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Madden Media and Visit KC Receive Content Marketing Award

A tablet application developed by Madden Media to accompany the Kansas City Official Visitors Guide received an Honorable Mention at the 2014 Content Marketing Awards, making it the only visitors guide to be recognized by the Content Marketing Institute.

TUCSON, AZ - Madden Media, a national destination marketing company, announced that Visit KC was recently named a recipient of a 2014 Content Marketing Award for its tablet-based visitors guide. Presented by the Content Marketing Institute, the Content Marketing Awards is the largest awards program in North America for people who create content for organizations. The awards recognize excellence in all elements of communication, from strategic to aesthetic.

Selected out of more than 1,100 entries, the Visit KC iPad® application received an Honorable Mention under the “Best Tablet-Based Magazine” category. It features slideshows, interactive maps and links to web-exclusive content to encourage audience engagement.

Visit KC Magazine dMagazine does an excellent job of showcasing our city’s best and enriching the experience for those who visit, and the tablet application is no different,” said Derek Klaus, Senior Communications Manager at Visit KC. “The app takes users on a virtual journey through the Kansas City metro area, complete with videos of local establishments, beautiful photos and social sharing integration.”

Madden Media produces Visit KC’s Official Visitors Guide and developed the tablet application. “One in three adults in the U.S. has a tablet device,” said Carl Cox, Senior Director of Online Production. “As iPads and mobile technology become more and more prevalent, marketing organizations need to stay current and deliver content through those mediums.”

“We are proud of our partnership with Visit KC as we adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of content marketing,” he added.

This marks the second year that Madden Media and the Visit KC have been recognized by the Content Marketing Awards. Last year, they won a Bronze Award for “Best Tourism Publication” for the print edition of Visit KC Magazine.

About Madden Media
For nearly 40 years, Madden Media has been a major producer of award-winning tourism promotions, offering destination marketing organizations around the country innovative, effective, and affordable media solutions. The company’s print and digital marketing programs promote 950 clients in 47 states, reaching and impacting travelers more than 431 million times per year. Madden Media is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. To learn more, visit

About Visit KC
Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, the KCCVA supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 45,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to

Date: SEPT.09.2014

Major Studies Reveal New Data on Your Visitor
Guide Audience

In a world where digital dominates, Chief Marketing Officer and Publisher John Hudak, draws from two recent studies to illustrate why Official Visitors Guides (OVGs) still serve an important purpose in the marketplace.

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Develop Content that is Ready for a Marathon,
Not a Sprint

As the industry hones in on content marketing, Madden’s President Robert “Mac” McCracken navigates the tough topic of what is engaging content and how do we use it?

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Date: MAR.30.2014

Madden Media National Marketing Award

Madden Media awarded Gold Adrian Award on behalf of Visit Cheyenne's Integrated Digital Marketing Campaign

TUCSON, AZ - Tourism marketing leader Madden Media announced today that they won a Gold Adrian Award for their design and execution of Visit Cheyenne's Integrated Digital Marketing Campaign. They will receive the award on February 24, 2014 at the 57th annual Adrian Awards, the largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition, during the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Annual Gala Awards at the New York City Marriot Marquis.

Madden Media won the Gold award for Integrated Digital Marketing, besting 1,200 entries from around the world. The awards were judged by top executives from all sectors of the industry. Visit Cheyenne's integrated campaign is a full-spectrum program which, for the past two years, has successfully promoted Cheyenne's Frontier Days. The campaign uses a multi-faceted approach to garner leads, increase website traffic, generate Facebook fans and extend overall branding. The combination of compelling creative with industry-leading marketing techniques continues to deliver outstanding results.

Darren Rudloff, Visit Cheyenne's President expressed gratitude on behalf of the organization, "Visit Cheyenne is very pleased with the results generated from our online campaign executed by Madden Media. We thank HSMAI for this honor and Madden Media for their excellent work on our behalf."

Visit Cheyenne's mission is to promote the Cheyenne region as a travel destination for both leisure and business travelers. The organization boasts a long list of accolades, including a Bronze Adrian Award in 2012 for Public Relations.

