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Surprise MKTG Atlanta!

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On Tuesday, MKTG Atlanta’s office was surprised with complimentary yogurt parfait breakfast as they walked into the office. They were able to build their own yogurt parfaits with various fruit and granola toppings. It was our way of trying to help our colleagues have a great day by starting off with a healthy breakfast, and hopefully a smile!

Take a look at a few photos below!


–Contributed by MKTG Atlanta 

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September 29th, 2016 at 9:47 am

MKTG INC @ Cannes Lions 2015

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A team from MKTG INC recently traveled to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The festival is the annual mecca for the global marketing communications industry, with the most powerful brands, media outlets, agencies of all kinds (advertising, PR, experiential, digital, technology, data, social, mobile, creative, and many many others) – approximately 15,000 people, flocking to Cannes to network, to visit brand experiences, to close major deals, to learn, to meet a lot of people, and in many cases take home some hardware.

Sure, the setting is seriously glorious, but it is honestly a beast of a week. Think Sundance or CES…at the beach…in the South of France, in the summer. You are running, watching a panel on a rooftop in 85 degree heat, then running into a freezing cold conference room and back again, and grabbing food along the way, usually until sundown when things slow up a bit.

Luckily, my friend Julie Thompson, a 16-year Cannes Lions veteran, wrote this hugely insightful article for Adweek, that I used as gospel to make sure I made the most of my four days in Cannes. Even with Julie’s help, I still overbooked myself, but not complaining.

Between the client and press meetings at our home base, the Dentsu Aegis Beach House, panels, Q&As, creative showcases, press sit-downs, more panels from Adweek, Medialink, digiday, LinkedIn and visits to Google Beach, Facebook’s Hacker Square, and my favorite stop, The Girls Lounge, I averaged 22,000 steps a day according to my trusty companion, my FitBit.

Anyway, rather than yarn on, I figured I’d share with you some photos I snapped along the way:

 

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What’s In Your Wallet, Adam?

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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  Adam Schiff, Account Director, in MKTG INC’s New York City office.

New Jersey’s official state slogan is, “come see for yourself.” 
They actually changed the advertising slogan after this card was created, but we’ll just go with it.

But ask a garden state native like Adam and he’ll tell you It should be, “we don’t pump our gas we pump our fists.” 
One of these statements is not entirely true. The gas pumping and fist pumping definitely hold up but everyone automatically assumes I’m a “Jersey guy” right off the bat. Here’s a little secret. I was actually born in Maryland. Guess it’s not a so much of a secret now…

An acknowledgement of both the state’s whack-job gas policies and a celebration of the passion of the jersey people. 
It’s pretty interesting that only two states in the country still don’t allow you to pump your own gas. How come no one ever hates on Oregon?

Whether he’s rocking out to the boss or giving a hearty first pump when he helps a client reach their objective, it’s all done with a native son’s enthusiasm. And that’s something you’ll have to come see for yourself.
I grew up just a few miles from where the Boss grew up, my first CD (that’s a compact disc for all you kiddies) was a Springsteen album, I’ve seen the band over a dozen times and my father’s name is Bruce. Some people just don’t get the obsession. I guess it’s a Jersey thing.

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MSNBC’s Growing Hope Tour Awarded Best Multicultural Campaign

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The Chief Marketer PRO Awards recognize outstanding promotion marketing campaigns. The awards, now in their 25th year, are the preeminent benchmark for excellence in innovation and creativity that produce stellar results. The winning campaigns are selected by a jury of expert peers.

This year, MKTG is proud to have been a part of MSNBC’s Growing Hope tour, which was awarded the Silver PRO Award for “Best Multicultural/Lifestyle Campaign.”

To further expand MSNBC’s already strong multicultural viewership,  we brought our message of hope to Texas State University, Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Springfest, Taste of Charlotte, and Essence Fest in New Orleans. At each location, MSNBC set up a Growing Hope Community Garden, where visitors entered a branded greenhouse to enroll in the program at msnbc.com via a custom app. They were then invited to digitally submit their hopes regarding community-relevant issues such as education, equality and the economy. These were immediately printed out, and participants could sit at a workbench and attach the paper to an “issue petal” for planting on the iconic MSNBC Hope Tree outside.

