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MKTG Welcomes French Sports Marketing Agency Keneo to the Family

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PRESS RELEASE: Dentsu Aegis strengthens sports marketing offering in France with acquisition of Keneo

September 21, 2016: Dentsu Aegis Network today announces the acquisition of Keneo, a leading French sports marketing agency. Keneo will be fully integrated into Dentsu Aegis Network’s lifestyle marketing agency MKTG, further strengthening the brand and the network’s sports consulting and marketing offering.

Founded in 2008 and screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-10-25-34-amheadquartered in Paris, Keneo provides a complete service offering from strategic consulting to execution, both in France and internationally. With a strong team of 30 sports marketing experts, the agency serves a large variety of professional clubs and organising committees, including the French Football Federation, Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024, Paris Saint-Germain and the National Rugby League, among others.

Following the acquisition, Edouard Donnelly, Chairman of Keneo, and Franck Ladouce, CEO of Keneo, will continue to lead their successful team, becoming CEO and Deputy CEO of MKTG France respectively. Both will report to Thierry Jadot, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network France, Benelux and MENA, and work directly with Charlie Horsey, Global Brand President of MKTG, on integration, collaboration and business development.

Thierry Jadot, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network France, Benelux and MENA, commented: “Keneo complements and strengthens an area of expertise already present in Dentsu Aegis Network’s DNA. This is a fantastic opportunity to project ourselves with even greater strength and speed into the sports marketing and communication sector with an agency that has become a reference in the field. The addition of Edouard and Franck to the Board of MKTG is an important asset for our network, and together we will be able to deliver a wide range of sport and entertainment campaigns and enable greater collaboration within our regions.”

Charlie Horsey, US CEO and Global Brand President MKTG, said: “Providing innovative, insight-driven sports marketing and consulting services to our clients is a huge priority at MKTG and we are thrilled to welcome the Keneo team in France to the MKTG family. Having the ability to leverage and collaborate with our global network of experts and resources will benefit not only everyone at MKTG, but our clients and our partners across the Dentsu Aegis Network as well. We look forward to working with Edouard and Franck and their entire team to achieve great things across France and around the globe.”

Edouard Donnelly, CEO of MKTG France said: “I am delighted to be joining MKTG and Dentsu Aegis Network. It was an obvious step for us to join an impressive network that shares our values and commitment to being at the forefront of sports marketing and we are delighted to join forces”.

Franck Ladouce, Deputy CEO of MKTG France, added: “We are particularly proud to join a group which is renowned for its innovation and creativity. This partnership represents many new opportunities for our people and our clients, combining the expertise of our teams with the strength and know-how of the group’s international network.”

 

–Contributed by Dentsu Aegis Network and MKTG

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Gatorade: The Unreal Final Journey Around the World

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*Note: the use of the word “football is used throughout this post, in reference to what Americans call “soccer,” and we are sticking to the global term since well … you see the title, don’t you?

As you may remember, on May 26 and May 31 at Emirates Stadium in London and Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ, respectively, MKTG INC gave an unreal experience to 240 local athletes (http://blg.mktg.com/2014/05/the-real-work-of-gatorade/) to build excitement around the UAW online contest.

The winners were finally announced in June, and we took them on the football trip of a lifetime. Our fabulous winners represented the United States, Canada, England and Brazil. As we got to know them and their guests over our 17-day trip, we all became a second family.

And now … the details!

Bradenton, Florida – Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) at IMG Academy (July 28 – 30)

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The boys received full fitness testing, including physical and psychological, with the experts at GSSI. A full report was given to them on their last day, along with the recommended Gatorade formula for them to use moving forward while sweating on the pitch. Of course, all that hard work had to be rewarded, so we had a special guest come and work out with our winners on the last day – none other than USMNT player Graham Zusi!

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Graham competed with the boys in a “crossbar challenge” to finish off the session. Our Canadian representative won, and got to keep Graham’s boots!

Liverpool, England – Liverpool FC (July 30 – August 1)

Jetlag be damned! After about a day’s rest, the boys suited up and made it over to Anfield for a full tour of the stadium, taking in some facts about Liverpool FC’s history and hearing insider stories from LFC legend Jason McAteer.

After a quick lunch, we scooted over to Melwood, the official training ground of Liverpool. The Junior U16 coaches ran a highly individualized training session for our winners, with specific instruction on spatial awareness on the pitch. Let me say that again, we were at Liverpool! Training with the pros! You could almost hear the opening chords of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” ….

