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Gatorade: The Unreal Final Journey Around the World

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Barca_CoverPhoto credit: Luiza Iacava

*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)

GSSI_01Photo credit: Mariusz Kaczmarek

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!

GSSI_02Photo credit: Eric Nalpas

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” ….

Liverpool_02Photo credit: Mark Waugh

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.

London_01Photo credit: Felippe Imperatriz

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.

Barcelona_02Photo credit: Luiza Iacava

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.

BA_02Photo credit: Federico Peretti

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.

Rio_03_MarPhoto Credit: Derek Mangabeira

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.

Rio_05_MatchPhoto Credit: Derek Mangabeira

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.

RIo_Final_JumpPhoto credit: Derek Mangabeira

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Cincy goes loco for fútbol

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The Cincinnati MKTG INC office invited an especially lucky group of clients to catch the Colombia-Japan World Cup matchup at the downtown office on June 24.

“As Colombians we grow up living soccer and loving soccer. It’s part of our family, part of our childhood, so to see Colombia do so well in this World Cup and qualify in the first two games brings a lot of pride,” said Colombian native Luis Restrepo, Orgullosa Brand Manager at P&G. “It also means that there is an amazing party somewhere in Colombia.”

With help from her compadres y comadres, Orgullosa Account Supervisor Natalia Salces organized the Cincinnati event, which featured a photo booth, foosball table, Caipirinha drinks, arepas, and, of course, televised viewing of the game (because we couldn’t afford to send everyone to Rio).

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The fiesta drew inspiration from the #MyHouseIsMyStadium campaign for Orgullosa, P&G’s online word-of-mouth community for Latinas living in the U.S. Except in this case the office was our stadium.

Approximately one-half of all attendees were rooting for “those guys in the yellow jerseys” to win. The other half showed up for the refreshments.

Colombia bested Japan 4-1 and advanced to the round of 16. Restrepo used that good luck to propel him in his own foosball victory over Todd Laabs, SVP Marketing & Operations for MKTG INC. Laabs mumbled something about “a couple of sloppy goals” and vowed redemption in the form of ping pong.

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Keep Sailing With Johnnie Walker

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After completing successful tours in Asia and Europe, the John Walker & Sons Voyager tour embarked on its third leg heading to the Caribbean. MKTG INC was brought on to make sure this tour was just as successful as the previous two.

Diageo was on a hunt to find a brand new yacht suitable for the tour.  Our very own Matt Manning, Derek Cummings and John Demas led the search and ultimately went the secret agent route and chose the Regina, which was prominently featured in the recent James Bond film “Skyfall” (as seen in this entire clip http://bit.ly/1f66sjN).

While John was busy beautifully redesigning the yacht, Derek worked on coordinating a routing schedule and managing port logistics at each tour stop with help from industry experts Brazil Yacht Services.

I was lucky enough to be on-board and truly live the Voyager experience for over 2 months. I made some lifelong friends, saw some amazing places (Antigua, Trinidad, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Colombia) and worked with some wonderful people along the way. Not to mention I completely dodged a little thing called the Polar Vortex.

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Living the Voyager experience meant not taking any short cuts. Sailing from port-to-port may have been the most unique thing about the entire tour for me. There were a few times where being out on the deck on the open seas meant complete relaxation and escape from every other human being on the planet. Miles and miles of blue water is all I’d see. No cell phone, no internet, no distractions. On the other hand our trips (ranged from 16hrs to 60hrs) were mostly filled with high waves, deep boat rolls and some pretty intense boat movement (getting tossed out of bed or soaked on the deck became pretty common place). I don’t think I’ll be quitting my day job for a life at sea any time soon.

Full event production mode started the moment we docked. We activated 2-4 event days in each market with about 3 events each day. Daily challenges, issues and changes in addition to the slew of people who would constantly come by the boat for tours kept things really interesting along the way. Escaping the madness was a tad bit difficult considering we were living at the venue, but thankfully everything worked itself out leaving guests with unforgettable experiences ranging from rough wave sailing trips to black tie dinners to high energy dance parties on-board.

