DiveIn, introduced by U S West Interactive last month, will break Web advertising on sites including Epicurious, Big Book, Excite, Yahoo! and HotMail. The banners, created by Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, New York, position DiveIn (http://www.divein.com) as a service built by and for residents of its markets, which include Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Denver.
$3 MILLION TO $5 MILLION
Print ads in local newspapers and magazines in the 10 initial DiveIn markets will support the launch. Total billings are estimated at between $3 million and $5 million.
"Unlike the giants who are imposing themselves in the local space, DiveIn is about creating a place for everyone," said Steve Klein, managing partner at Kirshenbaum. "We don't think large companies hiring big-name editors to review cities is the way to go."
Microsoft Corp.'s Sidewalk, America Online's Digital City, NBC Interactive Neighborhood and Warner Bros.' CityWeb are among U S West's competitors in the regional service market.
U S West Dex Internet Yellow Pages, meanwhile, has awarded its $1 million-plus interactive account to Eagle River Interactive, which is moving its headquarters from Avon, Colo., to Chicago. Grey Advertising, Los Angeles, previously handled.
Although the account was never in review, U S West decided it wanted to "mesh print efforts with Internet expertise and go with a more interactive-oriented shop," said Gwen Nail, marketing manager for U S West Dex.
The service provides national telephone listings for businesses and consumers in addition to e-mail addresses.
EAGLE RIVER EYES MORE BIZ
Eagle River will create a new interface for the Dex service (http://yp.uswest.com) to launch in mid-May. It will also handle a banner campaign and create collateral materials.
"The campaign will hone in on key needs of Internet users like completeness, accuracy and ease of use," said Ms. Nail.
In addition, U S West is considering giving some traditional advertising assignments to Eagle River.
N.W. Ayer & Partners, New York, is U S West's agency. Yellow Pages billings are