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Levi’s Super Bowl 52

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To celebrate Super Bowl 52, Levi’s® created an elevated shopping experience offering complimentary customization and snacks throughout the day. Then each evening they hosted a happy hour adding an open bar and DJ.

Consumers who purchased a Trucker, Western Shirt, or pair of Jeans had the option of adding a Super Bowl 52 or NFL team patch to their item to remember their time in Minneapolis. Through our activations at the Levi’s® store we increased sales by 61% over a 4 day period.

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February 22nd, 2018 at 9:46 am

NHL Centennial Fan Arena

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The MKTG team was busy over the holiday break staging the NHL Centennial Fan Arena in NYC! NHL fans had a chance to enjoy watching youth hockey players participating in clinics on a custom pop-up ice rink, see the Stanley Cup up close and personal and tour the main attraction which was a 53-foot museum truck with a 1,000 sq ft interior showcasing digital displays, interactive videos, memorabilia and unique photo moments. The Fan arena was exactly what New York needed to get ready for an incredible Winter Classic!

Read more about the experience here.

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January 2nd, 2018 at 3:29 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 discount card!



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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Why Golf Fans Love Wells Fargo’s Social Media Hub

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The social media hub at the Wells Fargo Championship this year generated record social sharing for the tournament, which takes place each May at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, NC. It has been hailed as a best practice when it comes to social media engagement, and we would agree. Let us count the ways (seven, to be exact) the Wells Fargo Championship social media hub enabled social sharing and extended the reach of the tournament…

Head to the article here to explore the seven reasons why golf fans love Wells Fargo’s social media hub!

Article by: Sandra O’Loughlin, Event Marketer

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June 17th, 2016 at 9:29 am

Nintendo Takes Over Airports & Malls This Holiday Season

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Photo Credits – Left: Chelsea Webster, Center: Monica McGovern, Right: Reb Powers

In 2013, Nintendo’s primary goal was to get the new Wii U console in to as many consumers’ hands as possible. To do this, they had to look beyond their past holiday experiences, and insert themselves into spaces where the consumer would be looking for a fun escape during their hectic holiday shopping and travel schedules. So in addition to their 8th year activating the Holiday Mall Experience, Nintendo partnered with Southwest Airlines to become their official video game partner and bring Wii U Gaming Lounges to 6 airports across the country. Both experiences bring the Wii U console and some of the best-reviewed games of the year to 23 malls and 6 airports across the country, from November 25th – December 22nd.

The Mall activations feature both the Wii U and the 3DS family of products, and visitors have the option of playing 30 titles across all products. Each site also features a compact version of the prize wheel featured at E3 this year, and these have already proven to be a popular draw at every site.

The inaugural Wii U Gaming Lounges at 6 airports across the country (Chicago – Midway, Tampa, St. Louis, Dallas Love Field, Atlanta, and Denver) feature 6 Wii U consoles with the opportunity to demo the brand new Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo and Southwest are also partnering for additional events, including their launch event on November 26th where all passengers on a Southwest flight from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field received a voucher for a free Wii U.

So take a break in between dashing between Black Friday sales and snow delays at the airport to demo the latest Nintendo systems and games – click this link to find a mall location and visit before December 22nd!

Written by: Caitlin Buggy

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CP3 #riquickulous Court

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CP, Blake, Deandre and jamalPhotos by: Cheyenne Bovin

CP3 plays with his own personal style of unpredictable quickness. Don’t blink – you might not catch all the calculated nuances when he drives to the paint.

To launch the campaign around the new CP3.VII shoe, Jordan Brand and MKTG INC built a cutting-edge “cube” installation, a never-been-done-before 20-foot glass-paneled regulation basketball court, dropped into the parking lot across from the Staples Center.


The campaign kicked off with graffiti murals appearing “overnight” to get the buzz started and continued with intense skills clinics at the Expo gym downtown. For several weeks kids readied for the challenge at the “cube.”

To interpret CP3s “riquickulous” basketball artistry into an overall experience, we designed four days of programing filled with one unexpected moment after another.

The “cube” was unveiled with an exclusive, invite-only event for Clippers teammates and influencers.  The red carpet was packed, Jermaine Dupri DJed, Wale and Problem performed, and guests lined up for the customization area and interactive photo booth. CP3 and friends had a great time and stayed past 3am.

After a media event the next day, invited student athletes got to test their skills on the court with the #riquickulous challenge. They were then treated to a Mad Skillz Exhibition, Dunk Contest and Q&A with Chris Paul. CP3 even played one-on-one with a lucky fan from the Boys & Girls Club.


The following two days were full of skills challenge moments, high school scrimmages, food trucks, pop-a-shots and more. Then the next day the “cube” was gone – another don’t blink-moment to close out an incredible campaign.

Written by: Alyse Courtines

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$ocial Curr€ncy

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Social currency is one of those buzzwords that gets tossed around quite frequently. In its simplest form it’s the totality of the resources that arise from the interactions that take place in social networks or communities, online or off.

