The annual conference in Austin, TX is infamous for its over-the-top parties, brand marketing activations, packed lecture halls, and enough BBQ to make you sick - a fact the Pop2Life 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 had a clear political undertone - as CEOs, big brands, and stars vowed allegiance to social issues.
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.
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:
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.
When you're throwing a killer event for your executives, VIPs, or contest winners, organization should be your number one priority. Originally published on BizBash on June 28, 2016. Click here to check it out!
Most event planners still use spreadsheets as their “guest management tool.” But this old-fashioned way of doing things is painful and anything but “dynamic.” Enter Ribyt, a new dynamic guest management tool that can manage complex guest logistics in about half the time it takes using spreadsheets.
The events world is anything but one-size-fits-all. While event planners deal with venues, vendors, production, catering, contracts, logistics, decor, and a never-ending stream of changes, it's tough to focus on each individual guest experience. This is especially challenging for events that include different types or levels of guests and events that require travel management (such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival). Moreover, we live in a world where everything is on demand, customized, and personalized. People's expectations are higher than ever and getting a “V.I.P.” experience is no longer the exception, it's the expectation.
When I was a senior in high school, Facebook came on the scene. I had always stressed about my social interactions at the lockers and during free period, but suddenly those feelings followed me home to my "wall." The original Facebook wall gave gossip an extended shelf life. Now that ~*epic*~ party from last semester remained relevant as the pictures were immortalized online.