This is Madden Media's first award from HSMAI, an organization that is the industry's leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable growth in the hospitality and travel sectors. The association provides industry partners with tools, insight, and expertise to continue the progress of our evolving market.

"As the advertising, public relations and digital marketing realms are constantly evolving, the bar is continuously set higher annual in regard to the Adrian Awards submissions we receive," said Fran Brasseux, HSMAI Executive Vice President, "This year, we saw outstanding entries in all categories and in particular an ability to implement integrated campaigns that garnered powerful results across multiple channels."

"Visit Cheyenne has been a fantastic partner in this campaign," said Brett Gordon, Madden Media's Senior Vice President of Online Innovation, who facilitated the design and execution of Visit Cheyenne's Integrated Digital Marketing campaign, "Without the great destination and their marketing team, we would not have been able to create such a successful campaign."

Madden Media, founded in 1982 in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the nation's leading provider of custom and cooperative destination marketing solutions. The multi-award winning publisher of official visitors guides' client list includes many of the United States' premiere convention and visitors bureaus such as Visit Tucson, Missouri Division of Tourism, VISIT FLORIDA, and Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Check out other products and publications produced by Madden Media at

Date: FEB.10.2014

Madden Media acquires industry leader Custom Marketing Group (CMG) to form largest cooperative marketing company in the United States for travel destinations

Tucson-based Madden Media, a leader in tourism marketing and publishing nationwide, has acquired Atlanta-based Custom Marketing Group (CMG), a leader in custom marketing programs for destinations. The combined organizations represent by far the largest cooperative marketing company in the United States focused on promoting travel to destinations.

"We are marrying the expertise and talents of two great companies, both respected nationally for successful destination marketing programs across the United States," said Kevin Madden, founder and CEO of Madden Media.

"I'm thrilled for both our organizations and our combined clients," said George Mackin, CEO of Custom Marketing Group. "I reached out to Kevin, realizing that merging with his organization would allow our programs and our people to grow more quickly together than separately. We have competed in some areas but, in general, our offerings and our client base are complementary, simply making for a better, more efficient mix of solutions for our clients and our organizations," Mackin added.

Historically, Madden and CMG have been known for publishing national award-winning travel guides and producing award-winning print and digital media marketing campaigns, both domestically and internationally. Together, the two groups bring a wealth of expertise and partnerships. The combined organization is nearly twice the size of its nearest competitor. CMG has a long-standing relationship with, among others, the prestigious American Express group of publications, which includes the iconic Travel + Leisure magazine. Madden has an exclusive relationship with O, the Oprah magazine to represent the travel category.

Both companies have developed innovative and proprietary digital solutions for their clients, including mobile apps, iPad apps for publications, SEM, social media, and digital content distribution services.

"We have talked about merging for years, but the timing now with an improving travel economy is ripe for us to use our combined expertise to deliver programs that employ the best product mix and offerings of each organization to provide clients more powerful, more effective marketing solutions going forward," said Madden.

The combined organization will have more than 100 employees with clients in 46 states. Additional information on each company can be found at their websites and

Date: OCT.25.2012

Madden Media Wins 2012 Navigator Award

The Missouri Tourism Commission and Missouri Division of Tourism has awarded Madden Media the 2012 Navigator Media Award for our highly successful search engine marketing cooperative program. This award goes to the media outlet that managed to turn the spotlight on Missouri tourism and the importance tourism plays in the state's economy. This is the 2nd time Madden Media has received this honor. Our publications and inserts were recognized with this award back in 2009.

Full article from the Missouri Division of Tourism

Date: SEPT.25.2012

Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Bureau awards major contract to Tucson-based
Madden Media

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau (SCCTB) has announced that Madden Media, a Tucson-based media company, has been awarded the contract to produce SCCTB's 2013 Experience Sedona Guide (ESG) plus the 2013 Sedona Chamber of Commerce's Membership Directory, 2013 Meeting Planners Guide and various online projects. Madden was selected through a competitive bid process open to companies nationwide. Madden Media employs 81 Arizona workers in Phoenix and Tucson.

The ESG is written and designed to be the leading resource for visitors planning to travel to Sedona, Arizona. The magazine-styled guide offers abundant information on a wide variety of Sedona travel experiences such as hotel accommodations, spas, outdoor adventure opportunities, top events and much more. The ESG also gives insight into Sedona's vibrant culture and rich heritage.

