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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

MLSE agrees to record arena rights deal with Scotiabank

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Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has agreed to a landmark 20-year sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank to rename the Air Canada Centre, TSN has learned.

The agreement is worth about $800 million (Canadian), according to three sources familiar with the matter. Under MLSE’s previous agreement with Air Canada, struck in 1999, the airline paid about $4 million per year.

The agreement with Scotiabank, which will see the downtown Toronto arena renamed the Scotiabank Arena next July 1, is believed to be the highest-priced annual building and team sponsorship in North American sports history.

David Hopkinson, MLSE’s chief commercial officer, said in an interview that he received serious offers for the arena naming rights from eight companies.

“To be honest, it wasn’t that difficult to find interested suitors,” Hopkinson said. “This is already firmly established as Canada’s premier entertainment venue… We felt we had a very good sense about what the market would bear and Scotia and ourselves have agreed on what that number should look like.”

Arena naming rights have become a major revenue source for pro sports teams. Financial services companies such as Scotiabank, in pursuit of new young consumers, have become prime buyers.

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Article written by Rick Westhead, TSN Senior Correspondent

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Written by Paige McConney
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September 5th, 2017 at 10:22 am

Follow the Money: Ads on NBA Jerseys Open the Doors for Other Top Sports

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Five years ago, the NBA hired SRI, a sponsorship research firm, to analyze the possibility of an unprecedented move in major American sports: placing ads on jerseys.

The internal study assessed the value of the ad-on-jersey opportunity, which is widely popular around the world, from the English Premier League to India’s International Cricket League. Where there was money to be had, most major international sports bodies had cashed in. But none of the big four North American sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, MLB and the NHL — wanted to take the first step.

There was hesitation within the NBA as the study proceeded. The chance for new revenue was clear, but it was harder to anticipate how fans would react. In the NBA, like almost every other pro sports league, the entire experience was already heavily branded: Teams sell rights to stadium names, mid-game entertainment, special seating sections and almost every panel of free space within the arena. TV broadcasts included another layer of advertising and sponsorship, including branded half-time analysis and in-game segments. The jerseys, it seemed, were the final remnant of non-commercialized purity.

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Article written by Will Jarvis, Advertising Age

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Written by Paige McConney
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July 18th, 2017 at 2:20 pm

IBM’s Tony Awards Watch Party

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They say the lights are bright on Broadway and last month, the third annual Official Tony Awards Watch Party presented by IBM was the brightest star.

80 guests joined IBM for this buzz-worthy event, of which 35 were unpaid social influencers from theater, sports, and technology. Influencers included renowned actors and actresses and contributors to Playbill, Teen Vogue, and Essence Magazine. Check out some of their coverage here.

In 2014, MKTG identified a lack of attribution and conversation surrounding IBM’s partnership with the Tony Awards, during a social conversation audit utilizing proprietary listening tools. To combat this, MKTG developed a hosted viewing event for relevant voices in the theater, tech, and sports community to come together on Broadways biggest night. Since debuting in 2015, the IBM Watch Party has seen tremendous growth and fulfilled its goal of creating a common Tony Awards viewing experience and digital space for theatre aficionados to share in the excitement of the Awards while connecting back to IBM.

The event was revamped this year to continue to raise the bar of VIP influencer events and to creatively drive social conversations and real-life interaction between influencers and IBM. MKTG choreographed a series of unique content opportunities that showcased IBM’s Watson technology in relatable ways, from Chef Watson inspired drinks and chocolates to the infamous Watson Beat platform. 2017’s #WATCHPARTYIBM saw a 38% increase in social conversations and over 34 million potential impressions – this is doubled from 2016. Bravo team!

Take a sneak peek at the crowd-sourced Cinebody sizzle reel here and the photo gallery below!

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Written by Paige McConney
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July 6th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

SBJ: Raptors Latest Team To Land Jersey Sponsor, Signing Sun Life To Agreement

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Sun Life’s Raptors patch sponsorship is reportedly worth more than C$5M annually. MKTG negotiated the deal for Sun Life.

The Raptors are the ninth NBA team to sell a jersey ad patch, having signed a three-year deal that will put Toronto-based Sun Life’s logo on the jerseys beginning next season. Sun Life’s jersey patch will be the anchor of a CSR program promoting diabetes awareness and prevention.

Sun Life has run a similar program through a Celtics sponsorship which supports a regional “Dunk 4 Diabetes” program since ‘14. The Raptors’ patch sponsorship, which TSN is reporting is worth more than C$5M annually, will support a similar program across Canada.

