DICK’S Sporting Goods Taps MKTG INC as Agency-of-Record

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DICK’S Sporting Goods, the largest U.S.-based sporting goods retailer with more than 600 locations has chosen MKTG INC as its Event, Community and Experiential Agency-of-Record. We are tasked with providing strategy, planning, account management, as well as sponsorship activation of the 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, line-of-business expansion development and ongoing integration and positioning of community marketing managers.

“We have been working with MKTG for well over a year on several projects and have been so impressed with how, from strategy through to execution, they consistently over-deliver,” said Mark Rooks, DICK’S Sporting Goods Vice President of Sports and Community Marketing. “This is a really exciting time at DICK’S as we roll out several sponsorships and consumer and business-facing programs that MKTG will help us bring to market. We could not be more thrilled with our selection.”

“We are so proud of our great success and influence within the retail, sports, entertainment and community-building space over the years and have truly enjoyed working with DICK’S in helping them think differently about their sponsorship and engagement executions,” said Charlie Horsey, CEO, MKTG INC. “DICK’S Sporting Goods is loved by people of all ages, which makes developing strategies, to engage consumers and the DICK’S community so exciting by leveraging both digital tools and live activations that resonate.”

The account will lead by Kevin Collins, GM of MKTG’s Chicago office and the core team will include members form across the agency’s US footprint.

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NIKE: #BetterForIt 90 Day Challenge

US Women’s National Soccer Team players (l to r) Carli Lloyd, Ali Krieger and Christen Press challenge you to get fit with them as they count down to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Go Team USA!

It’s not enough for Nike to have arguably the best fitness app on the market, they are taking it to the next level this summer. As soccer’s most important tournament approaches, Nike is pushing beyond single session workouts from the N+TC app and has created a new platform to showcase three U.S. Women’s National Team members in a soccer inspired Fitness Diary workout challenge – Nike training Club #BetterForIt 90 Day Challenge.

Inspired by how top Nike athletes train in preparation for the world’s stage, the 90-Day Better For It Challenge is designed to increase endurance, build strength get athletes* of any level fitter, faster.

The 90-Day Challenge is broken up into three different months with a focus on the US Women’s Soccer National Team Players: Christen Press, Ali Krieger and Carli Lloyd and is told through the lens of the players. Each month, participants will have a US Women’s National Team athlete workout focusing on a specific program in the app along with running and training sessions to complement the full month training plan:

April: Christen Press | Get Toned

May: Ali Krieger | Get Strong

June: Carli Lloyd | Get Lean

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Mondays will include the featured athlete’s N+TC workout – a great weekly benchmark for tracking progress – and the rest of the week will mix in running, training and recovery days, utilizing both the N+TC App and Nike+ Running App. Every Thursday the program offers a “throw down” challenge aimed to inspire athletes to push their limits to new levels. To compliment the program, for the first time ever, Nike is pulling in customized nutrition into its programming. The nutrition component to the program is curated by The Today Show’s very own Joy Bauer,  and will aim to give the right eating advice based on where participants are in the program.

Join the Challenge because you will be #BetterForIt

Who’s in?

*”If you have a body you are an athlete.” –  Bill Bowerman

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Earth Day is April 22: Do Your Part

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Founded on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

In the spirit of Earth Day 2015, we pulled together links to some interesting articles as well as tips about what YOU can do to keep Mother Earth top-of-mind and do your part.

Basic daily commitments add up:
Visit http://www.50waystohelp.com to learn fifty basic things you can do to help the planet. Start living your every day more thoughtfully by following these simple suggestion and make your mark. Here are their top ten:

1)    Replace your light bulbs with new compact fluorescent bulbs
2)    Turn off computers at night
3)    Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load
4)    Do not pre-heat the oven
5)    Recycle Glass
6)    Diaper with a conscience
7)    Hang clothes to dry on a clothesline or rack. Your favorite t-shirt will last longer to boot!
8)    Go vegetarian once a week
9)    Wash clothes in cold or warm
10)   Use one less paper napkin

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Our friends at Green Meeting Ninjas have an awesome blog  that gives event planners access to, and simplification of, relevant information on how to plan sustainable events and green meetings with greatest of ease. Take a look: http://greenmeetingninjas.com/the-dojo/

Support Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green® 
A Billion Acts of Green is the largest environmental service campaign in the world and inspires and rewards both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that reduce carbon emissions and support sustainability. It’s a global referendum on the environment. You can do your part today by registering yourself to commit to protecting the environment here and to sign up for their newsletter: http://www.earthday.org/takeaction/index.html

Create an Earth Day EnergyCenter account:
Visit http://earthday.wattzon.com to create an account and start saving energy and money – typical monthly savings are as high as 20% through simple habit changes and small projects!

