New Research Reveals The Power of Connecting Social Media with Experiential Marketing

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The power of experiential marketing campaigns that use social media to further engage an audience has been further emphasized with the results of latest research, as Keith Austin, CEO at Event Marketing Solutions Ltd, reports.

20th Century Fox Experiential Marketing

Scenes from EMS' Experiential Marketing for 20th Century Fox

More than half of the 1,000 people surveyed agreed that they would buy a product or service as a result of a live experience, 54% would look online to find out more about the brand and 46% would go on to visit the brand in-store.

The power of experiential marketing campaigns that use social media to further engage an audience has been further emphasized with the results of latest research, as Keith Austin, CEO at Event Marketing Solutions Ltd, reports.

According to a study by Immediate Future and Electrify, experiential campaigns are the most likely to be shared on social media – more so than adverts on TV or in print.

More importantly this type of marketing impacts the bottom line, increasing the likelihood of consumers engaging with a brand and going on to make a purchase. More than half of the 1,000 people surveyed agreed that they would buy a product or service as a result of a live experience, 54% would look online to find out more about the brand and 46% would go on to visit the brand in-store.

Not surprisingly, consumers were more likely to share their experience on social media if it was unusual, entertaining or relevant, and a recent EMS campaign with 20th Century Fox reflected this premise.

By giving the public a chance to take a starring role in famous movie trailers which they could then share with friends through social media, EMS created a truly immersive experience that engaged the audience long after the event had finished.

The ‘Blu-ray experience’ - an interactive European roadshow trucks tour - incorporated two Green Screen backgrounds that allowed visitors’ faces to be superimposed on to those of famous actors. The film trailers were edited on-board and emailed to visitors after the event in their home language - creating a European viral campaign that lengthened the event experience by enabling clips to be shared via social media, spreading the word about Blu-ray.

Of the 7,674 visitors, almost 2,000 experienced a Blu-ray product presentation and made their own personalised movie trailer. Visitors uploaded their clips to Facebook, receiving around 6,000 on-line views internationally in the first three months.

Speaking about the impact the exhibition trailers had on the success of their campaign, August Martin, Vice President of Marketing, Library and Home Entertainment for 20th Century Fox, said:

"This was an exciting campaign that created a giant buzz about Blu-ray at retailers across Europe. The roadshow allowed 20th Century Fox to connect with consumers on an interactive and personal level and through the high definition Blu-ray trailers and data capture, it created a strong social media momentum beyond the event itself."

For brands who are considering a roadshow exhibitions tour, Event Marketing Solutions can help maximise campaign success through social media. Get in touch today to find out how.

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Notes to editors

  •     Event Marketing Solutions Ltd (EMS) plan, supply and implement international vehicle based roadshows tailor-made to clients’ needs - this enables them to engage directly with their customers.
  •     EMS own and operate the largest and most versatile fleet of exhibition trailers in Europe and use their roadshow experience to put clients’ products and services directly in front of their target audiences - wherever they are in the world
  •     Other brands that are using EMS to deliver B2B campaigns include Ciena and Infinera

For further information, please contact: Clare Tregaskis, 07792 429227, email claret@judgeandhoward.com or Kate Price at EMS, 0151 350 1509 email kate.price@eventms.com

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