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Yokohama Tire Corporation Pens Agreement with INK to be its New Digital Marketing Partner

February 20, 2013

FULLERTON, CA. – (Feb. 20, 2013) – Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) has hired one of Southern California’s fastest growing companies, INK, as its digital marketing agency of record. The Irvine, California-based agency specializes in integrated website, social media and emerging technologies. According to Fred Koplin, Yokohama director of marketing communications, INK will “augment YTC’s overall corporate digital strategy, which is aimed at enhancing customer engagement with the Yokohama brand.”

Koplin said Yokohama is focused on ever elevating its digital marketing. “We’ve been continually advancing on our digital initiatives, from a mobile-friendly website to iPad apps and online tools. Selecting INK was the logical next step. They’ve worked on a key project with us before and partnering with them on the rest of our digital activities will help create an even more powerful online experience for our dealers, enthusiasts and consumers in general.” In addition to strategy, INK will be responsible for implementing tactics and business analytics.

“Our creative, account, and digital specialty teams possess extensive top-tier automotive expertise, which we will leverage to benefit Yokohama across trade and consumer channels,” said Todd Henderson, co-founder and president of INK. “We were pleased that we bested other prominent agencies in this pitch, thanks to our extensive in-house digital capabilities.”

INK joins two other agencies of record for Yokohama: PCGCampbell (Torrance, California), which is responsible for all the public relations efforts of the company; and Kovel/Fuller (Culver City, California), which is responsible for advertising activities across all media including print, radio and television.

About Yokohama Tire Corporation

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the all-new AVID Ascend® – the first mass-market tire using Yokohama’s breakthrough orange oil technology – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit

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About INK

Based in Irvine, California, INK is a full-service advertising agency that develops innovative, integrated branding, marketing, and advertising campaigns – relentlessly measured to ensure bottom-line effectiveness - that help clients forge stronger brands and increase sales. INK’s A-list of clients span several industry verticals to include firms like; Cisco, VIZIO, Hoag, Yokohama, DirecTV, Quest, Golden Spoon, and UCLA. As a company, INK also is committed to giving back to its community, volunteering more than 2,200 hours, collectively, each year to groups including Inside the Outdoors, The Salvation Army, and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. INK was recently named to the Orange County Business Journal’s list of the fastest-growing companies in Orange County, California, and to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.