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Discussing EventTech with Gavin Blawie

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We asked MKTG SVP Gavin Blawie some questions about his EventTech talk: IBM Sports & Entertainment Partnerships: Rules for a Wired World.

 

You spoke about our work with IBM at the recent EventTech conference in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. Can you share a few things to help those of us that couldn’t attend get a feel for your talk and also some key take aways from EventTech in general?

MKTG was at EventTech to share our integrated activation framework for IBM, and how over the last 3 years we have helped raise their social game through influencers and content made to share to better amplify tentpole partner events like the US Open, the Tony Awards and Pebble Beach, which are used by the client to demonstrate their technology expertise and build relationships with clients and prospects.

Overall it was a privilege to share MKTG’s success with IBM to a larger audience, and our approach to earned media is both a differentiator and a proven model that unlocks significant incremental value and amplification, and which is now applied across their partner portfolio.

How long was your presentation and were you solo?

I had planned on attending this session with our IBM client, but she was unable to travel at the last minute so I handled our presentation solo.

At EventTech we shared our philosophy of leveraging not just official partner content and feeds from IBM’s marquee sponsorships, but the idea that we enlist credible 3rd party influencers and their social graphs and feeds to personalize their sponsorships, and earn the partnerships exponentially more conversations and sharing.  Now, if you plan and execute events with a social mindset, you can unlock thousands of pieces of user generated content and tens of millions of incremental media impressions.

What major subjects did you cover? Did you get any great questions from the audience?

Best part of our presentation was our strategic framework to the larger event model, whereas most of the audience was focused on the physical, live aspects of wiring events to capture content and share, our approach stood out as a pre/during/approach social mindset to events as much as model to harness conversation and sharing.  Truth is brands always have tons of incremental content and conversations earned which flow out of and around events, the trick is typically that value dissapates like so much heat and light.  Now, it’s incumbent on MKTG as an agency partner to wire events to be shared to benefit the brand, using unified hashtags like #WatchPartyIBM and incenting people to share and spread the word at scale, it’s the difference between a great one off event for a small handfull, vs social conversations that travel across hundreds of personal feeds.

What were three key things you learned from the show floor? What was hot, and what was less impressive?

Augmented reality was everywhere, especially with the new AR kit in the latest Apple OS, and supporting tech to facilitate onsite sharing via hotspots and beacons, but still felt more like it was all a great tech coming than stuff which is actually here yet.  Lots of innovative camera rigs and technology to seamlessly stitch together 360 content, as fostering greater ways of personal, camera first storytelling from multiple POVs becomes the new model.

Overall, what were your impressions of the event? 

Event Tech Live was overall a very well run event, 3 full days of content, tech and partner overviews, as everyone in the space (client and agency) navigates the ongoing revolution.  Definitely much smaller an event than CES, but a great vibe and positive forum, and great reception to our thinking and approach to maximizing event impact through digital and social, as we were all from the same dedicated audience of experts in live & experiential meets tech – the show itself was probably attended by over 500, with a large standing exhibition space and 5 separate break out stages, which was larger than I had expected.

 

 

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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November 28th, 2017 at 10:23 am

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FedEx Extends NFL League Deal, Looks For Closer Ties With International Series Games

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FedEx will continue sponsoring the Air & Ground Players of the Week Awards. Financial terms of the multiyear extension were not disclosed. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)

FedEx has extended its long-running sponsorship of the NFL to stay on as the official delivery service partner of the league, the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl.

By John Bauernfeind, Staff Writer, @SBJSBD

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Source: SportsBusiness Daily
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April 27th, 2017 at 10:27 am

Adweek Features Gatorade Combine in SXSW Ultimate Roundup of Experiential Activations

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We are so honored to share that for the second year running*, the activation we produced with Gatorade was featured as one of the best at SXSW. This year, in Adweek’s Ultimate Roundup. The activation, which we produced featuring Gatorade’s tech partners Kitman, STRIVR, and Sparta Science showcased a future Combine imagined by Gatorade and validated by Sports Illustrated. See what Adweek had to say about the Gatorade Combine:

“Gatorade’s Combine showed off the ‘future of athlete evaluation’ by partnering with three leading sports tech companies currently being used by collegiate and professional sports teams to evaluate player potential, increase efficiency and identify and minimize athletes’ exposure to injury.

Gatorade brought interactive exhibits from three sports tech brands to its downtown Austin corner. Kitman Labs uses a Microsoft Kinect to ‘analyze movement function and biomechanics for potential injury risk.’ STRIVR showed off what is essentially a very detailed virtual reality game used for situational training in football. The simulation puts you in the shoes of a quarterback and asks you to decide how to run a certain play based on what the defense is doing.”

Read the rest on Adweek

 

CNBC named us one of the best in 2016!

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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March 16th, 2017 at 11:10 am

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Tropicana Activation Featured on BizBash

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Post Originally Featured on BizBash:

Tropicana recently brought a bit of sunshine to New York, encouraging people to bring out their best selves. The juice brand hosted its #YourBestYou activation in Times Square from January 14 to 17, bringing to life the brand’s new platform—which is focused on positivity and optimism—as part of its relaunch for its 70th year. The activation offered consumers a variety of interactive experiences inspired by the brand relaunch.

The pop-up event, which was produced by MKTG, invited passersby to go inside of a domed tent that resembled an orange. Inside the tent, interactive experiences included video stations that allowed guests to create custom messages, picking out inspiring messages from an orange tree replica, and a green screen photo station that projected images with animated backgrounds on a Times Square billboard.

Here’s a look at the different ways Tropicana engaged consumers during the four-day event.

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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January 20th, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Kylie Cosmetics Pop-Up Shop Powered By Shopify

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MKTG is so thrilled to have partnered with Shopify on such a successful endeavor.

Originally posted on Fashionista:

One of the hottest topics of 2015 was Kylie Jenner’s lips, but 2016 was the year she capitalized on all that discussion with her own rapidly expanding cosmetics line. The first Lip Kit dropped on Cyber Monday 2015 at 12 p.m. EST. At 12:01 p.m. EST, everything was completely sold out. Within minutes, the site crashed entirely and still wasn’t functioning properly hours later; the kits, which retailed for $29 a piece, were already listed on eBay for upwards of $200. It was a buzzy product launch (something the Kardashian/Jenner/Wests are experts at) to say the least, but Kylie stans who weren’t able to purchase the item Jenner had been teasing on social media for months were not exactly pleased. Angry tweets and comments — as well as negative reports to the Better Business Bureau — would plague Jenner for months to come. So in January, Kylie Cosmetics relaunched in partnership with popular e-commerce platform Shopify, which still powers all of the 19-year-old’s retail endeavors.

Shopify already had a connection to the family (it powered Dash‘s website) and Jenner switched over when her team realized demand would be too high for their existing online platform. As Shopify powers over 325,000 merchants, it’s built enough back-end infrastructure and servers to prevent a crash like the aforementioned Lip Kit fiasco, explained Loren Padelford, VP & GM of Shopify Plus, over the phone last week. “We had to write special software that allows us to manage servers in a unique way,” he said, using the analogy of standing in line at a physical store before you can check out. Essentially, shoppers must wait in a digital line before they can check out, and that prevents the site from crashing when millions of people flood it simultaneously once Jenner sends that all-important tweet….

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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January 2nd, 2017 at 1:58 pm

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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