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London, England – Arsenal FC (August 2 – 4)

The express train from Liverpool was smooth and luxurious (well, compared to the LIRR), and two hours later we were in London, heading straight for Emirates Stadium. The Emirates Cup was going on during our visit and the boys had VIP treatment with a tour of the facility and then access to a luxury suite to watch the matches. But don’t be fooled … London was not all relaxation.

The next morning we woke up to beautiful sunny skies and about 75° F (24° C) temperatures – the perfect morning for a football workout at Battersea Park! The Community Coaches from Arsenal met us and ran the session, focusing on overall fitness and one-on-one drills. We even got our client to join in on the workout, although as a former NFL wide receiver, he gave our winners no shot at the final sprint challenge.

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Barcelona, Spain – FC Barcelona (August 4 – 5)

Barcelona was the favorite club among most of our winners, and you can imagine the excitement they felt as we pulled up to Camp On. The boys had the opportunity to train at La Masia with the Barcelona Youth Coach. Fully kitted up in their training attire, the winners were instructed in drills that were team-based with passing and moving as the center of the activity.

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Milan, Italy – AC Milan (August 5 – 7)

At AC Milan’s training facility, better known as Milanello, we were welcomed with open arms. As soon as we walked in, we were offered an array of Gatorade beverages, biscuits and, of course, espresso.

After a full tour of the grounds and workout facilities, we were served lunch and then bid the boys off to do another set of fitness testing. Different from GSSI, these tests focused on reaction time, plyometrics and balance.

What better way to prepare for a 17-hour flight…

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Boca Juniors (August 8 – 9)

Our last day in Buenos Aires had us training with the Boca Juniors B-Team coach. It was a fantastic session; the boys had the freedom to play some small-sided games against each other with some of the guests joining in.

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Rio de Janeiro – Brasil (August 9 – 12)

The final send-off! We had to show these boys we know how to celebrate football!

The first day took us to Maracanã for a Flamengo match, which was high-intensity the whole way through. The crowd and the chants did not stop.Finally, the next day we were off to Granja Comary, the home of CBF.

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Our friends in Brazil had a surprise in store for us; they brought in a local Nike academy to have a full-sided match! This is the first time we had the opportunity to play 11 v 11 on the pitch; a real treat, especially since we were again able to involve our guests.

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On our last day, we wanted to show the boys local beach culture. Gatorade provided their local experts in the sport of futevôlei, and they ran through a full workout and tutorial. The winners picked it up immediately, and practically owned Copacabana Beach…well, their attitudes said they did anyway ;-)

Overall, it was such an honor to work with Gatorade on such a special project, and communicate the message of putting in real work for an unreal performance. Thanks to everyone who made this program such a success, from the Gatorade clients to the contest champions to all the MKTGers around the globe! Just a reminder to #makeitunreal every day, no matter what you do.

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The “Real Work” of Gatorade

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This year, Gatorade has been challenging the young football athletes of the globe to show us their real work through an online contest called “Unreal Around the World,” in which athletes upload a video of themselves putting in the real work necessary to give a great performance on the pitch. The athletes behind the top five winning videos will win a trip around the world with stops at the top football meccas of the world, such as the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Bradenton, Florida,  London, Liverpool, AC Milan, FC Barcelona, Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Rio de Janeiro. To support the contest, MKTG INC is giving a taste of an unreal experience to a few elite footballers in London and New York.

On 26 May 2014, at the esteemed Emirates Stadium, 120 local athletes from academies were invited to take part in a competition that was like no other. Wearing technology that measured their biometric output, the teams were sent out to a divided pitch and started with rotations of small-sided games. Members of the Arsenal tech staff were on the sidelines providing their own assessments via an iPad scoring system. Athletes were awarded extra points for creativity and athletic ability.

Based on their scores from the wearable technology and the iPad scoring system, the top 12 overall players and the top 3 keepers were identified and highlighted in a final challenge of football drills. Drills were measured by time, creativity and accuracy.

The emotion of these athletes was intense; never before have they scored a goal to see a reaction of pyrotechnics, smoke and streamers, all in Emirates Stadium. One of the Arsenal legends, Martin Keown, made an appearance and awarded the top athletes with some words of wisdom and a congratulatory message.

Unreal Around the World will visit the New York area on May 30 at Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.

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