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Marriott?s new digital campaign stars Grace Helbig

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August 10, 2015

Marriott?s new digital campaign stars Grace Helbig

Marriott International launches a digital campaign starring Grace Helbig, star of the Grace Helbig Show and?It?s Grace, that highlights the benefits for consumers who book their hotel stays directly on The campaign ? ?#itpaystobookdirect? ? uses talent from the digital and social world to go directly to consumers on those channels.
When consumers book on, they receive benefits including the company?s best rate guarantee. If consumers find a better rate elsewhere, the company?will match it and give them an additional 25 percent discount. In addition to earning points for their stays, Marriott Rewards members enjoy extra benefits, such as free wi-fi and mobile check-in, and special deals only available when booking direct on a Marriott channel.
?With this campaign, we want to make sure every consumer knows why it pays to book their stays with us directly, either on, through our Global Reservation Centers, or by contacting the hotel directly,? says Drew Pinto, vice president, distribution strategy, for Marriott.
?Our guests who book direct get access to our best rates, every room we have available and the most accurate and trustworthy information about our hotels. Booking direct is also best way for customers to personalize their stay with us.?
Each of the 30 and 60 second ?#itpaystobookdirect? spots injects humour in communicating the benefits of booking hotel stays directly on The campaign features Helbig jumping into different scenarios to teach people why it makes more sense to be direct.
The creative spots will appear as digital video and via digital display ads. Shorter out-takes will appear on Facebook through November. All the videos are also being featured on Marriott?s YouTube channel,?
Marriott?s Content Studio led the overall creative development for the campaign, partnering with Above Average, the premier online destination for original comedic videos and written content featuring the industry?s top creators, celebrities, and rising talent.
It is Marriott?s first collaboration with Above Average as part of a recently signed development deal. Above Average is the digital arm of Broadway Video, the production company behind Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show.


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