Modern marketing is more about customer experience, feedback, building relationships with customers, adapting continuously the new digital landscapes, and marketing across multiple channels to reach different consumers. It is a need in today’s world that marketers must work continuously for an ever-increasing number of platforms to develop a more identity-based audience.
This need and increasing competitive pressures brought on by globalization are forcing business professionals to find new ways to engage and attract customers. Despite the rise in online marketing, event marketing is still an extremely effective way to showcase your business in a real-life setting, invite people and influencing them to buy your products or services. Event marketing plays an important role in creating and maintaining brand identity.
According to Forrester’s report, B2B marketing executives allocate at least 25% of their total annual budgets to live events and that is a very big proportion of a total marketing budget.
Events are effective, but they are also expensive. B2B marketers continue to invest in event marketing, but new research suggests that it is still difficult for them to determine the ROI of these initiatives. So, securing the budget and getting maximum ROI is one of the major challenges for B2B Marketers.
If planned and executed properly, event marketing can be a huge success for a business. For the same, it’s very important that the marketing strategies to promote the event are selected wisely. Now let’s discuss a few B2B Marketing strategies for Maximizing Event Marketing ROI.
Organizing an event is expensive and also hectic. A lot of things have to be taken into consideration before and after hosting an event. While doing all these things, the most important element of any event marketing strategy is to attract and invite the right prospects and customers for the event. If you fail to attract the appropriate audience, your motive behind hosting an event won’t succeed at all.
You can build and segment lists of all those prospects we want to invite based on the data in our CRM and by coordinating with the sales and marketing teams.
The venue you decide on hosting an event has a massive impact on the brand image of your business and on the number of attendees that are going to attend the event. Choosing a venue is the one decision that will have the largest impact on your event.
It takes the right event venue and location to excite and motivate people to attend an event. Make sure the venue location is feasible for your attendees to reach. It is well equipped with parking and other infrastructure facilities. There’s a lot to consider when choosing your event’s venue, so plan at least 3 – 4 months earlier for the same.
Generating leads or registering attendees only is not enough. You need to follow up with these registered prospects and customers to remind them about the forthcoming event and to make them attend the same.
It’s always good to have a follow-up plan for a registered audience in place before your event – even if it’s just a breakdown of things they should know about your business. Send emails to the attendees reminding them about the event a day or two before. Cold calling is also an effective way to follow up with the prospects as it gives a more personal touch.
Personalized follow-up guarantees a strong professional relationship from the outset and gives you the chance to positively influence your working reputation.
Event hosting or anchoring is an important part of the event. Whether your team will be attending an event or hosting one, all members should be specialized for their specific roles. Also make sure that well before the event date, all team members are properly trained on their specific objectives. If you’re outsourcing it to an event organizing agency, make sure you get a demo for the same before the live event.
Remember that the objective is to be as effective and as strategic as possible and this all starts with a specialized events team.
One of the most important aspects of any marketing strategy relates to identifying growth opportunities and analyzing the results of executed strategies. Whether you’re a large corporation or a small firm – analyzing the results helps you a get a clear picture of the success of a strategy that is implemented.
Discussing the results of the event with sales and marketing team helps to gain insights on what worked and what didn’t without wasting time blaming each other. Share the success results of the event with the audience and attendees. For example – what attendees had to say about the event, the total number of attendees that attended the event and made it a grand success. This helps to boost the brand image and creating a goodwill among the society.
No matter how many attendees attended your event and how many gave a positive response. Most of them will not be ready to buy today. So don’t consider your follow-up to be a once and done thing. Plan and execute a nurturing campaign—a series of persuasive emails or a periodic newsletter that will keep your company in the forefront of their minds whenever they think of buying a product or service that matches your business.
“Patience is the key element of success.” Bill Gates.
It’s human nature to want the sales to materialize quickly. You may be lucky with some of your prospects. But it doesn’t work that easy. You need to go through a cycle of several follow-ups, meetings, voicemails, emails, turn downs to close a sale.
Event marketing is not only challenging but complex as well. A very high investment marketing strategy which is usually opted by large MNC’s. Since it is not only about higher registrations but it is also important to know the quality and quantity of leads generated through these registrations. Event Marketing is all about manipulating prospects and customers so that they spend time with your salespeople and executives at the event, in order to gather more comprehensive information about them and be able to follow up successfully, converting leads into sales more efficiently.
Apprise Marketing Services – AMS undertakes an in-depth preliminary analysis of prospective registrants and makes appropriate efforts to drive them to these programs that most likely result into leads or conversions for the businesses.
We can help you smoothly overcome the following event marketing challenges:
Our event marketing team includes:
If you’d like to know more about how we at Apprise Marketing Services – AMS can help you in registering more attendees for your event, you can reach us at email@example.com or visit us at www.ams-in.com.
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