Fixation’s in-house services are now higher def.

Fixation adds audio/video production to portfolio of services. Arlington, VA — Fixation Marketing is excited to offer a full suite of audio/video services—from filming to production and everything in between—as part of its expanded portfolio of capabilities due to the recent merger with The FORT Group. The most compelling event marketing stories are punctuated by great video content, which makes this new offering especially important for Fixation’s tradeshow clients. “Video is a key pillar of a well-rounded, multi-channel event marketing strategy,” said Managing Director Julie Parsons. “This in-house resource gives us the flexibility to include our audio/video production team in all phases of a client’s campaign—from discovery and strategic planning to creative development to execution.” Having an in-house production team that is fully up to speed on client campaigns and goals means faster turnaround and a more impactful final product. With an impressive roster of on-staff field and post-production professionals …

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New locations. Expanded services.

Fixation Marketing moves to a new, more collaborative space in Northern Virginia; expands in New York City region. Arlington, VA — Fixation Marketing is excited to announce its new location in Northern Virginia and its expansion in the New York City market with additional services and a larger staff ready to serve its diverse client base. Fixation recently merged with New Jersey-based FORT Group Inc., a marketing firm that services national consumer and association clients. “With our partner in the New York area, we can streamline and enhance services to regional clients,” said Managing Director Julie Parsons. “This expansion also allows us to more seamlessly collaborate on our in-house digital and video capabilities for all clients.” FORT and Fixation bring more to an already-robust portfolio of services, including integrated marketing strategy, website development and SEO, creative design, search engine marketing, social media support, video production, emarketing and database strategy. In …

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Under One Roof

Arlington, VA — As part of a recent merger with FORT Group Inc., Fixation Marketing now offers all of its digital capabilities and services under one roof, delivering immediate, direct, in-house strategy, tactics and analysis. With this new operation, Fixation’s search engine optimization, search engine marketing and social media marketing clients now see faster turnaround times, more customized insights and more frequent metrics monitoring. “By offering these critical services with our staff, we can meet the needs of our clients more efficiently,” said Carrie Dudley, digital and traditional media manager. “We aren’t at the mercy of a third party that is juggling other clients. We can manage schedules as a team and in conjunction with other channels so we get the most out of our campaigns.” Fixation uses a sophisticated dashboard system—customized for each client—that gives a snapshot of real-time campaign results. This allows Fixation and our clients to constantly …

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New address. Same dedicated service.

Fixation Marketing is relocating to a new office as of July 1. 901 North Stuart Street, Suite 503 Arlington, VA 22203 Come visit us! We look forward to showing you our new headquarters in the heart of the vibrant Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.  

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Fixation Marketing Expands Services, Staff and Resources through Strategic Merger

Bethesda, MD—Fixation Marketing has expanded its resources through a merger with FORT Group Inc., a full-service marketing agency based in Ridgefield Park, NJ. FORT Group acquired Fixation from President & CEO Jean Whiddon, who has worked at Fixation since 1993 and acquired the company in 2000. “We are incredibly excited to see this merger come to fruition because it’s been in discussion for a long time,” Whiddon said. “We found the right partner, one that would add capabilities in all the right areas—media, digital, video and website development—but still allow Fixation to run as it always has with emphasis on strategy and service.” FORT manages a robust client list across the consumer, health care, nonprofit and financial sectors. FORT’s in-house services include digital marketing and strategy, web development and design, video production and media buying. “We’re bringing together two companies with long histories and shared values and it’s just the …

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Fixation Marketing and National Apartment Association In the IAEE Winner’s Circle

Bethesda, MD—Fixation Marketing is celebrating a big win in the tradeshow industry’s leading competition recognizing creative and effective marketing communications. In the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) 2017 Art of the Show Competition, Fixation received top honors for a recent attendance promotion campaign for the National Apartment Association’s 2017 Education Conference and Exposition. According to IAEE, winners were selected for their creative use of several essential marketing elements needed to promote exhibitions and events. The winning entries will be featured in a gallery style display at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held November 28–30, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. “We’re thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our client, NAA,” said Fixation President & CEO, Jean Whiddon. “A first-place award in this category means a lot because attendance promotion campaigns are right in Fixation’s ‘sweet spot.’ We and NAA are honored to be recognized among …

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Fixation Earns Awards for Creative Work

Bethesda, MD—Fixation Marketing recently celebrated wins in two industry competitions recognizing creative and effective marketing communications. Noting that three of the four awards Fixation received were for interactive work, Fixation president and CEO Jean Whiddon said, “We’ve worked hard to develop a creative team of designers who can move effortlessly between interactive and more traditional print mediums.” In the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) 2016 Art of the Show Competition, Fixation received top honors and an honorable mention: Winner Exhibit Sales Brochure/Prospectus > Over 200,001 nsf 2016 NAHB International Builders’ Show Exhibit Sales Client: National Association of Home Builders Honorable Mention Email Promotion Campaign > Over 200,001 nsf 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show Attendee Campaign Client: Specialty Food Association The Association TRENDS™ 2016 All Media Contest, an annual competition recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the associations industry, lauded Fixation with both a silver …

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Fixation Marketing Enhances Account Services Team

Bethesda, MD—Fixation Marketing has announced the addition of three new staff members to its account services team. Carrie Dudley Holly Filipiak Kerissa Eineker Account Manager Carrie Dudley brings over 15 years of experience in strategic leadership, account management, event marketing and product positioning to Fixation. Most recently, Dudley was VP Director of Event Marketing for GKV in Baltimore and has worked with major national brands such as Pandora Jewelry and Snyder’s of Hanover, well-known healthcare companies such as Aetna and CareFirst, and several Maryland-based clients, including the Baltimore Ravens. At Fixation, Carrie puts that experience to work for clients from the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. “Carrie’s background in experiential marketing, grassroots outreach and event promotion and production blew us away,” remarked Jean Whiddon, Fixation’s President …

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Fixation Marketing welcomes new VP industry relations & strategy

Bethesda, MD—Fixation Marketing announced today that John S. Henderson has joined the team in the newly created role of VP Industry Relations & Strategy. Henderson brings to Fixation—and Fixation’s clients—an extensive background in trade association management with a particular expertise in developing and enhancing member outreach and education. “Fixation’s strategic mission has long been to help trade associations communicate value to members and prospects as well as to the overall industries they represent,” said Jean Whiddon, president and CEO. “We understand that value includes trade shows, but also educational conferences, certification programs, research, mentoring and networking—programs that don’t always get the same marketing attention. John understands, first-hand, many of the challenges trade associations face. With John’s expertise, Fixation is even better positioned to help associations improve existing products and services, develop new ones and of course, market them.” A seasoned educator himself, John started his career in front of a …

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Can Manufacturers Institute’s “Open Up to Cans” Video Wins Silver

Bethesda, MD—Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), in partnership with Fixation Marketing, received a Silver Award in the 2015 All Media Contest, sponsored by Association TRENDS Magazine. The winning entry, a custom video with two-minute and 60-second versions, was written, designed and produced by Fixation for CMI’s “Open Up to Cans” B2B campaign. The Award was presented on Friday, March 4, at the annual Salute to Association Excellence awards luncheon. Now in its 37th year, Salute to Excellence draws a crowd of more than 500 leading association professionals each year to the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, to honor the best in the association industry. “Open Up to Cans” is a research-based awareness campaign designed to educate and inform beverage brand owners about the benefits of aluminum cans. The winning video is part of a tool kit that shares the attributes important in making a packaging decision-taste, branding, product protection, performance and …

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