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JCPenney Reimagines Department Store Shopping

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It was only a year ago that Apple Retail Chief, Ron Johnson, was announced as the new CEO of JCPenney.  A year has passed and Johnson’s vision for  the fledgling department store has come under fire, specifically from its pricing structure and the removal of the word “sale” from its vocabulary.

The company’s next initiative is to create smaller shops within the store. In time for back to school season, Levi’s, Arizona and Buffalo are the first concept shops to go live.

Levi’s shops will be in all JCPenney stores by the end of the year. Shops will include mobile checkout, a denim bar, and iPads to be used as another resource for shopper and staff including additional fits and product videos.

JCPenney plans for more store-within-store concepts for brands including Izod and Liz Claiborne. The retailer will also look into creating lifestyle shops (i.e. active sports).

Can JC Penney reimagine the department store?

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July 24th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Gold Fronts: Team USA Gets Final Send-off at Nike World Basketball Festival 2012

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Photo Credit: SLAM

Photo Credit: SLAM

As their final home-cooked tune-up before heading overseas to prepare for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, the USA Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams took part in a hoops-centric celebration known as the Nike World Basketball Festival in Washington, DC.  As a follow up the 2010 celebration in New York City, MKTG INC once again had a hand in celebrating the game’s finest ballers from around the world.

The events kicked off on July 13th in front of the U.S. Capitol, where Team USA posed for an official photo shoot prior to the weekend’s festivities.  MKTG INC was responsible for finding and selecting the venue as well as overall management of the shoot.

Nearby at the D.C. Armory, Nike, MKTG INC and others were busy converting a former Military training facility into a full-fledged basketball mecca.  In addition to the hardwood, a Nike+ area was created on-site to allow consumers to trial and showcase the revolutionary Nike Hyperdunk+, while the Jordan brand offered a chance to create and share your very own Jumpman photo.

Both the Men’s and Women’s USA teams got things rolling on-court with intrasquad scrimmages on Saturday morning, with Jay Bilas providing color commentary throughout. The City Challenge was up next, which featured teams from all of the major cities in a battle for territorial bragging rights.  To cap off the night, we celebrated local talent with an amazing performance by the Howard University drumline, into a 4 song set from Wale.  In case you’re wondering, yes, he still has his Nike boots.

On Sunday the Armory played host to the Global Challenge, which featured the top high-school players from around the world on the court, and a who’s who of college coaches in the stands.  Once the champ was crowned, it was time for the Nike+ Dunk Contest on Sunday night, where this happened.

The final event day on Monday saw things come full-circle on-court with a series of youth and community skills clinics.  From Team USA to youth clinics in three days, the 2012 Nike World Basketball Festival celebrated the game for all ages in a fitting send-off for Dream Team 2.0 to try and live up to their name in London.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Miami Heats Up With Nike 7-on-7 Football Tournament

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Nike7on7Photo by: Jordan Zuniga

Every year major Division 1 football programs dip into the state of Florida to recruit the best athletes in the country. South Florida in particular is said to be a hotbed of the best high school talent where many players are college ready at young ages. For this reason, Nike has made a concerted effort to become the brand of choice for these players that will eventually be suiting up on Saturdays.

MKTG INC recently assisted Nike with this years installment of the 7-on-7 football tournament in Miami featuring 32 teams in the ultimate showcase of skill and athleticism. In line with Nike’s current marketing strategy, MKTG INC brought the new Nike+ trial zone to Miami where players could compete against each other in vertical jump, foot-fire races, and jump rope drills while trialling the newest Nike footwear technology.  The event was a huge success as the athletes competed at the highest level while being exposed to everything Nike has to offer.

With the positive endorsement of the event from everyone involved, it is possible that the Nike 7-on-7 tournament will become a benchmark for players to strive for in years to come.

Written by: Drew McAvoy

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July 23rd, 2012 at 3:51 pm

GYMKHANA FIVE

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Gymkhana is not a new fitness class being offered at that place you pay for monthly but don’t actually attend. Rather it is the fifth installment of a concept created by Ken Block, owner of DC shoes. So what is Gymkhana all about?  Gymkhana is a series of sick viral videos used by DC Shoes to market the brand, the owner and select athletes they endorse (I.e. Travis Pastrana in this instance). In addition to being owner of a well known skate brand, Ken Block is also a rally car driver and a good one at that. This video showcases his talent as he rips through the streets of San Francisco in his highly branded Ford Fiesta turning the urban landscape into his own personal rally car course.

In typical Gymkhana fashion the video is well edited and I highly recommend you plug in your headphones, crank up the volume and strap yourself in for the ride. I don’t know what is most impressive. The fact that this video has only been up for almost 2 days and has over 8 million views. Or that they were able to shut down half of San Francisco to shoot this video. Either way this thing is dope.