Today it is used more in relation to the various online social networks that have cropped up in the last decade—the application, however, remains the same. But let’s take a quick peek down the rabbit hole; what happens when you take social currency to a literal interpretation? That’s when things start to get interesting, where traditional approaches merge with the current, in retrospect, ironic but innovate applications. When you take a literal approach to social currency, you find yourself face to face with a budding trend in the experiential marketing space—interactive socially enabled vending machines. Brands have been increasingly reinventing these ubiquitous traditional retail experiences over the past few years with a social twist, the utilization of your social interaction as actual currency.

Initially, this took the form of kiosks that distributed samples or swag in return for a hashtagged tweet (BOS Ice Tea – ‘Bev’), Foursquare check-in (Nokia – Gift Machine), or Facebook like (Nestlé – Chocolike). But has since evolved to incorporate your offline social interactions: hugs (Coca-Cola – Hug Me), hand holding (Milka – Dare to be Tender), dancing (Coca-Cola – Coke Dance), and rugby tackles (Salta – Rugbeer)?

Silliness aside, the common thread among these examples was that they were all instantly shareable, discussable, and in essence viral. Each activation featured highly targeted and exceptionally socially relevant placement that primed participants to share; and for the respective brands engendered true social currency along the way. But then again, who wouldn’t if a vending machine dispensed a kayak on your way to work (Tourism British Columbia – The BC Moments Machine).

Can we see tweets, increasingly complex handshakes, or gangnam style horse dances replacing cold hard cash in the next five years? Probably not, but with the advent of wireless and wallet free payment methods, new paradigms of business are definitely just around the horizon.

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fno2Photographer and Writer: Alfredo Montes

We kicked off FNO with a stop at the Target pop-up store, which was around the corner from the MKTG INC Headquarters at Highline Studios. They did a great job transforming the space into small storefronts. The highlight for Ric and I was the Odin for Target men’s clothing line that is going to be a huge success. For those unfamiliar with Odin, it is in my opinion one of the best men’s clothing retailers in New York City.  In addition to Odin they also had a coffee shop and tableware section with some great stuff. Ross Mathews of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno made a brief cameo (homie is not camera shy in the least) while a DJ kept the crowd entertained. Of course it wouldn’t be FNO without buying something. The Target pop-up had a ton of registers ready for consumers to walk away with some new goodies.

After Target we made our way down to SoHo and quickly found out the recipe for FNO at small boutique shops. Music + booze + security = FNO. Now music can come in two forms; a DJ or a live act. Cole Haan and Camper held it down with dope DJ’s while adidas employed a super hot chick to stand behind some CDJ’s and press some buttons – I refuse to call her a DJ but I will call her hott with two T’s. The highlight musically came from the G-Star store and a band called Lake Street Dive. The singer has some serious soul and an amazing voice. Peep this video to see for yourself.

Overall, FNO was a great time. We tried to get into the GQ pop-up without success but that is ok because we got an awesome photo of the exterior window. While I didn’t see a lot buying taking place, I do believe FNO was successful in helping certain fashion brands reach a wider audience that could turn into sales down the road.

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Pop Ups That Really Pop

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PopUp2Photo Credit: Ric Edwards

Can you imagine sitting in chair that looks like a spinning top? How about being surrounded by 30 male models dressed in designer suits while getting a complimentary shoe shine? Thanks to the Herman Miller Pop Up Shop in SoHo and the MR PORTER Pop Up Shop in Meatpacking, I was able to experience both.

The Herman Miller Pop Up Shop, which is open until July 1, features luxuriously detailed furniture vignettes throughout the 6,000 square-foot space.  Located at 68 Wooster Street (between Spring and Broome), the shop tells stories of the past and present while inspiring professional designers, consumers, and commercial users.

Through furnishings for the home, office and exterior spaces, the Herman Miller collection reintroduces familiar classics and forgotten masterpieces to a new generation of design lovers. As Design Director George Nelson envisioned in 1952, Herman Miller’s collection should be “the continuing creation of a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirement for modern living.” If you want to experience the timelessness of the collection first hand, I suggest getting out there this weekend and seeing it for yourself!

After getting dizzy in Herman Miller’s iconic Magis Spun chair, I headed over to the MR PORTER Pop Up Shop at 72 Gansevoort Street, which brought the online menswear destination to life in partnership with USA network’s show, Suits. The store, titled “Suits & Style,” closed on June 17 and had the feel of a masculine, metropolitan lounge.

MR PORTER brought their online experience to the store with large interactive touch-screen monitors that allowed you to play around and create your own looks–what’s the harm in virtually trying on $2,000 cufflinks? Just in case you were in the mood to splurge, your order could be processed right there in the store for delivery. If that wasn’t enough to spark your interest, there was personal grooming services provided by Aesop (and a free java bar!).

It’s safe to say that no matter who you are, the MR PORTER Pop Up Shop would have ‘suited’ you.

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June 28th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

5 Simple and Successful Retail Strategies

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Brands, listen up! Are you trying to figure out how to maximize consumer retail experiences? Look no further–MKTG INC’s Charlie Horsey gives five “Sweet Summer Retail Strategies” in Direct Marketing News’ Direct by Design Blog that will ensure the success of your retail (and summer vacation, too!).

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June 18th, 2012 at 1:56 pm