“For a corporate responsibility program, we explained that the way to really authenticate was showing what the pinnacle of a healthy body can look like, with this sort of intimate association,” said MLSE Chief Commercial Officer David Hopkinson.

The deal includes rights with the group benefits, life insurance and retirement planning portions of the insurance/financial services categories, along with courtside signage, along with digital and social ad inventory for Sun Life.

The company has been a Raptors sponsor for four years and a sponsor of MLSE for seven years. “Our key insight here is that it’s not about the real estate,” said Hopkinson, adding that the deal took around six months to complete. “If you want to just buy impressions, there’s nothing like outdoor (advertising). If you want to stand for something, there’s nothing better than having a presence on the athlete.”

Sun Life’s other Canadian sports sponsorships include the Canadiens, Maple Leafs and the CFL. MKTG Canada negotiated the deal for Sun Life.

source: Sports Business Daily

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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July 6th, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Sean O’Brien to Lead MKTG Asia Pacific in New Role

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CAMPAIGN ASIA: DAN changes APAC leadership at Carat Sean O’Brien switches to Posterscope and MKTG, with Kevin Walsh replacing him at Carat.

Dentsu Aegis Network today announced that Sean O’Brien, CEO of Carat Asia-Pacific, will become CEO of the network’s experiential marketing unit MKTG and out-of-home specialist agency Posterscope in APAC. His position at Carat will be taken over by Kevin Walsh, previously managing director Carat APAC.

O’Brien spent six years as Carat CEO, in which time he tripled the size of the business. He has twice won Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Agency Head of the Year. In his new roles, he will oversee Posterscope’s digitisation across the region and the launch of “Liveposter”, the firm’s dynamic digital out-of-home asset that allows clients to change their OOH messaging throughout the day.

For MKTG, O’Brien is responsible for boosting its presence across APAC, with a particular focus on growth in China, followed by Japan and Korea. O’Brien said it has been “a privilege” to work as Carat CEO and that the business “is in great hands with Kevin”.

“MKTG and Posterscope are focused on how we communicate with people outside the home,” he told Campaign Asia-Pacific. “Liveposter gives us a competitive advantage in the space. For MKTG, APAC is the fastest growing opportunity around the world. We want to increase our ownership of assets in sport, music and entertainment, and develop our experiential work.”

Walsh has more than 20 years’ industry experience, having previously been with iProspect before moving to Carat as chief digital officer for APAC. He was promoted to managing director last year. “I’m picking up the reins at a very good time,” he told Campaign Asia-Pacific.

“Under Sean, Carat has seen tremendous growth and momentum, and there’s nothing like growth and momentum to attract new business and the very best talent.” Walsh added that as Carat CEO, he will continue using data to drive more value for clients from media, creating engaging content, and developing the agency’s e-commerce capabilities.

Nick Waters, DAN APAC CEO, said: “Sean will now focus on the development of two agencies with outstanding growth opportunities in Asia Pacific – MKTG and Posterscope. Kevin’s promotion represents the smooth execution of the Carat leadership succession plan.” Source: Campaign Asia-Pacific

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/dan-changes-apac-leadership-at-carat/435271

SOURCE: Campaign Asia

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Lessons From a Veteran Super Bowl Marketer

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Our very own Mike Reisman, President of Sports & Entertainment at MKTG, offers his take on Super Bowl marketing for AdWeek:

 

By way of introduction, I’m a crusty old veteran of the sports marketing business—old enough to remember when my dad brought home our first color TV set to watch our beloved Jets win Super Bowl III (little did I know I’d be waiting 38 years and more for the next one). Along the way, I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a ton of football’s “world championships.”

You probably don’t care about my Super Bowl life story—I wouldn’t if I were you. But I wanted to provide context about the evolution of Super Bowl marketing in this digital/social/live video era—coming from someone who began watching Super Bowls when analog ruled. For what it’s worth, the most stirring Super Bowl emotion I’ve experienced were the pre-game ceremonies expertly staged by the NFL at the height of the Gulf War in 1991 in Tampa. Whitney Houston sang an absolutely exhilarating version of the National Anthem followed by a bone-rattling flyover by five Air Force fighter jets. The patriotic fervor during Desert Storm was palpable. The game was also pretty damn good—the Giants defeating the Bills when Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal attempt went wide right as time expired…

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February 14th, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Gatorade Fuel Lab named one of the best brand experiences at SXSW 2016

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We are so thrilled to be celebrating a hugely successful launch of the Gatorade Fuel Lab with our awesome client, Gatorade, this past week at SXSW, unveiling an interactive showcase of Gatorade’s latest innovation. Gatorade’s brand promise is to serve today’s evolved athlete by combining new data about performance, nutrition and biomechanics – and Fuel Lab certainly brought that to life. Now that we have packed up SX, we are hitting the road to bring the Lab to locations across the US, starting with The Big Apple on March 30th!

