Cardmine Inc., which uses the Internet to send paper direct mail to fans, has named RLM Public Relations Inc. to its U.S. account.
The New York and Hamburg, Germany, company interviewed an estimated three undisclosed agencies for its PR account. There was no incumbent in this market.
RLM's services include media relations directed at the advertising, marketing and consumer technology trade press. Cardmine initially will focus on the entertainment vertical in the United States.
Cardmine's win adds to the RLM roster, which includes Portera Systems, Sourcemine and Audible.com.
In its debut deal, Cardmine has signed MJ Net Entertainment AG, the exclusive licensing company for all merchandising and licensing rights to entertainer Michael Jackson. Cardmine's Internet Paper Postcard, accessed through cardmine.com, is the official MJ FanCard. It allows Michael Jackson fans to send real-paper postcards worldwide with photos of the singer. Some cards will be free and supported by ads, while others will be available for a fee as part of a limited collection.
“The fact is that there are Internet card companies, but not companies that start with the Internet and go to paper,” said Chris Capot, director of client services at RLM. “It's combining the trackable Web marketing with direct mail.”
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