• Get Lifted.

    Bridging the gap between community-level interactions & expansive internet-based campaigns, Ground Lift Media utilizes both digital and real world strategies to increase brand reach & exposure from an organic foundation.

     

    Contact us below & discover how our services can benefit you now!

  • our (short) story

    Founded in 2006, Ground Lift Media is an experiential marketing + event production company which targets and works within the many progressive, tastemaker niche demographics of contemporary urban culture. Our immersive campaigns are heavily conceptualized, marketed, and designed to rise above for a lasting impression.

     

    We are devoted to breaking through the chatter in today's real world & digital marketing environments. Utilizing traditional face-to-face and new media techniques our mission is to develop innovative solutions for organizations, brands, and individuals wishing to make an impact in today's rapidly evolving marketplace.

     

    Pulling from our 70+ combined years of expertise across important sectors of the music & entertainment industries (promotions, events, marketing), we excel at working from the ground up as our company’s name implies. In a technical sense a ‘ground lift’ removes interference between connected devices.

     

    Yes we are nerds but this idea rules our world and as the global community is increasingly intertwined, breaking through the chatter becomes job #1. Welcome to our world…

  • glm services

    support where you need it most.

    Events/Marketing

    campaigns, staffing, execution

    Our foundation. Whether a small scale retail activation, or 1000-person concert event, we specialize in bringing ideas into action at the consumer level. From the planning stages through to the post-campaign documentation.

    Promo/Street Team

    retail, hand-to-hand, guerilla

    Real world tactics. Street level promotions are a tried & true method of spreading a campaign's awareness, which positions your marketing efforts directly in front of potential customers, patrons, and ticket buyers.

    Design/Branding

    flyers, signage, logos

    A strong visual brand is arguably the most important part of a marketing or promo campaign. How do people see you? Are you making a visual impact? We can all provide on-going design support, and branding consults too!

    Printing

    flyers, posters, banners, etc

    For clients who prefer a 'One-stop shop' option, by allowing GLM to handle your printing needs you'll keep both your time and money where it matters most... in the campaign. From biz cards to large scale posters.

  • who we are

    meet the glm team.

    Nigel Ridgeway

    operations / co-founder

    Using his experience with Engineering and Interior Design as a foundation, Nigel's operational approach straddles the line between form & function, and makes them best friends.

    Roy Gardiner

    strategies / co-founder

    The brains. An accomplished globe-trotting photographer as well as a computer programmer, Roy is able to construct a big picture down to the finest details.

    Jason Deuchler

    social media  / content

    Through his work as a professional DJ & cinematographer, Jason brings a unique perspective and an expansive array of skills to the table, both in front of & behind the camera.

    Rich Jones

    market relations

    With industry experience on both sides of the curtain, Mr. Jones has combined an unwavering passion for his craft with an earnest desire to develop and curate creative culture.

    Eric Gupana

    graphic designer

    Well-constructed designs & cohesive visual branding are two of the most important factors in a campaign, and this guy here, he's our 'eyes' and 'mouse finger.' Meet Eric.

    Stephan Steciw

    event manager

    Staying  composed under pressure is no small feat but Radio Personality, Music Educator, and DJ-about-town Stephan excels in the moment, and brings good things to life.

    Bradley Schacht

    promotions director

    During his time working with clients like Live Nation, Bradley quietly honed his talents for staffing & management, all the while getting the insider's view of the music industry.

  • clients

    a few projects we've worked on...

    Red Bull Thre3style

    @ Concord Music Hall. Chicago, IL

    What began as a successful energy drink, Red Bull has since turned into a marketing & events force of nature. Among their many music brands lies Red Bull Thre3style. With a focus on turntablism and crowd-rocking skills, this global competition held it’s regionals at Concord Music Hall. Ground Lift Media’s digital & real world promotion campaigns provided a capacity crowd, and one of Chicago’s largest to date.

    Complex / Fiat 500X: #MyDesignCity

    @ Moonlight Studios. Chicago, IL

    An automobile manufacturer with a forward-thinking design aesthetic, Fiat 500X teamed up with Complex Media for a day / night showcase over Pitchfork Festival weekend. The resulting event, #MyDesignCity, featured a lineup focused on local Chicago artists, designers, & craftspeople. Ground Lift Media led an email RSVP campaign which helped contribute to the event’s success at Moonlight Studios in West Town.

    Remy Martin Tasting

    @ River North Arts Center. Chicago, IL

    Known for it’s traditional distillation methods and extended aging processes, Remy Martin is internationally recognized as one of the oldest Champagne Cognac manufacturers. In conjunction with CFS Direct, Ground Lift Media led an email marketing & social media promotion campaign for Remy Martin which resulted in a 4-day sold out series of tastings at Chicago’s River North Arts Center.

    Shinola In-Store Programming

    @ Wicker Park. Chicago, IL

    Shinola is a luxury lifestyle brand that relies heavily on independent American manufacturers. Detroit-based, the company has revived a storied U.S. brand and in the process helped revitalize a city. For various holiday and retail promotional campaigns, Ground Lift Media provided music programming at their flagship Chicago retail outlet.

    Rick Edwards: Nike Retrospective

    @ Silver Room. Chicago, IL

    As part of the “Style Wars” event series, which paired athletic brands with up-and-coming artists, musicians & DJs, Rick Edwards’ retrospective exhibit was an interactive timeline displaying how Hip-Hop & Nike both influenced his work. The exhibit showcased Edwards’ design abilities and their roots in sneaker culture, how he grew within his own design company, Creatively Prosperous, and within his work at Nike & MKTG Agency.

    #DellLounge: Windows 10 Pop-Up

    @ Venue SIX10. Chicago, IL

    To celebrate the launch of Windows 10, Dell and Microsoft hosted a #DellLounge in Chicago over Lollapalooza weekend. This 4-day pop-up activation brought the new Windows 10 features to life through interactive experiences, learning labs, and Virtual Reality experiences. The launch party was headlined by Grammy-nominated producer Morgan Page, and with Ground Lift’s marketing support the event series started off on the right foot.

    Bicycle Film Festival Event

    @ Private Loft Location. Chicago, IL

    Founded in 2001, The Bicycle Film Festival is an annual touring showcase which celebrates the bicycle through music, art and, of course, film. Working with BFF, Pabst, and Miller Brewing, Ground Lift Media co-produced the Festival’s official afterparty which featured the Milwaukee DJ duo The Glamour in a transformed River North Loft location.

    The Elder Tree Stage

    @ West Fest. Chicago, IL

    An independently established organization, The Elder Tree aims to transfer knowledge to youth, creating and inspiring the next generation of cultural pioneers through direct contact with educators and multimedia artists in an experiential learning environment. At West Fest Chicago, this mission was brought to life with a weekend series of seminars, dance performances, living murals, and music programming.

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