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Bienvenidos, MKTG Spain!

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On Thursday June 23rd, MKTG proudly welcomed psLIVE Spain to the MKTG Family. The Madrid-based team pulled out all the stops and hosted 300 clients, friends and media to a truly unforgettable experience at hot spot Sala Gotham.  From the large-format invitations embedded with personalized RFID bracelets that drove the guest to an online form to fill out prior to the event, to a completely personalized experience once they arrived at the venue, it was one for the books.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upon arrival, each guest’s name was emblazoned on huge screens when they entered the venue and even their drink-of-choice was waiting for them as they approached the MKTG Custom Cocktail bar! Following a presentation by MKTG Spain leadership, a combination of insane dual projection experience featuring a dancer and a BMX trickster wowed the crowd who ended up dancing and celebrating into the early morning hours…as one does in Madrid!
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July 1st, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Welcome MKTG Italia!

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All 585 Dentsu Aegis Network employees in Milan and Rome returned to their desks to find this!

Our friends at psLIVE in Milan had a lot of fun announcing their rebrand to MKTG. While the entire Dentsu Aegis Network staff in Milan and Rome (all 585 of them) were outside of the office building for 20 minutes for an annual meeting, they ran around and decked out every monitor with a brand card and branded stress balls. They then rolled in a branded foosball table that is now a huge hit in the office. We are thrilled to welcome this fantastic group of MKTGers to the family!

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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June 1st, 2016 at 1:12 pm

UK: psLIVE and Denstu Aegis Network Sport and Entertainment (DANSE) Rebrand as MKTG

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Stephen Whyte, CEO MKTG UK and Posterscope UK

Experiential agency psLIVE and partnership and sponsorship marketing agency Dentsu Aegis Network Sports & Entertainment (DANSE) have united and rebranded as MKTG UK.

This follows the 2014 Dentsu Aegis Network acquisition of US-based lifestyle marketing agency MKTG, which now makes up one of Dentsu Aegis Network’s nine global brands.

MKTG UK combines the expertise of psLIVE and DANSE under the leadership of MKTG UK and Posterscope CEO Stephen Whyte, supported by brand experience managing director Michael Brown and sports & entertainment managing director David Peters.

The rebrand is part of a strategic decision to leverage the capabilities of both agency teams with a global offering, providing creative, technology, data & media capabilities.

MKTG UK CEO Stephen Whyte said: “psLIVE and DANSE provide complementary expertise across activations, events, experiential and sponsorships. Joining both agencies together as MKTG UK will strengthen our ability to deliver best in class, innovative campaigns and projects and enable us to deliver both globally and locally for clients.”

Read more at https://www.sportindustry.biz/news/pslive-and-danse-rebrand-mktg-uk#SBfOSopIPRwkxEvV.99

credit: SportIndustry Group UK

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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May 26th, 2016 at 10:00 am

MKTG Welcomes Irokeesi and psLIVE Nordics to the family!

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MKTG Nordics Lead Tiina Veijonen and her team welcome 450 guests to their launch event in Helsinki

On Friday night, Tiina Veijonen and her team hosted over 450 clients, friends, family and influencers to a huge party in Helsinki to announce that the Dentsu Aegis lifestyle marketing agencies in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark have officially rebranded to MKTG. Welcome to the family NORDICS!

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MKTG Nordics Lead Tiina Veijonen…is that a coffee or a pint? We are assuming a coffee!

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Way to come out of the gate MKTG Nordics!

 

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May 2nd, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Dentsu Aegis to bring MKTG to India, merge it with Fountainhead Entertainment

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from The Economic Times India by Pritha Mitra Dasgupta, ET Bureau Jan 28, 2016, 11.22AM IST

MUMBAI: Dentsu Aegis Network is bring ing its New York-based lifestyle marketing agency MKTG to India. The agency will be merged with Dentsu Aegis’ recently-acquired event management company Fountainhead Entertainment, which was renamed as Fountainhead psLive.

