What is The Pitch?
The Pitch is a 2-‐part competition focused on advertising and its associated disciplines. You will receive hands-‐on experience by working at a Pittsburgh advertising agency on a real-‐world project with a local non-‐profit organization. The first part of the program is a one-‐day challenge that takes place in one of six participating agencies. After the first phase, the competition field will be narrowed to two teams. Those teams then compete live.
Who should register?
YOU… if you are a junior or senior interested in the field of advertising and its related disciplines (creative, consumer research, brand strategy, media planning, account management, etc.). The cost is $35 per student and includes lunch.
How does The Pitch work?
On Thursday, October 6, 2016, you will work on one of six teams to address a client challenge. Once registration is closed you will be assigned to an agency and given more details about the day.
What agencies are participating?
This year’s competition includes: Brunner, Chemistry, Garrison Hughes, Gatesman+Dave, MARC, and Red House.
Why do you need to participate?
The Pitch is intensive, real world, and really cool. You will gain invaluable insight into the advertising world and its work while gaining access to a top Pittsburgh agency and its ad professionals. You will build your resume, professional portfolio, and contacts while doing something that will help you determine if this field is right for you.
What’s in it for you?
Pittsburgh Advertising Federation Student Membership
Exposure to agency setting and to agency personnel
What happens if your team moves on to Phase 2?
Your team will prepare for the live presentation tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 11th, 2016 at Point Park University’s JVH Auditorium.
What happens if your team wins the competition?
Winning team members are entitled to:
Public recognition at Pittsburgh Addy awards in Feb / March 2017.
Resume review by industry professionals followed by resume distribution to the entire Pittsburgh
Advertising Federation’s Board of Directors for potential future employment consideration.
Possible execution of concepts by the client.
Best of all -‐ Bragging rights!
What’s the timeframe?
You will need to be onsite at your assigned agency by 9 a.m. for an agency tour and an introduction to your client’s challenge. The day ends at 5:30 p.m. A more detailed schedule will come with your registration confirmation.
Business casual. This can include blue jeans—without holes. No hats. The key? Be professional.