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While at the event, participants could meet MSNBC anchors, watch live broadcasts from the set, and attend current-events forums with guests such as Rev. Al Sharpton. Visitors could then bring home a free Arbor Day Foundation sapling to plant as their own “hope tree.” Videos shot at the events, in which visitors spoke of their hopes and efforts to effect change, were subsequently posted on msnbc.com and nbc.com.

Nearly 15,000 visitors enrolled in the promotion and became members of msnbc.com, enabling the network to continue to communicate with them after the event. The campaign also engaged more than 1 million people via social media and delivered more than 61 million media impressions.

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MKTG Named to Event Marketer’s It List

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We’re proud to announce that MKTG INC made Event Marketer’s It List of the top 100 event agencies! In the words of Event Marketer:

This year, the Top 100 event agencies collectively represent the best of what this industry has become. The conceptual work is stellar. The strategic expertise is bar none. The digital savvy is exceptional. It’s our strongest list to date, and, just as rigorous and thorough as it was the year we started it—this It List is your bankable guide to the veteran shops and rookie agencies that are leading event marketing today. Of course, making the final picks for each year’s list is no easy task. And this year we had more agencies apply than ever before. Inevitably, a few that once made the list will find that as their businesses have evolved, so too has our need to shine a spotlight on just those shops that are delivering the most experiential expertise.

It’s the most competitive agency community in the industry’s history to be sure. But it’s also one of the most exciting times for brand marketers, who have access to more talent, experience and specializations than ever. We congratulate all of the agencies selected for this year’s It List, and present to you the Top 100 Event Agencies of 2015.

Check out the full MKTG INC write-up here.

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EMS 2015 Takeaways

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The Good (But Not Surprising) News

Experiential is bigger than ever and only going to grow in importance. More and more brands are putting experiences at or near the center of their marketing mix. It’s increasingly a driving force, making up much of campaign content. One need look no further than this year’s Grand Ex winner – Bud Light and Mosaic’s Up for Whatever – to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this intensifying shift. Some data for 2015:

– 79% of brands plan to execute more experiential programs

– Budgets are expected to increase by more than 6%

Results. We all know that experiential marketing, done well, works. But there’s rising data to back this up which is partly why so many brands are turning to what we do.

– Over 75% of brands see better than a 2:1 ROI on their investment

– After an event, 74% of participants have a more positive opinion about the company, brand, product or service being promoted

– 87% of respondents say a live event helps them understand products or services better than a TV spot

– Experiential drives consumers to purchase: 98% of people are more inclined to purchase as a result of attending an event

– 71% of participants tell a friend or family member about their experience

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Recurring Themes

In examining the vast array of work showcased and dissected at this year’s summit, there were a few marketer behaviors that generated breakthrough experiences:

– They were bold. A no-fear attitude. The thinking is big risk, big reward. Examples: Heineken and KY Jelly (yes, KY Jelly).

– They pulled at heartstrings. Direct quote: “If they’re crying, you’re doing your job.” Examples: Dove, P&G.

– They created user-triggered experiences. See bullet one – this can be dicey – but not knowing what you’re going to get can be the brilliance of it too. Examples: Visa, Old Navy.

– They used experiences to do what nothing else ever could. This sounds obvious but when you watch the floor drop away at a North Face store in South Korea, you’ll get my meaning. Examples: The North Face, Samsung

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What’s In Your Wallet, Danielle?

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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  Danielle Stefanuk, Senior Account Executive, in MKTG INC’s New York City office.

It’s always the quiet ones.
I may seem quiet at first but once you get to know me, I’m anything but quiet! Don’t let my soft-spoken voice fool you.

