Marketing Eye

It shouldn't be surprising that some companies develop marketing campaigns that include tangible, interactive experiences as part of advertising their products in an effort to discover innovative ways to appeal to and stand out from their target audience. You could have seen a taste-test pop-up kiosk and been delighted to score a nice sample of free food, or maybe you were playing around with a demo smartphone in a tech store that was locked down. These are a few of the more straightforward examples of experiential marketing. The goal is to engage and personalise the target audience through real-world or virtual interactions. These kinds of activities might appear to be far more distinctive, memorable, and effective than typical advertising, and thus more meaningful to audiences


Getting your audience involved

People develop connections with the brands they deal with in much the same way that they do with other people. One may think of a brand they are familiar with as a type of friend, even if they know nothing about them and don't make them feel bad. However, they won't be able to become friends unless they have some quality time together. In this sense, experiential marketing is a bit of a short cut because it connects a brand and a person through a more intimate experience rather than having the person only have a passing awareness of a brand due to exposure to a one-way message or other superficial interactions that are typical of most daily marketing messages.

Experiential marketing is also known as engagement marketing, and it may use one or a combination of the following strategies to engage an audience through a campaign.

  •  Product demonstrations and sampling: Giving your audience the chance to try out or physically experience your product will pique their interest and give them something to compare your offering to that of your rivals, which will help them make decisions that will encourage purchases or other actions.
  • Live activity experience: Offering a special live experience can be done in a variety of inventive methods. It may be a presentation, a workshop, or a promotional pop-up exhibit that provides your audience with both information and enjoyment. When planning the activity, you could want to thrill, educate, amuse, and/or surprise your audience in order to leave them with a lasting impression that will inspire them to take action in the future.
  •  Collaborations with influencers, celebrities, or other brands can help you give your audience a unique and meaningful experience by leveraging their already-existing relationships with other organisations that they may hold in higher esteem.
  • The experience of augmented reality: Advances in technology have made it possible to instantly and in-real-time overlay computer-generated material onto 3D settings. In the interim, before it becomes more widely used as a marketing tool, augmented reality capability may offer a virtual area for inventive presentations and interactions. This can be an interesting and original method to engage your audience.

Experiences matter, and not only to your target audience. For your brand, an effective experiential marketing campaign may provide a lot of advantages.

Heightened awareness and memory

This is a crucial goal of experiential marketing since it offers a good chance to leave a lasting, favourable impression on your target audience. Your brand identity must be clearly communicated, and you can accomplish this by making heavy use of visual components like your logo and brand colours. This will help your audience associate pleasant experiences with your brand and will help them remember it longer.

differentiating oneself from rivals

Experiential marketing strategies typically demand more time and effort to develop and implement than the more straightforward marketing that your rivals would typically practise. Examples include offering your audience a free trial of your product while rivals do not, or arranging an event that introduces your audience to actual people working for your company. These actions make your brand stand out from the crowd.

improved attitudes and loyalty

Strong first impressions go further because they help to solidify audience perceptions, which makes it more difficult for rivals to change those opinions on their own. Additionally, familiarity and appeal help consumers feel connected to and trust a brand. From this trust, loyalty develops, which in turn helps your business's reputation and image. Because there is always a chance that your audience may have a terrible experience and it will have the opposite impact of what you planned, experiential marketing initiatives require significant expenditure to optimise their potential to be resounding successes.

Cross-platform marketing

It is remarkable if your company is organising a unique activity or event. In order for your audience to interact or take part in any such experiential marketing activity, you need inform them across all of your marketing channels of the what, where, and when of the activity. The activity itself should advertise the same platforms—such as your website or social media—through which certain audiences segments first learned about the activity. Your audience is more likely to be exposed to more of your material the more cross-channel promotion you do. You may increase your audience reach by encouraging them to share their experiences on social media.

obtaining helpful data from participants

Depending on the activity, there may be an opportunity to count participants, gather contact information, solicit comments, or obtain other types of replies. You may utilise this to gather information on participant habits, preferences, and perceptions, which you can use to guide business decisions and improve your overall marketing strategy.

expanded reach thanks to word-of-mouth communications.

Talking with pals while taking part in a live activity may be fin. It would be ideal to have your audience spread the word about your business to others (perhaps inside your target demographic). This demonstrates the significance of your brand's clear image when it comes to experiential marketing.

The usual formula might be upset by including experiential marketing into your larger marketing plan, especially in the eyes of your target demographic. People are continually exposed to advertising and one-way marketing communications, but it happens far less frequently when they are not only passive recipients but are actively involved, which results in a feeling of empowerment and encourages increased involvement.