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ANNOUNCEMENTS /// ANNIVERSARIES / NEW TEAM MEMBERS / PROMOTIONS

ANNOUNCEMENTS /// ANNIVERSARIES / NEW TEAM MEMBERS / PROMOTIONS

HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY

CARMAN STALKER /// ACCOUNT SUPERVISOR

Carman joined Department Zero in 2013, and has spent her career as an event marketer, an entrepreneur, a professor and a publisher. She has been conceptualizing, producing, promoting and executing events in the fashion, cultural art, music, travel and consumer product worlds for more than 20 years.  Carman holds a BA from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in Communication Studies, served on the board of Fashion Group International as Regional Director, and taught Fashion Marketing classes at Art Institutes International. In her limited free time, she enjoys cooking, live music and hanging out with her family and friends.

WELCOME SARAH CARLEW /// PROGRAM MANAGER

Sarah Carlew

As National Events Manager for Boulevard Brewing Company, Sarah lead all key marketing event and activations across the country, directly managing event and sponsorship budgets, event operations and logistics, marketing partner selections and community relations for all brewery events. As Program Manager at Department Zero, she is leveraging her considerable skill set to plan, budget, and oversee production on key client programs. When away from work, you can typically find her enjoying time with her husband and three spoiled rescue dogs, socializing with friends or scheming about her next travel adventure.

CONGRATULATIONS MATT JENKINS /// PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Since 2010, Matt Jenkins has been handling experiential logistics and operations for Department Zero. He now leads his division as the Program Director. He brings a wealth of tactical and creative event experience to his role, leading our clients’ event production, bringing experiential brand activations to life. His drive to elevate experiential marketing through innovation and boundary-pushing consumer engagement is apparent in every event, promotion, pop-up and activation. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Matt is always ready to cheer on the Tigers, The KC Royals, and to spend time with his family.

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2018 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

2018 SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

We are now accepting submissions for the Department Zero 2018 Internship program! 

Department Zero interns are curious, creative, and dedicated individuals that join us in all aspects of our operations. This is a part-time, paid position. Learn how to start researching, planning, budgeting and executing exciting new experiential programs for top brands.

Qualified candidates will be: 

  • A current Junior or Senior in an area university, or a recent graduate
  • Earning/earned a degree in communications, PR, marketing, advertising or business
  • Able to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week in our KC office during normal working hours (M-F, 9am-5pm)
  • Responsible, entrepreneurial, and have strong communication skills

Send your resume to  internships@deptzero.com and let us know why you want to be part of our team. Do you want to learn how to work well with your future clients? Discover how to plan and build groundbreaking experiences? Engage directly with hundreds of field staff to create a brand activation? Tell us about your personal experiences with brands at major events, what you think brand activation means, or share your secret marketing super-power. Show us your personality and your passion, and we'll give you an opportunity to shine. 

DEADLINE to apply : Friday, March 9, 2018

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NOW HIRING: Event Operations and Production Specialist

NOW HIRING: Event Operations and Production Specialist

We are hiring Event Operations and Production professionals to work in our Kansas City, MO office on nationally recognized brands and events.  

Event Field Coordinator

This entry level position supports both the client service and event production teams. Coordinators learn strategic event planning, financial management, account leadership, how to manage vendors, motivate field teams, and ensure event production values are maintained. Successful candidates will have some knowledge of event marketing, promotions,  and social media marketing programs.

Requirements:

  • Four year bachelor’s degree or equivalent, focus on marketing or business
  • Clear and persuasive oral and written style
  • Strong creative problem solving skills
  • Adaptive to dynamic workload and working conditions
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Job Description:

  • Establish clear objectives and day-to-day priorities with Managers - handling multiple projects efficiently, effectively and productively
  • Coordinate event logistics and details for events across multiple vendors, event sites and organizations
  • Coordinate field staff and on-site production at events
  • Participate in client discussions, meetings, brainstorms
  • Assist in creating multimedia event recaps

Event Operations Specialist

Responsible as the day-to-day operational liaison on client programs, from development through complete execution, managing all facets, the Operations Specialist reports to the Senior Program Supervisor. Specialists are expected to have knowledge of experiential marketing and experience planning marketing events, event production, promotions, and social media programs.