For more John Walker & Sons Voyager Photos: http://jwsvoyager.com/gallery/
Trinidad Event Video: http://vimeo.com/88886683
Aruba Event Video: http://vimeo.com/87215386
Dominican Republic Event Video: http://vimeo.com/89409955
Colombia Video: http://vimeo.com/90054934

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April 30th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

What’s In Your Wallet?

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DR 2DAN ROGERS | ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

Have you looked at your business card recently? If not you should. MKTG INC’s cards are known for their unique perspective and purpose (the latter being expressly to embarrass their bearer, natch). In our new column Business Cards Explained, we take a look at the business cards of our coworkers and hear the stories behind them. Get ready to blush.

They say it all began for Dan with a casual hand slap with Michael Jordan.
Not sure who ‘they’ are but I always liked that the first line of my business card kind of makes me sound like a stalker who got smacked by MJ (couldn’t we just say high five?).  The truth is the Bulls were playing an exhibition game against the NJ Nets in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse where I grew up, and I was lucky enough to get tickets right by the Bulls tunnel.  I high-fived him on his way out to the court and think I just stared at that hand for the rest of the game (a la Peyton Manning in that epic Mastercard commercial).  I also high-fived Bill Cartwright but somehow that copy ended up on the cutting room floor.

To compare that pivotal moment in Dan’s life to Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”, is way out of bounds, but nonetheless, that courtside half-second experience changed him forever. 
I remember saying I was never going to wash that hand again but thankfully that wasn’t the change they’re referring to.  This sentence seems like one of those ‘Not to throw anyone under the bus…but that’s exactly what I’m going to do’-type statements.  We’re not saying it was as important as the “Creation of Adam”…but that’s exactly what we’re saying.

And ever since, Dan became not just competitive but clutch.  If there are 2 clicks on the clock, you want the ball in Dan’s hands.
When I first got this card a number of my friends asked if this was referring to beer pong.  Not sure what that says about my hobbies (or my friends)…

When he’s not making last second victories from certain defeat, Dan can be seen and heard yelling at certain Big Ten rivals.
As a Michigan grad this comes naturally but this line actually had to be edited from the original copy.  There were a couple of specific schools called out (I’ll let you do the math) that I actually started working with as part of our NIKE activations.  Meeting new partners with the promise of me yelling at them didn’t seem like the best move.

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¿Cómo Se Dice “Winning”?

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P&G Charmin Addy

The MKTG INC Cincinnati office added another silver ADDY to its collection at the local ADDY Awards hosted by the American Advertising Federation on February 22.

Bilingual Copywriter Extraordinaire Belinda Chavez-Imwalle and Fancy-Pants Digital Art Director Julie Wilson were the creative cojones behind the Charmin Basic campaign—the first community-based social media campaign for US Hispanic  (USH) consumers at P&G. The custom offline component claimed the silver ADDY in the Direct Marketing, 3D Mailer category.

“This was such a fun, disruptive piece and it’s great to see this Orgullosa team’s work recognized. It is just one example of the fantastic work they have been doing to help truly grow and delight the Orgullosa community,” said V.P. of Creative Paulette Yarosz.

On the outside, the winning piece posed the question “¿Ya no aguantas?,” which roughly translates in English to “Can’t stand it/hold it any longer?” On the inside, it touted the high quality and low cost of Charmin Basic toilet paper, housed a FREE roll of the product and expanded to reveal three coupons and additional messaging. The pink and orange custom mailer was delivered to the doorsteps of 20,000 members of Orgullosa.com, P&G’s online word-of-mouth community for Latinas living in the U.S.

The mailer was only one piece of an integrated effort that included an online microsite with product information and reviews. The site garnered 3,929 reviews and saw a 97% increase in posts about Charmin Basic, helping the brand build buzz with USH consumers.

The MKTG INC team has helped the Orgullosa community grow to more than 110,000 members (from 3,600 members one year ago) and 650,000 likes on Facebook.

