Logo Partners With Southwest Airlines to Relaunch AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com
NEW YORK, July 29 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Logo unveiled the redesign of two of its trademark digital properties AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com. Serving the interests of the LGBT community, AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com produce original content showcasing the latest in popular culture and news in TV, film and music. Southwest Airlines signed on as relaunch partner for this venture which includes a complete revamp of both sites, offering viewers easier navigation, faster access to content and an updated aesthetic.
While Southwest Airlines has been a long time partner of LOGOonline’s news-based web holding 365gay.com and travel property TripOutGayTravel.com, this new partnership marks Southwest Airline’s first marketing integration into Logo’s entertainment websites. Southwest Airlines messaging will be incorporated into both sites along with new high-impact advertising units and a sweepstakes designed to help drive deeper brand awareness for the airline among key LGBT travelers.
“Partnering with Southwest Airlines makes perfect sense for Logo whose viewers are passionate about travel,” said Lisa Sherman Executive Vice President and General Manager, Logo. “They have been one of Logo’s most loyal and biggest online advertisers and we’re honored to have such a great ally.”
“Southwest Airlines has a history of reaching out to the various and diverse communities we serve,” stated Andy Allmann, Southwest Airlines Director of National Strategic Partnerships. “Our ongoing partnership with Logo has enabled Southwest to reach new audiences in our efforts to offer low fares and excellent Customer Service to the nation’s most popular destinations.”
To help celebrate their relaunch, AfterEllen.com is heading out on the road with Melissa Etheridge this summer as a presenting sponsor of her “Fearless Love 2010 Summer Tour.” In conjunction with the partnership, AfterEllen.com will feature exclusive photos, live concert video and weekly interactive polls on all things “Etheridge.” Additionally, AfterEllen.com has launched a Melissa Etheridge sweepstakes that will send one lucky winner to Las Vegas compliments of Southwest Airlines and will award two tickets to attend the final performance of Melissa Etheridge’s “Fearless Love 2010 Summer Tour.” The last day to enter is August 6, 2010. Please visit AfterEllen.com for more details and updates.
ABOUT AFTERELLEN.COM & AFTERELTON.COM:
AfterEllen.com and AfterElton.com are digital properties in Logo’s constellation of websites along with LogoTV.com, 365gay.com, NewNowNext.com, TripOutGayTravel.com and Downelink.com. Logo’s digital properties currently hold the number one position in the LGBT Space for unique users (wholly-owned), video and mobile. AfterEllen.com boasts the largest lesbian/bi entertainment site on the web, with over one million unique users each month. AfterElton.com is the largest website of its kind and has twice been recognized by GLAAD for their reporting and story coverage. Both sites feature articles that are frequently picked up by main stream media such as the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and by online sites such as Gawker, Popcandy and many others.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES:
After 39 years of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low fare carriers–offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded; now serving 69 cities in 35 states. Southwest also is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit southwest.com/cares to read the Southwest One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees systemwide.
ABOUT THE “FEARLESS LOVE” TOUR:
Melissa Etheridge’s triumphant new album FEARLESS LOVE expands on the multiple strengths that have made Etheridge one of the most beloved figures in rock. It is that force of presence which has earned her, among other accolades, the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and two Grammy Awards. Melissa began her 2010 Fearless Love tour this June at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London, followed by performances in Germany and Holland. Melissa is now on the North American leg, dazzling audiences everywhere with her expansive 2 hour+ set.
Logo is the world’s leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile and digital entertainment network from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) for gays and lesbians, their families and friends. Launched in 2005, Logo’s cable channel is in more than 46 million homes across the United States and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, 365gay.com, DowneLink.com and NewNowNext.com. Logo’s content is distributed across all leading download-to-own, streaming and mobile services. The most influential brand for the most influential audience, Logo provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment as well as news, social networking and community building that are authentic, smart, fun, entertaining, and inclusive. Logo joins MTV Networks’ roster of popular and highly targeted brands which include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.