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Who is Your Favorite Past Celebrity Endorser?

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MKTG members Kyle Goncalves, Geoff Biss, Marlie McLaughlin and Katherine Allen get together and discuss their favorite past sponsorship deals, why it appeals to them and how it has made an impact within the industry.

“Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game series was a trailblazer in bringing skateboarding into mainstream and sponsorship culture.” — Kyle

KYLE:

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater shaped the world of skateboarding – it was more than just a video game. This popular series was one of the first and leading platforms, catapulting the sport into mainstream culture. To some, skateboarding was seen as a rebellious activity, but I believe that has shifted due to the work and talent of Tony Hawk as the series brand ambassador. In the late 90s and early 2000s, Activision (video game publisher) leveraged one of the best skaters of all time (Tony Hawk), and created a sense of credibility on a fun platform that allowed room for consumers to truly engage in skateboarding culture. The series and work of Tony allowed the industry to embrace the sport which created a new world for a variety of sponsors to dive into.

Whether you skateboarded or not – you knew the name and importance of Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk as a face for the series was a perfect choice due to his high performance and demeanor. He elevated the sport which opened the door for sponsors to consider skateboarders as marketable athletes – he definitely paved the way.

KATHERINE:

“Peyton Manning’s persona is strategically highlighted in MasterCard’s Priceless campaign” — Geoff

 

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October 9th, 2017 at 6:47 pm

MKTG Westport: Toiletries for Troops Initiative

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All year long the MKTGers of Westport, CT collect toiletries from our business trips, homes, and dollar stores to donate to A Project from the Heart, a local organization in Fairfield, CT that sends packages to our troops overseas. Our troops are always in need of these small items while living away from home. We feel it is important to give back to the troops to say thank you for all they do. Below are letters that A Project from the Heart has received from troops expressing their gratitude for the packages. This definitely makes us smile!


 

 

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October 9th, 2017 at 10:59 am

Head of US Digital, Gavin Blawie, Speaks at Advertising Week New York

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Yesterday, on the final day of a very busy Advertising Week in New York City, our very own Gavin Blawie (Head of US Digital) participated in a panel entitled, The Power of the Fan: How to Win Them (& Their Friends).  In front of a packed audience at the Liberty Theatre in Times Square, Gavin joined Nicholas Carlson (Editor in Chief at Business Insider’s popular channel: Insider), Jeff Gregor (CMO and Chief Catalyst Officer at TNT & tbs), Walker Jacobs (Chief Operating Officer at FANDOM), and Christopher Vollmer (Global Entertainment and Media Advisory Leader at PwC) in a discussion about how to engage sports fans in a true, honest way.

Gavin shared with us his three takeaways from the panel including:

“In a social era, fans are the cornerstone of every modern marketing effort, for they converse and share in communities self organized around what they care about most. 

“Whether it’s lifestyle or digital, all smart brand marketers connect and amplify on social through fans. It works because people believe people, and a fan can help convert non-fans faster and cheaper than brands can.”

“Smart marketers need to build on organic fan conversations, and complement them through the lens of making the fan experience better, richer, and more sharable”

Gavin received great feedback including this from the organizer: “Gavin, you added a ton to the conversation. I know Nicholas was really grateful!” For those of us in the audience, we can surely vouch for that! If you’d like to view the entire panel, it’s been posted here.

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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October 2nd, 2017 at 9:27 am

MKTGNYC: Women In Leadership Workshop

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Eva McCarthy, Christina Bueno, Jessalin Lam, Phoebe Kurtzman, Sha’Ron Martin, Natasha Campoli Neris, Alyssa Wood, Shannon DeLade, Alyssa Billups, Kristin Laux, Alyssa Ferreri

 

 

On Thursday, September 14, as part of our Learning and Development initiative, coaches from GoldJam Creative visited the MKTG NYC office to lead a Women in Leadership Workshop. The interactive workshop was open to any women in the MKTG organization and designed to help empower women in their professional environment through confidence building and communication skills exercises, and also to discuss challenges that women in leadership face, how to overcome them and how to be a better overall leader. One highlight was when we discussed how to learn to stop saying “Sorry”! We do apologize way too much. For example, this morning,  when I was bumped in to on the subway, I apologized without even thinking about it!?

 

In any case, it was a lot of fun and very engaging and interactive. Instead of just sitting and talking, we actually got a chance to get up and move around, as well as work together to find better ways to communicate and dominate through body language and verbal communication. MKTGirls RULE!

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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September 15th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

MKTG INSIGHTS: HOW SPONSORS ACTIVATE AT THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

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The Little League World Series attracts a large audience both in person and on broadcast. However, the event is unique compared to other sporting events of a similar size due to less emphasis placed on the on-field performance and a greater emphasis on youth sport. Sponsors take advantage of these unique themes at the Little League World Series and leverage them in custom activations.

This past weekend marked the conclusion of the Little League World Series as Tokyo Kitasuna defeated the Lufkin, Texas to win the championship. The Little League World Series has been held every year since 1947 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where Little League baseball players from around the world compete. The event is highly unique as more than 400,000 people attend every year and the event receives prominent broadcasting from ESPN.

The Little League World Series attracts a significant audience considering it is made up of 11-13-year-olds and not professional athletes. The unique nature of the Little League World Series also allows sponsors to take on the themes of the event and leverage them in promotions and activations.

With the Little League World Series being made up of young athletes, the event has much less emphasis on the on-field performance and a more grass roots feel than other sporting events of a similar size. The event also brings about nostalgia as former Littler Leaguers are reminded of when they participated in youth sports and get to share that experience with their family. With the Little League World Series unique attributes and high reach through broadcast and on-site attendees, sponsors look to activate in ways to play off the high family population and look to promote products or services that would highly resonate with families.