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What Happened In Vegas Didn’t Stay In Vegas

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The 14th Annual Latin Grammy Awards is the most coveted and prestigious awards show in Latin Music. November 21st 2013 saw the crème de la crème of the Latin music scene flock to Las Vegas for an unforgettable celebration.

CIROC joined the party this year with its inaugural event sponsorship. To highlight its presence and capture the spirit of the Latin community, the brand called upon MKTG INC to activate a series of ancillary events.

First up, MKTG INC designed and produced CIROC’s official after-party for the ‘Person Of The Year’ tribute gala, which honored Spanish superstar Miguel Bose.  Overlooking the bright lights of the strip, this event took place at Mix on the 64th floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. MKTG INC transformed this space into a futuristic setting, complete with space-aged dancers, live DJs and a spectacular customized DJ booth and LED backdrop that looked like something out of the Starship Enterprise.  VIPs, celebrities, influencers and guests of CIROC were also treated to the mixology skills and cocktail experience of two of the world’s best bartenders – Mario Seijo and David Rios.

The following night at the official Latin Grammy after party, MKTG INC created an exclusive “celebrity lounge” for CIROC that included a red carpet arrivals area and a dedicated interview platform for E! Latin America, CIROC’s exclusive media partner. Once again, Mario Seijo and David Rios were on hand to treat guests to a collection of cocktails that highlighted the premium vodka’s fresh and distinctive flavor.

In addition to hosting these outstanding events, CIROC gifted custom engraved bottles of CIROC to celebrities and VIPs via the Latin Grammys gifting suite.

These incredible experiences left a lasting impression on all who were lucky enough to attend; and for those that didn’t, you can rest assure that ‘what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas’ thanks to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #CirocLatinGrammys

Written by: Tom Rutherford

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Charlie Horsey’s Been BIZZY

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MKTG INC Chairman & CEO Charlie Horsey recently sat down with BizBash to discuss Super Fans and the steps companies are taking to embrace them. What’s a Super Fan and why should you care about them?

Read more here: “Why Event Marketers Are Focusing on Super Fans” & “8 Tips for Creating Events for Super Fans

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September 19th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

No Friendlies. Just Football (and Guinness Black Lager!).

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Guinness Black Lager Photo Credit: Marc Serota

If you felt there was more football on TV this summer than normal (the European kind, not the ‘Merica kind) and that some of your favorite sports stadiums were housing teams with names that didn’t sound like they were in the NFC or AFC, you certainly were onto something. This summer kicked off the first ever Guinness International Champions Cup; an 8-team tournament pitting some of the world’s best and most prestigious football clubs against each other in a series of elimination matches. The tournament began July 31st at AT&T Park in San Francisco and traversed the U.S. for over a week, ending with the finals at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on August 7th.

As the title sponsor, Guinness had the opportunity to sample Guinness Black Lager at all the tournament locations. MKTG INC set up stations in each stadium’s highest traffic areas, sampling Guinness Black Lager and giving away ICC commemorative cups to hordes of fans (21 and over). With sampling teams that topped 30 in some cities, Guinness Black Lager made quite the splash, leaving consumers pleasantly surprised by the rich and satisfying taste from the lager’s roasted barley. Fans were also surrounded by concession stands selling Guinness Black Lager, most of which reported record sales on game day.

The tournament concluded with Real Madrid topping Chelsea 3-1 in a thrilling final featuring two goals by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, earning him Man of the Tournament honors. Over 20,000 consumers sampled Guinness Black Lager across seven days, marking an immense step for Guinness Black Lager and for football fans throughout the U.S. Some might even say it was a GOOOOOOAAALLL!

Written by: Charlie DeCrescenzo

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Proud of It

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We are thrilled to announce that MKTG INC made Event Marketer’s It List for Top 100 Event Agencies (again!).  Congrats the entire team–read all about it here.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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August 29th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Fields Of Green

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MKTG INC’s East Coast President Rachelle McDonough tells MediaPost “the path to brand success is clear: frequent, authentic, direct interaction with real life consumers.” Click here for some strategic guidelines marketers should follow when building a field network (it’s easier than you think!).

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August 20th, 2012 at 8:56 pm