"We produce 250,000 ESGs every year. This critical fulfillment piece communicates all that there is to see and do in our beautiful destination, and promotes this message to potential visitors, travel trade industry professionals and the media. It is an integral component to our marketing efforts," said Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO of SCCTB. "We're thrilled that Madden Media will be producing this vital marketing piece for us."

Accompanying the ESG will be new detailed maps that include valuable travel and tourist information, including listings of Tourism Bureau member businesses, information on the areas heritage sites, and magazine-style features on dining, shopping and day-trip options.

"It's an honor to have been awarded this contract that will produce key marketing pieces for Sedona, said Kevin Madden, CEO of Madden Media. "We're very excited to bring years of experience in producing award-winning visitor publications to the Experience Sedona Guide."

The 2013 ESG is complimentary and expected to be completed by Spring 2013.

For more information on these marketing pieces, contact Michelle Conway, Director of Marketing at SCCTB at 928-204-1123 or via email at

For more information on ESG advertising opportunities, contact Dan Carter, Account Executive at Madden Media at 480-638-3774 or via email at

Date: SEPT.25.2012

CEO Kevin Madden is Honored and Madden Media Wins at the 2012 Tucson ADDY® Awards

Madden Media was a big winner at the 2012 Tucson Advertising Federation ADDY® Awards, held at the historic Fox Tucson Theater February 18. In addition to taking home 12 awards, Madden's founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Madden, was honored with the Golden Pen Award for his contributions, as a model for others, to advertising and the Tucson community through the use of words or drawings.

The industry's largest and most representative competition, the ADDYs recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising.

Gold Awards
Annapolis mobile walking tour app
Arizona Office of Tourism mobile website app
Montana online ad campaign

Silver Awards
ADDYs 2011 mixed media campaign
Charleston Scene mobile app
Explore Northwest Minnesota iBrochure
Fredericksburg iBrochure
Holy Cow!, Tucson Guide
Shake, Swizzle & Stir, Valley Guide
Something Sweet, Tucson Guide

Bronze Awards
Springfield spring 2011 online banner ad campaign
Sweet Talk, Tucson Guide

Visit to view a full list of Tucson ADDY® award winners.

Date: SEPT.17.2012

Madden Media Wins Three Silver District 12 Regional Awards at the 31ST Annual Addy® Awards

2012 Addy® Regional Award
Madden Media won three separate regional Silver ADDY® Awards at the 31st American Advertising Federation ADDY® Awards. The same campaigns also received Gold ADDY® awards at the local Tucson level. All of the awards were from submissions in the Interactive Media Division category:

The Winning Campaigns (click to view)
Annapolis Mobile Walking Tour App
Arizona Office of Tourism Mobile Website App
2011 "Winter In Montana" Online (CEO) Campaign

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) is the nation's oldest national advertising trade association and the only one representing all facets of the advertising industry. AAF has 15 district operations, each located in and representing a different region of the nation. For more information, visit

One of the industry's largest and most representative competitions, The ADDY® Awards recognizes and rewards creative excellence in the art of various forms of advertising. The 2011 District 12 regional competition included a total of 282 entries by 99 professional and student entrants from seven advertising federation clubs throughout the West (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and El Paso, TX).

Date: JUN.29.2012

New Native Mobile Applications

Madden Media is pleased to announce our latest native mobile applications, now available for travelers. These applications give users powerful tools to explore new areas and puts information right at their fingertips, helping them make key travel decisions on the go.

Lake of the Ozarks - Funlake

Annapolis Walking Tour - Steps Through Time

Our first truly "experiential" application, this app improves travelers' experiences around the iconic landmarks, museums, and historic sites found in Annapolis. Users can easily plan routes to traverse more than 30 key locations and receive detailed turn-by-turn directions to stay on track. Highlights of this intuitive program also include detailed attraction descriptions, interactive links to boat and trolley tours, and information on nearby visitor centers. Integration with major social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, allows travelers to share their experiences in real-time.

