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MKTG Named to IT LIST once again!

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We are thrilled to be included on Event Marketer Magazine’s Annual “IT LIST” of the top agencies in the US. Many thanks to the team at EM for your hard work on pulling this together and kudos to our MKTG family for all of your hard work and dedication to each other, our clients and partners and your commitment to being the best of the best! Check it out here.

 

Background from the editors of Event Marketer:

With hundreds of applications, it was no easy task to select the agencies featured in this year’s 15th annual It List.

As we pored over the applications, we were struck by a number of facts. First, our industry is growing, as evidenced by the increases in head count, office spaces and new business wins mentioned in so many applications. Then, there is the inordinate amount of time and resources devoted to staying on top of trends as agencies invest in new technologies and equipment, especially digital interactives. And of course, there are the people themselves, those tireless engines who know no bounds when it comes to creativity, strategy and know-how in order to deliver top-notch experiences for some of the most demanding clients ever. The work this year was outstanding.

It’s why our editorial team read, analyzed and scored each and every entry on a number of stringent criteria. Our top consideration: the percentage of agency work devoted exclusively to events. In an era of explosive growth, we recognized that there are a lot of shops out there with a sudden “expertise” in experiential, and so we were dead serious about checking their bonafides.

Then, we looked at the quality of the work, the creativity, the agency’s industry reputation and, of course, how well each agency had backed up its claims. It was as exciting to read updates on the veterans as it was to comb through the capabilities of the new kids on the block. And we weighed each in equal measure.

The one thing all of the agencies that made our list have in common? They are never satisfied with the status quo. They push toward goals they never thought achievable, burning the midnight oil to get every detail right. They’re the ones brands rely on to deliver unforgettable b-to-c and b-to-b experiences that forge lasting connections with consumers, colleagues and stakeholders. They’ve earned their place on our 15th annual It List and we take our hats off to each and every one of them.

Congratulations, and a job well done.

 

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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September 6th, 2017 at 11:40 am

MKTG INSIGHTS: PICKS OF THE WEEK – AUGUST 28

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Beats by Dre Releases new spot ahead of Mayweather McGregor

Beats by Dre has released a new ad featuring UFC fighter Conor McGregor, in advance of his highly anticipated “fight of the century” versus Floyd Mayweather. The ad features a young Irishman hanging out with his friends on their way to a boxing match at a local gym in Ireland. These scenes are interspersed with clips of present-day McGregor getting ready for his training, and entering the ring, and ends with the phrase, “Above the Noise”. McGregor is well-known for his brash attitude, charisma, and willingness to enter into any form of trash talk with his opponent (especially Floyd Mayweather). In his career, McGregor has become “notorious” for making bold predictions, often while being severely doubted by his opponents and the media; however, he has risen to the top of the fighting world by delivering on these predictions. For this reason, McGregor seems like an excellent fit for the brand. In the past Beats has leveraged confident, but often maligned athletes such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Colin Kaepernick and used their product as a euphemism for the athletes drowning out the naysayers. Leveraging McGregor is also a potentially risky strategy by Beats (now owned by Apple) as he has been willing to cross the line into politically incorrect territory when trash-talking with his opponents. Beats will have to ensure that McGregor does not venture too far off brand for Beats which is always a risk when partnering with outspoken athletes.

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Pepsi releases exclusive Snapchat Filters

Pepsi Canada has teamed up with Snap to release 20 exclusive Snapchat Lenses. Each Pepsi Lens can be unlocked via specially designed Snapcodes on select Pepsi products. Pepsi utilized Snap’s creative social platform in order to connect with consumers and enhance the way they share their summer experiences. Lenses will unlock for one hour, with the option to scan and unlock multiple times. Each Snapcode design features an illustration that provides a sneak peek into the Lens. A similar experiential activation concept has been used before by Pepsi’s main competitor, Coke. The Play a Coke campaign involved consumers downloading the Play a Coke app, scanning the bottle, and receiving a select playlist on Spotify. Although the two concepts are similar, Pepsi did a great job at simplifying the process by using an app that most smart phone users already have downloaded and distributing specialized content through this platform. This reduces the risk of consumers not being able to access or engage the content for free. Snap it with Pepsi appears as a great fit for both partners, delivering fresh content to Canadian summer enthusiasts. They have taken the next step in enhancing their abilities to engage audiences through downloadable and experiential material.

