Exhale. Congratulate yourself. Open that second bottle of wine because your event is over. But, don't get too comfortable because the work is not done... yet. The good news, everything you do from this point on to wrap up your event will only help - running social analytics reports, recapping with partners and vendors, calculating ROI, and sending post event follow-ups to attendees.
While free is a number we can all get behind, we've got some bigger numbers marketers can use to support and grow their experiential budgets in 2017. Beyond establishing brand loyalty, engaging consumers, and evoking positive sentiment, experiential marketing is a huge financial win for brands. Compared to traditional marketing channels, experiential campaigns offer incredible payoffs. History show, events make consumers significantly more likely to align themselves with your brand through purchases, tune-in, or alignment.
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Yetis! (Just kidding, though it definitely worked for Travel Channel...)
We've discussed the evolution of experiential activations a lot on this blog, looking back on the humble beginnings of giant logos at huge events and sample handouts on street corners. Sure, these tactics got your brand noticed in the moment, but in the world of insta-everything if you don't give consumers a reason to remember you, believe me, they won't do you the favor.
Tips courtesy of Emma Handron, Emily Gabriele, Christina Richardson, and Laura Ferraro
Booking travel can be a hassle for anyone - even those of us in the event industry. Luckily, we have more than a decade of experience planning, booking, and managing large-scale travel needs for major brands such as iHeartMedia, AMC, and MTV. With literally thousands of flights booked for contest winners, executives, and VIPs, we've learned a thing or two about saving money (and sanity). Check out nine airline secrets revealed straight from our event concierge team:
Experiential campaigns used to be a race among brands to see who could fill the largest arena and give away the most free samples - it was quantity over quality and the results reflected their imperfect goals. 2017 will bring positive changes to the experiential marketing industry, with a newfound focus on the individual experience rather than mass appeal. Check out the following four trends that are going to be everywhere this year:
2016 was our agency's biggest and baddest year yet. We kicked it all off at The Sundance Film Festival in January with SundanceTV, hopped to San Francisco for the Super Bowl with NFL Style, came home to NYC for a minute to bring The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition to the masses and surprise the west side with a giant bong, shot down to Austin for breakfast tacos and Comedy Central's @Midnight Live at SXSW, skipped over to Nashville to build HGTV a lodge, overnighted to VidCon with DreamWork's Trolls' giant rainbow box, introduced you all to our friends from South Park at Comic-Con, jumped around the east coast with BET's Summer Fan Front, and opened the skies in LA for this season's emotional Walking Dead premiere.
We published 116 blog posts in 2016 - we interviewed co-workers; we interviewed partners; we recapped our concerts, screenings, stunts, festival-appearances, owned activations, and everything in between; we shared our experiential marketing wisdom; and we highlighted other agencies doing kick ass experiences.
As 2016 winds down, there is no rest for the weary marketer. We are expected to predict the future and plan for 2017 before the champagne has even been popped to ring in the new year. This notion especially applies to experiential marketing - which requires weeks, if not months, of planning.
2016 is fading away fast. It was an exciting and interesting year for the experiential marketing industry, as more brands embraced the power of live events and seasoned veterans refined their approaches beyond paying a big check to sponsor a festival, with a focus on smaller, more focused and personalized experiences.