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12-Volt Web Promo Begins

Los Angeles
– After two years of research and planning, the car electronics industry
cooperatively launched a viral video Internet campaign Friday afternoon, based
on a “car dance mob” theme, to raise awareness of the category.

The 60-second video, showing a spontaneous dance mob in a car,
will be supported by an aggressive social-media campaign that will target sites
including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube and up to 15 video-sharing sites,
such as Break, Buzznet and Kontraband.

The video will be seeded in enthusiast Web sites related to car
audio’s target audience of 16- to 34-year-old, tech-driven music fans,
including and

“This is all about expanding the reach of the category beyond the
enthusiast,” said chairman of the 12-Volt Initiative’s governing board Steve
Witt. The concept is based on a “flash mob”: a cultural phenomenon where a
crowd meets in a public place to perform some unusual action for a brief time
and then disperses. “The strategy is to put an outrageous video out on the
Internet to simply break through the clutter and attract attention. The video
then leads people to the campaign Web site, which is called
The whole idea is people hopefully watch the video and see this flash mob
happening inside cars,” noted Witt, who said the video should be the first of
many, depending on funding.

The 12-Volt Initiative has raised half of its target of $300,000
from industry members to support the campaign but is in the process of
receiving additional funds.  “However, we
are still seeking industry support,” said Witt.

The new WhatURmissin Web portal is designed to quickly show the
value of car electronics for “connectivity, sound, navigation and
convenience.”  It will show music
streamed from an iPod and from phones and HD Radio and then direct consumers to
a dealer locator by ZIP code (powered by InstallerNet).

In late January/early February the 12-Volt Initiative board will
review various metrics to gauge the success of the campaign. It will then
“determine a go/no go for a second campaign in late spring,” Witt said.

The Consumer Electronics Association will support the campaign as
one of its key goals for the automotive electronics division, Witt added.