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Forever 21 releases new collection with Future’s creative director

Forever 21 has created the Cease x Hendrxx x Forever 21 line and it is spearheaded by musician Future’s creative director Fred Foster, who started the streetwear brand Cease and Desist. The collection will feature athleisure items with Future’s Hendrxx branding and bold type. This partnership gives fans who do not have the time to wait for hours in line for exclusive pop-up shops or the money to afford resell prices, an opportunity to buy an artist’s exclusive line. Forever 21 has come under fire for stealing the likeness of artists without their permission, which has resulted in numerous copyright infringement lawsuits. Partnerships like this alleviate that reputation and are the closest way for Forever 21 to emulate music and streetwear authentically without infringing upon any copyright. With exclusivity being the primary force behind high resell prices on items with high demand and low supply, more artists may look to this strategy as a way to give fans more accessible merchandise.

Picks Of The Week Originally Posted by MKTG Canada

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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August 29th, 2017 at 11:32 am

MKTG Rewards Program featured in Advertising Age

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Many thanks to Advertising Age for including our “Become Legend” US rewards program in their article below. We get some pretty awesome perks working at MKTG – from extra vacation time and summer Fridays, to a monthly cell bill credit to our new “Get a life” program where the company gives us $500/year to pay for a personal development course or activity. What would you do with $500 bucks to better yourself? Check it out HERE

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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August 21st, 2017 at 11:36 am

S&E Sponsorship becomes MKTG following acquisition

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S&E Sponsorship has been officially integrated into the Dentsu Aegis Network, which acquired the sports marketing and lifestyle company in late 2016.

The official integration was marked by the agency changing its name to MKTG, which is Dentsu’s sport and entertainment lifestyle brand. MKTG Canada joins a Dentsu network with existing offices in Sydney, London, Paris and Dusseldorf.

In addition to a new owner and name change, the MKTG Canada team has also moved into a new office and picked up three new clients since the start of the year. The agency recently signed deals with Adidas, FedEx and Milk2Go.

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Written by Val Maloney

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New Year. New You. New Apps.

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The beginning of the year starts with the best intentions.  Maybe it’s your New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, start eating right or to run every day. Or it’s just a resolution to be better than you were last year. Whatever your resolution may be, as responsibilities pick up at work and at home, i.e. life happens, they become increasingly more difficult to keep.

The good news? There’s an app for everything! Even your New Year’s Resolution and especially self-care. And we have some tried-and-true recommendations to help with any goal you may have to make 2017 your BEST year yet.

Get In Shape

Nike+ Training

The Nike+ Training App has workouts from beginner to advanced levels.  You can set reminders to workout, start your own workout program, and even download workouts so you can complete them without using your data. The Nike+ Training App rarely requires equipment (though it offers modifications if you’d like to use equipment), which makes it a great tool for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. Just download the app, pack your training shoes and get a sweat in no matter where you are.

Run Every Day

Nike+ Run Club

The Nike+ Run Club App is the all-in-one tool for beginners to advanced runners alike.  The app tracks your miles, your splits and your progress over time. You can also set up a Nike+ Coach plan to help keep you on track to your goals. Plus, there will always be an elite athlete congratulating you for getting out there…and they can be quite motivating!

Get Involved/Take Action

Countable

Countable is your one-stop-shop for everything US politics.  It notifies you of bills under consideration, explains them in a lay-person’s terms, and gives you the opportunity to vote yea or nay (which is then sent directly to your rep). Countable makes it easy to get involved, no matter your party affiliation.

