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MKTG INC @ Cannes Lions 2015

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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:

 

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New Faces: COO Peter Office

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FullSizeRender[2]For this month’s Guest Column, we sat down with Peter Office, who has joined MKTG INC as Chief Operating Officer. A 25-year industry veteran, Peter shares his thoughts on experiential marketing, MKTG and the best advice he’s ever received.

Welcome to MKTG INC! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been in the experiential marketing industry for a long time, watching the industry go from unsophisticated one-off programs to fully integrated experiences. I started my career in brand management at Pepsi and then moved into the experiential space working for several agencies… from producing B2B meetings to building and managing hospitality villages at Super Bowls, PGA Championships, Ryder Cups and U.S. Open events. I moved to the B2C side by producing marketing and entertainment tours, pop-up retail, location-based experiences and promotional events around the world.

I spent 10 years at Momentum leading the Live Events teams and had a stint as Chief People Officer. Most recently, I have been consulting for a variety of marketing agencies.

What will your role be here at MKTG INC?
As Chief Operations Officer, I will be working with all departments to figure out methods to streamline operations and become more efficient so our teams can spend more time focusing on providing great marketing solutions for our clients while improving margins.

As an industry veteran, how would you say MKTG stands out in the marketplace?
MKTG has the nimble approach of a small boutique with the resources of a large agency. The size of the agency makes it feel personal. The energy and enthusiasm of so many smart people working together is a great environment.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Two pieces of advice stand out: (1) “Make every decision as if you owned the business.” If you think like an owner, you are always working to do the right thing. (2) “Always hire people smarter than you are.” Smart people make you and the company better – never be scared to have them around.

MKTG was recently acquired by Dentsu Aegis. What does this mean for MKTG staff and clients?
Being part of a global agency provides opportunity. Opportunity for us to provide smarter integrated solutions for our clients. And personal opportunity for individuals to learn new disciplines and to develop new expertise.

What are your predictions for the event marketing industry in 2015?
A continued blurring of the lines between social and experiential. The creation of content for social amplification will require live experience as more people look for authenticity. The importance of the human connection will continue to grow as consumers tire of the always-connected world. The tangible experience our industry provides will be welcome as people want to touch, taste and feel brands. Live interaction will be appreciated as a “tech timeout.”

Technology will continue to play a greater role in events but content and the experience will be personalized. Personalization, tailored conversations and immersive experiences will make each interaction unique.

Experiential marketing will continue to evolve from tactical/executional projects to larger strategic platforms. We will continue to see greater integration and closer working relationships with other marketing disciplines as experiential provides the platform for sponsorships, PR and digital.

What publications/websites do you find most relevant to your career?

I start the day with the NY Times and then run through a variety of news, blogs and RSS feeds (Trend Hunter, Springwise, PSFK, Mashable, Seth Goodin, HBR.org, Wired and others) using the Feedly reader. I keep up with the industry news reading Crains, Advertising Age, MediaPost, Adweek and Event Marketer. LinkedIn is my go-to site for gathering intelligence about people and companies and finding networking contacts.

What are your favorite apps?
I use many apps regularly but a few daily use apps include: Keeper, Evernote, ScannerPro, IFly Pro, HopStop, Uber, The Weather Channel, Urbanspoon and BizXpense Trkr.

As a frequent flyer, what are three things you always pack?

A water bottle, granola bars and a phone charger.

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A Word from the WISE

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MKTG INC is a proud member of WISE (Women in Sports and Events), the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports and events.

Through ongoing meetings, special events and mentoring programs, WISE offers its members the opportunity to gain valuable insights and connections that can provide them a competitive advantage in their current position and as they advance in their careers.

WISE offered our own VP of Human Resources, Marlena Edwards, a chance to contribute to the organization’s monthly HR Spotlight, where she shared her experience and tips for working in this exciting industry. Enjoy!

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Marlena Edwards is vice president of human resources at MKTG INC., a global marketing services agency based in New York with additional offices in Chicago, Cincinnati, San Francisco, LA and London. During her seven years at MKTG INC, Edwards has held various HR-related roles including HR manager and director, all of which stem from her background as an HR generalist. Today, her department (which includes payroll) is comprised of five full-time and one temporary employees.

This month, Edwards talks about her current role at MKTG INC, and MKTG INC’s online application process.

What are the best and worst aspects of your job? Since a big part of our business is experiential, and we have employees in all 50 states and abroad, I deal with a lot of questions related to employment law. Event-wise, we are always taking it to the next level, so someone needs to make sure that we stay on the right side of labor laws – and that “someone” is me. We also have great and very diverse clients, which means we’re exposed to different scenarios daily. Sometimes our focus is wine/spirits; at other times it’s sports/entertainment. When the company you work for executes 70,000 events per year, every day brings a new challenge!

How has the application process changed since you joined MKTG INC? Believe it or not, just seven years ago the application process was completely manual. There wasn’t a way for employees to complete an application online, or submit resumes through our website. Additionally, LinkedIn wasn’t anywhere near as viable as it is now. The emergence of these two resources alone has completely changed the way we recruit and source candidates. Internally, there’s nothing better than to have a database in which you can house, sort and rate candidates. When I started at MKTG INC, we did not have an HRIS system; today, now that we do, we can do so much more.

What’s the online application process like? Our online application process is pretty streamlined. If you log on to www.mktg.com, you can access our careers page. The page highlights all of our open positions and provides detailed job descriptions. If there is a job that piques your interest, you can click a button to start the application process. The application process also allows candidates to submit cover letters and upload resumes with the click of a button. Our careers page is powered by Ceridian, so if we hire someone who submitted their resume via our website, we can import all of the pertinent information into their new-hire record. We love that feature, as it definitely saves time on the back end.

How would you describe the competition for open MKTG INC positions? Some of our positions are very niche (e.g. “Master of Whisky”), so there’s not a ton of competition for those roles. On the other hand, account management roles are highly competitive. Once candidates visit our website and see the work that we do and our client roster, they tend to be very excited about the opportunity to get involved with our company.

Next month, Edwards provides applicants with tips on how to catch a hiring manager’s eye, and dishes on the best way to follow up with a recruiter.

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