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Coke, Pepsi, Nike, and Adidas are Tops in Video Game Market Research Study According to Phoenix Marketing International

(Somerset, NJ, November 9, 2006) - According to the inaugural wave of Phoenix Marketing International's market research study that tracks in-game advertising / product placement in console and portable video games, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, and Adidas were the top brands that active adult gamers recall seeing while playing video games.

David Pluchino, Senior Research Manager at Phoenix Marketing International stated that the study examined advertising recall in 70 of the top video games available for current generation systems. He warned that the term 'advertising' should be taken loosely gamers were not asked about what advertising they saw while playing specific games, but rather if they recalled seeing any real products within the game. If so, they were asked what they remember seeing.

More than half (54%) of gamers who have played a sports game such as Madden NFL 07 are the most likely to have recalled some form of advertising while playing the video game. Four-out-five of the top video games where some form of advertising was recalled were sport games 2006 FIFA World Cup, NHL 2K7, Madden NFL 07, NBA 2K7. Racing games are the next most popular types of games for in-game advertising recall.

Some of the more popular types of products and brands recalled (in no specific order) were

Apparel & Footwear - Nike, Adidas, Reebok

Beverages - Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Gatorade

Cars - Ford, BMW

Electronics - Samsung

Fast Food - McDonald's, KFC, Burger King

Personal Care - Axe

The first wave of Video GAMERS (Game Advertising & Measurement Evaluation Research Syndication) was comprised of a total of 1,502 online interviews completed between October 5 and October 11, 2006. The interviews were equally split between male and female gamers 18 years of age or older. The study was conducted among "active" gamers. To be considered active, a gamer must have played a video game on any of the following systems in the past 30-days Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox, Sony Playstation 2 and PSP and the Nintendo GameCube, DS and Game Boy. In addition, the respondent must have either purchased, rented, or received that game in the past 30-days. The 1,502 interviews have a statistical accuracy of +/- 2.5 points at the 95% confidence level.

Phoenix Marketing International is one of the fastest growing top-50 marketing research firms in the U.S. and partners with many of the largest companies in the financial services, consumer package goods, automotive and travel, leisure & entertainment industries worldwide. In addition to industry expertise Phoenix has dedicated analytical groups leading the industry in advertising and brand analytics, multi-cultural expertise and direct marketing list optimization.

For additional Information, contact:

David Pluchino

Phoenix Marketing International

100 Davidson Avenue, Suite 108

Somerset, NJ 08873

Phone: (732) 563-8504

Fax: (732) 563-8505


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