Change Habits

Fabulous

Fabulous is an app made in partnership with the Duke School of Behavioral Economics to help you build healthy habits. It starts small, like “drink water as soon as you wake up for three days in a row.” And progresses to include tips on eating healthy breakfast and to exercise and even offers tips on mental habits and meditation. It can be a bit overwhelming at first, but at the end of the day, having a lot of small habits adds up to feeling happier, healthier, and more energized.

Unplug

BreakFree

BreakFree is the app we all know we need and only sort-of want. The app works to analyze how addicted you truly are to your smartphone and assist you in cutting down phone-usage. You can set new guard rails for yourself, and the app will notify you in real-time if you aren’t meeting those expectations (i.e. if you’ve been on the phone too long without a break). Users say it’s a hugely humbling experience, and helps get you to think twice before picking up that small block. Maybe the Instagram feed can wait a bit.

Try Meditating

Headspace

Meditation can be an intimidating practice, especially if you’re always on the move, both physically and mentally. Headspace is an app to help reduce stress and anxiety through a series of guided meditation, for beginners to gurus. The free version comes with one level of meditation and you can download the app with a free 10-day trial before committing to a subscription for a large collection of guided meditations. OHMMMMMMMMM……

 

 

 

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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January 30th, 2017 at 11:38 am

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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Influencers Are People, Too!

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There have been a lot of articles written lately on Influencer Marketing. The sentiment seems to range from frustration (“Why Brands Fail at Influencer Marketing”) to bitterness (“Is It Time To Call Bullshit on Influencer Marketing?”). As we navigate the ever-changing “new normal” of data driven marketing, distribution platforms, emerging technologies, and media channels, we too often lose the humanity in our craft. Nowhere is this more critical than when we look to embrace those with influence and have them embrace us in return.

To start, let me share one of the lenses I look through on the topic. Nine years ago I met a young hip-hop dancer from Indiana named Will Adams, a great kid with a big smile and even bigger talents. He moved to LA, determined to make a career out of hip hop dance and got on the grind. With endless classes and auditions while doing whatever it took to get by, he was the embodiment of the starving artist.

I started a video production company dedicated to the dance world with my friend and videographer Helton “Brazil” Siqueira. Together we created content – and lots of it – for dancers like Will and dozens of others. We did it out of love for the art form and the artists themselves. Fast forward, “Wildabeast” now has amassed more than 1.6 million YouTube subscribers. One of his class videos has an attention-getting 92 million views and his content is highly anticipated and voraciously consumed.

An influencer in every sense of the word, Willdabeast’s peers, students and fans take cues from him on everything from fashion to food to electronics. As you might imagine, brands and agencies have tried to leverage his influence, sometimes clumsily, sometimes offensively. What should be a match made in heaven looks more like an awkward courtship.

Seemingly requisite in blog posts these days are lists, so here are 4 guideposts to consider when wading into the Influencer Marketing waters:

1. Understand What Type of Influencer You’re Dealing With

Beyond a boatload of eyeballs, it’s important to take a look at how and why these folks are influencers. What are they known for? What cues do people look to them for, and through what lens do people view them? The credibility of any influencer will vary from topic to topic based on their actual experience and role in the space. Brands should understand those nuances when approaching any influencer.

Some influencer profiles might include Practitioner, someone who is hands-on in his/her art form, sport, or discipline. An Analyst, similar perhaps to an academic, may be an individual who is viewed as having credibility in analyzing and critiquing the particular discipline, usually based on an investment of study and learning in the space. A Curator, as many of the new YouTube stars are, has built a following as someone who is agnostic, constantly searching out, assessing and sharing the latest trends and techniques.

Think of the differences between how people view influencers within the context of the influencer’s experience and role. In fashion for example, these nuances become apparent when looking at designer Christian Soriano, fashion blogger Sylvia Haghjoo, and Valerie Steele, fashion historian, curator, and director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. All are highly credible in the fashion space, but come from three distinct perspectives.

It is important to understand how the influenced view the influencer. This relationship provides a critical foundational underpinning to an influencer strategy.