The new unit will now be called Fountainhead-MKTG. “In India, the lifestyle marketing solutions mar ket is growing at twice the rate of the ATL (above-the line) market. The formation of Fountainhead MKTG will help us achieve our mission of being the second-largest agency group by end 2017 in India,” said Ashish Bhasin, chief executive officer, South Asia at Dentsu Aegis Network.

The development marks the end of the psLive, the London-based media and communication firm’s experiential marketing unit, in India.

Fountainhead has over 200 employees across offices in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. The first phase of the merger will focus on knowledge transfer, import of technology and training. One major objective of this new unit will be to create intellectual properties for brands, the company said.

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February 3rd, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Employee Appreciation Day

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One of our favorite traditions here in Atlanta is our annual Employee Appreciation Day, which just took place on Thursday, April 23rd. This day is a welcome diversion to take a load off and as Team Epic’s Melanie Hatcher put it: “play hooky while AT work.” More than anything, it is a way to stop and appreciate all of the good people who make this one of AJC’s Top Workplaces!

The day started with free Chick-Fil-A for breakfast, which is always the best way to start a day in Atlanta, home of Chick-Fil-A. From there, everyone signed up for a complimentary massage and car wash.

Once noon came around, lunch was served outside on a beautiful afternoon from one of our favorite mobile food services: fresh Woodfired Pizza. You can find S & J Woodfired Pizza at festivals around Atlanta and so it’s a pleasure to have them cater a unique lunch experience for everyone in the office.

For the late afternoon, it was time to win some prizes with bingo, raffles, basketball, and beer. Up for grabs were multiple gift cards, free Reebok shoes, and even new free 42” televisions!

Finally, it wouldn’t be an Employee Appreciation Day recap without the inaugural psLIVE Darts Championship, help from 9am and coming to its dramatic conclusion around 6pm. Featuring 22 [mostly] talent dart throwers, each round proved to be as much fun to watch as it was to participate. When the dust settled and all of the bullseyes were hit, Matt Barth emerged victorious to cap off what was, once again, a great day for everyone to feel appreciated!

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MKTG INC Plays the Field at Super Bowl XLIX

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Some quick sports trivia: How many celebrities crossed an MKTG-affiliated threshold at this year’s Super Bowl? Answer: At least 100 yards’ worth. From Nick Lachey to Nick Jonas, from Erin Andrews to Andrew Luck, from Mark Teixeira to Mark Sanchez, MKTG collaborated on no fewer than 4 different brand activations throughout the Big Game weekend.

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Super Bowl Media Day took place on the Tuesday before Super Bowl XLIX at the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. To help make players and personalities feel at home before their media interviews, MKTG INC tempted up with the NFL to create a premium lounge experience for Seattle Seahawks players.

The NFL’s Barbershop experience staffed top celebrity barbers for players about to “go live” on camera. The service menu included everything from haircuts to straight razor shaves to trims to hot towels. 

As soon as the doors opened, the Barbershop was crowded with Seahawks looking for a pre-camera makeover. Several players even asked for in-room hotel visits from our celebrity barbers, so they could look their best before the big game.

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The 3rd annual Superb Owl took place on the Friday before Super Bowl 49 at RnR Gastropub in the heart of Old Scottsdale, AZ.

A little bit of background: The Superb Owl is the international take on the celebrations surrounding the American Football Championship game, the Super Bowl. The idea was concepted by 5 English pals – some living in London and some in NYC – who wanted to create a unique experience unlike the usual testosterone-fueled, beer & wing fest that go hand-in-hand with the Super Bowl.

This event is part networking, part spectacle with light entertainment and a quintessentially English theme.

Now in its 3rd year (and best year yet!), the Superb Owl has evolved into a staple event for key influencers in the Sports & Entertainment industry, various US & UK media partners, key clients and prospective clients. This year’s Superb Owl, which has been hosted by MKTG and the 5 “Owls” from the UK in the years prior, was joined by a third host, psLIVE.

The cross-agency collaboration enjoyed record turnout for a jolly good night of networking, noshing and libations.

