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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
Stephanie Rudnick

September 6th, 2017 at 11:40 am

MKTG Insights: WHAT SPONSORS CAN LEARN FROM MODERN ALBUM RELEASES

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With the overly saturated music industry experiencing ever-changing shifts in music consumption, artists must find unique ways to gain traction within the market in order to create successful campaigns. Technological innovations such as digital streaming provided by service giants such as Spotify and Apple Music are truly shaping the industry. There is now a greater accessibility to music than ever before and artists can easily get lost in the clutter. The days where studios and labels put mass advertising behind the release of an album are gone. This has caused musicians to increasingly think like brands; relying on creativity and innovation to drive interest in their upcoming sales. Sponsors and marketers also live in a similar dynamic realm where there are constant technological changes and never ending clutter of branded content. The following are leading examples from the music industry that provide key learnings for marketers in today’s world.

In June 2017, in advance of the release of her “Witness” album, Katy Perry partnered with YouTube to launch a 96-hour live stream of her living day-to-day in a camera filled “Big Brother” style home. The live stream allowed fans to observe Perry in a range of content from average daily activities to more intense moments such as therapy sessions. The broadcast was supported with celebrity guest appearances who interacted with Katy for interviews, cooking, games, challenges, and conversations. The live stream led to a concert where Katy performed songs from the upcoming album. The Katy Perry Witness World Wide Live Stream reached 190 countries and garnered 49 million views.

Katy Perry provided fans with an opportunity to receive unprecedented access to celebrity. The raw, constant transparency that a live stream provides allows consumers to feel an authentic connection by being able to tune into an “unscripted” experience.

For sponsorship marketers, Perry’s stunt is a reminder of key operating principles when developing strategy and planning brand experiences. Perry understood the power of designing a brand experience that would organically drive social chatter. Rather than rely on media appearances on TV and radio to plug the album release like most artists, Perry’s live stream was designed for the digital age. By choosing the correct platform, in this case, YouTube, users were able to connect at any time (mobile, desktop etc.) for real-time interactions. The tactic of live streaming her activity scaled access to Perry in a way that transcended geographic borders and time constraints; sponsors planning physical branded experiences must also find ways to bring the consumer experience to those unable to engage in the precise time and place of the activation.

Notable hip-hop stars 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar are examples of artists who have utilized powerful physical, in-person brand experiences that coincide with particular promotional announcements. 2 Chainz released his fourth studio album titled “Pretty Girls like Trap Music” in June 2017 which was supported by a unique physical activation. Inspired by the emerging genre of Southern “trap music” that has been taking control of mainstream airways, 2 Chainz leverages “trap” roots by replicating a real life “trap house” in the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. The album themed, pink home is decked out with urban artwork and was redesigned to coincide with 2 Chainz branding and larger promotional campaign that matches 2 Chainz album art.

The activation’s main purpose was to be used as a space for listening parties. Supplementary, outside of the home, was a strategically place vintage pink Corvette and stove where visitors were encouraged to take photos and share their “trap experience” on social media. The activation was an enormous tourist and fan attraction, covered by major media outlets that accumulated over 300,000 digital tags.

Similarly, Kendrick Lamar kicked off “THE DAMN. TOUR” by launching retail pop-up shops in select cities that coincide with his tour dates. The pop-up shops sell limited-edition Kendrick branded clothing and accessories. Activations amplify traditional marketing efforts by providing a memorable and engaging consumer experience. Consumers are able to interact on a ground-level and share digitally. This activation style allows for ultimate consumer engagement that is enhanced with wide-spread media coverage.

High-touch activations act as a unique tactic to engage consumers by utilizing multiple touchpoints. These activations allow artists to push branded content online while also providing fans with a real and tangible interaction. Aside from relying solely on social media, high-touch activation experiences allow brands stand out amongst the clutter.

One of the most talked about releases in 2016 was Beyoncé’s sixth studio album, Lemonade. The surprise release was supported by a massive amount of content: a one hour HBO film, an eleven chapter visual album, and the launch of the Formation World Tour. Beyoncé leveraged a combination of art, music, poetry, and politics to create one of 2016’s best-selling albums that had a large impact in a variety of markets that surpassed the category of music.

The element of surprise can be one of the strongest marketing techniques. Brands that execute this type of disruptive promotion cause a change consumer behavior and trigger some of the strongest personal and digital dialogues. Due to the unexpected release, consumer behavior is altered and now brand focused. Fans and consumers erupt in a sense of urgency to dive deep into the branded content. This social eruption causes word-of-mouth marketing, which is seen as one of the top forms of influential advertising. Awareness is built exponentially, consumer emotions are supercharged and a passionate brand engagement is created.