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What’s In Your Wallet, Will?

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Have you looked at your business card recently? If not you should. MKTG INC’s cards are known for their unique perspective and purpose (the latter being expressly to embarrass their bearer, natch). This column takes a look at the business cards of our coworkers and hears the stories behind them. Here’s the story behind the business card of  Will Brockmeyer, Creative Director in MKTG INC’s New York City office.

Will has a lot in common with Abraham Lincoln. Both grew up in log houses. Both are unfailingly honest.
I was born and raised in the mountains in Montana on a Native American reservation, my parents were definitely hippies. And yes I did grow up in a log house, as my father built hand-crafted log homes. My first job was working at the company, as a hewner, its a job where you swing an axe-like tool called an Adze, while straddling a log beam. The Adze planes the log and leaves it smoother with a beautiful divot pattern. Its brutally hard work, like torture actually, basically your hands blister, your hands and back cramp and you swing about 10 million times in a day, and all the while it takes a few months to master. But did it ever make me an honest worker!

They both have pretty substantial beards.
I was born with a beard, it was weird when I was little, but you know, once I got older it was good, and now that Lumbersexual is a thing, its pretty cool. My wife has threatened to leave me if I ever shave it off.

The similarities diverge from there, though. Will doesn’t own a stovepipe hat and Lincoln probably wouldn’t care for the music of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. That said, Will, Abe and Massacre lead singer Anton Newcombe would likely all agree that talk minus action doesn’t equal much.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a band I’ve listened to since college, they draw heavily from the Rolling Stones, hence the first part of their name, and the second part of their name nods to their sense of humor and their songwriting. They have a song with what I believe to be one of the best song titles: “Talk Minus Action Equals (expletive).” I have always tried to follow this axiom in my work, where it doesn’t matter what you say in a meeting, or a brain storm, or whatever, if can’t you bring it to life then you shouldn’t say it, and if you do say it—make it happen.

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MKTG INC Named Best Places to Work in Events

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 10.16.53 AMThanks to the 300+ employees who completed the anonymous Best Places to Work survey earlier this year, MKTG INC was named by Event Marketer Magazine and Quantum Workplace as one of the Best Places to Work in Events!

All entries and employee surveys were scored and audited by Quantum Workplace as a third-party administrator. The companies that made this inaugural list represent the best corporate environments, the best employee support activities, the best peer-to-peer collaboration—quite simply… the best places to work. And we are one of them!

We are so thrilled with this honor and will continue to be committed to providing the absolute best and most supportive…and most fun work environment in the industry.

Go Team MKTG!

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SXSW: It’s All About That Bass, ‘Bout That Bass (and Mobile, of course)

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This year was my first time attending SXSW. While I had heard all of the stories about how huge and overwhelming it was getting, I have to admit that thanks to some stealth planning and relying on some key mobile apps, I came back to NCAA with a ton of knowledge under my belt…as well as a deep knowledge of what makes a great taco!

After hours of panels and networking and lots of talk of mobile marketing, integrated apps, and keeping it “all about the charge,” this year at SXSW proved that 2015 is once again a hot year for mobile marketing and digital integration into campaigns.

My take on mobile…agree or not, you must adapt. Now.
We know that mobile has become a hugely effective way to reach and engage consumers, whose average attention span registers at an all-time low of just seven seconds. A slight aside, but interesting nonetheless, did you know that up to 25% of consumers, especially the younger set, currently only access the Internet via their mobile devices?

OK, back to business.

Brands have turned the corner and are regularly optimizing their content to adapt to mobile viewing, and restructuring messaging to be concise, to-the-point. They know that once they enter the playing field of mobile marketing, they are seamlessly integrating into consumer’s everyday lives. Utilizing localized marketing, and leveraging data to provide content that is personalized and relevant in real time will make for a better mobile experience.

My favorite App of SX: SXSW GO
One of the most useful apps I downloaded and used was the “SXSW Go” app which displaced printed guides and helped conference goers organize their schedules, and navigate the ever-expanding footprint of events. Additional functions of the app included push notifications about big sessions and events, and a networking tool called SXSocial.