TEQUILA DON JULIO AND 1OAK PRESENT THE NEON CARNIVAL AT THE BIG GAME
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For the fifth year in a row, Tequila Don Julio made an exciting impact on the Big Game Weekend social scene, but this time with something entirely new and unexpected. In collaboration with nightlife impresario 1OAK, the brand brought the legendary Neon Carnival event from the desert of Indio, CA to the desert of Phoenix, AZ for the first time ever.

Hosted at Castles n’ Coasters on Friday, January 30th, this one-of-a-kind exclusive event featured the fun of carnival games and rides, handcrafted cocktails served from the Airstream Speakeasy and the hottest music in town by acclaimed DJs Ruckus and Politik. The buzzed-about event attracted influencers such as actor Chris Evans, NFL star Mark Sanchez, host of VH1’s Morning Buzz Nick Lachey and reality star Audrina Patridge.

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The 2nd Annual Wheels Up Super Saturday Tailgate Party pulled out all the stops this year at the Maya Club in Scottsdale with 1,000 members and their guests, which was the talk of Phoenix. Among the celebs in attendance were “Dancing With the Stars” Host/Fox Sportscaster Erin Andrews, “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush, ESPN “College GameDay” host Kirk Herbstreit, New York Yankee Mark Teixeira, Miami Dolphin Ryan Tannehill, NFL Network host Rich Eisen, Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck, New Orleans Saint Drew Brees and ESPN host Mike Golic. Singer Nick Jonas performed.

The event featured a cigar roller, pool-top go-go dancers, specialty cocktails, a branded bar and tastings led by National Zacapa Ambassador Robert Pallone.

 

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Raising the Roof at the Heisman House

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They say all good things have to come to an end, but we say not before one last hurrah. Which is exactly what ESPN and psLIVE did with the Nissan Heisman House on its final tour stop in Dallas. The 10-stop tour visited major universities throughout the season, helping bring the advertising campaign to life, but the final event happened at the Championship Tailgate Party prior to the National Championship Game.

Over 10,000 consumers made their way to the Heisman House, where they snapped photos with the Heisman Trophy, sat in a (digital) car with a Heisman winner, and tossed footballs in our virtual QB Challenge cage. A steady stream of top talent and past Heisman winners, from Herschel Walker to Troy Smith and Joey Harrington, graced our threshold. All were interviewed on our ‘Late Night in the Middle of the Day’ set, hosted by ESPN Sportscenter’s Neil Everett.

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The only two-time Heisman winner, Archie Griffin, also stopped by to film a segment played on ESPN and ESPNU during pre-game coverage as well as a :30 vignette that will air on ESPN this week. The Championship was the perfect place to close another great season of the Heisman House tour.

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Q&A with psLIVE’s Peter Pearce

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Peter PearceFor this month’s Guest Column, we sat down with Peter Pearce, who heads up the Atlanta office for our new sister agency, psLIVE. Hear how he got where he is, where he’s going and why he loves his job.

Tell us about psLIVE – how do you describe the company to strangers?
My elevator pitch usually starts with defining “lifestyle marketing” (sports, entertainment, grassroots, retail) and who our clients are. Then I describe the work we do: Large-scale sponsorship activation, event development, mobile tours, sampling, street teams, staffing. You take it for granted because you live it every day, but the usual reaction is “that sounds like a lot of fun,” and it is!

What differentiates psLIVE from the competition? 
I think it all starts with our values – we live them every day. We are fiercely competitive, and our reputation for “doing it right” has followed us since inception. Secondly, the Dentsu Aegis push to collaborate across agency brands is a huge advantage – shared insights, tools and resources are a great business driver. Finally, we’re not just a creative, client-service and production agency. We are vertically integrated, with assets and services inhouse that many agencies outsource. This allows us to achieve budget efficiencies and get to market quickly.

What three words would you use to describe your staff?
Best. In. Class.

How did you get into this industry?
It’s sobering to realize I’ve been in the business for 18 years! I finished school and worked for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games after school, then I began in the agency world at what is now CSE (formerly Career Sports Entertainment). After five years, I helped open the Atlanta office of Strategic Sports Group, where I spent another five years building that business. I’ve now been with psLIVE (formerly Vivid and Team Epic) for eight years, and it has been a great ride so far.

