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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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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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Guest Q&A: American Sports Journalist Bonnie Bernstein

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For this month’s Guest Column, we sat down with Bonnie Bernstein, American sports journalist and executive with a 20 year career. Currently Vice President, Content & Brand Development and On-Air Host for Campus Insiders, Bonnie was named one of the most accomplished female sportscasters in history by the American Sportscasters Association. Additionally, she freelances for The Dan Patrick ShowESPNespnW and DirecTV and serves as a guest commentator on several news networks, including MSNBCNBC and FOX News Channel. Bonnie shares her thoughts and expertise on the world of sports, broadcasting and public health.

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@BonnieBernstein
www.bonniebernstein.com

How did you get your start as a sports broadcaster?
I decided when I was 12 or 13 that I wanted to be a sports writer, majored in broadcast journalism at the University of Maryland, then landed my first gig out of school at a start-up country radio station in Lewes, DE, called KIX 106. I was the News and Sports Director–a much more glamorous title than the job actually entailed! I’d wake up at 4:30 every morning for hourly studio updates from 6-9am, then head out in our white, clunky van adorned with a massive cowboy boot on the side and drive up and down the state of Delaware, covering everything from city council meetings to state politics to local high school basketball games. It was a blast and a tremendous learning experience… and I actually grew to love country music (Which, for a kid from NJ, was something you’d probably not expect!)

What’s your favorite part about broadcasting?
I love the adrenaline rush of “live.” It’s the closest thing I’ve ever felt to the actual rush of athletic competition (I did gymnastics for 14 years, all the way through college). You’re spewing information into a microphone and you have precisely one shot to get it right. I also love storytelling. There’s nothing better than gleaning a piece of information from someone or eliciting an anecdote from an interview subject he or she is sharing for the first time. Knowing even the most informed fan will walk away thinking, “Huh. Didn’t realize that” is a great feeling!

What is your favorite sporting event to attend each year, working and then as a fan?
Don’t really have a favorite in either category. I’d just say championship games, in general. Super Bowl, College Football Playoff Championship, Final Four. It’s the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work for both teams, but only one will be crowned when the clock expires. The biggest thrill, quite frankly, is being on the field/court for postgame. Confetti’s flying everywhere. Emotions are soaring (or sinking, in the case of the losing team). And I get to be at the center of it all as we round up interviews with players and coaches!

Do you have a favorite team and if so what is it?
New York Giants. Been a rough couple of years for Big Blue, but I’m hopeful for next season, especially with the prospect of having Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr, healthy and on the field together! If Eli can’t get it done with those two, I just don’t know…

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You have forayed your experience as a broadcaster to the boardroom. Can you tell us a little bit about what you are doing now?
I am the Vice President of Content and Brand Development for a new college sports network called Campus Insiders. It was an extraordinary entrepreneurial opportunity I couldn’t pass up! Essentially, I’m wearing two hats: I do a lot of on-air work during the college football season and March Madness for college hoops, but I also have the chance to touch other verticals of our business. I do everything from attending sales pitches and helping develop branded content concepts to working on PR/social media strategy to devising brand extensions for the network. It’s kinda like going to business school, but getting paid and the learning curve is truly invigorating!

In our research, we learned that you suffer from Deep Vein Thrombosis, as does one of our colleagues. Can you tell us a bit more about DVT, your story and what we can do to help?
I was diagnosed with DVT in 2006. A massive blood clot that ran the length of my entire left leg broke off and infiltrated both of my lungs (known as Pulmonary Embolism). I was just 36 years old, so for the many folks out there who feel blood clots only inflict the elderly, I can tell you first hand, that’s not the case. More than two million Americans suffer a DVT each year and and complications take the lives of more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined. The good news is, the condition is largely preventable, if you’re aware of the symptoms and risk factors. Common risk-factors include age (over 40), family history, obesity, smoking, (for women) use of estrogen-based birth control (the Pill, Nuvaring, etc) or hormone replacement therapy and frequent travel where you’re immobile for extended periods, such as long-haul flights. Additionally, if you’re being treated for cancer or heart disease or are having major surgery, you’re at increased risk for blood clots. If you’re experiencing leg pain, redness and/or swelling, shortness of breath or acute chest pain, it’s always best to check with your doctor to see if you may have suffered a clot. The rule of thumb is, if you have three or more risk factors, you are high-risk, but again, the point to hit home is that by and large, DVT is preventable.

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NIKE RISK EVERYTHING – WINNER STAYS

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It’s that special time in the sports world that only arrives every 4 years, when Americans realize that the beautiful game is back and ready to fill their Summer sports malaise, where the only other news of note is the exciting stretch run of only 92 games to go in the baseball season.

To capitalize on the energy around the World Cup and the world’s most popular sport (deal with it, America), Nike launched the latest in a series of innovative soccer-based campaigns with RISK EVERYTHING: a challenge to all footballers to take chances and play with a creativity that takes the game to its highest and most entertaining level (deal with it, Spain).

To harness and amplify that creativity, NIKE developed a 4 v 4 tournament unlike any other: Winner Stays. With a unique set of rules and a winner stays on mentality that throws brackets to the curb, Nike and MKTG INC set out to the crown the best in NYC amidst concrete arenas in the heart of the city.

Nike Risk Everything              Pearl St. Plaza – Brooklyn Qualifier                                            Pier 26 – Manhattan Qualifier

Over 680 players and 120 teams battled it out at the Brooklyn and Manhattan Qualifiers for a chance to advance to the Finals. Set against iconic, unexpected locations in the two boroughs, the events drove home the city-based inspiration with locally relevant artists and food trucks. With 5 teams from each Qualifier moving on to the Finals, it was time to prepare for a championship setting unlike any other.

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With the flight deck of the USS Intrepid playing host to the Finals and conjuring up memories of one of the best NIKE Soccer campaigns of all time, the Risk Everything mantra reached a fever pitch (pun intended), as players battled it out in front of 1,100 fans. The NY Finals were held first, as the top 10 teams from the qualifiers fought to be crowned the NY Champion. After The Wild emerged victorious, it was time to take on the LA champion (who had been flown in for the evening) to be crowned the best in the USA. As a precursor to the Stanley Cup Finals, LA (got lucky and) took home the victory. Finally, a trophy celebration amidst a 3-minute firework show that would wow even the boldest of pyros brought the Winner Stays tournament to a close.

Nike’s campaign for creativity and boldness keeps rolling as the World Cup kicks into high gear, and with the Group Stage on pace to provide the highest scoring tournament of all time, it seems like the world has heard the message.*

*Unless you’re from Spain. 

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