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Mophie partnered with the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation and with a team of St. Bernards, set out across SXSW to “save” attendees from dying batteries.

Super smart SX activation: MOPHIE
One of the biggest pain points for SXSWers was battery drain, and this came up time and time again. Smart marketer Mophie marketed into this opportunity with the “Mophie Rescue Lodge.”  Consumers were encouraged to screenshot their low battery life and tweet it to the brand for the potential to have a Mophie rep, along with a beautiful St. Bernard, come to your location and charge your phone for free. People loved it.

In conclusion: In our business at MKTG INC, we have done really well in understanding how to extend our physical events prior to and beyond the actual event by integrating mobile and social into our activations. Clearly, we are on the right track and it’s only getting easier for us to do this at the great benefit of our clients.  I’m excited to be back at the office and sharing my learnings with my co-workers, but I must admit, the tacos in Austin are worlds better than what I can find here in NYC!

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NCAA Women’s Final Four Tourney Town’s Lifestyle Lounge

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The NCAA Women’s Final Four is in Tampa this year April 5th and 7th, and we are producing Tourney Town, the fan festival.  Taking full advantage of the sunny Florida weather, we are holding the festival right outside the Amalie Arena, making it a perfect stop for fans before game time.

While much of Tourney Town is a great consumer showcase for NCAA Corporate Champions and Partner activations including AT&T, Capital One, LG and others, this year we have added a new element called the “Lifestyle Lounge” that will be open to fans on April 4th, 5th and 7th.

Typically, fan zones and the like are built out to engage young fans, and they do a great job attracting kids. But this space was designed to speak to female adults, an important demographic of women’s college basketball fans, and will feature chef demos, coaches cook-offs, Q&As, a lounge/patio area and social sharing activities and will be fun for the whole family. We are really excited to welcome fans and families to the Lifestyle Lounge and look forward to providing an update to everyone following the event!

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Tackling Education in America

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MKTG INC’s very own Kristina Cappuccilli wrote a truly inspiring opinion piece about education in America that was featured in Elite Daily. Click here to read more!

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Guest Q&A: American Sports Journalist Bonnie Bernstein

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For this month’s Guest Column, we sat down with Bonnie Bernstein, American sports journalist and executive with a 20 year career. Currently Vice President, Content & Brand Development and On-Air Host for Campus Insiders, Bonnie was named one of the most accomplished female sportscasters in history by the American Sportscasters Association. Additionally, she freelances for The Dan Patrick ShowESPNespnW and DirecTV and serves as a guest commentator on several news networks, including MSNBCNBC and FOX News Channel. Bonnie shares her thoughts and expertise on the world of sports, broadcasting and public health.

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@BonnieBernstein
www.bonniebernstein.com

How did you get your start as a sports broadcaster?
I decided when I was 12 or 13 that I wanted to be a sports writer, majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, then landed my first gig out of school at a start-up country radio station in Lewes, DE, called KIX 106. I was the News and Sports Director–a much more glamorous title than the job actually entailed! I’d wake up at 4:30 every morning for hourly studio updates from 6-9am, then head out in our white, clunky van adorned with a massive cowboy boot on the side and drive up and down the state of Delaware, covering everything from city council meetings to state politics to local high school basketball games. It was a blast and a tremendous learning experience… and I actually grew to love country music (Which, for a kid from NJ, was something you’d probably not expect!)

What’s your favorite part about broadcasting?
I love the adrenaline rush of “live.” It’s the closest thing I’ve ever felt to the actual rush of athletic competition (I did gymnastics for 14 years, all the way through college). You’re spewing information into a microphone and you have precisely one shot to get it right. I also love storytelling. There’s nothing better than gleaning a piece of information from someone or eliciting an anecdote from an interview subject he or she is sharing for the first time. Knowing even the most informed fan will walk away thinking, “Huh. Didn’t realize that” is a great feeling!

What is your favorite sporting event to attend each year, working and then as a fan?
Don’t really have a favorite in either category. I’d just say championship games, in general. Super Bowl, College Football Playoff Championship, Final Four. It’s the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work for both teams, but only one will be crowned when the clock expires. The biggest thrill, quite frankly, is being on the field/court for postgame. Confetti’s flying everywhere. Emotions are soaring (or sinking, in the case of the losing team). And I get to be at the center of it all as we round up interviews with players and coaches!

