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MKTG Takes Home Ex Award with Gatorade

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MKTG takes home Ex Award with Gatorade at Event Marketer’s 2017 Ex Awards – “the world’s largest recognition program for experiential marketing”

Last night at the Ex Awards, held annually as the “Golden Globes of the Experiential Marketing Business”,  at Chicago’s McCormick Place, MKTG and our partner Gatorade took home the award for “Best Consumer Environment” for our GATORADE FUEL LAB experience. 

Gatorade Fuel Lab was an integrated solution, employing technology aimed at simplifying the consumer experience, while elevating Gatorade’s latest innovations. The Fuel Lab consumer journey was a seamless process from start to finish, designed in an innovative, sleek manner that would resonate with both audience groups and achieve our goals.

Pre-event, our mobile-first registration experience served as an efficient method to collect user info, with unified opt-in collection. While attendees waited to enter the experience, they received the opportunity to engage with custom virtual reality experiences. Attendees were led into our introduction video chamber, in which the scientific foundation, athlete insights and the future innovations were showcased.

Next, was the Hydration Customization Chamber, where they were greeted by a personalized touchscreen and guided through a customization process to design their Gatorade bottle. After watching the second video, the Future of Fuel, in which Gatorade’s beta innovations and personalization plans are described, attendees were led to the Locker Room of the Future. Here they saw examples of the Gx system and engaged with our live version of a locker room of the future. After their personal locker lit up, attendees found their customized bottle and Gatorade pack. Kind of awesome, if we must say so ourselves!

And hats off to our partners who helped bring the Fuel Lab to life: FH, VML, Lapine and Paragon Marketing Group!

 

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
Stephanie Rudnick

May 4th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

Adweek Features Gatorade Combine in SXSW Ultimate Roundup of Experiential Activations

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We are so honored to share that for the second year running*, the activation we produced with Gatorade was featured as one of the best at SXSW. This year, in Adweek’s Ultimate Roundup. The activation, which we produced featuring Gatorade’s tech partners Kitman, STRIVR, and Sparta Science showcased a future Combine imagined by Gatorade and validated by Sports Illustrated. See what Adweek had to say about the Gatorade Combine:

“Gatorade’s Combine showed off the ‘future of athlete evaluation’ by partnering with three leading sports tech companies currently being used by collegiate and professional sports teams to evaluate player potential, increase efficiency and identify and minimize athletes’ exposure to injury.

Gatorade brought interactive exhibits from three sports tech brands to its downtown Austin corner. Kitman Labs uses a Microsoft Kinect to ‘analyze movement function and biomechanics for potential injury risk.’ STRIVR showed off what is essentially a very detailed virtual reality game used for situational training in football. The simulation puts you in the shoes of a quarterback and asks you to decide how to run a certain play based on what the defense is doing.”

Read the rest on Adweek

 

CNBC named us one of the best in 2016!

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March 16th, 2017 at 11:10 am

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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
Stephanie Rudnick

March 17th, 2016 at 2:43 pm

360i’s SXSW Ambassadors Share Favorite Festival Experiences

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Our sister agency within the Dentsu Aegis Network, digital marketing powerhouse 360i, sent a few of their own down to SXSW Interactive for a look around. Check out their favorite experience below:

For SXSW Interactive 2016, we sent a few 360i’ers to Austin, Texas to be our eyes and ears on-the-ground at the festival. While attending sessions, brand activations and parties, they found inspiration in some unlikely places. We asked them to share their some of their most memorable experiences to-date, and now we’re sharing these with you:

 

 

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Meet Marvin!

Shalini Agrawal, Media Supervisor at 360i:

“The IBM Cognitive Studio allowed us to experience first-hand how Watson, and other computing technologies, can learn from a variety of inputs that we give. By creating a few select questions for each entrant to answer, IBM was able to create a custom experience tailored to each guest’s preferences. I also enjoyed a simple game of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ with Marvin, one of IBM’s other robots. Each guest was invited to play with Marvin until one of them – the human or the robot – won three times. While people were playing, a screen showed the different patterns of each player and how Marvin was learning and deciding which move to make next. Most of the time, Marvin ended up coming out on top.”

