Have You Ever Been Experienced?

Buddha’s Uncle and Terrance Grace produced the Los Angeles segment (for agency, OSK GmbH) of a 280 degree video installation, celebrating Mercedes Benz and 125 years of the automobile. Three interlocked cameras were fixed to the hood of a Cabriolet convertible and then seamlessly blended together in post. The installation, featuring Grammy winner Colbie Caillat, premiered at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

Experiential Marketing for the Education Professional
You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen it. And maybe even, you’ve EXPERIENCED it. The it is, engagement marketing, a.k.a. experiential marketing, live marketing, participation marketing, on-ground marketing, pop-up marketing or just plain old, special events.

It’s a strategy that directly engages your audience in an interactive, physical space that promotes your brand in a positive, entertaining, thought-provoking, experiential way.

Up Close and Personal
According to a 2015 study by the Event Marketing Institute, “98% of respondents said that assuming the product or service promoted was one they were interested in, participating at the event or experience made them more inclined to purchase.”

The study further discovered that Brand Perception was perceived by event participants as significantly more positive when they experienced it, in person.

The bottom line? More consumers are purchasing during live events and 87% of participants actually purchased the product or service again, after the event.

Solve internships Experiential marketing

courtesy: ADWEEK

Minneapolis based agency, Solve upped the ante with their summer internship drive by taking their recruitment efforts outside.

Solve account director, Ryan Murray spoke with AdFreak: “We tried to bring the space design and collaborative feel of our office to campus quads,” Murray says. “We partnered with Clamor, an event firm, who built custom cube walls and desks to mimic our actual space. Every portion of the pop-up mirrored our headquarters, from the receptionist desk with the Solve logo to the open offices to the collaborative brainstorming area.”

Potential interns were given on-the-spot, five minute job assignments. It gave participants a real-life example of what an internship might entail, at the agency. The results? There were three times more participants in this pop-up event than previous recruitment efforts.

How does this work for Educators and those involved in Lifelong Learning?
Experiential marketing is not necessarily new in the education field — Think recruitment seminars and academic consultants at college fairs. But is that truly experiential?

What if you took the classroom outside to a park, recreational area, or summer fair? Is there a local coffee shop where your institution could setup an interactive pop-up whereby participants might get a little continuing-ed on the spot? Got Music Classes? How about a free concert in the park with your teachers? Follow that up with a five minute live demonstration and you’ve got a whole new way of reaching your community and audience.

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People are more inclined to purchase if participating in an event.

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People say experiential marketing improves Brand Perception.

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People purchased the product or service after the event, in addition to on-site purchases.

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Participants at experiential events are more likely to become regular customers.

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BADASS of the week – Annie Smith Peck

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