The fringe and flower crowns were out in full force on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club over the past two weekends for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The 2017 event featured headliners Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and Lady Gaga, after the very-pregnant-with-twins-Beyoncé was forced to withdraw (though members of the Beehive need not worry - she'll headline the 2018 fest instead).
The NCAA Tournament, otherwise known as March Madness, is three weeks of controlled chaos - complete with brackets, basketball, and brand activations. With 68 teams on the battlefield, four of which are eliminated even before the first round, the entire tournament is single-elimination and divided into four regions: the East, West, Midwest, and South. Winning the tournament requires six victories in a row, and, on April 3, North Carolina inched to victory with a 71-65 win over Gonzaga in Glendale, Ariz.
Bonnaroo, Coachella, Governor's Ball, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Electric Forest... the names are just as eclectic as the music. Despite the increasing ease at which music fans can find, follow, and curate playlists of their favorite artists online, the allure of the music festival continues to grow each passing year. Proving the point Pop2Life has been preaching for more than a decade... people can't solely exist behind their screens. In fact, consumers crave live experiences - and are willing to pay top dollar for them.
Last spring, we highlighted 5 events that your brand needed to be at, including everything from art shows to college basketball games. This year, we're honing in on the event genre that the biggest brands are pouring their experiential marketing efforts into the most - music festivals. Whether a one-day headliner or dozens of artists spread out over multiple weekends, music festivals have blown up in the last decade as fans crave bigger and better IRL experiences.
The Austin, TX based festival, South by Southwest (referred to as SXSW or simply South by for those in the know), is an experiential, and experimental, marketing opportunity for the world's boldest brands. With 72,000 registrants and artists in attendance, SXSW is one of the most effective channels for promoting your business to professionals connected in the interactive, film, and music industries. SXSW's 100+ sessions, parties, screenings, and keynotes are all centered around one, simple message - the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.
Hey event marketers, when you're deep in the planning and promotion stage of your brand's upcoming experience, how do you advertise it to the world? If it's a stunt, you post vague location announcements and invite press. If it's a festival, you get the word out early, creating a ticketing microsite and a unique social media presence. If it's an annual experience, you build off of the previous year's momentum.
Banks and financial institutions have, traditionally, been cold, brick fortresses without much character or personality. This stoic professionalism is intentionally designed to make clients, and their money, feel safe. While it accomplishes that, it certainly doesn't make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside - though the free lollipops help. You can keep those on the counter, guys...