Archive for October, 2013

MKTG INC Rewards: Fairbanks, Alaska

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Each quarter, MKTG staffers select one lucky MKTGer for a reward trip to a destination of their choosing. Upon their return, winners are asked to report on their trip and make us all sick with envy.

Terry Warner, NY IT Department:

They call it the land of the midnight sun, and in October I learned why. Alaska is a land of unspoiled beauty — besides an occasional road or two, the landscape I saw on my visit was pure, undiluted and unforgettable.

On my trip I saw the peaks of Denali National Park, the Dalton Highway made famous by Ice Road Truckers, and the frozen tip of the amazing Arctic Circle. The scenes I saw will stay with me for a lifetime, and I honestly hope to go back and visit more of this beautiful state.

Humble thanks to everyone who voted for me — I am so grateful for this chance to explore our beautiful nation!

Written by: Terry Warner

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October 24th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Apps of Our Eye

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OGGL

Everyday there seems to be a new “revolutionary” camera app for the iPhone, but OGGL is something truly special. Created by the same developers behind the legendary Hipstamatic app, OGGL builds off the Hipsta platform but adds a few additional features. Similar to other photo effect apps that come already installed with an array of filters, OGGL supplies the user with the famous lenses and films that have helped changed the photography landscape over the last century.

The app’s interface allows you to combine any film and lens together to create a new photo style – from the Hornbecker and Buckhorst H1 lenses to Ina’s 1982 and US1776 films. What’s also interesting about this app is its community aspect – you can share your photo with the OGGL community, select any member’s photo, cook up your own combination, and add any user’s lens/film recipe to your own favorites for future use.

VIDEO 2 PHOTO

Video 2 Photo iOS app allows you to edit videos right from your iPhone. The program is dead simple, effective and has a clean interface. The app means you can create great photo compositions even from a collection of random still photos and/or video clips.

Written by: Mark Grundland

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October 23rd, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Smirnoff Mixes It Up @ the iHeart Radio Music Festival

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The triple digit heat did not stop music lovers converging on Las Vegas for the third-annual iHeartRadio Music Festival sponsored by Smirnoff Vodka. Elton John, Drake, Robin Thicke, Fun, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Tim McGraw, Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake were just a few names that rocked the MGM Grand on September 20th-21st. This year, the festival grew significantly with the addition of the 15,000-person Festival Village.

Consumers flooded onto a freshly paved parking lot near the Strip to hear their favorite bands belt out 20 minute sets on two different stages. The most notable performance, was from (SURPRISE, SURPRISE) Miley Cyrus. This was her first major performance since the VMAs. JayCeeOh, winner of this season of Smirnoff’s Master of the Mix series on VH1, played three separate sets throughout the day, giving shout-outs to Smirnoff throughout the day.

MKTG INC activated the Smirnoff tent within the village where festival-goers participated in a silent disco featuring sets from four different Master of the Mix DJs throughout the day. Guests received the ultimate  “silent” party experience as they broke it down on the dance floor and sampled one of the four complimentary signature Smirnoff cocktails, including the newest flavors to hit the market, Smirnoff Wild Honey and Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist. Smirnoff also sponsored the backstage lounge at the MGM Grand and all VIP areas within the village.

After 2 days of rock ‘n’ roll in the desert, concert-goers headed back to their respective cities hoping to return next year and “mix” it up all over again.

Written by: Melissa Fitzgibbon

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Rev Your Motors: The Chase for the Sprint Cup Is Here

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This past month, MKTG INC felt the need – the need for speed. The NASCAR Contenders live event, held at Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier Ballroom, brought together the top 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ drivers as they continued their journey toward a championship with only 10 races left. This action-packed event allowed fans to get up close and personal with top NASCAR drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. The event was hosted by Nicole Briscoe of ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown and featured an interactive Q&A with the sport’s top drivers, plus an exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR Cup champion and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Jarrett, led by NASCAR president Mike Helton.
Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon hosted the pre-show, and Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood was on hand to present the sweepstakes winner, Heather Ringbauer, with a brand-new Toyota Tundra. But the chase isn’t over yet – keep watching, it’s anyone’s race!

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This past month, MKTG INC felt the need – the need for speed. The NASCAR Contenders Live event, held at Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier Ballroom, brought together the top 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ drivers as they continued their journey toward a championship with only 10 races left. This action-packed event allowed fans to get up close and personal with top NASCAR drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch. The event was hosted by Nicole Briscoe of ESPN’s NASCAR Countdown and featured an interactive Q&A with the sport’s top drivers, plus an exclusive Q&A with former NASCAR Cup champion and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Dale Jarrett, led by NASCAR president Mike Helton.

Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon hosted the pre-show, and Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood was on hand to present the sweepstakes winner, Heather Ringbauer, with a brand-new Toyota Tundra.

But the chase isn’t over yet – keep watching, it’s anyone’s race!

Written by: Liz McKeon

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