Looking back at 2014, do you have a few favorite programs or campaigns your teams managed?
That’s hard because we emotionally invest so much in all our clients, but a few programs stand out. Our work on ESPN’s Heisman House is remarkable because of sheer scale, complexity and inherent logistical challenges. Our USTA work, which showcased the US Open of Tomorrow exhibit, really pushed the design envelope. And our work for AT&T is constantly evolving to keep pace with technology and continue to integrate into the consumer experience.

How has technology changed the way you approach the business? 
The smart phone has dramatically changed the event landscape, and we’ve leveraged technology in creative and compelling ways. We strive to design a pre/during/post-event engagement via mobile and social channels because mobile technology shortens the time between brand engagement and purchase. I see a bright future for two-screen interactive experiences at events, where you use your personal device to play on larger screens, or to create physical action onsite. You’ll also see more photo opportunities designed for selfies, and a decline in green screen/photo booths. Finally, I think beacons, NFC and other pushes to mobile engagements will become more prevalent in 2015.

What publications/website do you find most relevant?
I always try to stay current with AdWeek, MediaPost, BrandWeek, etc. to understand the broader media world. I also read traditional Lifestyle Marketing media like Event Marketer, Sports Business Journal and BizBash. However, I think the single most relevant website I visit frequently is Reddit – it’s truly the “front page of the Internet.” Although it’s not always totally PC, no other website captures the current cultural zeitgeist like Reddit.

What are your favorite apps?
The ones I use routinely are pretty limited, but my essentials are Uber, Spotify, Delta Airlines, Waze (traffic in ATL sucks), Open Table, GolfNow and Instagram.

What excites you about psLIVE’s integration with MKTG INC?
I’m most excited about the combined potential of two agencies coming together. The whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts, and I’m looking forward to what 2015 holds. We’re so culturally similar: the type of work we do, how we do it, and everyone I’ve met along the way has been great!

What do you do to relax?
With this job, and two active kids under 10 at home, relaxation comes in small doses. I’m a formerly avid golfer, fisherman, skier and sailor, so I try to vacation where I can combine at least a few of these. Also, cocktails.

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Live from Atlanta, It’s psLIVE

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As you’ve probably heard, MKTG INC was acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network this fall. With this exciting development comes the great news that psLIVE, another Dentsu agency, and MKTG INC are now in the same happy agency family. Here’s a note from our new friends in Atlanta:

“With the recent addition of MKTG INC to the Dentsu Aegis Network family, we here in Atlanta are looking forward to working with a great, innovative group. And you then must be wondering – what is with those guys in Atlanta? Who are they? What is their office like? Does it smell like Chick-Fil-A?

Well first, psLIVE is made up of brand strategists, creatives, producers and innovators with a passion for doing things different in order to deliver a better live brand experience. And to be honest, that pretty much describes every one of us. We are a small group of around 60, so each of us wear a lot of hats. We’re all creatives who find ways to do things differently for our clients. At the same time, we’re all producers with frontline field experience. Whether behind the desk or behind the pallet jack, we love every step of the process, from start to finish.

Part of the reason we’re so hands-on is that we have the privilege of having our office attached to our warehouse of truss, trucks and toys. Between our office, warehouse and outdoor storage of buses and trailers, we come to work every day to a 100,000-square-foot operations center. This allows us to be active with our inventory on a day-to-day basis and gives us the space to experiment and have fun. At times our warehouse has been home to inflatables, a functional bar, a helicopter, and a fully serviceable batting cage. Not to mention all of the internal events and parties we can throw in the vast space!

A few of our key clients include AT&T, ESPN, PepsiCo, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Southwest Airlines, the NFL, the USTA and ConAgra Foods. In addition to Atlanta, we have people in Norwalk and Chicago.

IMG_3235We are excited about having MKTG INC within the Network and we continue to look forward to creating and innovating together.

And yes, we are obsessed with Chick-Fil-A. It’s the best.

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