NBC Local Has Launched 10 New City Sites

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Mediaweek

In the next step of NBC Local Media‘s hyperlocal brand strategy, NBC Local Integrated Media officially launched Wednesday (July 29) the commercial versions of its 10 city Web sites, powered by the company’s 10 owned-and-operated NBC stations in the nation’s top markets. In beta since October 2008, the city Web sites were conceived as an alternative to the typical TV Web site that serves as an extension of the on-air TV brand.

The approach seemed to work. Unique visits to the city Web sites increased from 5 million last October to 20 million in June 2009.

Offering lifestyle, entertainment and news, the redesigned and enhanced city Web sites have only an oblique reference to their NBC affiliation in the upper lefthand corner of the home page, though “NBC” still leads off the Web address, i.e., www.nbcchicago.com and www.nbcla.com. As part of the official launch, city sites invite visitors to interact and engage with the site by contributing content and registering their emotions about particular stories and events. Content can be shared easily on Twitter and Facebook.

“This is an exciting step in the ‘Locals Only’ brand strategy,” said Brian Buchwald, senior vp of NBC Local Integrated Media, the digital division of the NBC Local Media Group. More…

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