For example, to resist eating a sugary snack one fateful afternoon, the demure darling you see in front of you once sprayed a fistful of jellybeans with Windex.
This is, embarrassingly, a true statement. Even more embarrassing than the act itself is how I got the idea. My roommate and I were watching an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians (guilty pleasure) and in the episode; Kim received a bunch of cupcakes. She didn’t want to eat them all so she sprayed them with Windex. While I typically would never emulate the actions of the Kardashians, I just as equally did not want to eat my entire bag of jellybeans. So I sprayed them!

When asked why, her response was simple: “Well, would you eat something sprayed with Windex?”
There are not many people that would actually eat something after it has been sprayed with Windex…except for maybe the father in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding (am I right?).

This kind of clear-sighted practicality paired with fervent passion is one reason clients love Danielle. Or maybe it’s because she’s always giving them jellybeans.
It’s definitely the former. I am certain of this because I no longer buy Jellybeans in an effort to save my bottles of Windex for cleaning purposes only.

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3 Key Learnings from Digital Summit Atlanta 2015

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Digital Summit Atlanta, a gathering of some of the most forward thinkers in digital marketing, took place this week and I was proud to make it my 3rd time in attendance. Each year I have been able to discover new topics and discuss the next trends in digital marketing.

Overall, each year has followed its own theme as digital marketing as a whole evolves so quickly. In 2013, trends in how social media was changing for brands was explored in a lot of sessions. Last year it shifted to a major focus on content marketing and SEO. Now, at #DSUM15, the next stage in UX (User Experience) design seemed to be the key focus.

And with that, here are three key takeaways from the conference as it can relate to what we do in the experiential space…

1. Humanizing UX

Many of the sessions at Digital Summit really focused on UX as we were challenged to think of what was next in the field. For example, how do we run UX more lean and understand better, powered with ‘big data’, how to humanize someone’s digital experience. When we map out the consumer journey – remember that each user is an actual person with problems and needs.

When you look at bring a consumer through a brand experience for experiential this line of thinking makes a lot of sense, right? It is our expertise to bring brands to life in a way that they can interact with consumers as people and not anonymous IP addresses. However many activation designs we see in the field could do a better job from at the ideation stage to keep in mind that once launched, these are people with their own objectives who will walk through our ideas.

So when thinking through your consumer experience idea, map it out. Literally draw out each stage of the activation UX and use this tool to identify where the gaps are or more importantly, where it can be more streamlined.

2. Millennials are mobile-first…and are starting to earn a lot of money

When you hear the word “millennials” – how old of a person pops in your mind? Probably an early-20-something with new student debt maybe? Well consider that millennials are were born starting in 1980 and now are entering their mid-30s. Sure there is probably a healthy amount of debt still lingering – but this generation is now entering over a $Trillion in buying power and loves to spend.

So with all of this data we now have on the ‘Connected Generation’ – what have we learned about marketing to them? It’s a long answer but here are two quick tips from @annieg from StumbleUpon.

First, “6 is the new 60” – as in the 6” phone is more important than the 60” TV. Now that doesn’t mean the generation is consumer less video – in fact it’s more than ever. But reportedly 33% do not watch any broadcast TV.

Second, it seems obvious that millennials are connected to their mobile devices, sure, but how many experiences are being built mobile-first? When we consider social, if you stop to think why they are so effective with the connected generation it’s not just because they are social – but because the most popular experiences are mobile-first. Snapchat, Instagram, Vine…some of the most powerful platforms for the younger Millennials have excelled by being native to the 6” screen. So consider mobile-first experiences to connect and make an engagement that this group wants to use. After all, it is why the younger Millennials are now being known as Social Natives.

3. The Entrepreneur Wants to Solve a Problem

I heard a great line this year and it came during a keynote speaker Chris Brogan, whose content I highly recommend. To summarize:

Stop chasing innovation, which aims to just do something.

Be an entrepreneur, which aims to solve someone’s problem.

