SOURCE: Rodale

September 26, 2007 11:24 ET

Rodale and Nissan Announce Marketing Agreement to Introduce 2008 Nissan Rogue

'SHIFT_life Tour' Events and Master Trainer Endorsements Kick Off Campaign; World-Renowned Cycling Coach Chris Carmichael, Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes and Ironman Triathlete Lokelani McMichael to Share Advice and Motivation in "Masters" Program

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 26, 2007) - Rodale Marketing Solutions, a unit of Rodale Inc., the authoritative source for trusted content in health and wellness worldwide, announced today a marketing agreement with Nissan to present the all-new 2008 Nissan Rogue to its audience of high-performance life enthusiasts. Rodale will produce a series of 'SHIFT_ life Tour' events, master trainer endorsements and a custom integrated multi-media program to introduce the vehicle, which goes on sale this month at Nissan dealers nationwide.

"Our goal is to create engagement and establish an emotional connection between Nissan Rogue and Rodale through our leadership brands," said MaryAnn Bekkedahl, Executive Vice President/Group Publisher at Rodale. "We aim to generate awareness and lead generation while increasing the brand's profile across digital, print, and event platforms."

The "Masters" component of the program will provide preferential access to Chris Carmichael, the world's pre-eminent cycling coach and founder of Carmichael Training Systems, Dean Karnazes, Ultra marathoner, and Best-selling Author, and Lokelani McMichael, Ironman Triathlete, Model and Fitness Expert via a customized, multi-media platform.

The integrated multi-media program, which is based on Nissan's existing "SHIFT_" brand, will leverage the voice and attitude of Nissan while creating an opportunity for Rodale's audience to relate the all-new Rogue directly to their passions.

The program includes a print campaign in Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World, Backpacker, Bicycling and You24 beginning in October. A "Master" trainer will appear on the cover of the special impact ad unit. The reader will 'unzip' the page, allowing the unit to open, revealing the "Master" trainer in their environment with the 2008 Nissan Rogue.

Full-page advertorials will run adjacent to a 2008 Nissan Rogue brand ad in the November and December issues of Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World, Backpacker and Bicycling. "Advertorial provides continual promotional support surrounding the vehicle launch and drives traffic to the online site," added MaryAnn Bekkedahl.

Online Media Promotion

Rodale designed a micro Web site that features an integrated promotion of key 2008 Nissan Rogue performance features, along with "Master" trainer video interviews, question and answer features, training plans, and "Master" picks of the best runs, rides and hikes in select City Guides. A Sweepstakes program designed to increase buzz and viral capacity surrounding the vehicle pre-launch and 'Master-Plan' program will be launched.

Ron Bernstein, Vice President, Marketing Solutions and Interactive Sales for Rodale, said, "We are creating high-impact, rich media ads that will drive users directly to our unique, custom content 'micro' Web site where consumers can design their own 'SHIFT_' training plan, while learning more about the Rogue."

The ads, branded Nissan Rogue, will run across the Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World, Backpacker and Bicycling Web sites, including use of key positioning such as homepage and channel roadblocks.

Events

Rodale is producing the 'SHIFT_ life Tour,' a customized event platform to run from September through November 2007 in key cities nationwide. Nissan Rogue brand ambassadors will utilize handheld devices and a kiosk to enter consumers in the Nissan Rogue Giveaway Sweepstakes, with the chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2008 Rogue. All tour events will feature a vehicle display, along with a custom created course tour to provide consumers with unique and compelling event participation experiences.

Event Date         Expo Date    Event                     City
September 29 & 30  Sept 29      LIVESTRONG Challenge      Portland
September 30       Sept 29      Mission Bay Triathlon     San Diego
October 7          Oct 5 & 6    Army 10-Miler             Washington, DC
October 12-14      Oct 13 & 14  LIVESTRONG Challenge      Austin
November 9-11      Nov 9-11     Treasure Island Triathlon San Francisco

"We are thrilled to present this very exciting program to Rodale's large audience of high-performance life enthusiasts," said Kristi Lind, Client Communications Director, OMD Los Angeles. "It's a strong program at the right time."

The 2008 Nissan Rogue will be available in two models, Rogue S and Rogue SL, each with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)) and 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). An all-new all-wheel drive system with yaw moment control is also available on both S and SL models.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissannews.com.

About Rodale Inc.

Rodale Inc., which was recognized by the trade publication Advertising Age as Publishing Company of the Year for 2006, is the authoritative source for trusted content in health, fitness and wellness around the world, reaching nearly 40 million people each month. The company publishes some of the best-known health and wellness lifestyle magazines, including Men's Health, Prevention, Women's Health, Runner's World, Best Life, Bicycling, Backpacker, Mountain Bike and Organic Gardening, and is also the largest independent book publisher in America with a collection of international titles, including "The South Beach Diet" and "The Abs Diet" franchises, and most recently Al Gore's New York Times bestseller "An Inconvenient Truth." Rodale's broad range of media platforms includes magazines, books, videos and extensive Web sites. The company is also a leader in direct-response marketing and has more than 26 million active customers in its database. www.rodale.com.

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