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For the past month, the San Francisco office has been working with Adopt a Family as part of our annual winter corporate social responsibility event. Adopt a Family is a non-profit organization that pairs families in need with donors (like us!) and the donors follow a wishlist and shop for holiday gifts for the families.
We received two families to support so we split the West Coast team (this included everyone in LA and our gals currently working in NY) up. We arranged as a little friendly competition and the teams signed up for items and shopped. Earlier this week, we gathered all of the gifts in San Fran and spent much of the day gift wrapping and getting everything ready to hand over to these amazing families. Take a look!
Reposted (and a bit revised) from our partner agency 360i’s blog. We were honored to help them fully produce this powerful experience.
To launch the highly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon and 360i gave four photographers an impossible challenge: only 24 hours after receiving the camera, they would have to display the images they captured at a full-fledged pop-up exhibit, produced by MKTG, at the white hot Whitney Museum in New York City’s Meatpacking district.
Just hours before the event, neither Canon nor 360i nor MKTG knew what images provided by Roberto Valenzuela, Jendra Jarnagin, Alex Strohl and Sue Bryce would look like. But confident in the camera’s abilities, they welcomed 130 prominent members of the media, influencers and New York’s photography community to watch as they were unveiled for the first time around the gallery. As guests arrived, every frame in the gallery was still empty. Then, while the audience watched, the photos were printed with Canon printers and mounted on the walls of the gallery over the course of the evening.
Speaking to M&M Global at the group’s beach venue at Cannes Lions 2016 (watch interview HERE), Buhlmann says that, despite the claims of digital media and ad tech firms, agencies remain a marketers’ best friend – so long as they adapt to the new reality of the digital economy.
“In the context of this market, innovation is critical to success for brands. The only certainly over the next five years is the growth of the digital economy. Clients have to build digital economy businesses if they want to thrive and succeed,” says Buhlmann.
“We’re the only holding company with a vision, innovating the way brands are built. We see some big changes in the market, and some big opportunities. Being high growth and low legacy, which I think we are, gives us an advantage,” he adds, referring to the 46 acquisitions Dentsu Aegis Network has made over the past 18 months.
Read more over at M&M Global here…
–provided by MKTG Global Communications Team
As Adam Harter, Vice President of Consumer Engagement at Pepsi, delivered his keynote presentation, it was clear that Experiential Marketing has made significant advances in the minds – and budgets – of leading brands.
Harter presented five distinct campaigns at this year’s Experiential Marketing Summit in Denver (including MKTG’s very own F!ZZ campaign.) He highlighted the effectiveness of experiential marketing in achieving the marketer’s ultimate goal: to have people joyously engaging with their brand, becoming active advocates and leaving with a deep emotional connection.
In the last few years we’ve noticed how experiential marketing was moving up the strategic marketing continuum, from an add-on tactic to a core component of the strategic marketing mix. This year’s EMS suggests that many brands are in fact moving experiential to the core of their overall marketing strategy, essentially re-architecting the traditional IMC model with consumer experience at the center.
“Everything is an event. Everything done well is an experience.” – Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness
Article written by Paul Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Business Development at MKTG
Everyone loves a good party, and brands know that. As more events are sponsored, the ways that brands interact with partygoers before and after is becoming more important.
Splash, creator of experiential marketing software, mined its data for trends among millennial partiers who attend branded events.
“The brands winning over the millennial generation are delivering experiences, not just things,” said Ben Hindman, co-founder, CEO of Splash. “The savviest marketers understand the crucial link between events and brand loyalty—particularly when it comes to millennials. If you’re not creating experiences and memories, you’re not building anything.”
For the full article, see here
Source: Adweek c/o Splash, the leader in innovative experiential marketing software. We are not affiliated with Splash but love these infographics and the insights. Thanks Splash!
Fountainhead MKTG, the experiential marketing division from the Dentsu Aegis Network, has facilitated a marketing tie-up of the incense stick manufacturer Cycle Pure Agarbathies with Ranavikrama Pavan Wodeyar’s soon-to-release ‘Jessie’.
With this, Fountainhead MKTG’s branded entertainment arm has now forayed into the in-film placement category for the Kannada film industry.
