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IBM’s Tony Awards Watch Party

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They say the lights are bright on Broadway and last month, the third annual Official Tony Awards Watch Party presented by IBM was the brightest star.

80 guests joined IBM for this buzz-worthy event, of which 35 were unpaid social influencers from theater, sports, and technology. Influencers included renowned actors and actresses and contributors to Playbill, Teen Vogue, and Essence Magazine. Check out some of their coverage here.

In 2014, MKTG identified a lack of attribution and conversation surrounding IBM’s partnership with the Tony Awards, during a social conversation audit utilizing proprietary listening tools. To combat this, MKTG developed a hosted viewing event for relevant voices in the theater, tech, and sports community to come together on Broadways biggest night. Since debuting in 2015, the IBM Watch Party has seen tremendous growth and fulfilled its goal of creating a common Tony Awards viewing experience and digital space for theatre aficionados to share in the excitement of the Awards while connecting back to IBM.

The event was revamped this year to continue to raise the bar of VIP influencer events and to creatively drive social conversations and real-life interaction between influencers and IBM. MKTG choreographed a series of unique content opportunities that showcased IBM’s Watson technology in relatable ways, from Chef Watson inspired drinks and chocolates to the infamous Watson Beat platform. 2017’s #WATCHPARTYIBM saw a 38% increase in social conversations and over 34 million potential impressions – this is doubled from 2016. Bravo team!

Take a sneak peek at the crowd-sourced Cinebody sizzle reel here and the photo gallery below!

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Written by Paige McConney
Paige McConney

July 6th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

SBJ: Raptors Latest Team To Land Jersey Sponsor, Signing Sun Life To Agreement

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Sun Life’s Raptors patch sponsorship is reportedly worth more than C$5M annually. MKTG negotiated the deal for Sun Life.

The Raptors are the ninth NBA team to sell a jersey ad patch, having signed a three-year deal that will put Toronto-based Sun Life’s logo on the jerseys beginning next season. Sun Life’s jersey patch will be the anchor of a CSR program promoting diabetes awareness and prevention.

Sun Life has run a similar program through a Celtics sponsorship which supports a regional “Dunk 4 Diabetes” program since ‘14. The Raptors’ patch sponsorship, which TSN is reporting is worth more than C$5M annually, will support a similar program across Canada.

“For a corporate responsibility program, we explained that the way to really authenticate was showing what the pinnacle of a healthy body can look like, with this sort of intimate association,” said MLSE Chief Commercial Officer David Hopkinson.

The deal includes rights with the group benefits, life insurance and retirement planning portions of the insurance/financial services categories, along with courtside signage, along with digital and social ad inventory for Sun Life.

The company has been a Raptors sponsor for four years and a sponsor of MLSE for seven years. “Our key insight here is that it’s not about the real estate,” said Hopkinson, adding that the deal took around six months to complete. “If you want to just buy impressions, there’s nothing like outdoor (advertising). If you want to stand for something, there’s nothing better than having a presence on the athlete.”

Sun Life’s other Canadian sports sponsorships include the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and the CFL. MKTG Canada negotiated the deal for Sun Life.

source: Sports Business Daily

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 6th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Kati on the Croisette at Cannes Lion

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It’s taken a whole week to rest my body, mind and spirit after the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. During what turned out to be one of the most inspirational events of my professional career, I forged lifelong friendships with colleagues, was exposed to transformative work from all across the globe and was forced to evaluate my impact on my business and the world at-large.

A jam-packed schedule left little time for notes and barely enough brain space to remember everything; however, here are my key takeaways from my first ever Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity:

1. Be the change you want to see in the world:

At a time where the world is experiencing unprecedented turmoil, Cannes Lions shined a light on the positive campaigns being used to generate awareness for and combat these social injustices. While the topics ranged from the refugee crisis to voter rights to gender inequality, the campaigns were all grounded in an authentic desire to make a difference.

Many of the sessions at Cannes spoke to corporate responsibility but one breakout, hosted by Edelman, was particularly memorable. In the opening remarks, Mark Renshaw, Edelman’s global chair of its brand practice, talked about how a brand can and should be providing leadership on social issues in a polarizing world. In order to educate brands on how to do so, they first conducted a study about consumers’ expectations in this time of upheaval. Some interesting findings included that 67% of US consumers are buying a brand for the first time based on a shared belief. That’s over 2/3 of consumers! They also found that 65% of consumers are saying that silence is not an option; consumers will stop buying if they don’t understand your brand’s stance. Most surprising to me was that half of consumers believe that brands can do more than governments or other institutions to drive change in the world.

