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April 19, 2021

Inside Facebook’s Accessible and Purposefully Thematic Internal Virtual Event

Among the next big challenges for event marketers is fighting the urge to lean on retrospective pandemic content and messaging and to instead embrace fresh marketing themes and branding. For Facebook’s annual internal event, the GMS Summit, this year themed “Reconnect,” the goal was to inspire audiences with a higher energy, festival-like virtual platform that...

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March 25, 2021

SXSW Attendees Explore HBO Max’s Catalogue with Facial Recognition Technology

HBO consistently creates epic fan experiences on the ground during SXSW, from a 90,000-square-foot replica of “Westworld” to a cause marketing campaign with the Red Cross that urged attendees to literally “Bleed for the Throne.” For its 2021 experience, the network leaned on the fact attendees have consumed a record amount of content at home...

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March 16, 2021

Desktops Be Gone: How SXSW Online is Adopting a Roving Approach

The typical virtual attendee of 2020 was confined to a home office. But in 2021, remote comes in a variety of flavors. It’s an insight the SXSW Online team embraced in its monumental task of transforming a 10-day, multi-venue, three-part, in-person festival into an enriching, comfortable and accommodating virtual experience for wherever the attendee may...

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February 24, 2021

OMEN by HP Livestreams a Video ‘Game Show’ to Casual and Competitive Gamers

Courting competitive gamers had been its specialty for years. But with an eye on additional accessible markets, OMEN by HP in 2019 decided to expand its marketing focus to include casual gamers, too. The experiential strategy includes integrating aspects of mainstream culture, including fashion and art, into livestreams that highlight passion points for this audience...

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February 18, 2021

For its Super Bowl LV Experience, RISE Focuses on What is Gained in Virtual

RISE, an organization founded in 2015, and whose mission is to use sports to improve race relations, has always leveraged storytelling as a medium to engage audiences at events like Super Bowl. Its Champions of Change experience, which activated in 2019 and 2020 in-person at the big game, is a multi-layered immersion that allows attendees...

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