Today's pop culture is rooted in remakes, reboots, and comebacks. From entertainment (Jurassic World, Fuller House, and Queer Eye) to fashion (Tommy Hilfiger, dad sneakers, and fanny packs) it seems that everything old is new again. Nowhere is the cyclical nature of trends more evident than in music. As hip hop continues to dominate the charts, old school icons Cher, Robyn, and Janet Jackson still get airtime with each long overdue release. However, for 500 fans cruising along New York’s Hudson River, it's all about emo.
The Teen Vogue Summit: #TurnUp drew more than 600 young activists to The New School in NYC this past weekend for inspiring keynotes, workshops and action opportunities. So much happened during the three-day event: Emma González and Rowan Blanchard discussed the challenges of activism; Teen Vogue gun control cover stars reunited to discuss their plans for what's next; 11-year-old activist Naomi Wadler told Roseanne Barr "Bye, Felicia"; Amandla Stenberg and Common discussed activism and their new film, The Hate U Give; Cynthia Nixon talked legalizing marijuana in a "Teen Vogue (Side) Take"; and Al Gore told teens who are eligible to vote but don't "to just shut up."
Last week, 23 Stories' VP of experiential, Erica Boeke, and Refinery 29/29Rooms' director of experiential, Albie Hueston combined forces at the 35th annual IEG Sponsorship Conference in Chicago, IL. The two experiential masterminds co-presented the session, "Adding Value for Brands through Authentic Experiences and Events," which included 10 Golden Rules of Experiential Marketing. Check out some highlights from their presentation below:
Like real estate, event marketing is location, location, location. Sure, with the right team of creative strategists and designers, you can turn a parking lot into a carnival or a trade show booth into a donut creation station, but the space sets the tone for your entire experience. With literally hundreds of event space options across the five boroughs, New York City is a hub for brand activations -- especially if a stuffy, windowless hotel ballroom isn't what you're looking for. Instead, take advantage of the skyline, the culture, and the unique spaces (owned by even more unique people) hidden throughout the metropolis.
In April 2017, a new, exciting, and exotic music festival was set to take place on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Organized by media mogul Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, Fyre Festival was marketed as a luxury music festival and promoted on Instagram by it-girls Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski. Many of the models/social media influencers did not initially disclose that they were being paid to post and thus, would not actually be attending.
There was a heaviness in the air at last week's New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Beyond the omnipresent rainfall and gray skies, were whispers of the gathering's fate, as the American fashion capital struggles to maintain the same luster as the show's of Paris, Milan, and London. New York mixed up this year's formula by combining men's and women's collections into a massive 10-day-long extravaganza, but with industry greats like Thom Browne, Proenza Schouler, and Altuzarr no longer showing stateside and Alexander Wang and Victoria Beckham presenting their last respective collections here this season, can NYFW revive itself?
Mentions of Valentine's Day often come with a ubiquitous reference to gross consumerism. It's just a fake holiday created by the greeting card companies. It's designed to encourage superfluous spending on items no one needs. It's the worst night of the year to eat out! Flowers die! While this may have been true in decades past, experiential marketers have discovered an important shift in the way consumers spend their time and money every February 14.
It's unclear whether football fans across the country are more excited that the Eagles won or that the Patriots lost. Either way, last night's Super Bowl LII was remarkably lighter than 2017's game, which had a heavy political influence in the week's following Trump's inauguration. This year, brands focused on creating experiences and interactions for their viewers through advertisements that were lifted from our TV screens through experiential strategies such as social media exposure, mobile interaction, and more.
Black Friday is the ultimate consumer experience exception. Shoppers don't set 5am alarms, or worse, head straight to the mall from their Thanksgiving tables, for the great customer experience. Instead, they dress for comfort and speed, map out a plan of attack, and prepare for a fight if necessary. In a world where consumers crave personalized items, one-on-one experiences, and an Instagram-worthy shopping environment, the only retail experience expected on Black Friday is a hefty discount.
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