Halloween Extended: Giants Championship preempts Kontera San Francisco Party

November 13, 2012

Is it possible that Kontera San Francisco has too much to celebrate? For the second time in three years, the hometown Giants won the World Series right around Halloween. However, unlike the previous instance, the championship parade in downtown San Francisco was on the same day as Kontera’s annual Halloween party, leading to a problematic conflict.

Luckily, the party was quickly rescheduled for two days later landing on Day of the Dead, “Dia de Los Muertos” in Spanish. The Mexican holiday is about honoring the spirit of our ancestors, and Rinchen Lama, our Ad Production Manager, helped get everyone into the newly expanded theme by painting her face to resemble the decorated sugar skulls traditionally prepared for the celebration.

Other costumes at the party included the Mighty Thor, a slice of pepperoni pizza, one Highlander outfit (there can be only one), Gilligan, a prima ballerina, a Battlestar Galactica officer, and World Series MVP Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval. Unlike past years there was no costume contest, it was strictly an exhibition; but there are some standouts that need to be mentioned.

Here’s Iana Iasiello, Director of Product Operations as the Neil Gaiman interpretation of Death, the most cheerful Goth in all of literature.

Meanwhile, Mathew Haugen, Senior VP of Publisher Network and Delivery didn’t need to leave the ad industry for his costume of Don Draper from Mad Men. Improving publisher eCPM… that’s what the money’s for.

Finally, Catherine Higgins, a Sr. Account Manager, channeled her inner Tippi Hedren for this killer costume paying tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Those are some great costumes guys!

Big thanks to Penny Howie for organizing the party, and to Brian Duffy for helping with beverage selection. Let’s do it all over again next year, including another San Francisco Giants Championship :)

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Kontera Chicago Rocks Out to the Boss

October 16, 2012

What do you do if the hottest ticket in town is completely sold out? If you’re Kontera Chicago, you improvise. Taking advantage of Senior Account Executive Kameran Bender living in a building adjacent to Wrigley Field, we threw a rooftop party, giving our clients from Starcom, OMD, Digitas and Mindshare a bird’s eye view of Bruce Springsteen on his Wrecking Ball tour.

About 60 guests turned out in honor of The Boss and everyone in attendance sampled a delicious array of food and drinks. The food, especially, was a huge hit. Guests cited Lobster Rolls, Mini Kobe Beef Burgers, Deep Fried Mac and Cheese and Grilled Peaches as their favorite appetizers.


The drinks flowed, the temperatures plummeted but the forecasted rain held out. Nobody noticed though because once Springsteen’s music drifted up from Wrigley Field, “Thunder Road,” “Born to Run” and “Dancing in the Dark,” got everyone moving. Over three and a half hours, “The Boss” and the E-Street Band performed twenty-eight songs including several with Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

At midnight, the final encore of “Twist and Shout” brought Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello back on stage as Twist and Shout was meant to “send you home dancing,” as Bruce said. And yes, everyone went home dancing since Springsteen delivered quite simply one of the greatest concerts Wrigley has ever witnessed.

The great food and drinks, and especially the company added to an unforgettable evening with Kontera.

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Kontera Insights: 2012 is the Breakout Year for Mobile Content Consumption

September 21, 2012

Tablets and smartphones are no longer just the future of content consumption, they’re also the present. In an infographic just published in PandoDaily, Kontera analyzed data from the 15,000+ publishers using the Content Insights and Analysis module of our Content Activation Platform, and found that nearly 1/4th of all US online content consumption occurs on mobile devices. Here’s a closer look at when and how people are using their iPhones, iPads, and Android devices:


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Kontera San Francisco Celebrates Giants Game with Tailgating Party

September 14, 2012

If there’s one thing we love at Kontera, it’s the hometown San Francisco Giants. If there’s a second thing, it’s a good BBQ. When you combine the two together, it equals a bunch of happy Konterans!

The evening kicked-off with a delicious, albeit dusty, tail-gate over in Lot D (note to self: avoid parking in the dirt next year). Coming off of a punishing loss versus the Nationals on Monday night, the G-men were out to redeem themselves and boy, did they. With three RBIs from Brandon Belt and Madison Bumgarner’s steady arm, the Giants served up a 6-1 loss to the Nationals. It was a great night for the home team as well as Kontera; unfortunately, the very next day, it would be announced that Melky Cabrera would face a 50 game suspension for doping (good thing “we” didn’t sign him).

More importantly, the G-men are still in first place. See you in the playoffs!

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Kontera Chicago takes the HP Enterprise team from OMG to Trapeze School

September 13, 2012

It’s a birdit’s a plane… it’s a digital strategist flying through the air.

At an outdoor arena along Chicago’s Lakefront, Kontera’s Kameran Bender recently hosted the HP Enterprise Team from Omnicom Media Group at Chicago Trapeze School. She, Craig Johnson, Adam Gilbert, Callie Moran, Cathy Kim, Toni Baysinger and Lisa Holubik defied gravity, swinging from bar to bar and doing flips in the air.

Let it not be said that online advertising is for the faint of heart.

The idea was first posed by Kameran a few weeks ago and the excitement and anticipation had been growing ever since. No one in the group had ever been on the trapeze before, but everyone was excited to try something new.

The weather was clear, the harnesses secure, and after brief instructions, it was time to fly. Any deep rooted fear of heights would certainly be uncovered from two stories up! Thankfully, Adam agreed to go first and show the group the way. Not only did he grab the bar and flip, he even managed to make it look easy!

For the record, it’s not easy! Climbing the ladder is very nerve-wracking, the bar is surprisingly heavy and your timing has to be spot on. But, the support from the group on the ground cheering helped calm each person’s nerves so they were each able to push through their fears.

As Kameran put it, “I never imagined the sense of accomplishment  I would feel last night.  The sense of pride was unsurpassed.  And I’m so thankful I had this opportunity.  It was exhilarating. I could not have picked a better group of people to experience it with. Our support for each other was unwavering, the encouragement got me up that ladder every time and the laughter kept me from looking down. What a great and memorable night. Thank you HP EB for your guts and courage. I couldn’t have done it without you!”

Stay tuned: next outing, Skydiving :)

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