With the recent need for artists to stand out with successful campaigns, the market is seeing a shift in promotional techniques from brands within the industry. Traditional efforts must now be altered and amplified with unique activations, disruptive marketing and brand authentication in order to create more of an impact.  By leveraging these case studies and insights, marketers can truly enhance a variety of brand experiences.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

July 31st, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Full Moon Music Festival Countdown

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Music has the power to inspire, captivate and create powerful emotional bonds between friends, family, consumers and brands. MKTG is a leader in the Lifestyle and Music Marketing space, having strategized and implemented many successful experiences and partnerships for some of the world’s biggest brands. This weekend in New York City, we will be taking our talents to Governors Island as an official partner of the Full Moon Music Festival on July 8th. If you’re in the area, please join us in enjoying what is sure to be a beautiful summer day in one of New York’s most idyllic settings and secure your tickets at www.fullmoonfest.com! Once you’re there, make sure to visit our client Don Julio and their Airstream truck in the park. In the meantime, our MKTG Entertainment Team has a few music festival tips to help prepare you for this awesome exploration of music:

 

Prep your Ears: Listen to These Songs by featured Artists before the Fest:

1. Almost There (feat. Mr Hudson) – Vic Mensa

2. Escape – Zimmer

3. Hollywood – Pat Lok

4. Fruit – ABRA

5. Hailu Mergia and the Walias – Awesome Tapes From Africa

6. Feelin’ Lovely – Connan Mockasin

 

…and check out the official Full Moon playlist on SoundCloud!

Prep Your Fest Schedule: These are our Must-see Full Moon Fest Artists

1. Vic Mensa – has toured / collaborated with J. Cole, Wale, Chance The Rapper, and Kanye West

2. Zimmer – perfect music for a chill summer day

3. Larry Heard – historic house music producer from Chicago

4. Connan Mockasin – truly unique

5. ABRA – originally from London, this R&B artist offers slow melodic vocals and intriguing beats

6. Axel Boman – groovy house music for some rest and relaxation

 

Come Prepared! Our Music Festival Necessities

1. Positive Attitude

2. Wristband / Ticket

3. Sunscreen

4. Hat

5. Sunglasses

6. Comfortable Shoes

7. Rain Jacket

8. Reusable Water Bottle

9. Portable Phone Charger

From all of us at MKTG, we hope you enjoy Full Moon Music Festival 2017!

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Written by Paige McConney
Paige McConney

July 7th, 2017 at 11:10 am

MKTG Beat: Album-Release Cycles Adapt to Streaming, Social Media

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Domino Records devises bespoke campaigns on social media for its roster of artists including Hot Chip

 

A combination of streaming and social is disrupting the album release cycle and dramatically altering the way music comes to market. In the second part of Marketing Week’s focus on music marketing we look at the pioneering ways artists and labels are meeting consumers’ always-on demands.

To state the obvious, social media and streaming platforms have permanently altered the way we listen to music – but it finally seems like artist marketing is catching up. 

Many musicians (OneRepublic, Frank Ocean, John Mayer, and Drake to name a few) have abandoned the typical album release and press cycle to take matters into their own hands, signing exclusive streaming deals, teasing new music on Snapchat, and even skipping the album format entirely. The industry has been slow to accept streaming’s impending dominance, but stands to profit the most from it. Why? Data. Streaming provides intricate details about how and who interacts with an artist’s music – which is the most powerful marketing tool of all. Brands also stand to reap huge rewards from the upheaval of the industry: Heineken and Victoria’s Secret have both seen success in teaming up with musicians for digital single releases, opening up a new way for brands to cash in on the new streaming era.

Learn more here on Marketing Week.

 

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

June 15th, 2017 at 11:40 am

MKTG Beat: Internet Tweets Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o Movie Into Reality

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Rihanna and Lupita N’yongo attend a Miu Miu show in Paris in March 2014. Some pictures are worth a thousand words. This one, it turns out, was worth a movie deal. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The internet has given fans the platform to communicate and connect with each other like never before, and now it has once again changed the game by giving fans the opportunity to will a film project into existence. 

In 2014, a Tumblr post of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting next to each other at a Miu Miu fashion show went viral. Two years later the post reappeared, sweeping the internet once again – this time, however, on Twitter with the idea of a buddy movie starring Rihanna as a con artist scamming men, supported by her best friend and tech whiz, “played” by N’yongo. N’yongo tweeted out that she was game, starting a domino effect. Rihanna agreed to join her, and now thanks to additional twitter suggestions from fans, Ava DuVernay will direct the Issa Rae-written film, which is set to be distributed on Netflix. A timeline has not been released, but Entertainment Weekly announced the project was solidified at Cannes, and Rae’s representatives confirmed the story. 