2. Understand How They Relate to Your Brand

Similarly, it is critical to understand how the influencer relates to your brand. And this is often a challenge for marketers as we may view our brands through rose-colored glasses, or perhaps more relevant, a sepia tone Instagram filter. Don’t try to force your brand into a role that is inauthentic.

Work hard to take an objective view on this topic. Is the influencer a functional user, where the product is essential to the creation of their art and the development of their discipline? Are they an ancillary user where the product might play a supporting role, or perhaps a lifestyle user where the product has no direct line-of-sight to the discipline but is connected to the influencer’s personal identity and preferences.

Especially for products where competitive parity is the norm, it is often what your brand stands for that makes the difference. And that stance in today’s connected world is shown and proven by actions, not messaging.

In short, don’t try to convince people that Willdabeast uses your candy bar to fuel up for a class. Perhaps instead, simply show the community that you value his art form and are a company that is committing resources to make sure he is able to create more of it. Will’s loyal followers will love you – and your candy bar – for it.

3. Come to Know Them as People, Not Just Eyeballs

When you meet Willdabeast, you will find someone with a huge heart, a big smile and sharp wit who has achieved a level of celebrity few have within the dance world, evidenced by direct outreach to him from music icons like Diddy and Usher. You will hear people on the streets of LA calling out his name in passing cars and sharing their personal stories of how he inspires them, even having “saved their lives” through dance.

What you will likely not gather in a cursory discussion is his personal path, the decade of grinding it out in North Hollywood, 8 – 10 hours a day between dancing, teaching classes, auditions and working on his choreography chops. Nor will you understand his vision for the future. Is there a “Super Bowl” or an “Oscar” in their discipline the influencer is trying to achieve? Or perhaps they, like Willdabeast, have a bigger vision, a life’s mission to expand their art form, build a global culture of inclusion and provide a platform and path for young aspiring artists.

What you also might miss is that sometimes these influencers have been knocking on your door and have been rebuffed. It’s kinda like the not-so-popular kid in school that you ignored and now they have become quite attractive. A delicate dance to be sure.

Invest time in understanding their personal story, what they stand for and what are their ambitions. Come to know their craft. Get out there in the midst of it and understand their community. If you spent half a day at “BuildaBeast2016” and sat in the room where 1,500 amazingly talented dancers practiced their craft with Wildabeast and the industry’s best, you would be stunned at the talent, diversity and spirit of this massive, global subculture, and your brand’s place at the party might come more clearly into focus.

4. Establish a Relationship With Them

When the appropriate investment has been made and time spent with your influencer and his/her community, a relationship can develop. You will begin to understand each other’s needs and goals and you will collaborate enthusiastically, with each looking for ways to add value to the other. You will understand and think of creative ways that can the brand support the influencers’ vision & goals…and it may not be all about money.

You want to build a relationship, not execute a contract.

Another friend and influencer in the dance world (with nearly 2M YouTube subscribers) was approached by one of the largest beverage brands in the world (with about 900k YouTube subscribers). They waved their logo and history in front of him and essentially wanted to rent his eyeballs. CPM calculations were done and a fee was set as the cornerstone of the relationship.

This influencer quickly understood that the brand didn’t know, or probably care much about him as a person or an artist. Also, he’s no dummy. They entered into a contract where every tweet, like, mention and post had a hard line item cost to it. It was strictly business. He lived up to his contractual obligations and gladly took their money. There was no sincerity, no joy and little passion for the brand. It was a transaction. He and his followers knew it was such and they said “good on you for getting a piece of the action”. By the way, he was a hardcore consumer of that brands’ main competitor and when the cameras were off, he carried that competitor brand everywhere he went. Which brand do you think his followers went out and bought?

Bottom line? Be real. Care. Be open to new possibilities and relationships. People are smart and they can smell marketing bullshit a mile away. They tend to operate in closed communities, requiring and invitation and an escort. Invest in a relationship where you come to know your influencers. When you care about these people as, well, people, things start to align and the natural harmony of the relationship can blossom. Remember you are not simply making a media buy; you are engaging a person in an age-old relationship, as vocal brand ambassadors, but with bigger amplifiers.

