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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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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

Green Meeting Ninjas
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 One of the Best Places to Work in Events

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Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 10.16.53 AMWe are so thrilled to share that MKTG INC has been named as a Best Place to work in Events by Event Marketer Magazine and Quantum Workplace.

All confidential 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!

A few things our employees had to say about us that we are proud to share:

“MKTG has taken the time to train and teach me all the necessary skills to not only complete my job but succeed in my career.”

“I’ve never worked at a company like MKTG before. The friendships that I’ve established with the people I work with, within my team and outside of it, are truly once in a lifetime.”

“Everyone who works at MKTG is dedicated to producing top quality work, but they also know how to celebrate their accomplishments after the work day is done. The work culture is filled with people who are warm, friendly, and dedicated to making the office special. The consistent emphasis on a positive work environment is something that many people don’t have the opportunity to experience on a day to day basis. I truly enjoy waking up and coming to work at a place that feels like a home.”

“I only recently started my career with MKTG Inc, and my short time here has already proven to be such a positive corporate cultural shock from any workplace I’ve previously known. MKTG has been such a breath of fresh air where I feel as though my efforts are both genuinely appreciated and recognized. I no longer feel like simply a cog in the machine, but actually as though my personality can be embraced at work.”

“You spend so much of your time at work that it becomes part of your identity, and it’s truly such a shame when it’s not something one can be proud of. I’m already so proud to say that I’m part of the MKTG team and only look forward to what the future has to hold for me as a contributing member.”

“In the past year the most important part of my professional development is my leaders ability to actively reach out to me and help myself to new heights. My leaders have do so by helping week by week at becoming a better professional at communicating with others.”

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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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.

BONNIE BERNSTEIN
@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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NBA All-Star Weekend a Slam Dunk

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The spectacle of NBA All-Star, one of the most electrifying sporting events in the world, came to New York City in February 2015. MKTG INC worked with the NBA to develop and produce a concept that would bring all NBA Fans together in celebration of basketball and its unique connection to NYC.

Welcome to the NBA House, 2015 All-Star edition. 70,000 sq ft of basketball activities, sponsor activations, and legendary NBA player appearances. Player appearances included Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Robert Parrish, and the one and only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

This was an extraordinary first-class entertainment experience with the NBA’s brightest stars and their fans at the center of it all.

Over 21,000 fans stopped by NBA House during its 7-day tenure in Manhattan and left with a memory that will last a lifetime.

Written by: Michael Del Monaco

Gatorade “Be Like Mike”

On Friday, Feb. 13 during NBA All-Star week in New York, Gatorade allowed fans to step into the shoes of Michael Jordan by taking part in a series of athletic challenges to celebrate the return of “Be Like Mike,” one of sport’s most iconic commercials­. Students from area high schools, media members and even Nick Cannon recreated iconic moments that defined Jordan’s career—they shot, dunked, won and even dressed like Mike! The event was captured in an online video right before the All-Star game launched a social media campaign encouraging fans to show how they #BeLikeMike.

Guest speakers were NBA legends Horace Grant and Dominique Wilkins. They shared their experiences playing with and against Jordan in such epic moments as the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest and “The Shot on Ehlo” during the Bulls 1989 Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The event was another celebratory milestone for Gatorade during its 50th anniversary year.

Written by: Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle

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NBA All-Star Week Has Arrived in NYC

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MKTG INC’s very own EVP, Sales and Marketing Bryan Duffy is featured in a cover story of this week’s SportsBusiness Journal talking the upcoming NBA All-Star Week(end). Check out the story and his thoughts on what it takes to cut through the clutter in a busy market like New York City. Read more here!

Source: SportsBusiness Journal, February 9 2015

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What’s in Your Wallet, Deb?

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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 Deb Friar, SVP, Business Development in MKTG INC’s Cincinnati office.

You won’t meet many people who love both technology AND being a beachcomber, but Deb is not known as a person who typically takes the traditional route.
From retail management (Target) to brand marketing (Pepsi) to technology marketing services biz dev (Catalina) and from Minnesota (the tundra) to Florida (the beach!) – my path has been anything but traditional.

That trait is especially clear in how she helps her clients see beyond traditional marketing to adopt bolder, community-driven programming.
Clients take the safe route by doing what they’ve done before. It’s the role of biz dev to remove the risk associated with trying something new. It takes patience and perseverance to build trust with prospective clients. I’m fortunate to work with the best and brightest in the world of marketing!

Just don’t ever try to bury her in the sand.
I’m like other biz dev folks – we rise to the challenge!

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Raising the Roof at the Heisman House

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They say all good things have to come to an end, but we say not before one last hurrah. Which is exactly what ESPN and psLIVE did with the Nissan Heisman House on its final tour stop in Dallas. The 10-stop tour visited major universities throughout the season, helping bring the advertising campaign to life, but the final event happened at the Championship Tailgate Party prior to the National Championship Game.

Over 10,000 consumers made their way to the Heisman House, where they snapped photos with the Heisman Trophy, sat in a (digital) car with a Heisman winner, and tossed footballs in our virtual QB Challenge cage. A steady stream of top talent and past Heisman winners, from Herschel Walker to Troy Smith and Joey Harrington, graced our threshold. All were interviewed on our ‘Late Night in the Middle of the Day’ set, hosted by ESPN Sportscenter’s Neil Everett.

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The only two-time Heisman winner, Archie Griffin, also stopped by to film a segment played on ESPN and ESPNU during pre-game coverage as well as a :30 vignette that will air on ESPN this week. The Championship was the perfect place to close another great season of the Heisman House tour.

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