With trust at an all-time low, it is more important than ever for brands to participate in the betterment of our society. Here’s how:

Find your calling – Don’t simply tap into what’s trending, but instead, find a movement that speaks to your mission and brand purpose.

Talk less, act more

Invite Action – If done appropriately, aligning with these missions should also invite consumers to help your brand reach your business goals (buying your product, service, etc.)

2. Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future:

At MKTG, we have always taken great pride in the company we keep, that is, the clients we are lucky enough to work with. As I wandered the Awards Hall in the Palais that displays all short list nominees and the eventual winners, I was excited to see many of our legacy clients up for the coveted Cannes Lions Awards. Proctor & Gamble brands Gillette and Tide walked away with Gold, as did Gatorade; and Nike won awards for their Unlimited Stadium and their Unlimited Greatness campaign. These awards are true testaments to the innovative and creative brands we are fortunate enough to work with.

3. Creativity knows no borders:

Walking Le Croisette during the Cannes Lions Festival quickly turns into a life-size version of the guessing game – “What accent is that? What language do you think they’re speaking? I wonder what country they’re representing!”

I consider myself to be a well-traveled and cultured individual, lucky enough to have studied and vacationed abroad for years, but to be immersed in such cultural diversity from a professional perspective was something quite new. I found myself having conversations with everyone I met about their political climate, trending topics or brands, and cultural norms that affect the way people consume or create media. Their answers were as varied as their accents.

At times I was actually uncomfortable to say that I was from the United States, a country with a leader preaching nationalization and religiously bigoted rhetoric. But found solace in the fact that I, as a representative of that same country, was letting them know that not of all us share those ideals.

Let’s be honest, globalization is winning and will continue to lead the way into a greater tomorrow. And as brands begin to capitalize on that intercontinental growth, we as agencies must be ready and able to provide strategies and solutions for a connected world.

I can proudly say that the congregation of Dentsu Aegis employees that were sent to Cannes as part of the Route 500 program, was an accurate representation of the global atmosphere of the entire festival. Employees from Mumbai to Shanghai connected with colleagues from Toronto to Tel Aviv, forging relationships and fostering conversation about the future of the global industry. I am so thankful to be a part of such a progressive organization.

Above all, I was impressed by the cognizant efforts of Cannes Lions to make the festival diverse and inclusive. Instead of simply including sessions about the benefits of a varied workplace or why we should market to women, they practiced what they preached by having equal representation on juries and showcasing speakers of all races, religions and gender. I feel extremely honored to have taken part in such an important week in media/marketing and I’m already planning my return – because there’s no way I’m missing out next year!

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 5th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Liberty Stands With You

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June was Pride Month, and MKTG has been leading client Liberty Mutual in their sponsorship and support of the LGBTQ community. As part of a year-long platform based on the strategy of Liberty Mutual’s core brand positioning of “Liberty Stands With You”, MKTG secured a partnership with LGBTQ support organization GLAAD to kick-off the brand’s messaging platform at their annual Media Awards in NY & LA in April and May respectively. In June, Liberty Mutual continued to stand with the LGBTQ community through on-site activations and employee participation at Pride Parade events in key consumer markets of Boston, Chicago and New York. Check out a few photos and gifs below!

 

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Written by Paige McConney
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July 5th, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The Batalla Viewing Party

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Soccer United Marketing (SUM), the marketing arm of Major League Soccer (MLS) enlisted MKTG and Gravity*, to support our effort to, for the first time ever, stage an exclusive event called “The Batalla Viewing Party” in downtown LA for a World Cup qualifying game between rivals Mexico and USA.   

“The Batalla” (The Battle), harnessed the anticipation and historical implications of the match between the two national teams, and presented an opportunity for Mexico’s loyal fans to come together as a community to cheer on their team with fellow El Tri (Mexican National Team name) fans.

The goal of the event was to engage millennial fans of the Mexican National Team on a deeper level through an unexpected, culturally rich, social and live experience.  The creative approach to the Batalla utilized a stylized and modern treatment that tipped its hat to the popular Mexican card game called La Lotería that is very popular among the Mexican National team fan base.

