Escondido, CA— (May 4, 2018) – MARIJUANA COMPANY OF AMERICA INC. (“MCOA” or the “Company”) (OTC: MCOA), an innovative hemp and cannabis corporation, is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, H Smart, Inc. has engaged Kim Castle of Verve Integrative to create a market strategy and manage a direct response television (DRTV) ad campaign to promote its hempSMART™ product line.
The Company anticipates that its recently announced EPCOdirect sales marketing campaign, in conjunction with the upcoming DRTV marketing campaign and the Company’s ongoing network marketing campaign should result in an improvement in hempSMART™ product sales in Q3 and Q4 2018. The budget for the DRTV program is approximately $100,000.
hempSMART™ is working with Ms. Castle of Verve Integrative and their experienced marketing team to develop a market strategy and a television commercial for the hempSMART™ Pet Drops that will air on cable networks in select regions nationally this summer. The hempSMART™ commercial spot will have featured placement on the official eCommerce site of a well-known DRTV company and will be broadly promoted on integrated social media outlets, benefiting from well-established consumer engagement strategies.
Ms. Castle is leading a team that has more than 25 years of experience in many variations of media strategy, development and production, working for Disney, GM, ABC, Paramount, GreyGroup and McCann, to mention just a few. They specializein multipoint story experiences designed to educate, entertain and endorse while mirroring the human mind’s process of solving a problem, thereby supporting consumers in making emotional and logical product conclusions. Ms. Castle’s experience both in front of and behind the camera provides an invaluable edge to the hempSMART™ marketing campaign.
In addition, Ms. Castle has personally been an advocate of CBD as an alternative to traditional products currently on the market. “We are very pleased to partner with hempSMART™ on their journey to bring such thoughtful and well-developed products to the people who need natural relief and enhanced health solutions. I wish hempSMART™ Pet Drops were available to support my cherished dog when we were going through a health challenge together,” said Castle.
Donald Steinberg, CEO of MCOA, stated “Kim’s experience gives us an excellent opportunity to greatly expand the marketing strategy for the hempSMART™ brand and product line. We are honored that the hempSMART™ product line will be managed by her and the Verve Integrative team. We look forward to the new television commercial airing this summer.”
About Marijuana Company of America, Inc.
MCOA is a corporation which participates in: (1) product research and development of legal hemp-based consumer products under the brand name “hempSMART™”, that targets general health and well-being; (2) an affiliate marketing program to promote and sell its legal hemp-based consumer products containing CBD; (3) leasing of real property to separate business entities engaged in the growth and sale of cannabis in those states and jurisdictions where cannabis has been legalized and properly regulated for medicinal and recreations use; and, (4) the expansion of its business into ancillary areas of the legalized cannabis and hemp industry, as the legalized markets and opportunities in this segment mature and develop.
About Our hempSMART Products Containing CBD
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized CBD as a safe and effective drug for any indication, and disclaims CBD as a dietary supplement. Our products containing CBD derived from industrial hemp are not marketed or sold based upon claims that their use is safe and effective treatment for any medical condition.
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