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Rohnert Park casino launches ad campaign

The Graton Resort & Casino near Rohnert Park today will launch a multimedia advertising campaign estimated to cost millions of dollars.

Pegged to the casino's Nov. 5 opening date, the effort expands on a social media and billboard publicity campaign up and running for about a year that has, often focused on attracting prospective employees.

“That campaign still continues but now it's time to move to the next phase,” said Joe Hasson, general manager of the casino, which is owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

Graton Resort And Casino Ad Campaign

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Station Casinos of Las Vegas, which is managing the $800 million, 3,000-slot machine casino on Rohnert Park's outskirts, is known for its high-impact, big-splash marketing, said Dennis Conrad, owner and president of Ravings Consulting, a casino marketing company in Reno.

“This isn't going to be a cheap proposition,” Conrad said.

“This will be a several million dollar rollout; they're not going to do it small,” he said. “They're trying to make a statement that we're the big player in the market.”

The mix of print, radio, and televisions advertisements will extend as far as the reach of Bay Area television stations and likely beyond, Hasson said. Internet advertisements, of course, have no bounds.

The campaign features celebrities — a song by hip-hop sensations Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis will be in television spots — and colorful print advertisements will highlight the casino's position as the largest in the Bay Area and the closest to San Francisco.

“Bay to Play in 43 minutes,” states one advertisement. “Winning Just Got Closer,” says another.

“It wouldn't surprise me if they spent more than a $1 million a month,” said Randy Fine, founder and managing director of The Fine Point Group, a Las Vegas casino management and consulting firm. “It wouldn't surprise me if they spent more.”

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