The collaboration between Cycle Pure Agarbathies and Jessie will witness the former sharing screen space with the lead characters of the film. It will also be incorporated in the lyrics of the song “Malgudi ya ooralle”, taking in-film advertising in regional cinema to the next level. With this tie-up, Cycle Pure Agarbathies becomes the first brand to explore in-song promotion within the Kannada film industry.
Commenting on the association Arjun Ranga, Managing Director, Cycle Pure Agarbathies, said, “We are extremely delighted to be a part of Pawan Wodeyar’s Jessie. At Cycle, we have always associated with all true emotions. Jessie is a love story. The unconditional bond of love the movie portrays makes it a perfect fit for the brand. We are confident that the collaboration will help us to strike a chord with the audience and strengthen our brand in their minds.”
Pavan Wadeyar says, “We are happy to join hands with Fountainhead MKTG to facilitate this unique partnership for Jessie. Also, my heartfelt thanks to Cycle Agarbatti for coming on board. We look forward to working with Fountainhead MKTG on many more exciting projects in the future.”
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Article written by BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | February 22, 2016
A team from MKTG INC recently traveled to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The festival is the annual mecca for the global marketing communications industry, with the most powerful brands, media outlets, agencies of all kinds (advertising, PR, experiential, digital, technology, data, social, mobile, creative, and many many others) – approximately 15,000 people, flocking to Cannes to network, to visit brand experiences, to close major deals, to learn, to meet a lot of people, and in many cases take home some hardware.
Sure, the setting is seriously glorious, but it is honestly a beast of a week. Think Sundance or CES…at the beach…in the South of France, in the summer. You are running, watching a panel on a rooftop in 85 degree heat, then running into a freezing cold conference room and back again, and grabbing food along the way, usually until sundown when things slow up a bit.
Luckily, my friend Julie Thompson, a 16-year Cannes Lions veteran, wrote this hugely insightful article for Adweek, that I used as gospel to make sure I made the most of my four days in Cannes. Even with Julie’s help, I still overbooked myself, but not complaining.
Between the client and press meetings at our home base, the Dentsu Aegis Beach House, panels, Q&As, creative showcases, press sit-downs, more panels from Adweek, Medialink, digiday, LinkedIn and visits to Google Beach, Facebook’s Hacker Square, and my favorite stop, The Girls Lounge, I averaged 22,000 steps a day according to my trusty companion, my FitBit.
Anyway, rather than yarn on, I figured I’d share with you some photos I snapped along the way:
Below is the result of a roundtable I participated in on June 21st from the mothership of all things #sportsbiz: The SportsBusiness Journal HQ in Charlotte, North Carolina. SBJ Editor-in-Chief Abe Madkour moderated a 90-minute discussion with seven marketers from across the US to discuss trends in event and experiential marketing, how social and digital have changed their approach, and the mistakes they still see brands and sports properties making. Below is the result of our talk. Hope you gain some insights!
Agency executives on the front lines debate how brands should take risk, create and capitalize on content, and why millennials “value experience more than they do a possession.”
With millennials top of mind among brands and sports properties, agencies are being tasked to create innovative strategies to reach this finicky demo through event and experiential marketing. That, combined with changing technology, has created challenges and opportunities for agencies that can get the formula right.
Read the full article here.
The Good (But Not Surprising) News
Experiential is bigger than ever and only going to grow in importance. More and more brands are putting experiences at or near the center of their marketing mix. It’s increasingly a driving force, making up much of campaign content. One need look no further than this year’s Grand Ex winner – Bud Light and Mosaic’s Up for Whatever – to appreciate the sheer magnitude of this intensifying shift. Some data for 2015:
– 79% of brands plan to execute more experiential programs
– Budgets are expected to increase by more than 6%
Results. We all know that experiential marketing, done well, works. But there’s rising data to back this up which is partly why so many brands are turning to what we do.
– Over 75% of brands see better than a 2:1 ROI on their investment
– After an event, 74% of participants have a more positive opinion about the company, brand, product or service being promoted
– 87% of respondents say a live event helps them understand products or services better than a TV spot
– Experiential drives consumers to purchase: 98% of people are more inclined to purchase as a result of attending an event
– 71% of participants tell a friend or family member about their experience
In examining the vast array of work showcased and dissected at this year’s summit, there were a few marketer behaviors that generated breakthrough experiences:
– They were bold. A no-fear attitude. The thinking is big risk, big reward. Examples: Heineken and KY Jelly (yes, KY Jelly).