Learn more about this super collab via this great NPR story…

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

June 15th, 2017 at 11:29 am

Smirnoff House at EDC Orlando: #LoveWins

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It’s been a busy year for MKTG’s Smirnoff team and our client with the success of Smirnoff House, popping up at key EDM festivals throughout the year. This past weekend, the House made its final 2016 appearance at Electric Daisy Carnival, Orlando and it was an extra special event.Smirnoff is a big supporter of the LGBT community, and with this activation being in Orlando, we partnered with Pulse Nightclub, inviting some of their regular DJs to play at the House and be a part of the official lineup. We also had some of the bartenders from Pulse working at the activation and embracing #LoveWins (as beautifully illustrated on the House’s façade).

Even in the rain, the House and garden were packed from start to finish. The reputation of Smirnoff House is definitely getting out there, with it becoming a destination stage that festival attendees specifically seek out.

Check out some more coverage of Smirnoff House at EDC Orlando here and here, and some amazing photos below!


–Contributed by MKTG Smirnoff team 
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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
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November 10th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

MKTG Presents: Pairings // An Art x Music Experience

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Last week, MKTG New York held our first Pairings // An Art x Music Experience, an exclusive series promoting creative artists and cultural inspiration. Our launch event featured art by Ralph Miller and music by DJ Zev, who spun beats among our office’s chic, pop art-infused space- a fitting backdrop as MKTGers and Dentsu Aegis Network partners sipped Diageo brand cocktails.

Growing up in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, Ralph Miller was influenced by Central American and Caribbean Art. For the past 30 years, Ralph has created cutting-edge experiential media and attractions. DJ Zev, a native of Brooklyn, New York, has spun at some of the most recognized clubs and events around the world; and for celebrities and brands such as Nick Cannon, Fergie, Eva Mendes, Red Bull, MTV, Porsche, Macy’s and Disney.

 

–Contributed by MKTG Global Communications team

 

 

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Written by Andrea D'Alessandro
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October 26th, 2016 at 4:48 pm

MKTG Brings You: Merry & Bright Bevies

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With the countdown to the holiday break in full effect, we wanted to make sure all of our fantastic followers are well equipped to bring the holiday cheer.  Show off your hospitality and bartending skills with the below list of holiday cocktails that will be sure to wow your friends and family.

The Zacapa Solera Hot Cocoa
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1 1/4 ounces Zacapa Rum 23
1/2 ounce Pedro Ximenez Sherry
5 ounces Hot Cocoa
Grated Cinnamon and Cracked Pink Peppercorn for Garnish
Combine rum, sherry and hot cocoa into a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour contents into glass mug. Garnish with grated cinnamon and pink peppercorn.
(Recipe by Lynnette Marrero for Zacapa)

 

 

An Old Fashioned Holiday
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1/2 
teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 
orange peel
5
 dashes Angostura bitters
1 1/2
 ounces Bulleit bourbon
1 1/2 
ounces apple cider
Muddle sugar, peel and bitters until sugar dissolves. Add bourbon and apple cider and add ice. 

 

 

Tanqueray Gin Flip
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1 ¼ ounces Tanqueray® London Dry
½ ounce almond syrup
½ ounce heavy cream
1 egg
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe glass. Garnish with star anise.
(Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray)

 

 

Morgan Mule
Mogan Mule1.5  oz. Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
4  oz. ginger beer
2  sprig(s) mint
2  lime wheels
Muddle a mint sprig and lime wheel in the bottom of a tall glass. Add rum and ginger beer. Garnish with mint and lime.
(Recipe courtesy of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum)

 

 

 

 

The Ketel Fig & Rosemary
Ketel-One-Fig-Rosemary1.5 oz. Ketel One Oranje® Flavored Vodka
1 tsp. Dalmatia original fig spread
1 small branch of rosemary
0.25 oz. fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz. simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Club soda
Dry shake Ketel One Oranje flavored vodka, fig spread and rosemary in a mixing glass. Add lemon juice and simple syrup and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and Angostura bitters.
(Courtesy of Kettle One)

 

Don’t forget to get the party started with MKTG’s own Holiday Cheer mix on Spotify.

 

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December 22nd, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Event Marketer Follows AT&T U-verse at Austin City Limits

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As the title sponsor of this year’s Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival, AT&T U-verse created the ultimate ACL experience for festival goers while promoting its GigaPower Internet and TV service.

Check out Event Marketer’s full recap of the event here.

Courtesy of Team Epic

 

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December 1st, 2015 at 2:13 pm

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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