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.
The annual conference in Austin, TX is infamous for its over-the-top parties, brand marketing activations, packed lecture halls, and enough breakfast tacos to make you physically ill - a fact our team continues to test year after year. While always an inspiring and innovative event of the brightest minds in tech, marketing, design, film, comedy, style, and music, this year, like last, had clear political undertones. In 2017, it was all about vowing allegiance to social issues, while this year tackled major issues like cybersecurity, the #MeToo movement, healthcare, surveillance, diversity in the workplace, artificial intelligence (AI), and the responsibility social platforms have to place checks on their power while reflecting on the changing tech landscape.
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.
Branded events have to be both a place where attendees go to remove themselves from their social media universe to have an authentic, in-person, once-in-a-lifetime experience while still getting viral media attention. Sounds impossible, but if anyone can handle such a paradox, it's an experiential marketer. These event planning ninjas can create a world so enrapturing, attendees only raise their phones to their faces at the exact right moment.
A brand ambassador shows a traveler the immersive, 10’ tall Echo Dot in Amazon Music's Terminal 5 activation space last month. The music streaming service took over JetBlue's terminal at JFK, allowing consumers to play with the technology, ask questions, and sign up IRL.
Experiential marketing was on everyone's radar in 2017. From the Super Bowl to Art Basel, Sundance to Cannes, brands across the globe invested more money than ever into crafting personalized, creative experiences for their consumers. Beyond establishing brand loyalty and evoking positive sentiment, custom experiences are huge financial wins 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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Technology was a hot addition to events in 2017. Virtual reality was everywhere from Comic-Con to Coachella and consumers didn't even have to attend IRL (in real life -- you'll see that come up a lot in this post...) events in order to get in on the action. Tech gadgets from Google, Samsung, and Sony allowed brands to connect to fans on an experiential level without ever leaving their homes. Will VR reign supreme in 2018? Will the tech trend bubble burst and be replaced by old school activations? Check out nine opinions from Pop2Life's best and brightest employees across departments to find out what will be the hottest event trends in 2018.
Updated! As we look back on 2017 -- the events we've produced, the partners we've worked with, and the content we've created, we're highlighting our most loved experiences from the last year. Our blog readers favored our travel content, with our Event Concierge Services team tips and tricks getting the most viral hits of any other topic. Check out an updated version of our travel blog, with three new tips (!) below.