And to top it off, yesterday, CNBC posted a story that the Fuel Lab was one of the best brand experiences at SX! And there were a LOT of great experiences to choose from so we are all very honored. Here is what they had to say:

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Gatorade transported SXSW attendees inside its Gatorade Fuel Lab, a real facility in Barrington, Illinois, where athletes and Gatorade scientists work together to create the ideal sports drink formula. People were invited to custom make their own Gatorade using “sports fuel” pods that just need to be added to water.

“Gatorade is an innovation company and we wanted to make a huge statement,” Xavi Cortadellas, senior director of innovation and design at Gatorade. “The whole idea is delivering sports fuel personalization.”

Gatorade hopes that eventually consumers can go online and find which “sports fuel” fits them best. Then choose the formula based on the type of activity they do and the weather they are experiencing. The pods are also easier to ship than bottles of Gatorade, which fits today’s digital consumer-led lifestyle.

“Consumers want personalization and technology in everything they are doing,” said Cortadellas.

 

Numerous MKTG capabilities were utilized – we handled concept, design, development, digital platform registration, data capture, activation execution and launch. And we had a BLAST and love our client!

The Fuel Lab activation now goes on tour to visit high school elite athletes at the following stops:
March 30 – March 31: New York (Grand Hyatt)
May 27 – May 30: Philadelphia
June 16 – June 19: Chicago (Navy Pier)
July 19 – July 27: Las Vegas
August 5 – August 7: Los Angeles


Learn more at www.gatorade.com/fuellab

Some other awesome coverage. #TeamMKTG 

http://www.brandchannel.com/2016/03/10/sxsw-2016-gatorade-fuel-lab-031016

http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/these-4-projects-are-helping-gatorade-bolster-its-brand-technology-170180 

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3057684/gatorade-drops-some-sports-science-with-new-ad-hinting-at-brands-future

https://twitter.com/BradJakeman/status/708721194195771393?lang=en 

https://twitter.com/danduan/status/709146912092327937?lang=en 

https://twitter.com/chassan/status/708718568280469504?lang=en 

https://twitter.com/KyleR/status/708355068056064000?lang=en 

https://twitter.com/jpmarcum/status/709147238367432704?lang=en 

https://twitter.com/iampatrickweir/status/709148964910714882?lang=en 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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March 17th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Super Bowl 50: We’ve got you covered

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We are so thrillSB Host Committeeed and proud to have been representing the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee for the last 16 months, including developing and running THIS AWESOME TOUR. It has been such an exciting road and we can hardly contain ourselves that The Big Game less than 20 days away. And, the major fan activations kick off on January 30th across the Bay Area, just 12 days from now!

MKTG and Team Epic have got you covered, as we are helping some of SB50’s biggest partners activate fan experiences like you’ve never seen before. From events at the NFL Experience at the Moscone Center, to Super Bowl City along Market Street, and beyond, follow us on our social feeds (and our hashtag #MKTGEpic) listed below. We’ll not only help you prepare for your visit to The Bay Area, but keep you posted in real time thanks to our on-the-ground team who will be in the thick of it all. The countdown continues and WE ARE READY!

Twitter: @mktg_inc and @anepiccompany

Instagram: @mktg_inc and @anepiccompany

Hashtag: #MKTGEpic

 

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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January 19th, 2016 at 12:54 am

Beyond Sport United 2015 Kicks Off from the Prudential Center

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MKTG INC is proud to be an official partner and supporter of the Beyond Sport United 2015 conference.

This morning on the floor of the Prudential Center, 500 sports and philanthropy executives gathered for Beyond Sport United 2015. Supported by MKTG INC and backed by US Major Leagues MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL and WNBA, the summit brings together the most powerful sport-led, social innovators and global leaders to discuss how sports teams and leagues can drive positive social change both locally and globally.

Follow along on Twitter by searching for #BeyondTheAthlete and follow @beyondsport

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