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With more people vaccinated and the summer season nearly here, new methodologies and approaches to experiences are beginning to take shape as events get back to in-person. Enjoy, and as always, stay safe out there! Brands make large investments in perma-experiences On the heels of Las Vegas’ successful Omega Mart, many brands and marketers are … Continued

By Jonathan McCallum, VP & CSO—GPJ United Kingdom For centuries the process of ‘the sale’ has been facilitated by the power of a face-to-face moment. It’s proved a lot harder in a ‘virtual,’ or online environment. Here are 10 ways which may help redress the balance. An exit strategy, or process, is a founding principle … Continued

    Contributors to this post include (L-R): Denise Croden, Executive Director, Integrated Production,  Geng Giminski, Senior Event Manager, Veronique Bredas, Event Producer, John Tulloch, SVP, Global Account Director   The health and safety of our teams, clients, partners and attendees has always been a top priority at GPJ, but in 2020, what that looked like … Continued

Featuring Brian Hodge, Director, Special Experiences The GPJ Special Experiences team is made up of diverse individuals who bring their various backgrounds, expertise and unyielding passion to create and execute immersive experiential environments with high production value. We offer white-glove, unique special experiences and we love what we do.  We’re the specialized team that manages … Continued

We’re back with more experiential trends from our strategy team. Enjoy, and as always, stay safe out there! Event venues prep for a comeback Venues like convention and performance centers are prepping for the reemergence of large in-person events by implementing new policies and technology.   Indoor Events Return to California With Tests or Proof … Continued

By Elizabeth Del Forn Throughout history, we have seen and heard bold and powerful women working to create positive change. In the last decade, movements and activism including #metoo, Time’s Up, body positivity, canceling diet culture, equal pay, sexual violence, women’s reproductive rights, and plenty more, have demonstrated the continued resilience of women and the … Continued

VOICES ‘21 was more than a one-day event—it was (and is) a platform for our employee resource groups (ERGs) to welcome our colleagues back from the winter break, to celebrate all we accomplished in 2020 and to kick off the 2021 work year. It was a day that focused on real issues that impact GPJ … Continued

We’re back with more experiential trends from our strategy team. Enjoy, and as always, stay safe out there! Kicking Off a Hybrid Year As the awards and festival seasons kicks off, event organizers and venues are cultivating new approaches to enable hybrid experiences. While wrinkles still need to be ironed out, we are officially entering … Continued

We’re back with more experiential trends from our strategy team. Enjoy, and as always, stay safe out there! New approaches to live events are being tested and trialed From virus-sniffing dogs, to new CDC guidelines, to a new initiative from the city of Chicago, event organizers continue to explore new ways to promote and encourage … Continued

Our strategy team has their finger on the pulse of all things experiential, and they’re back with some recent trends.  The first CES Virtual is in the books CES Virtual is officially a wrap. While reviews about the event were largely mixed, much of the new technology on display (AR, 5G and 360-degree audio to … Continued

At GPJ, we believe inclusion enables growth, diversity fuels innovation, and equity ensures that every voice is valued and heard. Individuals shine and teams radiate. Every person, project, and product is elevated. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to announce that Noelle San Jose will be stepping into the role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program … Continued

The 20 year GPJ executive will bring her extensive experience managing GPJ’s East offices as well as key global accounts including the IBM and Google experience portfolios to all clients.  Auburn Hills, MI – (February 2, 2021) – George P. Johnson (GPJ), the world’s leading experiential marketing agency, today announced the promotion of Fiona Bruder … Continued

    Ospre was developed over several years in partnership with fellow Project Worldwide agency, Wondersauce Auburn Hills, MI – (Monday, February 1, 2021) – George P. Johnson (GPJ), the world’s leading experiential marketing agency, today announced Ospre, a ground-breaking technology, and service offering designed for brands seeking engaging and wholly branded virtual and hybrid … Continued

READY UP As of this writing, we are heading into our 11th month under COVID-19 conditions. With many people still at home, it’s no surprise that gaming is still on the rise as quarantine has created new fans. There have been multiple, well documented success stories in the industry.  Animal Crossing: New Horizons had sold … Continued

Featuring Cody Eastman and Liya Hoshi It’s wild to think that it’s only been two years since the inception of our first Employee Resource Group (ERG), and what’s been accomplished in such a short time. From heartfelt dialogues around becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable to creating a full fledged Pride experience across 7 agencies and … Continued

Featuring Penny Davis, Senior Manager The GPJ Contact Center based in Austin, TX, provides registration, housing and technology support to thousands of event attendees via telephone, email and chat technology. Supporting events like Dreamforce, Workday Rising and Adobe Max, it is a world class customer service center and our customer service representatives (CSRs) are some … Continued

When the first GPJ Employee Resource Group (ERG) was launched in 2018, no one knew just how vital a role they would play in the evolution of our agency culture, and how these groups would grow to include perspectives and deepen relationships with each other, with clients and also our communities at large.   The groups … Continued

The final chapter in our journey alongside the development of IBM’s digital-first brand activations showcases the work of IBM’s Think City. (You can view the previous posts here and here.)  Think City was originally planned as a large-scale physical activation to debut at IBM’s Think 2020 flagship conference, but quickly evolved to digital-first as IBM’s … Continued