Honda Targets Baseball Families with Mini-Van Activation – As a 21-year partner of the Little League World Series, Honda has looked to tailor their activations around the event to appeal to families and the kids participating. Honda leverages the event to promote their Odyssey mini-van, having it appear in custom creative as well as providing shuttles to the event from local hotels. With plenty of families onsite at the event, Honda is promoting their family friendly vehicle and demonstrates its use during a time when parents will need the extra space to bring their kids to baseball.

Canon Provides Tournament Packages for Both Parents and Kids – At this year’s Little League World Series, Canon was promoting their Rebel camera in combination with their printer. Canon showed the two products on-site at this year’s Little League World Series where parents would be highly active in capturing their children’s on-field moments. Also, Canon created a player toolkit that was available for free on their website. The toolkit included scorecards, colouring books, and snack recipes and which was also promoted to be printed off using the Canon printer. Canon’s provided things that both the parents of the Little League Players would make use of during the tournament. Cannon’s approach looks to engage the entire family through their sponsorship.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Promotes their Youth Sports Service – Dick’s Sporting Goods uses the Little League World Series to promote their Team Sports HQ service which is an online portal that organizes youth sports teams, from scheduling to registration. They have created official Little League templates and offer it free to all users. With the high amount of families participating in youth sport attending or watching the Little League World Series, Dick’s has strong opportunity to promote their platform to an audience that will be interested in their product.

The Little League World Series is a unique event which attracts families invested in youth sport from all over. Sponsors recognize this crowd and look to activate at the event with products and strategies targeted to that demographic.

Originally posted by MKTG Canada

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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 Team Enjoys The Great American Eclipse, All Over The Country

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On August 21, 2017, along with at least half of Americans, Team MKTG took to the streets, and the roofs and for some (like Markus Sheldon) to the path of the eclipse to experience history – the first total eclipse of the sun visible across the entire contiguous US since June 8, 1918! Wherever you watched it from, we hope you had as much fun with the experience…and made as much of a big deal as we did at our offices across the US. There’s nothing quite like bonding over the wonders of outer space on a Monday afternoon.

The team from MKTG New York got to the roofdeck first and scored the VIP seats well before the 250 others made it up to catch the eclipse. We’re not competitive or anything!;)

 

MKTG San Francisco captures a selfie on their rooftop patio pre-eclipse

 

MKTG Chicago taking eclipse viewing to the streets oustide of their office. A total aside, but right there in the distance is the famous Mr. Beef. If you’re ever in Chicago, make sure you grab a sandwich there!

 

MKTG Westport is prepared with their homemade cereal box projectors

 

MKTG Charlotte hosted a party on their office patio with a pot luck and beer cart, and then got special permission from our building to access the roof to watch the eclipse. WELL DONE CHARLOTTE!

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Written by Mary Kate Pleggenkuhle
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August 22nd, 2017 at 11:03 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

Amazon and MKTG: Boost with FBA

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We all shop at Amazon. But did you ever stop to think about how the Amazon Marketplace actually works and who the sellers are that make it all possible?

Those are just a couple of the questions that the team at MKTG aimed to answer for our partner, Amazon.

In 2015, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), a division of Amazon related to its Prime sellers, decided it was time to celebrate their sellers in a huge way, and shine a light on a few of their prized products. Our challenge was to provide a forum for Amazon sellers to gather, learn how to optimize their businesses using Amazon, expand their reach, and also get valuable face-time with Amazon experts and of course with each other.

Enter the first- ever 2017 Boost with FBA Seller Summit, a 1,000+ seller attended premier event hosted at Pier 94, right in the heart of New York City. To kick off in proper Big Apple style, all attendees were treated to a welcome reception the night before at Tao, Downtown and a full-day of extra activities. At the main event, Amazon sellers from around the globe attended presentations and participated in over a dozen educational sessions, from Going Global to Inventory Management. They were also able to meet one-on-one with Amazon experts in Office Hours sessions to talk specifically about their businesses, as well as learn from some of the top sellers featured in the seller showcases throughout the venue. (more after the photo album…)

 

This was a highly collaborative effort where MKTG worked closely with our amazing partners at Amazon to curate, design, strategize and produce all creative materials and the events themselves from soup-to-nuts.

The feedback from sellers was overwhelmingly positive and we’re looking forward to working on the next one coming to a US city near you!

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MKTG UK Gives Back: Castlehaven Community Association for Project Dirt

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On July 26th a group of 13 willing volunteers from Posterscope, PSI and MKTG spent a day ‘Project Dirting’ with Castlehaven Community Association (CCA), an award winning community association in the heart of Camden Town.

The group were tasked with seasonal garden maintenance with a particular focus on the Association’s new Horticulture Hub in the morning whilst the afternoon was spent supporting and playing a football match with people with a range of disabilities.

Gary Wheelan, Client Director at MKTG said, “It was a really well organised day, which meant we could get stuck in from the start and feel like we had properly made a difference by the end. The Castlehaven team were really accommodating and they had plenty of tasks for us all to do – from shovelling rubble to sawing wooden sleepers, we could see the desired end result that we were helping towards.

The afternoon was brilliant, playing football with the disabled football team who train at the facilities on Wednesday afternoons was such a treat – even though they beat us!

It was a very different day to the usual one sat at my desk and I would recommend Project Dirt and in particular Castlehaven, to anyone looking to get involved with a volunteer project through work or independently.”

About Castlehaven Community Association

The Castlehaven Community Association was established in 1985 as a result of a group of local residents concerned about the lack of local facilities for children and older people. Since its inception the charity & company limited by guarantee has always been managed by a voluntary board of local residents. Castlehaven is a small but high profile, vibrant community association that continues to develop and respond to the needs of local residents.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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August 7th, 2017 at 12:28 pm