SOURCE: Century 21 Real Estate LLC

Century 21 Real Estate LLC

October 17, 2012 10:06 ET

Century 21 Real Estate Moves Into SimCity Social

Global Brand and EA to Open Offices in Popular Facebook Game

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2012) - Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world's largest residential real estate sales organization, announced a collaboration with Electronic Arts Inc., and its SimCity Social Facebook® game. Beginning today, players of SimCity Social will have the opportunity to add a CENTURY 21® Office building to their virtual cities, thereby generating virtual revenue while interacting with the most recognized brand in real estate.*

With the addition of the CENTURY 21 Office building, players can earn extra Simoleons helping them grow their cities by buying new homes, businesses and land. By performing "friend or foe" actions on neighbors' CENTURY 21 Office Buildings -- such as consulting with an agent or "taking" open house cookies -- players can earn additional merits in the game. There is also the opportunity to earn an energy boost by watching an in-game, CENTURY 21 Smarter. Bolder. Faster.(SM) commercial.

"This campaign showcases our brand on the largest social network in a fun and creative way that resonates with an increasingly influential audience -- gamers," said Bev Thorne, chief marketing officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "We see this as an innovative opportunity to deliver the dream of homeownership to millions who are intent on investing in real estate virtually, and eventually, in reality."

Interestingly, according to the Simmons Research, 290 million people play games on Facebook. Additionally, Facebook players are a particularly captive audience and receptive to brands who deliver an item of value in a non-interruptive way during their game experience. In fact, 95 percent of people playing games do not multitask, making them a captive audience for brands aiming to build stronger connections with consumers.

"Gamers on Facebook love being rewarded with highly coveted in-game content that advances their game-play in return for engaging with relevant brands," said Dave Madden, senior vice president, Global Media Solutions, EA. "The CENTURY 21 brand is helping SimCity Social players bring real estate experiences into their game in an authentic and beneficial manner."

This three-week campaign runs through November 5, but players will be able to keep their building in their city indefinitely. To play SimCity Social and access the CENTURY 21 Office building, visit the game on Facebook.

Powerful Social Gaming Statistics

  • 510 million people worldwide play social games (Source: PopCap Games 2011)
    • 81 million people (68 percent of social gamers) play social games at least once a day
    • 49 million people (41 percent of social gamers) play social games multiple times a day
  • 44 percent of Facebook gamers are more likely to be influencers to family and friends. They are also extremely inclined to absorb messages delivered during their gaming experience (Source: 2012 Simmons Research)
  • 90 percent of gamers who watched an advertisement in a Facebook game were able to recall the message of that ad a week later (Source: GfK Dimestore)

*Millward Brown Study Methodology
Source: 2011 Ad Tracking Study. The survey results are based on 1,200 online interviews with a national random sample of adults (ages 18+) who are equal decision makers and who have bought or sold a home within the past two years or plan to purchase or sell a home within the next two years. Brand awareness questions are based on a sample of 1,200 respondents at a 90% confidence level with a margin of error is +/- 2.4%. The study was conducted between September 12 and November 20, 2011 by Millward Brown, a leading global market research organization.

About Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Century 21 Real Estate LLC (CENTURY21.com) is the franchisor of the world's largest residential real estate sales organization, providing comprehensive training and marketing support for the CENTURY 21 System. The System is comprised of approximately 7,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 73 countries and territories worldwide. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global provider of real estate services.

©2012 Century 21 Real Estate LLC, A Realogy Company. CENTURY 21® Is A Registered Trademark Owned By Century 21 Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each CENTURY 21 Office is Independently Owned and Operated.

SimCity is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:

    Matt Gentile
    Century 21 Real Estate LLC
    Phone: 973.407.6102
    Mobile: 973.647.9042
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    Angela Giovanello
    Mullen Communications
    Phone: 617-226-9921
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