SPREADING JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
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SPREADING JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

500,000+ kids spend time in foster care each year.100,000+ kids are waiting to be adopted.22,000+ young people age out without stable, permanent connections. At GPJ, we rally around the core idea that everything is in service of the experience. This season of giving, we’re teaming with One Simple Wish to grant wishes to children in …

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Trend Tracking

Your monthly insight into experiential trends, courtesy of the GPJ strategy team. In the November issue: amid impending economic turmoil, consumers are becoming increasingly intentional about how and where they engage—and spend their money. Read or download the November issue HERE. Archives In the October Issue: traditional paradigms across art, work and culture continue to …

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Experience Design x Hybrid
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Experience Design x Hybrid

So much has been said and published now about hybrid events and their prominence in the post-pandemic world. Everyone has claimed their stake in the conversation, but the conversation must grow out of the weeds and into strategic action within our now-normal. Here’s a primer: Focus on the experience first and foremost. Across the industry, we see …

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Experience Results
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Experience Results

It’s been amazing to see the experiential industry recover from the pandemic, taking advantage of innovation accelerated by the inability to meet in person.  Our teams never stop pushing, advising, strategizing, and delivering for our clients. The results are relationships that last decades, and work that gets recognized worldwide.  We’re proud to share some of …

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EXPERIENTIAL STRATEGY: Disciplined imagination should be a key part of the process
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EXPERIENTIAL STRATEGY: Disciplined imagination should be a key part of the process

You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn’t exist. Azar Nafisi Imagination is essential in times like these. Every creative act, including strategy, begins in the imagination.  Imagination isn’t effective if entirely untethered from reality–that’s just fantasy. However, with discipline and focus, the imaginal world can be brought down to earth to …

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The Future of Events, Powered by Technology
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The Future of Events, Powered by Technology

Technology has enabled event experiences, powering attendee journeys for years. It has been a long, steady evolution mixed with windows of rapid innovation driven by adoption of new technologies. The pandemic accelerated technology innovation, forcing everyone to take a deep look at how technology can truly drive experiences. As a result, we’ve hit a turning …

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The Colors in Between: Inclusive Experiences of Pride
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The Colors in Between: Inclusive Experiences of Pride

At GPJ, we believe inclusion enables growth. Diversity fuels innovation. Equity ensures that every voice is valued and heard. When we show up as our authentic selves, we create beautifully authentic work. As we’ve grown, we’ve learned that we need to be intentional in creating an environment that values each person and their unique background–race, …

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Engaging Hearts and Minds With Disruptive Experiential Marketing
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Engaging Hearts and Minds With Disruptive Experiential Marketing

What was the last brand experience that caught your attention…and we mean really captivated and stuck with you? Chances are, it was something unexpected, something that grabbed you in a way that was creative, surprising, and engaging – ideally, while still authentic to the brand.  Disruptive experiential marketing traverses in-person, digital, hybrid and now even …

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Experiential Agency GPJ Acquires German-Based Boutique Design & Experience Design Studio The Sane Company
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Experiential Agency GPJ Acquires German-Based Boutique Design & Experience Design Studio The Sane Company

  AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — George P. Johnson (GPJ), the world’s leading event and experience marketing agency, announced that it has acquired the German-based boutique design and experience design studio The Sane Company. This latest acquisition shows the strength of GPJ’s commitment to the German and European markets while also …

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What’s New in Experiential, Vol. 10
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What’s New in Experiential, Vol. 10

The events industry is building positive momentum, as major events continue to return to in-person in big ways. Mobile World Congress hosted 61,000 attendees in-person As one of the largest world tech conferences—and one of the first major events to cancel when the pandemic began—MWC’s in-person attendance was up 3x from 2021 and crept up …

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What’s New In Experiential: Vol. 9
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What’s New In Experiential: Vol. 9

