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Ion Orchard plans to kick off ad campaign in Q108

(SINGAPORE) Ion Orchard intends to launch an advertising campaign to promote the mall in the first quarter of next year – almost a whole year before the Orchard Road mall opens its doors to shoppers in end-2008.

For starters, the mall will run a print ad campaign in selected international publications such as the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Financial Times.

Designed to convey a mood of luxury and sophistication, the campaign will feature international models dressed in specially produced couture outfits and accessories whose design inspiration comes from the mall itself – or rather, the mall’s facade which aims to light up the building once it is up. Closer to the day of the mall’s opening, ads will also run in the local newspapers.

The mall is owned by a joint venture (JV) between Singapore-listed CapitaLand and Hong Kong’s Sun Hung Kai Properties.

‘Our new marketing campaign reflects our vision to be a world-class retail destination that will bring a truly unique retail experience to shoppers,’ said Soon Su Lin, chief executive of the JV company. ‘Even though Ion Orchard is still under construction, we are happy to be adding to the vibrancy of Orchard Road, and look forward to delighting shoppers in the near future.’

The mall also unveiled four-metre high hoardings last week at the site.

The campaign account was won by marketing communications agency DDB after its contest against six agencies.

‘I think Ion Orchard will light up Orchard Road in a bold and fashionable way,’ said David Tang, chief executive of DDB Group Singapore. ‘The campaign will have to be just as bold and fashionable.’

Ion Orchard is part of a retail-cum-residential development located at the heart of Orchard Road. When opened in end-2008, the mall will offer some 400 retail, F&B and entertainment stores. Marketing for the retail space has already begun, BT understands.


Source: Business Times 10 Dec 07

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