– They pulled at heartstrings. Direct quote: “If they’re crying, you’re doing your job.” Examples: Dove, P&G.
– They created user-triggered experiences. See bullet one – this can be dicey – but not knowing what you’re going to get can be the brilliance of it too. Examples: Visa, Old Navy.
– They used experiences to do what nothing else ever could. This sounds obvious but when you watch the floor drop away at a North Face store in South Korea, you’ll get my meaning. Examples: The North Face, Samsung
Digital Summit Atlanta, a gathering of some of the most forward thinkers in digital marketing, took place this week and I was proud to make it my 3rd time in attendance. Each year I have been able to discover new topics and discuss the next trends in digital marketing.
Overall, each year has followed its own theme as digital marketing as a whole evolves so quickly. In 2013, trends in how social media was changing for brands was explored in a lot of sessions. Last year it shifted to a major focus on content marketing and SEO. Now, at #DSUM15, the next stage in UX (User Experience) design seemed to be the key focus.
And with that, here are three key takeaways from the conference as it can relate to what we do in the experiential space…
1. Humanizing UX
Many of the sessions at Digital Summit really focused on UX as we were challenged to think of what was next in the field. For example, how do we run UX more lean and understand better, powered with ‘big data’, how to humanize someone’s digital experience. When we map out the consumer journey – remember that each user is an actual person with problems and needs.
When you look at bring a consumer through a brand experience for experiential this line of thinking makes a lot of sense, right? It is our expertise to bring brands to life in a way that they can interact with consumers as people and not anonymous IP addresses. However many activation designs we see in the field could do a better job from at the ideation stage to keep in mind that once launched, these are people with their own objectives who will walk through our ideas.
So when thinking through your consumer experience idea, map it out. Literally draw out each stage of the activation UX and use this tool to identify where the gaps are or more importantly, where it can be more streamlined.
2. Millennials are mobile-first…and are starting to earn a lot of money
When you hear the word “millennials” – how old of a person pops in your mind? Probably an early-20-something with new student debt maybe? Well consider that millennials are were born starting in 1980 and now are entering their mid-30s. Sure there is probably a healthy amount of debt still lingering – but this generation is now entering over a $Trillion in buying power and loves to spend.
So with all of this data we now have on the ‘Connected Generation’ – what have we learned about marketing to them? It’s a long answer but here are two quick tips from @annieg from StumbleUpon.
First, “6 is the new 60” – as in the 6” phone is more important than the 60” TV. Now that doesn’t mean the generation is consumer less video – in fact it’s more than ever. But reportedly 33% do not watch any broadcast TV.
Second, it seems obvious that millennials are connected to their mobile devices, sure, but how many experiences are being built mobile-first? When we consider social, if you stop to think why they are so effective with the connected generation it’s not just because they are social – but because the most popular experiences are mobile-first. Snapchat, Instagram, Vine…some of the most powerful platforms for the younger Millennials have excelled by being native to the 6” screen. So consider mobile-first experiences to connect and make an engagement that this group wants to use. After all, it is why the younger Millennials are now being known as Social Natives.
3. The Entrepreneur Wants to Solve a Problem
I heard a great line this year and it came during a keynote speaker Chris Brogan, whose content I highly recommend. To summarize:
Stop chasing innovation, which aims to just do something.
Be an entrepreneur, which aims to solve someone’s problem.
While this is absolutely a trap in creating the latest in digital experiences, it is also a trap in experiential marketing. Brands and agencies alike all want to innovate and create and truly great new things are activated in our space every year. But when coming up the ideas for the experience on the front end, don’t just try to chase an innovation for the sake of doing it. Instead, identify an audience’s problem and solve it. That is where the entrepreneurship mindset excels and where experiential marketing can truly make an in-person impact on someone.
If you are ever free in May, I highly recommend Digital Summit. This is only a small snipet of content from the 2-day conference. I still have to go through pages upon pages of notes but in the meantime, enjoy the learnings and feel free to find me @BradMEpstein if you want to go through my timeline where I shared some more real-time leanrings!
Bonus! PowerPoint is where data goes to die!
If you work with data (you should!) treat it as a living, breathing source. PowerPoint it becomes static and if 2015 taught me anything – is that static is kryptonite for the modern marketer. So learn new tools that keep you agile and keep your brand’s marketing velocity as fast as possible.