Scofflawery in Field Marketing

During dinner a few weeks back we started to both bring up examples of times we have broken the rules.  Looking back at our early days in promotional marketing, there were many times we joined crews of brand ambassadors handing out fliers and giveaways.  Rarely did we have a permit to be there.  To be frank it was a highly unauthorized promotion that led us down the path where we found MRA and started the adventures in marketing tours.

 

We drive the wrong way down roads, illegally park, take up handicap spaces, put up signs without permission.  How often do you send out event staff as a field team to drive in traffic?  On a recent call with city planners office some strange questions started coming up.  About half-way thought the process I realized that she had at one time worked with a different firm who widely misrepresented their event and left the city with damage and cleanup.  She wasn’t trying to get more permit funds from me but instead to make her local police and park employees aware.  Maybe too often we view people in those positions as an obstacle versus a partner.

 

We recently had the opportunity to help out with some planning on tour run by our employer but outside of our client portfolio.  They needed help to secure a year’s worth of tour stops in three weeks.  This was a great opportunity to put forth a concentrated effort treat the contacts at locations like they were a preferred vendor, a partner.  By expressed our excitement to be in the community and to use their facility. It was a striking difference, out of the entire list only one location said no.  We were able to give the client exactly what they asked for.  It has been a great opportunity to grow professionally from this and noticed immediately how differently it felt to work some of other vendors.

 

We wear a number of different hats within the company and it will be a long time before again seeing anyone as a road block versus a partner again.

Coming This Week: Oct 2nd – 8th

You can see from the red pins on the map that we are getting a little time in Florida, it looks like we will spend the batter part of two weeks soaking in some sun.  We will need it, very shortly we will be off to Canada.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: B.E.R. – Night Begins to Shine

Week in Review: While heading north we had the most delightful thing happen, we were stuck in New York traffic NEXT to another MRA truck.  We have over the years seen another vehicle going to other way on an interstate and once at the same Penske but this was a first.  Thankfully they also had a chase vehicle that was able to capture this unique moment.  It was a fairly busy week with work but we did visit my beloved New Hampshire and enjoyed the lovely cool weather but there wasn’t time to go up to the SNHU campus this time.

Fun Photo of the Week: This was snapped by our co-workers Gordon and Robyn  Marks

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Coming This Week: Sept 25th – Oct 1st

We are starting a fairly mile heavy, year-end push.  As you can see over the next three weeks we will be hitting a different markets, the rest of the year will be much the same.  This week has us up in the Northeast, with a stop near Boston and then onto my beloved New Hampshire.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

Week in Review:  Last week we had the opportunity to strap on our packs and do some hiking.  Being in Virginia for work it was an easy choice to scurry off to Shenandoah National Park.  We went out for a 4 day hike, it was amazing until the last day which consisted of nearly 8 miles in the rain, a touch unpleasant.  After a night in one of the lovely lodges within the park it was time for another hike, this was just going to be a three day trip.  Well that plan when to crap when we stumbled into a black fly hatch, it was insane.  We had to set up the tent just to get some relief and eat lunch.  Needless to say the day turned into a miserable 8 mile march just trying to get the heck out of there.  Alternate plan was a visit to Luray Caverns.  As you can see from below Pippi was less than enthused about the prospect of hiking and instead stayed with a nice family outside the park.

Fun Photo of the Week:

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Coming This Week: August 7th – 13th

Well this could be an interesting week. I am once again home to visit with my folks but this time Josh is out on a tour. He has been able to step in and take out a program for Sprint, this is a small trailer that sets up at mostly community events. He is hitting the State Fair circuit, with this regional tour. Next week will have us both in Michigan and probably enjoying some of the more unique area festivals.

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Song of the Week: Hurricane Season – Trombone Shorty

 

Week in Review: It was nice to spend a little time together during the summer, we often have such different schedules.   I did head back home a touch early while Josh made for Indianapolis.    Lucky for me the my hometown was hosting the annual county fair (Brown County Fair).   Had the opportunity to take in some harness racing with my family.

I was also “home” for the grand opening of a coffee shop in my hometown.   I’m from a town of 1300 people and it’s the county seat.  Biggest town for miles!!!!   So the opening of a coffee shop is news and something that Josh is looking forward to.
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Coming This Week: July 31st – August 6th

This week we will be spending part of the time in Detroit.  Josh is heading to Indianapolis while I am going home to spend some time with my folks.  Next week I’ll be home still and Josh will be in Detroit, his is working with a lower mileage program this summer.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Hurricane Season – Trombone Shorty

 

Week in Review: This week was pretty uneventful, we didn’t work any events just helped out in the shop.  This post is late due to a last minute canoe trip on Chippewa River.

Fun Photo of the Week:

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Coming This Week: July 24th – 30th

I actually have no idea where we will be this week.  We are starting the week still at home with my folks and then heading back to Detroit.  I am certain that there will be some travel and adventure to have but I don’t know what that will be.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men

Week in Review:  Last week I mentioned that we were at a pretty cool festival in Indiana, it was the Three Rivers Festival.  There were a number of unique “happenings”, the actual festival is spread out in different area parks.  Each location has a bit of a focus, we were near the carnival and not far from Junk Food Alley.  There were concerts, car shows, craft shows, and raft races.  Homemade boats sponsored by local businesses raced on one of the rivers, but to add a little fun many had water cannons and balloons.  We stayed and watched the race, witnessing battles between spectators and the teams.  So you can either row to win or swerve close to shore and bombard the crowds.  It was awesome. Every festival should do this.  We spend most of last week with my folks, helping out while my dad is recovering from surgery.

Fun Photo of the Week:

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Coming This Week: July 17th – 23rd

This being summer and our full-time tour being on hiatus, we are getting the opportunity to work with a bunch of different programs.  This week we will touch two tours before heading home for a mini-vacation.  I can say that I know where we will be this week but not next.

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Courtesy of Google Maps

Song of the Week: Fire and the Flood – Vance Joy

 

Week in Review: Well we spent the weekend (and part of the week) in Fort Wayne, IN.  This was an opportunity to learn a program our company has for Sprint, a bit related to the one we work most of the year.  I have to admit that we both had some preconceived notions about the area and boy were we wrong.  The downtown area is wonderful, more than a few interesting restaurants.  Two really stuck out and warranted multiple visits.  A little place called Dash-In had an interesting menu with creative items like a pesto grilled cheese and only microbrews from the bar.  The real gem was a nicer place called Club Soda, picking entrees was a challenge due to the entire menu was amazing.  The real feature of this place is that all the steaks were Iowa raised.  When it comes to fine dining we can be a bit picky buy Club Soda passed that test (soft butter and black napkins, both a sign that staff and management are attentive and don’t skip details).  This was certainly nothing like expected and I know that we will both not pass on an opportunity to come back.  The actual festival we were at would rival many State Fairs in the attendance and size.

Fun Photo of the Week:

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