Experience Design: Eight Ways to Use Shipping Containers in Experiential Programs – Event Marketer

Experience Design: Eight Ways to Use Shipping Containers in Experiential Programs – Event Marketer

Experience Design: Eight Ways to Use Shipping Containers in Experiential Programs

Eight “contained” activations, from showrooms to mobile banks


Shipping containers and pods. They’ve evolved from offering an “industrial cool” look to versatile, reusable, customizable and often ADA accessible, experiences. They’re stackable and attach to each other, they fold up in inclement weather. They travel well and can’t be affected by the wind like tents can. And as you’ll see in this pictorial, scores of brands have found uses for them. Here, a look at eight activations.


EM0815-BP_Shipping_1AdidasShoebox1. Surprise Inside

On the outside, it looked like a larger than life adidas shoebox. But on the inside of this 16-foot by 30-foot oversized display at the entrance to Lollapalooza was a diner-inspired showroom. Or, shall we say, shoeroom. Authentic diner items such as cake racks displaying adidas MEGA shoes, a black and white checkered floor, a freezer photo activation finished off with a blast of cold air and an employee of the month wall topped off the experience. Build: Craftsmen, St. Charles, MO.



2. B-to-B Roadshow

Before the release of its new Razor with Flexball Technology product, Gillette took a mobile shipping container showroom on the road to educate retailers and buyers about its benefits. The three-month tour hit major retailers and offered a history of the brand, self-shave stations, a visualization of how POS and branding could live within stores and brainstorming sessions with Gillette representatives. Build: Craftsmen, St. Charles, MO.



EM0815-BP_Shipping_3CocaCola3. Sampling Showroom

For the launch of its campaign Personalize Your Coke, Coca-Cola took a pod container activation on tour that featured multiple built-in vending machines. From the machines, consumers could type in the message they wanted on their can of coke, and have it dispensed in seconds. Coke leased this pod for use in the program. Build: CGS Premier, New Berlin, WI.




EM0815-BP_Shipping_4PNCBank4. Mobile Banking

To test out mobile banking solutions, PNC Bank for seven days activated an all-digital branch built from a steel 20-foot by eight-foot storage pod. Financial consultants walked visitors through the bank’s various services, while iPads demonstrated online and mobile banking solutions. There was also a “smart” ATM built into the container for 24-hour banking. Build: CGS Premier, New Berlin, WI.



EM0815-BP_Shipping_5Buick5. Car Showcase

Buick has targeted sporting events and festivals, including South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with a shipping container activation right on the beach. With car displays parked nearby, a branded sand castle, mobile kiosks to collect data and sampling, the whole experience is open-air—making it a nearly 360-degree experience. Curtains offered shelter when necessary. Build: CGS Premier, New Berlin, WI.



EM0815-BP_Shipping_6SpikeDrPepper6. Video Studio

Spike TV partnered with Dr Pepper to promote its “Lip Sync Battle” show with the Spike Lip Sync Battle Booth. Promoted using hashtag #OneofaKindLipSync, the 20-foot shipping container with a glass façade activated in Times Square, encouraging consumers to enter the contest for the chance to be featured on an upcoming episode. Appearances by YouTube stars helped build buzz for the event. Build: Boxman Studios, Charlotte, NC.


EM0815-BP_Shipping_7VaporLounge7. TRIAL Lounge

Utilizing a lightweight 20-foot by eight-foot container, JUUL e-cigarette brand activated a sampling—or vaping—lounge on a month-long tour in New York City. There were four products to sample, a lounge area to relax in, JUUL products placed in an illuminated display and an animated GIF booth. The shipping container gave the open-air experience a sense of structure and permanence. Colorful tension fabrics gave the container’s exterior and unexpected new shape. Build: Boxman Studios, Charlotte, NC.


EM0815-BP_Shipping_8CompassGrpFood8. Internal Inspiration

Compass Group, a global foodservice company, serves at least eight million meals from vending machines at restaurants, corporate cafes, schools and more. For its annual summit, it gathered corporate leadership to discuss company goals and inspire revolutionary dining experiences. Built from three shipping containers, a state of the art, farm-to-table cafeteria incorporated touchpoints such as a kitchen, serving area and a micro garden. Build: Boxman Studios, Charlotte, NC.

*This article was originally published in 2015 and is updated periodically


See also:

Online Retailer Zappos Looks to Make Offline Connections on the Road
Birchbox’s Pop-Up Tour Lets Consumers Try Before They Buy
Industrial Cool: Event Design Awards Top Trend


This story appeared in the August 2015 issue
Rachel Boucher
Posted by Rachel Boucher

Rachel joined Event Marketer in 2012 and today serves as the magazine's executive editor. Her travels covering the experiential marketing in dustry have ranged from CES in Las Vegas to Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida (it's never too late)—and everywhere in between.
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