When you take the time and get it right, the true power of Influencer Marketing is unleashed: joyful, effusive and sincere ambassadorship of your brand that is undeniably authentic.

And by the way, if anyone is interested in engaging with this massive, diverse and global community that lives in the center of pop culture, at the intersection of music, sports and fashion, hit me up. I’ll be happy to escort you in…as long as you promise to behave.

Contributed by Paul Fitzpatrick, MKTG Chicago 

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August 10th, 2016 at 5:33 pm

MKTG New Zealand has a new chief!

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Marketing and Advertising News Daily | Arrivals & Departures: MKTG taps Kathy Gieck

 

 

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed Kathy Gieck as Managing Director of MKTG to lead its lifestyle marketing agency in New Zealand.

Gieck joins MKTG from Mango, where she held the role of general manager for over two years. Her 20-year career spans New Zealand PR & activation agencies Acumen, Spark PR & Activate and Ogilvy, as well as directing her own agencies in both New Zealand and Canada.

MKTG launched in New Zealand in May 2016, with specialist activations agencies, Synergy and ApolloNation, and PR agency Haystac merging to form Dentsu Aegis Network’s newest lifestyle marketing offer.

Speaking of the MD appointment, Dentsu Aegis Network NZ ceo Rob Harvey said: “I am thrilled we have been able to attract someone of Kathy’s calibre to lead MKTG in New Zealand. MKTG is an agency with very authentic and human values at its core and Kathy is the perfect embodiment of those. We have big ambitions for MKTG to redefine the lifestyle marketing space and I have every confidence that Kathy’s drive and experience will lead MKTG to great success.

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June 13th, 2016 at 3:33 pm

Marriott Intl. Thinks Global, Acts Global As New Official NBA Worldwide Partner

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July 30, 2015: Marriott International has destinations worldwide, and now can put them into play for theNBA.

Marriott has signed a deal making it the official hotel partner of the NBA, specifically for several jewel events, beginning with this weekend’s NBA Africa Game and also including the NBA Global Games 2015-16 and NBA Canada Series 2015.

The NBA said that Marriott would be the first company to align with the NBA across international games on five different continents.

Marriott International said it has more than 4,200 properties in 80 countries and territories. The company reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.

“Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world, and our partnership with the NBA gives us an opportunity to tap into a passionate fan base and communicate the breadth and depth of our portfolio,” Karin Timpone, global marketing officer for Marriott International, said in a statement. “Similar to what we are doing with music and entertainment, our NBA partnership helps us create memorable experiences for our Rewards members and amplify the benefits of the program for both new and loyal guests.”

Bethesda, MD.-based Marriott International plans to support the union with multi-platform activations, including a sweepstakes for Marriott Rewards members in the U.S. offering the opportunity to win a trip and tickets to an upcoming NBA global event.

Marriott Rewards will host a series of private meet-and-greets with NBA legends and players for its Elite members and invite fans to take a virtual trip via an #AroundTheWorld photo and social sharing experience. That will begin with the inaugural NBA Africa Game on Aug. 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Other marketing partners involved with the NBA Africa Game include Nike, Ford, South African Airways and telecom company Econet Global.

Marriott International said it would then offer Marriott Rewards members exclusive access to NBA games and events in  11 other cities across Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the U.K.

All but two of the games are part of the NBA’s pre-season exhibition schedule. The two games that are part of the 2015-16 regular season are Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings in Mexico City Arena (Dec. 3) and Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors in London’s The O2 (Jan. 14).

According to Emilio Collins, NBA evp-global marketing partnerships, “For our fans around the world, there is no opportunity more exciting than when live NBA games are played in their home countries. Marriott International is a renowned brand with extensive global operations, and is the ideal partner to help broaden the reach of our games and engage more fans.”

Marriott International operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard and Residence Inn.

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EMS 2015 Takeaways

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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

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Recurring Themes

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

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