Do you have a favorite team and if so what is it?
New York Giants. Been a rough couple of years for Big Blue, but I’m hopeful for next season, especially with the prospect of having Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr, healthy and on the field together! If Eli can’t get it done with those two, I just don’t know…

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You have forayed your experience as a broadcaster to the boardroom. Can you tell us a little bit about what you are doing now?
I am the Vice President of Content and Brand Development for a new college sports network called Campus Insiders. It was an extraordinary entrepreneurial opportunity I couldn’t pass up! Essentially, I’m wearing two hats: I do a lot of on-air work during the college football season and March Madness for college hoops, but I also have the chance to touch other verticals of our business. I do everything from attending sales pitches and helping develop branded content concepts to working on PR/social media strategy to devising brand extensions for the network. It’s kinda like going to business school, but getting paid and the learning curve is truly invigorating!

In our research, we learned that you suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis, as does one of our colleagues. Can you tell us a bit more about DVT, your story and what we can do to help?
I was diagnosed with DVT in 2006. A massive blood clot that ran the length of my entire left leg broke off and infiltrated both of my lungs (known as Pulmonary Embolism). I was just 36 years old, so for the many folks out there who feel blood clots only inflict the elderly, I can tell you first hand, that’s not the case. More than two million Americans suffer a DVT each year and and complications take the lives of more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The good news is, the condition is largely preventable, if you’re aware of the symptoms and risk factors. Common risk-factors include age (over 40), family history, obesity, smoking, (for women) use of estrogen-based birth control (the Pill, Nuvaring, etc) or hormone replacement therapy and frequent travel where you’re immobile for extended periods, such as long-haul flights. Additionally, if you’re being treated for cancer or heart disease or are having major surgery, you’re at increased risk for blood clots. If you’re experiencing leg pain, redness and/or swelling, shortness of breath or acute chest pain, it’s always best to check with your doctor to see if you may have suffered a clot. The rule of thumb is, if you have three or more risk factors, you are high-risk, but again, the point to hit home is that by and large, DVT is preventable.

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A World Class Diageo Competition

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Since I got involved with the 2014 session of the World Class program, I’ve been speaking with bartenders around the world about why I got involved in the first place. To answer this question, I first look at why I’ve ever thrown my hat into the ring for any competition. I can promise you that being handed a giant engraved shaker on stage is well near the bottom of my list of motivations.

One of the principal reasons I love to compete and why World Class was so intriguing is the people. No doubt one of the most unique aspects of our profession is the incredible community we have. I jump at the chance to meet other bartenders and surround myself with like-minded individuals who work in different styles. A competition like this brings together bartenders with an array of experiences. Even if you’re not competing, getting involved is beneficial. We’re always learning and evolving. That growth is never more active than when we break out of our day to day routine. Not to mention, you’re making new friends along the way. Having a bar stool waiting for you in distant cities isn’t the worst problem to have. Being able to reciprocate when people come to your town is even better.

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One of my favorite things about World Class is that it is not a “cocktail competition.” Sure, your drinks need to taste great; however, this is truly a bartending competition. You’re challenged to utilize the skills we practice every day as bartenders, allowing you to highlight your strengths and helping you identify areas that may need improvement. You’re revisiting fundamentals while showcasing your own creative style. As I prepared for each round (regionally, nationally and globally) the cocktails I created became more complete, my attention to detail improved and I was simply more present behind the bar. My goal was to continuously learn, improve and provide the best guest experience possible. During the months of preparation, I was actively making myself a better bartender.

Getting to spend time with a diverse pool of competitors, bartending for leaders in our industry and traveling to some pretty insane locales all adds fuel to the fire. I’ve always been an experiential person. “Things” come and go, but your life experiences make you who you are and will always be with you. Few other industries are as connected as ours. You really never know who you’ll meet or where those connections will take you.

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Whether you have a strong competitive drive or just want to challenge yourself to hone your craft, there are plenty of reasons to get involved. Even if you’re just checking out the online videos or attending one of the seminars, you’re bound to pick up something. Most importantly, have fun with it. We have the best job on the planet. Spread the love, be kind and push hard.

Cheers!

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Written by Charles Joly
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March 6th, 2015 at 2:25 pm