 

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The Mr. Robot experience was impossible not to share

 

Katya Kotlyar, Strategist at 360i:

“It’s hard to stand out at SXSW when there’s so much going on. But USA Network’s Mr. Robot (client) is winning the visibility game by re-creating part of a key location from the show – Coney Island theme park – designed in the theme of the show. The space is luring Superfans like me with a giant Ferris wheel and cool activities related to the show’s plot. Overall, the trend of creating shareable content opportunities is felt throughout the conference, and our team is taking full advantage of the event marketing for the Instagram age.”

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Marie Claire magazine hosted Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, co-creators and writers of the new hot show ‘Broad City’

Maria Loida, Senior Social Publicist at 360i:

Marie Claire magazine hosted Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, co-creators and writers of the new hot show ‘Broad City’ on Comedy Central, to share their creative process, the latest on Season 3, and generally more behind-the-scenes dirt on our favorite it-funny girls. Besides being extremely cool and collected (to be expected), they dished on upcoming guest appearances (i.e. Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and their own moms in episodes to come), their relationship, funny takes and career challenges. They left the audience with many takeaways, but my favorite was this: ‘We met at Upright Citizens Brigade, which is where we got our start, and we tried so hard to be put in a ‘track,’ but we couldn’t get in. Literally, they wouldn’t cast us. So we just said, ‘F* it, we’re making our own web series anyways.’ And now we have Broad City.’”

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Juliette Leavey, Social Strategist at 360i:

“Part of the fun of SXSW is exploring between panels – stumbling on the best taco truck with no line, or running into an entertainment activation that’s giving away cool swag – which is exactly what happened when I wandered into this art installation that was built to showcase the importance of environmentalism and how we can all contribute to keeping this planet a beautiful place to live. The abstract art pieces worked together to tell how valuable technology can be in changing our eco-footprint and undoing any damage we’ve done. And, at the most basic level, abstract pieces like this one are enough to appeal to the ‘Ooh, shiny!’ mentality in all of us.”

Find out what else is catching our ambassadors’ attention on Twitter where they are sharing updates using the hashtag #SX360i.

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Written by Stephanie Rudnick
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March 15th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

MKTG INC & Yahoo Take Over SXSW’s Brazos Hall

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The annual SXSW festival presents a unique cross section of emerging technology, digital media and entertainment. Through a diverse set of events, Yahoo’s Brazos Hall was a representation of the many dimensions of SXSW and Yahoo. With 8 days of events that included tech talks, comedy shows and music concerts, Yahoo partnered with MKTG INC to become a daily habit for festival-goers.

To kick off interactive, Yahoo Sports hosted a day full of college basketball games, sports trivia and a beer pong tournament. On Sunday, Yahoo Tech editor David Pogue launched his Tech Mix series and included discussions with influencers such as Biz Stone and Brandon Stanton, among others. Other daytime events included recruiting sessions and panels from the Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports teams. At night, Yahoo’s Brazos Hall was transformed for comedy showcases, featuring notable comedians such as Tim Meadows, Jeffrey Tambor, T.J. Miller and Adam Pally.

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Over the final 5 days of SXSW, Yahoo’s Brazos Hall played host to many top performers. Headlining Tuesday, March 11 was Hey Marseilles, followed by Big Sean and Pusha T in the G.O.O.D Music Showcase on Wednesday night. Blondie and the Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka Green Day) stole the show Thursday and Friday before 2Chainz and B.O.B. wrapped up an incredible week of performances with their Saturday show.

During the day guests were treated to an intimate environment where they could sit in on live acoustic recordings from up-and-coming and established artists such as Spandau Ballet and Mary Lambert as part of  Yahoo Music’s Up Close on Yahoo Screen. Outside of Brazos, Yahoo’s fun purple-branded Barcycle made its way around Austin, giving out purple popsicles and mustaches to SXSW attendees. This activation drew a considerable amount of buzz across social medial platforms, with #yodel as the rallying cry for Yahoo’s week at SXSW.

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In what was a success for both Yahoo and MKTG INC, Brazos Hall became a must-see space within SXSW that represented Yahoo’s innovations. We look forward to partnering with Yahoo again to continue the innovation!

Check out photos from our time at SXSW on Flickr.

Written by: Eric Evenson & Jenny Appel

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