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MKTG ATL hosts 2nd Annual Discover YOU Day

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

by Jamie Kirts, MKTG ATL

Today marked the second annual Discover You Day in the MKTG Atlanta office.  This day is all about our employees and helping them find out more about themselves and each other.

The day started with a hearty breakfast and a town hall gathering to run down the agenda for the day and pass out goodie bags.  The bags contained a healthy snack, a fidget toy, a (literal) token of appreciation, a copy of First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham, and a pre-addressed thank you note to a fellow co-worker in the office.

Throughout the day, six impactful TED Talks were played on a loop in our large, theater-style conference room.  Talks ranged from Steve Jobs’ “How to Live Before You Die” to Brené Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability”.  Teammates could pop in to catch these short talks throughout their day as their personal schedules allowed.

When employees weren’t watching TED Talks, they could also pop into another conference room to take a DISC personality assessment.  We hope each person could find out a little bit more about who they are, as well as their teammates, to find ways to tap into that knowledge and create value in their lives and in their work.

For lunch, we wanted to focus on some ways we can all make small changes in our eating habits, sleep schedules, and exercise regimen to do and feel our best. After tapping some of our resident health and wellness experts, we put together a fun lunch and learn called Facts, Snacks & Getting on Track.  The staff found placemats with quick tips and key advice for making some small improvements on the tables and a healthy, homemade taco bar to get them off on the right foot.

After lunch, MKTGers exchanged tokens of appreciation with “You Rock” on them to teammates they wanted to recognize for being, well, amazing. And in the spirit of appreciation, they also filled out the Thank You card they found in their bag at the beginning of the day and hand-delivered it to its recipient.

At the end of the day, employees were invited to share their thoughts on camera to capture what made the day so special to each individual.

We can’t wait until it’s time to do this all again next year!   For more photos of the event, check out our Instagram @MKTG_inc .

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 26th, 2017 at 12:29 pm

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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.

 

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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

MKTG Atlanta Women’s Leadership Group Hosts Interactive Career Day

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MKTG’s Women’s Leadership Group Atlanta chapter ended their year’s roster of events hosting an inspiring career day with 60 5th grade girls from local Birney Elementary School. MKTG Atlanta has been partnering with Birney for over seven years, conducting reading/math groups, sponsoring their field day and much more.  So, it made perfect sense to host young ladies from the school as part of a final 2016 Women’s Leadership initiative.

The session kicked off with a conversational multimedia presentation exploring MKTG’s work and providing an industry overview. A tour of the office followed, leading up to the day’s final destination- the warehouse. Five interactive stations were set up demonstrating how MKTG activates sponsorships on behalf of our clients. To get a small idea of the fun they had, the girls rotated to each of the following stations experiencing…

Photo ops! The students learned about photo ops while enjoying the Wyndham photo station with a green screen- which printed out their photo.

Prizes! The OtterBox Plinko board was tons of fun as the girls slid a dummy phone through the Plinko board to try to win a prize.

Design production! The girls created their own socks at our heat press station where they selected one of the three designs and watched one of our HQ ladies create their product.

Ring toss! Testing their tossing skills, we had three of the large Wells Fargo horses serve as a ring toss (with hula hoops).

Virtual Reality! This station was by far the most fun. The girls were able to put on a VR headset, plus hand controllers- bringing an office setting to life by trying tasks like making coffee, putting an ink cartridge in a printer, opening filing cabinets, etc.

After a yummy pizza lunch, the girls had tons of comments like “What subjects do you take in school to do this kind of job?”, “I didn’t know jobs like this even existed!” and the most important- “Thanks for a great day!” Returning to Birney with a swag bag full of event premiums from various programs, MKTG’s Women’s Leadership Group was proud to close 2016 sharing such a fun, enlightening experience supporting local youth.

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Atlanta Let The Dogs Out

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As one of the many perks that makes our office a Top Workplace in Atlanta, we are proud to have an “open dog policy” every business day! And while we enjoy having a dog or two around the office during the average workday, we wanted to celebrate national Take Your Dog To Work Day by inviting all of our 4-legged friends for a day of treats, play, and cake.

On Thursday June 23rd, we hosted our very first annual MKTG Dog Day where we had 14 dogs come to hangout all day. In our warehouse we fenced off their own off-leash play area while every dog went home with special gifts including an MKTG sports jersey! Check out some of the photos because who doesn’t love tons of photos of dogs in the office?

Special thanks to Paisley, Toro, Pippy, Cocoa, Jackson, Clover, Boomer, Yoda, Guinness, Daisy, Ivy, Cooper, Samson, Ginger, and Ace for bringing their positive attitudes to MKTG Atlanta!

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Written by Paige McConney
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June 27th, 2016 at 1:42 pm

MKTG Atlanta [Once Again] Named a Top Workplace!

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that we have once again been named as a Top Workplace in Atlanta!!! This designation is earned through employee surveys and employee surveys alone so it is a true testament to our rewarding work and our fun agency culture.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be named one of Atlanta’s top workplace for the 2nd year in a row”, says Peter Pearce, GM of MKTG Atlanta. “Given this award is based on employee sentiment, we’re very proud that the work environment we’ve created, and the values we live everyday have delivered against our goal to be a great place to go to work!”

Thanks [again] to the Atlanta Journal Constitution for recognizing MKTG as a Top Workplace for the second year in a row. We couldn’t agree more!

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May 4th, 2016 at 2:17 pm

By Popular Demand: The Winning Dip Recipes

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Last week we told you about our highly competitive 3rd annual Dip Off in Atlanta. As soon as we posted about it, we immediately received requests for the winning recipes. Without any further ado, here are our winners that you can now steal in order to impress everyone at your holiday parties and family gatherings.  Enjoy!!!


