placed pinatas filled with goodies at various locations, and "Stand Here for Cheer" will encourage people to stand in a painted box on the ground in a busy area to receive a surprise act of cheer, such as being serenaded by a saxophonist. "Cheer Detector" at a beach finds buried treasured chests that will be shared with onlookers.

A Pandora®  Summer Cheerance station featuring a variety of happy tunes will spread cheer and be promoted across Pandora. And rush-hour commuters will get their own dose of cheer from up-and-coming comedian Steve Simeone who will deliver two 60-second, custom-made "Summer Cheerance" comedy bits during a commercial break.

"We are committed to spreading unprecedented cheer starting today and connecting with as many people as we possibly can in five days," said Susie Rossick, senior manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "This collection of silly and wonderful morsels of cheer across social media, and in real life, are designed to make an impact, create smile-filled buzz and remind people that summer is the best time to get a great deal on a Honda."

Progress videos will be posted throughout the campaign to keep people updated and give a sense of the breadth of "Summer Cheerance" activities.

Customized digital units include a ticker tracking the goal to three million on http://www.shophonda.com/ and banner ads featuring cheery memes, and "Summer Cheerance" pre-roll will appear before humorous videos across video sites.

On TV, the Summer Clearance Sales Event campaign features six TV spots, including "Fan," "Golf Cart," and "Rain" that build off of last year's successful summer event. The campaign features dramatizations of actual social media posts from people who are unhappy with their current cars, positioning the Honda Summer Clearance Event as the solution to their problems.

Network TV placements are scheduled on "The Bachelorette," "New Girl," "24" and "MasterChef" and on national cable networks such as Bravo, Discovery, TBS and HGTV.

A strong online presence will also support this event, including banner ads on high-traffic auto sites such as Cars.com, KBB.com and Edmunds.com as well as units on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Print ads will run in "People," "Sports Illustrated" and top-market local newspapers. Network radio spots will also air during the event.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, CR-Z and Insight along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has the highest brand fuel economy1 and the longest-lasting cars2 of any mainstream automotive brand in America, and more models achieving an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating than any other automotive nameplate.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2013, more than 94 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1 Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013."
2 Longevity based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. vehicles in operation registration statistics 1988-2012 for Honda and non-luxury competing brands.


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