Source: YouTube/DC Shoes

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 12th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

MKTG INC’s Intern Max Krauss Shares Experience in AgencySpy

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MAKE THE RULESPhoto Credit: Rob Lotzko

On June 23, MKTG INC’s own summer intern, Max Krauss, attended NIKE’s “Celebration of Sport” at Pier 46 in NYC for the 40th Anniversary of Title IX.  AgencySpy picked up on this and featured Max as their very first blogger for their new column titled “A Day in the Life of a Summer Intern.”  Be sure to read all about his experience and find out the lessons learned when going behind-the-scenes of an event here.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 6th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Showing Our Colors!

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DiageoPridePhoto Credit: Alredo Montes

On June 24, MKTG INC partnered with the DIAGEO Rainbow Network for the New York Pride Parade. The Rainbow Network, DIAGEO’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, was represented with over 150 marchers, a float (designed by MKTG INC) and a double decker Evita bus (Diageo is a proud supporter of Evita, the Musical).

Beautiful silver painted models danced in the streets and shook up rainbow confetti cocktails for the crowd. Diageo and MKTG INC staff took control of the confetti cannons, showering the thousands of people lining the streets and EVERYONE danced until it hurt.

For the Rainbow Network team there was a lot to celebrate. Diageo’s key brands like Ketel One, Tanqueray and BV Wines continue to invest in LGBT media and nightlife sending positive LGBT messages into mainstream culture.  Diageo also sponsors non-profit organizations like GLAAD, HRC, Out & Equal and the Stonewall Community Foundation.

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July 2nd, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 28th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Charlie Horsey Gives His Expert Opinion on Gen-Yers in Fast Company

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inline-you-are-not-special-graduatesPhoto Credit: Flickr user Max Elman

If you think you’re special, think again! In today’s Fast Company, MKTG INC’s President & CEO Charlie Horsey gives his expert opinion on how Gen-Yers can (and should) improve in the “real world.”  He suggests delivering your authentic best to the workplace and truly enjoying the ride along the way.  After all, we know a phony when we see one…

Be sure to read the full article here and discover how enriching your life will ultimately make you a better employee.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 27th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

A Celebration of Sport

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MAKE THE RULESPhoto Credit: Rob Lotzko

On Saturday, June 23rd over 2,000 people came over to Pier 46 on the WSH to join NIKE in a Celebration of Sport. The day marked the 40th Anniversary of Title IX (the legislation that gave equal rights for women and mens sports teams), which called for a celebration across the country by female athletes everywhere. In New York, our day’s activities were comprised of workouts with top trainers including yoga with Traci Copeland, boxing with Teresa Scott, NIKE+ Drill Pack with Phaidra Knight and NIKE+ Drill Pack with Lacey Stone featuring Holly Rilinger and Chelsey Pagana.
Three WNBA players stopped by to talk to the crowd of huge fans about Title IX and how it effected their lives both growing up and today. Attendees also got the chance to trial the newest NIKE+ Training shoes which aren’t even released in stores yet by testing their skills in the NIKE+ Gaming Station. T-shirts were given to all participants and the day concluded with a special musical performance by K.Flay, a one-woman whirlwind musical act.
All in all, it was a great occasion celebrated, quite fittingly, with a great celebration.

On Saturday, June 23rd, over 2,000 people came over to Pier 46 on NYC’s West Side Highway to join NIKE in a Celebration of Sport. The day marked the 40th Anniversary of Title IX (the legislation that gave equal rights for women and mens sports teams), which called for a celebration across the country by female athletes everywhere. The day’s activities consisted of workouts with top trainers including yoga with Traci Copeland, boxing with Teresa Scott, NIKE+ Drill Pack with Phaidra Knight and NIKE+ Drill Pack with Lacey Stone featuring Holly Rilinger and Chelsey Pagana.

Three WNBA players stopped by to talk to the crowd of huge fans about Title IX and how it effected their lives both growing up and today. Attendees also got the chance to trial the newest NIKE+ Training shoes, which aren’t even released in stores yet, by testing their skills in the NIKE+ Gaming Station. T-shirts were given to all participants and the day concluded with a special musical performance by K.Flay, a one-woman whirlwind musical act.

All in all, it was a great occasion celebrated, quite fittingly, with a great celebration.

Written by: Jennifer Blank, MKTG INC

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June 27th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

5 Simple and Successful Retail Strategies

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Nike Bowery StadiumPhoto credit: dmnews.com

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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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 18th, 2012 at 1:56 pm