Getting the Most Out of a Pop-up - Event Marketer

Getting the Most Out of a Pop-up

When brands make a major investment in creating and executing a pop-up the focus is often on
awareness—creating impressions and buzz and changing perception of the
brand by casting it in a new and inventive light.

But just because a pop-up is more about making a splash doesn’t mean that brands should
totally forget about moving that needle. Smart marketers are finding
ways to drive consumers back to the product even after they leave the
pop-up.

Online. The most common—and easiest—way for brands to drive business and measure
ROI from a pop-up is by pointing consumers stopping by the space to a
website. Pedigree for example had signage in its recent Times Square
pop-up that drove consumers checking out the shop to a microsite
dogsrule.com (Agency: Gigunda Group Manchester NH).
If the microsite is tied directly to the pop-up marketers can view at least
some of that traffic as a direct result of putting that pop-up in
place. If consumers can purchase product or pick up a trackable coupon
from the site—all the better for measurement.

On Site. For many brands selling their product or service on site at the pop-up
just doesn’t make sense. Consumers visiting New York City from Cape
Girardeau MO aren’t likely to stock up on a boatload of soap at a
pop-up for example no matter how much they dig the space. But with
some brands a retail tie-in can work. When Bank of America hosted a
pop-up in New York City in December to create buzz for its new
reward-focused credit card it also had staffers on site to sign up
interested consumers.

“Getting people to sign up for credit and checking services on site certainly wasn’t the primary reason for this
but we weren’t going to give up the opportunity to make a sale ” says
Peter McKillop consumer and small business banking communications
executive at the brand. Also amid free amenities like chair massages
coffee and cocoa gift-wrapping and a concierge service consumers
could check out a kiosk further detailing the brand’s services.

Connection. When Sony wanted to promote its Para Tu País (For Your Country)
service which connects consumers with a call center in Mexico to help
save some of the hassle of shipping packages through customs to
recipients south of the border the brand set up a pop-up in
Montebello CA. Consumers could check out the products they could order
for friends and relatives through the service right there in the space.
The best part: If they were ready to order that day the staffers at
the pop-up could connect them directly to the service via a line set up
on site. Altough not every brand needs to connect to a call center for
the same results a similar effect can be easily achieved by installing
a few computer kiosks where visitors can order products directly.

Public Relations. Even if the goal isn’t to immediately move the needle think about what you
can do behind the scenes to drive business in the future. When Warner
Bros. created a high-end pop-up boutique featuring designer Tweety
apparel in Beverly Hills CA it sold some of the designer exclusives
on site but also backed it with a p.r. effort to reach important
contacts across the country (Agency: Grand Central Marketing New York
City).

“Our p.r. efforts paid off and our sales team actually worked with several stylists and personal shoppers from New York Miami
and other major markets to deliver these originals around the country
by sending them images of the products via email and FTP sites ” says
Maryellen Zarakas senior vp-worldwide marketing and TV & studio
licensing at Warner Bros. So while the effort wasn’t about making as
many sales as soon as possible the behind-the-scenes effort ensured
that connections were still made.

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