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in event production or operations
  • Four year bachelor’s degree or equivalent, focus on marketing or business
  • Clear and persuasive oral and written style
  • Strong creative problem solving skills
  • Adaptive to dynamic workload and working conditions
  • Positive attitude and professional demeanor
  • Ability to travel up to 25%

Job Description:

  • Establish clear objectives and day to day priorities with Managers and direct reports
  • Create budget estimates, and utilize negotiation skills to aggressively manage budgets and vendor costs
  • Plan and execute event logistics for events across multiple client accounts, vendors, event sites, and outside organizations
  • Daily field staff management - training and management of all personnel on the event site
  • Participate in client discussions, meetings, brainstorms
  • Oversee the creation of multimedia event recaps

Department Zero is the Invisible Influence. The Secret Weapon. The brand activation partner to advertising agencies, media companies and in-house marketing teams. We help concept, plan and deploy innovative experiential marketing campaigns. We offer a competitive salary, plus excellent benefits, retirement plan, vacation/personal time, a comfortable and flexible work environment, and much more. Learn about us at http://www.departmentzero.com. Please send your resume, cover letter, and at least 3 professional references to HR@deptzero.com, with COORDINATOR or SPECIALIST in the subject line.

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Welcome Melissa Behrens to Department Zero

Welcome Melissa Behrens to Department Zero

My name is Melissa and I’m doing my internship in October and November at Department Zero.I’m German and my hometown Stuttgart is about 4,793 miles away from Kansas City. Actually, I’m doing a traineeship at a German brand activation agency. During this traineeship I have the opportunity to work two months abroad and I luckily got the chance to spend these two months in Kansas City. So it’s easy to say I traveled a different road to get this internship then the other interns at Department Zero before.

When I searched for a place for my internship, I was so glad to find Department Zero and I knew this was the perfect place for me to spread my knowledge about brand activation and experiential marketing. I was also impressed by Kansas City - all the fountains and the beautiful sunflowers. After Forbes Kansas City is number 19 of the happiest city to work in right now. So, I think I did everything right!

Now, I’m looking forward to working together with this great team. I’m excited what this internship and Kansas City will have in store for me and how my business activity at Department Zero will differ from my job in Germany. Everyday something unexpected and surprising happens at Department Zero!

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13 Essential Tips: Surviving + Succeeding in Experiential Marketing

13 Essential Tips: Surviving + Succeeding in Experiential Marketing

Last week marked our 13th year in business as an experiential marketing company. I started Department Zero in the spare bedroom of our old house and unknowingly dove head first into an emerging industry that was still in its infancy. In fact, back in 2003 “experiential marketing” wasn’t even a term yet. Most referred to it as alternative or event marketing. I feel old.

Turning 13 is a bit of a triumph for us because there are so many shops who haven’t been as fortunate. I’ve seen amazing people, ideas and companies rise and fall over the years. I would like to attribute our staying power to a little bit of luck and stiff drink or two. But honestly? I know our success lies with the amazing people we work with. I’m talking about our employees, clients and business partners.

Without great people, we wouldn’t grow. They have challenged our organization, inspired us, supported us, educated us and constantly pushed us to improve our game. We have become better at what we do, because of the lessons they have taught us, sometimes unknowingly.

So to celebrate Department Zero turning a baker’s dozen, here are 13 shareworthy tips we’ve picked up from the best in this business.

  1. Experiential marketing happens in real time. Life happens in real time. Be flexible.
  2. As with people, services, products and ideas, you get what you pay for.
  3. Red flags and sinking feelings are warning signs to be heeded. Trust your gut.
  4. Insist on simplicity. The more complex activations become, the faster consumers lose interest.
  5. Design experiences to achieve goals, not the other way around.
  6. Brand ambassadors are the linchpin of every activation. Invest in your event team.Take care of them and they will take care of you.
  7. After every option has been explored, remember there is always another way.
  8. Establish clear expectations and goals early; foresight is better than hindsight.
  9. Don’t skimp on production quality. It’s easy to think no one will know the difference, but trust me, they will.
  10. Just say no (when it’s appropriate)It’s empowering. It’s liberating. It will keep you true to who you are and why you’re in this business.
  11. Respect the golden rule because, karma.
  12. Like the Boy Scouts, Be Prepared. Play books, trainings, and pre-planned responses make it possible for everyone to do the right thing, in the right moment.
  13. And my personal favorite “Go big or go home” (direct quote from a beloved client).

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