While this is absolutely a trap in creating the latest in digital experiences, it is also a trap in experiential marketing. Brands and agencies alike all want to innovate and create and truly great new things are activated in our space every year. But when coming up the ideas for the experience on the front end, don’t just try to chase an innovation for the sake of doing it. Instead, identify an audience’s problem and solve it. That is where the entrepreneurship mindset excels and where experiential marketing can truly make an in-person impact on someone.

If you are ever free in May, I highly recommend Digital Summit. This is only a small snipet of content from the 2-day conference. I still have to go through pages upon pages of notes but in the meantime, enjoy the learnings and feel free to find me @BradMEpstein if you want to go through my timeline where I shared some more real-time leanrings!

Bonus! PowerPoint is where data goes to die!

If you work with data (you should!) treat it as a living, breathing source. PowerPoint it becomes static and if 2015 taught me anything – is that static is kryptonite for the modern marketer. So learn new tools that keep you agile and keep your brand’s marketing velocity as fast as possible.

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What’s In Your Wallet, Kerry?

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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  Kerry Lange, VP, Strategy & Operations in MKTG INC’s San Francisco office.

Kerry knows how to connect people, ideas, strategies and the dots.
I am the epitome of a connector – Malcolm Gladwell could have written about me in The Tipping Point. If you need a job, have a job, or have any kind of need whatsoever, I can probably connect you to someone who can help.

I’m also one of those weird people who can instantly envision what an event or experience is going to look like, and can drill down to the nuts and bolts of how it’s all going to come to life. Guess that’s why I do Strategy and Operations.

From locally sourced bourbon brine to nationally recognized above-the-line, Kerry knows quite a bit about a lot of things. She can throw down on beacon technology while heating it up over bacon mixology. She can quote Blondie lyrics while spouting urban farm statistics.
Yes, this is dorky, but I actually read the dictionary and encyclopedia (as books!) in elementary school. I love to get into analytical discussions about whatever my current obsessions are – right now it’s cutting edge technology for events, the local and artisanal food movement, and always, music. Thankfully I live in San Francisco, which is a rich resource for all three. And I do a mean Blondie at karaoke!

Basically she IS ambient context identification, in human form. We definitely advise opting in.
I love the idea of getting the information I want, when I need it, in exactly the right context. iBeacons can be such a cool way to create a deeper connection and interactive experience, making you feel like you have the world right in your hand. Imagine attending Jazzfest, and while you’re walking around you get a notification that your favorite jambalaya stand is only 50 feet away, and that the blues musician you want to see starts in 15 minutes – makes it so much easier to plan the perfect day and not miss out on the things you love. I expect to see a lot more brands and events opting in to this awesome technology.

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Employee Appreciation Day

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One of our favorite traditions here in Atlanta is our annual Employee Appreciation Day, which just took place on Thursday, April 23rd. This day is a welcome diversion to take a load off and as Team Epic’s Melanie Hatcher put it: “play hooky while AT work.” More than anything, it is a way to stop and appreciate all of the good people who make this one of AJC’s Top Workplaces!

The day started with free Chick-Fil-A for breakfast, which is always the best way to start a day in Atlanta, home of Chick-Fil-A. From there, everyone signed up for a complimentary massage and car wash.

Once noon came around, lunch was served outside on a beautiful afternoon from one of our favorite mobile food services: fresh Woodfired Pizza. You can find S & J Woodfired Pizza at festivals around Atlanta and so it’s a pleasure to have them cater a unique lunch experience for everyone in the office.

For the late afternoon, it was time to win some prizes with bingo, raffles, basketball, and beer. Up for grabs were multiple gift cards, free Reebok shoes, and even new free 42” televisions!

Finally, it wouldn’t be an Employee Appreciation Day recap without the inaugural psLIVE Darts Championship, help from 9am and coming to its dramatic conclusion around 6pm. Featuring 22 [mostly] talent dart throwers, each round proved to be as much fun to watch as it was to participate. When the dust settled and all of the bullseyes were hit, Matt Barth emerged victorious to cap off what was, once again, a great day for everyone to feel appreciated!

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