MKTG transformed an empty 25,000 square foot loft and parking lot space in the LA Arts District into a culturally-relevant, trendy, cool, urban environment designed specifically to immerse modern day soccer fans in the experience of their love and deep passion for soccer.

The celebration took place all day, culminating in the showdown between the two national teams on giant 16-foot screens around the space. Throughout the day, fans enjoyed live entertainment from some of their favorite DJs including DJ Eddie One from LA’s 96.3FM, and band Jungle Fire.  Sponsored activities included custom cocktails from sponsor El Jimador, a live interactive social media wall, as well as life-sized cutouts of MNT players for fan photos were presented by Wells Fargo and LA Football Club (the local MLS team) was on site distributing swag.  LAFC’s very spirited Supporter’s Band surprised the guests and got them on their feet dancing and cheering on El Tri wildly!

All creative and event elements including custom posters (wild posted around Los Angeles), signage, apparel, giveaways as well as a robust digital campaign were handled by MKTG and Gravity.

See below for photos from the activation! 

*Gravity is a recent acquisition by Dentsu Aegis Network and the leading multicultural marketing in our space.

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June 30th, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Smirnoff Love Wins Launch @ Stonewall Inn

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Last week, Smirnoff officially launched their Limited-Edition No. 21 Vodka “Love Winsbottle in their continued support of the LGBTQ community. No two bottles are identical as they each feature a unique rainbow color aesthetic as well as various polaroid images of real couples on every bottle created and photographed by San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.

The launch was held at the iconic Stonewall Inn NYC, a national historic landmark site that launched the riots and modern LGBT rights movement. MKTG had the supreme pleasure of being at the forefront of transforming the iconic venue, elevating the look and feel of the space and executing the “Smirnoff Love Wins Launch Party.” The launch party also included several major media and social influencers such as Girl With No Job, Bachelorette Caila Quinn and several more.

Smirnoff has committed to donating $1f or every limited-edition bottle created (not, not just sold but created) to the Human Rights Campaign, which has currently equated to $260,000.
Go out there and buy your limited-edition bottle and support the cause!
To read more about the story behind the Love Wins bottles, see here
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MKTG Art Pairings

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From left to right: Kokoshen Li, Curator, ArtFuse Inc., Zhang Lanjun, Xu Jin, Peter Office; Artwork behind by Zhang Lanjun

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rooster, we were pleased to welcome world-reknowned artists, Xu Jin and Zhang Lanjun, two leading Chinese artists, to unveil their exhibitions at our NYC Global HQ. Last night, 150 guests toured the exhibit and were treated to a Lion Dance bringing luck to everyone in attendance.

Organized by New York – based independent curator Kokoshen Li, the exhibition features a total of 22 recent paintings. Reflecting Xu Jin’s and Zhang Lanjun’s respective life experiences, these works manifest widely different styles, ranging from realistic to semi-abstract to abstract. The two bodies of work are formally distinct but have a common feature – saturated colors and many delicate layers. The brushstrokes are heavy yet elegant, the overall images captivating. Contemplating any of the paintings, one can sense the emotional upsurge in the artist at the moment of creation. Viewing the works one after the other, one travels through diverse artistic visions of the world.

Xu Jin has a place in Chinese art history as a leader of the’ 85 New Wave, a pioneering post – Mao avant – garde movement. Xu later immigrated to New York, where he has since lived and worked for 30 years. As he says, “Half of my life is in America and the other half is in China.” Xu Jin’s style is firmly rooted in Chinese tradition, yet marked by a free, romantic vigor reflecting his decades of immersion in the Western social and artistic environment.

Zhang Lanjun, born in the 1963 in Jiangsu Province, took his initial training in copper etching. His painting style is sometimes delicate and timeless, like that of ancient Chinese painters, and sometimes wild and restless, in the manner of the contemporary action painting school. In this show, he presents nine examples from his “Metamorphosis” series and “The Book of Revelation.” In these melodious, cheerful, playful, and occasionally peculiar works viewers experience over and over again the seemingly invisible but tangible struggle between the flesh and the soul.