Download the app here:

Lake of the Ozarks - Funlake

Lake of the Ozarks — Funlake

This app takes the traditional listings app format to the next level. Exciting and new offerings include Ozarks weather updates, social media links, and "Close to Me" functionality for the many attractions, restaurants, and lodging properties throughout the lakes region. This app is available in the iPhone App Store, Android App Market, and Blackberry App World.

Download the app here:

Date: NOV.16.2011

Salute to Our Historic Headquarters

Madden Media's 104-year-old building is featured in a new KOLD Arizona Centennial Salute spot. Learn about the MacArthur Building's history and restoration.

Date: OCT.25.2011

Several Staffers Move Up

In an effort to continue evolving our products and services and acknowledge staff leadership, we have made several strategic shifts in our management structure:

Date: OCT.17.2011

Visit KC Wins Magnum Opus Award

Madden Media Wins 2011 Magnum Opus Award
Kansas City's visitors guide, published by Madden Media, won the bronze in the Best Tourism Publication category for 2011. The Magnum Opus Awards are conducted by Content Wise in conjunction with the University of Missouri School of Journalism, with the goal of setting the quality bar for the publishing industry.

Professors and leading content marketing professionals judge the awards based on informational and entertainment value, quality of writing and display copy, creative use of imagery and typography, and consistency of color palette and style.

Madden Media's editorial and design team worked with the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association to craft a publication that faithfully conveys the city's unique personality. Inclusion of user-generated content, edgy photos and features, and newsstand-style cover lines are just a few of the elements that ensure this travel guide reads like a lifestyle magazine and effectively engages modern travelers.

Click Here to view all 2011 winners.

Date: JUL.19.2011

Kentucky and Pennsylvania Campaigns Win Online Advertising Awards

Two of Madden Media's cooperative rich media banner campaigns were recognized with wins in the 2011 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC), conducted by the Web Marketing Association.

A 2010 fall co-op executed with Pennsylvania tourism organizations won the single ad award in the travel category. View the winning creative.

Kentucky Department of Travel partnered with Madden Media on a fall 2010 co-op that was chosen first as winner of rich media campaigns in the travel category. Then the campaign went on to win best of show for all rich media campaigns submitted across 86 categories. View the winning creative.

The IAC Awards are the first and only industry-based advertising award competition dedicated exclusively to online advertising. The Competition website with a complete list of winners is located at

Madden Media served as the creative agency for both campaigns, as well as handling co-op sales and service, media placements, and optimization. Both efforts also beat travel industry benchmarks for online advertising performance.

Date: MAR.29.2011


Madden Media Wins 17 ADDY Awards

Madden Media Wins 17 ADDY Awards
Winning designers from back row to front, left to right: Neil Bernardo, Josue Contreras, Sean D'Addamio, Bryan Rosenbaum, Emily Rush, Tabitha Rodrigue, Alex Parisi, Tina Owyoung, Diane Kashy. Not pictured: Jon Artigas, Jamie Britton, Carl Cox
Madden Media was the top winner at the 2011 Tucson Advertising Federation ADDY awards, held at the historic Fox Tucson Theater February 19.

The industry's largest and most representative competition, the ADDYs recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. Madden Media served as the event's Design Underwriter, creating all print and digital collateral.

Gold Awards (click to view)
Metropolitan Tucson CVB mobile web application
Omaha CVB microsite
Plano CVB microsite
What's in Store, Tucson Guide

Silver Awards
Hilton Head Island South Carolina interactive brochure
Kentucky rich media online banner campaign
Madden Media corporate loop
Maryland rich media online banner campaign
Pennsylvania rich media online banner campaign
Washington rich media online banner campaign

Bronze Awards
Artful Contemporary, Tucson Home Magazine
Chessfest: Battle of the Ads invitation (for 9 Queens)
Healthy Home, Tucson Home Magazine
Local Pints of Interest, Tucson Guide
Sonoma County interactive brochure
Trail Mix, Tucson Guide
West Virginia rich media online banner campaign

Visit to view a full list of Tucson ADDY Award winners.

Date: FEB.19.2011


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Kentucky and Pennsylvania Campaigns Win Online Advertising Awards
Date: MAR.29.2011

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