SOURCE: Simmons Bedding Company

Simmons Bedding Company

May 05, 2010 11:38 ET

Simmons Hosts Anniversary Sweepstakes and Free Sheet Giveaway to Kick Off Summer Season

Simmons® Promotions Celebrate New 2010 Beautyrest® Line, 85th Anniversary of Beautyrest® Brand

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) -  Simmons Bedding Company wants to make this Memorial Day a truly memorable one with two new promotions sure to help consumers rest easy this summer. Starting today, online consumers can take the Beautyrest Anniversary™ Challenge, a Web-based trivia sweepstakes where participants can enter to win a new Beautyrest Anniversary™ mattress. Also, beginning May 15, consumers who purchase a new Simmons® mattress valued at $997 or more will receive a free set of new Beautyrest® sheets as part of The New Beautyrest® Free! Sheet Event. Both promotions are designed to generate excitement about the new 2010 Beautyrest® line hitting retail stores this month, while helping retailers leverage the summer sales season, which is a traditionally popular time for mattress purchases.

"Our summer promotions offer consumers additional incentives for buying a new Beautyrest® mattress while reminding them that the Beautyrest® brand has an 85-year tradition of providing superior sleep," said Tim Oakhill, Simmons' executive vice president of marketing. "The 2010 Beautyrest® line builds on this heritage by taking our signature Pocketed Coil® technology to the next level with new Super Pocketed Coil® springs. We've also added BeautyStyle aesthetics for even greater visual appeal as well as BeautyFeel comfort, which enables us to supply the broadest range of unique feels in the industry."

THE BEAUTYREST ANNIVERSARY™ CHALLENGE

In addition to celebrating the launch of the new 2010 Beautyrest® line, Simmons is using the Beautyrest Anniversary™ Challenge as a way to educate consumers about the Beautyrest® brand's intriguing history. For 85 days, beginning May 5, visitors to the promotion's website, http://sweepstakes.simmons.com, may answer a daily question on topics ranging from Beautyrest® milestones to famous anniversaries for a chance to win one of 12 Beautyrest Anniversary™ queen-size mattresses.

"We introduced the Beautyrest Anniversary™ collection with our 2010 line in honor of the Beautyrest® brand's 85th anniversary," said Rolf Sannes, Beautyrest® brand director. "Winners of the Beautyrest Anniversary™ Challenge will be among the first consumers to enjoy the unsurpassed motion separation and conformability of the collection's 850 density Super Pocketed Coil® springs as well as the widest array of unique feels in the industry, something we call BeautyFeel™. Plus, new BeautyStyle™ aesthetics and new features like Total Surround BeautyEdge® Foam Encasement and Energy Foam™ help to enhance the overall sleep experience."

Simmons will randomly select one winner each week over the course of the Beautyrest Anniversary™ Challenge. At the conclusion of the sweepstakes, Simmons will award a grand prize of a new Beautyrest® mattress with a complete bedding ensemble including sheets, mattress pad and pillows to one lucky winner. Should a prize recipient have already bought a Beautyrest® mattress during the sweepstakes, Simmons will provide up to $2,000 cash back on their purchase.

THE NEW BEAUTYREST® FREE! SHEET EVENT

As another way of encouraging consumer interest in the new Beautyrest® models, the company will launch The New Beautyrest® Free! Sheet Event later this month. From May 15 through June 7, Simmons will give customers a set of Beautyrest® sheets with the purchase of a Simmons® mattress valued at $997 or more. The 100 percent cotton sheets have a suggested retail price of $129 and feature a 300 thread-count along with UltraFit™ design for a guaranteed perfect fit. Following their mattress purchase, customers just need to complete the redemption form and return it to Simmons with proof-of-purchase to receive their free Beautyrest® sheets.

"The New Beautyrest® Free! Sheet Event will help drive sales by providing consumers with one more reason to purchase a Simmons mattress," said Oakhill. "We know retailers are always looking for new and different ways to draw consumers' attention -- especially during the summer -- and we timed this promotion specifically to help retailers capitalize on the surge of customers that accompanies the Memorial Day holiday."

RETAILER SUPPORT

Simmons has developed a variety of in-store materials to help retailers make the most of the Beautyrest Anniversary™ Challenge and The New Beautyrest® Free! Sheet Event including vertical banners, ceiling danglers and tent cards. The company has also created print ads, television tags and radio scripts so that retailers may advertise the promotions in their local markets. To help drive store traffic for The New Beautyrest® Free! Sheet Event, the company is launching an extensive online advertising campaign on national websites such as msnbc.com and cnn.com that coincides with the promotion dates.

For more information about the Beautyrest Anniversary™ Challenge or to enter the sweepstakes, visit http://sweepstakes.simmons.com. For more information about Simmons or The New Beautyrest® Free! Sheet Event, visit www.simmons.com. To learn more about the company's new 2010 Beautyrest® mattress line, visit www.beautyrest.com.

About Simmons Bedding Company
Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding Company is one of the world's largest mattress manufacturers, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of products including Beautyrest®, Beautyrest Black®, Beautyrest® NxG®, Beautyrest Studio, BeautySleep®, ComforPedic by Simmons, Natural Care® and Beautyrest Beginnings. Simmons Bedding operates 19 conventional bedding manufacturing facilities and one juvenile bedding manufacturing facility across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Simmons Bedding also serves as a key supplier of beds to many of the world's leading hotel groups and resort properties. Simmons Bedding is committed to developing superior mattresses and promoting a higher quality sleep for consumers around the world.

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