Take a look below to see artwork from this world-renowned pair as well as photos from the Lion Dance:

 

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Written by Paige McConney
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February 9th, 2017 at 10:56 am

MKTG Canada weighs in on Super Bowl ads and value for Canadian brands

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Matthew Klar, Director of Strategy at recently acquired sports and entertainment sponsorship consultancy S&E Sponsorship shares some fresh insights on Super Bowl ads in the new media context that has seen for the first time U.S. ads broadcast on the American feed in Canada.

Last night’s Super Bowl 51 was a momentous game on many counts. The event saw the first overtime minutes played during a Super Bowl and the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady coming back in the fourth quarter to earn a record fifth championship ring.

With the dropping of simultaneous substitution, it was also the first night that U.S. ads appeared on the American feed in Canada. The appeal from Bell and NFL Canada against the CRTC’s order is being heard tomorrow, so it remains to be seen if the U.S. commercials will be seen in Canada going forward.

The pundits MiC tapped all chose to watch the U.S. feed. Read on to find out why, as well as their favourite ads and whether they see a value in Canadian brands continuing to buy into the game.

 

Click here to read the rest of the article

This article was originally published in Media in Canada

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Written by Paige McConney
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February 6th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

2017 NHL Centennial Fan Arena

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The NHL Centennial Fan Arena opened over the New Year in Toronto, Canada to celebrate a century of hockey thrills. The Fan Arena features several interactive activities, open to all ages, and will be traveling throughout Canada and the US throughout the duration of 2017 so all fans can get in on the fun.

 The Museum Truck

The 53-foot Museum Truck features interactive digital displays, original video content, historical memorabilia, and several photo moments throughout including a customizable Locker Room photo op. Wayne Gretzky stopped by the Museum Truck in Toronto to experience the interactives and sign the Centennial Anniversary logo.

There’s also a second truck which hosts a giant video screen for team trivia and highlights, as well as a pop-up stage for special appearances. Living legend, Wayne Gretzky, stopped by in Toronto.

The Rink

A pop-up ball hockey rink with programmed clinics and games will be open for youth players.

Stanley Cup

Need we say more? The coveted Stanley Cup, the oldest trophy in professional sports, will be present in each market.

Clear The Ice Zamboni® VR Experience

Fans take a seat in a Mini-Zamboni® complete with cool air on their face and a rumbling seat, to compete to resurface the ice. The goal is to create the perfect sheet in the fastest time. All rides will be timed and featured on a leaderboard.

Recycle the Game

Fans have the opportunity to bring their used hockey gear, including shin pads, helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, gloves, skates, sticks, goalie pads and goalie blockers/gloves to be donated to under-served community hockey programs. Not only that, but the first 200 donors will receive a shop.nhl.com discount card!

 

Calendar

Check out the upcoming events, and check back to the NHL website for additional markets in the coming weeks!

Jan 7-8: Arizona (Tempe Marketplace)

Jan 12-14: Dallas

Jan 18-19: San Jose

Jan 21-23: Anaheim

Jan 26-29: Los Angeles (2017 NHL Fan Fair, Tickets Required)

Feb 3-5: St. Louis

Feb 11-12: Nashville

Feb 24-25: Pittsburgh

Also, check out a few photo selects below!

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TopSpin New York 2016

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For the sixth year in a row, MKTG was proud to produce another successful TopSpin Charity Ping Pong event last night at NY’s Metropolitan Pavilion as part of our MKTG4GOOD initiative. TopSpin raises awareness and provides funds for exceptional nonprofits that provide educational opportunities for under-served youth.

Over 1000 revelers enjoyed bites from some of the city’s top restaurants, themed cocktails and took home some insane goods from the ever-popular silent auctions…all the while cheering on celebrities, athletes and industry executives as they as they battled at the tables to take home the coveted TopSpin trophy and bragging rights.

Celebrity guests included US Women’s National Soccer Team star Megan Rapinoe, Buster Skrine, Marcus Williams, Dexter McDougle and Darryl Roberts from the NY Jets, Guillermo Hernangomez, Kyle O’Quinn, John Wallace, John Starks and Larry Johnson, WNBA stars Stefanie Dolson, Sue Bird and Deveraux Peters and Ibtihaj Muhammad, musician Kevin Jonas and the American sabre fencer and member of the United States fencing team best known for being the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics.

Take a look below for photos from last night’s event! Or watch our video HERE!

 

 

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December 2nd, 2016 at 11:16 am