 

The Champion – Sausage Addiction by Peter Pearce

  • 1 lb of country sausage, browned in a pan, and drained
  • 8 oz of cream cheese/cubed
  • 8 oz of sour cream
  • 1 8 oz can of Rotelle (hot)
  • 1 additional can of hot green chilies (4oz)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste

After sausage is browned, mix all ingredients in a pan, and stir together under med/low heat until cream cheese is melted.  Serve warm (crock pot ideal).


 

1st Runner Up – Crock Pot White Pizza Dip by Christine Ralph

  • Prep time:  5 mins
  • Cook time:  2 hours
  • Total time:  2 hours 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Good Seasons® Garlic & Herb Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix
  • 1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup (1 oz.) chopped pepperoni
  • 1 loaf of Italian or French bread, sliced or cut into bite size pieces

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine envelope of garlic & herb recipe, mix, sour cream, ricotta cheese, ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
  2. Lightly spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Spoon mixture into slow cooker.
  4. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup mozzarella cheese on top.
  5. Place lid on and cook on low 2-3 hours.
  6. Before serving stir well.
  7. Serve with bread slices or bread bite size pieces

 

2nd Runner Up – Herbed Shrimp Dip by Philip Duncanson

  • 1/2 pound peeled and deveined frozen shrimp (any size), thawed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2 scallions, coarsely chopped, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Crostini, crackers, or crudites, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fit a large saucepan with a steamer basket, and fill with 1 inch water; cover and bring to a boil. Add shrimp; cover and cook, tossing once, until opaque throughout, 30 seconds to 4 minutes (depending on size of shrimp). Immediately transfer to a colander, and run under cold water to stop cooking. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels, then finely chop and add smoked Paprika.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine shrimp, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, parsley, and lemon zest and juice; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate shrimp dip until chilled, at least 30 minutes (and up to 2 days). Serve shrimp dip garnished with scallions, if desired, alongside crostini, crackers, or crudites.

We hope you enjoy as much as we did!!

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December 1st, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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It’s an Atlanta Dip Off!!!

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One of our favorite pre-Thanksgiving Atlanta traditions – the MKTG Dip Off – took place last week in front of another enthusiastic crowd of judges. This year featured a dozen dips from the always-a-crowd-pleaser buffalo chicken dip to an addicting peanut butter cup desert dip.

However, for the 3rd consecutive year the ultimate honor went to Atlanta Boss Man and General Manager Peter Pearce who wowed us with a Carolina Heritage Pork (Addiction) Dip which included foodie-loving ingredients such as Artisanal Cream Cheese and Free Range Sour Cream. Peter’s name will be forever engraved into the official MKTG Dip Off Champions Cup!

Enjoy the pictures from the festivities, and our winners, below!


 

 

 

 

 

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November 23rd, 2015 at 3:45 pm

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Spooky Halloween at MKTG Atlanta

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Enter if you dare!

Enter if you dare!

Many offices have a little fun with Halloween. However, MKTG Atlanta continues to take to another level year after year with elaborate decorations and costumes – both of which can net our employees big cash prizes!

But it isn’t just about the adults here as a couple of dozen family members (and growing every year!!)  are invited into our warehouse for a fun costume party complete with office-wide trick-or-treating. Check out some of the great photos and a spooky video from this year’s festivities!

 

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November 5th, 2015 at 11:42 am

TopGolf welcomes MKTG’s Atlanta Office “FUNN DAY”

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Every summer, we in Atlanta partake in one of our most anticipated days of the year – FUNN DAY! (So much Fun we added another N). This annual office outing has taken on many forms both on land and on water. The various activities have always been part of FUNN Day’s uniqueness and charm.

This year we headed to the brand new TopGolf Atlanta Midtown – the second such facility in the metro area. TopGolf has become a wildly popular social golf entertainment center with locations popping up all over the country at a seemingly rapid rate – and we got to see why, first hand, how it can produce a memorable office outing. As they put it: Just picture a larger-than-life-sized outdoor dartboard – but for golf. And for a little friendly rivalry, the high-tech balls instantly score each shot’s accuracy and distance.

Everyone split into the various stations we had reserved and then the competition was on! With six players per hitting bay and some rounds of cold beverages on a warm summer day, everyone had a great time away from the office. Check out the pictures of our FUNN event and we encourage you to get out of the office when you can!

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September 2nd, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Wells Fargo Puts Virtual-Reality Twist on Experiential Marketing

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***Many thanks to Wells Fargo for giving our incredible Atlanta team the opportunity to develop this Virtual Reality consumer experience with you!

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If you attended the Livermore Rodeo in California in June, you could have tried out one of the hottest technologies that has yet to go on sale to the general public – and it would have been supplied by a bank. Since June, Wells Fargo has been putting virtual reality Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 headsets on consumers at local events across America as the San Francisco bank works to build brand awareness in a fun way.

“It allows us to show we are part of the community,” said Jennifer Copeland, vice president and experiential marketing manager at Wells Fargo. “There’s more to us than financial products. We are able to show you a good time.”

The initiative, which has consumers playing a virtual maze game and includes social media components, represents part of a trend of bank brands creating funkier – and techier – in-person experiences to get in front of consumers one on one, to strike up conversations in a new way, to secure new customers down the road and to have a stronger shot to get positive mentions on the internet.

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Credit: American Banker

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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September 1st, 2015 at 11:55 am