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Stonecrest to unveil guerrilla digital program on Wednesday to woo Amazon

Amazon could have its own city in the Stonecrest area of DeKalb County. Credit: Stonecrest

By David Pendered

The DeKalb County city of Stonecrest is doubling down Wednesday morning on its nationally recognized bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, with the unveiling of a guerilla campaign to deliver its marketing message directly to every mobile device in Amazon’s offices in Seattle.

The campaign uses a digital tactic – geo-fencing – to spread the message of Stonecrest’s community attributes to employees of the digital giant. Details are to be shared at a media event Wednesday morning.

Using the wonders of technology, Stonecrest is to deliver a marketing message to the mobile devices of all Amazon employees when they are located at the company’s 30-plus locations in Seattle. The message is to remain visible on the device for a month, according to a spokesperson for smartreachdigital.com. Here’s how the message system is to work:

  • A colorful image will open on each cell phone, tablet, computer – you name it – every time a digital device is powered up on an Amazon corporate campus. The message reads, “amazon, Georgia. American’s First Corporate City.” Viewers can click the “Learn More” link to learn more.
  • The landing page welcomes viewers to the city of Amazon, Ga. and provides a map that shows the HQ could be established 12 miles from Atlanta and 20 miles from the city’s airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • The site provides links to all the typical municipal bragging points – outdoor events, industrial spaces, restaurants and shopping, houses of worship, and so forth.
  • A video summarizes some of the national attention showered on Stonecrest since it offered to enable Amazon to create its own incorporated city. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary observes that if Amazon chief Jeff Bezos elects the Stonecrest site:
  • “You’ll be the first corporate mayor, ever, in the history of the world;
  • “Two, we’ll take care of the business for you;
  • “Three, you can worry about your continued brand as you build your own post office, your own convention center, your own corporate housing.”

There’s no telling how Stonecrest’s message may be playing in Amazon’s C-suite. There’s no telling if the city’s bid were even included in the bid Georgia submitted to Amazon.

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary

Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary

The media certainly has been having a field day with Stonecrest’s bid. It’’s been positive.

Headline News named Stonecrest’s proposal to enable a City of Amazon as the “most creative” bid for the digital behemoth’s second HQ.

Forbes.com cited Stonecrest’s bid first its list of “Marketing lessons we can learn from cities trying to secure next Amazon Headquarters.”

CNBC cited only Stonecrest in its list of potential sites in Georgia for a second Amazon HQ. The ballyhooed site called the Gulch, in Downtown Atlanta east of CNN center, wasn’t mentioned.

The Stonecrest mayor describes the pitch for Amazon as an earnest effort to attract a company that promises $5 billion in investment and the creation of 50,000 jobs.

“We think creatively here Stonecrest and are eager to launch this innovative tactic to educate Amazon executives on the benefits of placing HQ2 in Amazon, Ga.,” Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said in a statement. “In addition to obtaining an enduring corporate brand with its own city, Amazon will have immediate access to the world’s busiest international airport, incredible highway and transit and the most highly-educated minority workforce in the South.”

The Stonecrest City Council already has voted to de-annex 345 acres and donate it to Amazon for construction of the Amazon headquarters. The job of mayor of the new city of Amazon is open to Jeff Bezos if he wants it, according to Stonecrest’s offer.




David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.


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