Hello 2022! We are back with a new batch of experiential trends and insights. As policies shift in response to the Omicron wave, event organizers adjust their approaches, embracing compromise and flexibility to keep experiences alive. Flexible experience design sets the stage for successful engagement  Event organizers and brands are combating uncertainty with flexible, agile …

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Unboxing Experiential Marketing
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Unboxing Experiential Marketing

Experiential marketing is not just the big secret behind brand engagement, but brand success itself. In most industries, the big players have incorporated some form of experiential into their marketing strategy. Brands like Bud Light and Under Armour, who have long elevated their marketplace presence through experiential, make a strong case for other CPG brands …

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The Gift of Experiences
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The Gift of Experiences

  While many are still pondering gift exchanges and filling out their wish lists, consider giving the gift of an experience. No stranger to the power of experiences, we’ve seen that the gifts that stay with us aren’t always material goods, but the emotions and memories created from activities that move us, teach us or …

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Giving Close to Home for the Holidays
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Giving Close to Home for the Holidays

Even as our world becomes more and more global and connected, so too do we connect to our closest communities and people.  This year, each of our North America offices chose a nonprofit (or more than one) to give to that is near and dear to that office and community.  Below are the organizations that …

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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 8
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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 8

GPJ Strategy is back with a fresh round of experiential trends, ideas and takeaways. Here are some of the latest global insights. Brands shift the emphasis to easy, sustainable experiences as the symptoms of the pandemic begin to ease. Event sentiment continues to trend in the right direction Despite COVID-19’s unpredictability, consistent demand paired with …

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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 7
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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 7

GPJ Strategy is back with a fresh round of experiential trends, ideas and takeaways. Here are some of the latest global insights. Robust planning, protocols and requirements are enabling the return of familiar and noteworthy in-person experiences. Hybrid approaches continue to unlock business opportunities Brands are increasingly leveraging hybrid models to generate more accessibility for …

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Live From Your Event: Cinematic Streaming
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Live From Your Event: Cinematic Streaming

GPJ has been producing digital events and streaming for over a dozen years, with clients like Cisco, IBM, Dodge and Rodan & Fields. We’ve helped bring content to our clients’ customers wherever they are, and tailored to the medium and audience, whether it was a product launch, a sales meeting or a B to B …

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Experiential Agency GPJ Invests in Full-Service Creative Video Agency NOMOBO 
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Experiential Agency GPJ Invests in Full-Service Creative Video Agency NOMOBO 

The investment is part of GPJ’s commitment to creating immersive, transformative and high production value broadcasts in an era where hybrid is king.   Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States (September 15, 2021) – George P. Johnson (GPJ), the world’s leading event and experience marketing agency, announced that it has acquired a significant minority stake in …

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GPJ: Building Brand Stories That Deliver Results
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GPJ: Building Brand Stories That Deliver Results

fab·ri·ca·tion: The action or process of manufacturing or inventing something We Build Brand Stories World-class fabrication embodies everything from strategy and design, to the architecture and environment, masterfully coming together to tell a brand’s story. GPJ’s expertise dates back over a century, transforming ordinary spaces into extraordinary stories. The transformation can be seen with Dreamforce, …

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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 6
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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 6

Our strategy team is keeping an eye on everything experiential. Here’s the latest from around the world.  A rising wave of Delta variant cases across the globe is triggering an increase in protocols and policies for in-person experiences. Live and in-person experiences press on with enhanced safety protocols As the spread of the Delta variant …

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The Industry Had to Innovate, We Answered the Call
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The Industry Had to Innovate, We Answered the Call

We’ve been keeping busy with our clients. Just because we couldn’t reach people in-person for parts of the year, that didn’t stop us from crafting new opportunities to engage, surprise and delight. With 2021 nearly behind us, our clients and teams worldwide are getting recognized and the award-winning digital and hybrid work speaks volumes to …

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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 5
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What’s New in Experiential: Vol. 5

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 …

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10 Ways to Make Networking More Successful in Online Events
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10 Ways to Make Networking More Successful in Online Events

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 …

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