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Piston Recognized in Ad Age 2015 BtoB Best Awards

Recognition Follows Small Agency of the Year Honors at iMedia Agency Awards 2014

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Piston (www.pistonagency.com), a full-service digital agency based in San Diego and New York, was named a runner-up in the Ad Age BtoB Best Awards Microsite category, Ad Age announced today. The BtoB Best Awards celebrate the most innovative and creative work produced by BtoB marketers and their agencies across the full spectrum of media, from print and online to outdoor and experiential. Ad Age editors judged creative and winners were awarded based on merit. For the full list of winners visit www.adage.com/btobbest2015.

"The most compelling work clearly embraced a powerful trend in BtoB marketing: top brands recognize that customers seek the same emotional connection with their business partners that they look for in consumer brands," said Executive Editor of Ad Age Matt Quinn. "Whether the medium was video or print, e-mail or billboards, winning work didn't simply push a product; it told an empowering story."

"We're delighted to be a part of the Ad Age BtoB Best Awards which honor outstanding and innovative creative by agencies on behalf of BtoB marketers and brands," said Piston president John Hartman. "With more than 600 submissions across all media the competition was formidable and we were proud to see our work for Oakley stand out among the best agencies in the industry."

The work began when Oakley tasked Piston with launching the Shaun White Gold Series Collection at Sunglass Hut stores. Piston was challenged to educate the chain's sales associates about the product and spur sales. In response, Piston created "Be the Shaun," an online photo contest with, as they say, a Double McTwist. Built in Drupal 7 with custom and community contributed modules, the application challenged participants to do their best impressions of the Flying Tomato and "out-Shaun" co-workers. Associates were awarded points for social shares and votes from friends and visitors, bonuses were given for cramming tutorial and making sales too—and a live leader board tracked progress. During the promotion period, more than 79,000 pairs of sunglasses were sold resulting in nearly $8MM in revenue.

About Advertising Age
Advertising Age is recognized as the leading global source of news, analysis and intelligence for the marketing and media community. Advertising Age includes ongoing coverage of strategic topics for marketers from mid- to large-size companies complemented by breaking news and a database of the worlds best creative. The 85-year-old publisher produces more than 15 original rankings each year, including the 100 Leading National Advertisers and 100 Leading Media Companies lists, the Agency A-List, and the annual Agency Report.

About Piston
Piston is a full-service digital agency located in San Diego and New York. Piston creates successful communications between brands and customers based on a deeper understanding of commerce, culture and technology. By connecting these three concepts, Piston builds and tracks brand relation­ships that span all media, channels and marketing capabilities. 

Pat Sloan Sloan Hunt Communications
(646) 673-4787
[email protected]

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