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  • Corbin to be Inducted into the EIC Hall of Leaders +


    Corbin Ball, together with Henry Givray, Edward Liu, and Deborah Sexton will be inducted into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders for 2018, the most prestigious honor in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry.  The awards celebration will occur on October 16, 2018 in Las Vegas during IMEX America. 
         Personal note: I feel tremendously honored and
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  • The May/June 2018 Issue of Corbin's TechTalk News Now Available +

    The May/June 2018 issue of TechTalk  is  now available and is packed with new meetings technology articles, links and ideas! 

    In this issue:

    • NEW ARTICLE: Face Recognition – The Next Step to Streamline Events
    • NEW ARTICLE: Coping with Technology Change
    • NEWS
    • 15 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN
    • QUOTES OF THE MONTH
    • RECENT ARTICLES WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN"
    • SUBSCRIBE AND THE FINE PRINT
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  • Corbin Ball & Co. Marks Its 21st Anniversary +

    In April of 1997, I left my career as Head of Conference Operations for a high-tech association (SPIE) to form my own speaking, consulting and writing firm focusing exclusively on technology for events, exhibitions and meeting venues. I was the first person to do this full-time -- the 'OG' of event tech! Today, I am happy to say there are many Read More

  • Corbin Named as One of the Top 30 CMP Influencers by the CIC +

    I am very happy and honored to be included with 29 other colleagues in this first peer-nominated influencers campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) program. 
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    As the 30th anniversary year of the Certified Meeting Professional Program began, the Convention Industry Council (CIC), which administers the program, wanted to recognize this milestone by honoring the CMPs
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  • 1 Face Recognition – The Next Step to Streamline Events
  • 2 Three Steps to Cope with Technology Change
  • 3 50 Ideas Using Video to Market and Improve Expos and Events
  • 4 Leveraging Social Influencers to Build Meeting Involvement and Attendance
  • 5 Event Chatbot 101 - Essential Questions Answered
  • 6 7 Event Design Ideas from EventTech Las Vegas
  • 7 Blockchain and Ethereum -- How Can They Be Used for Events?
  • 8 Overcoming SMM Technology Challenges
  • 9 Event Technology Innovation Trends Highlighted with IBTM World’s 2017 Technology & Innovation Watch
  • 10 The Top 5 Benefits of Augmented Reality for Trade Shows
  • 11 Eight Meetings Tech Trends to Watch for 2018
  • 12 How to Leverage Live Social Media Coverage for Event Engagement
  • 13 Evolutionary Changes In The World Of Event Tech
  • 14 The Rise and Benefits of Text Apps and Chatbots for Events
  • 15 5 Major Developments in Augmented Reality (AR) that will Impact Events, Exhibitions and Venues

5 Stages of Digital Marketing for Sold-Out Events

© 2017, Emily Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager, Tradable Bits

Ever wonder how events like Lollapalooza manage to sell out so fast? Analysing social data from hundreds of events reveals much insight into how best to market conferences.

Typical conferences go like this: hardly anyone talks about you before event day except your team, so many people talk about you during your event that you’re completely overwhelmed and then you return to radio silence just days after it’s all over. Sound familiar?

Turns out, the most successful sold-out conferences do two things differently. First, they acknowledge and collect data about everyone that shows interest in their conference - not just ticket buyers. We call these people “fans”. Second, all of the sold-out conferences use social CRM technology to execute the same five stage marketing cycle, seen below. We’ve called this formula “fan-based marketing”.

When you launch, attract, prepare, attend and amplify with fan-based marketing, you:

  • Generate organic excitement and qualified leads, even months before event day
  • Sell out before event day by ensuring every dollar spent on advertising reaches fans
  • Triple your organic engagement during your event while maintaining complete control
  • Extend organic engagement with your fans and their friends long after your event

Five Stages of Fan-Based Marketing for Sold Out Conferences:

LAUNCH

Seven to eleven months before your conference, buzz about your existence is your lifeblood. Don’t blast brand content and pray it’s heard; connect fans with an engagement campaign that creates organic activity.

Goal: Generate awareness for your conference

Typical conferences: Create and pay to push tons of brand content to your own properties

Fan-based marketers: Incentivize fans to create their own content about you and collect contacts with a user-generated contest

Result: More reach for far less effort and spend; more authenticity and credibility

ATTRACT

Five to eight months before your conference, your speaker lineup launch should generate leads. Using the audience you’ve built, segment fans by interest and personalise your launch - ensuring a positive response.

Goal: Educate your fans about your lineup

Typical conferences: Pay to tell fans about your lineup through brand content and print/online advertising

Fan-based marketers: Directly email fan networks and amplify organic fan content about your lineup

Result: Higher email open rates because subscribers anticipate you reaching out to them; more organic reach

PREPARE

One to three months before your conference, you’ve launched your schedule and are preparing your fans for a stellar experience. If you sell out early with optimised ads, you’ll have more time to plan surprise fans with personalised offerings.

Goal: Generate excitement for your event

Typical conferences: Promote your schedule on brand assets, starting with an app-only launch to drive installs

Fan-based marketers: Encourage fans to share their own personalised schedules with their friends on social

Result: More organic awareness for less effort and spend; fans introduce you to their networks

ATTEND

During your conference, you’re making sure fans have a good time while solving any potential issues. When you have a pulse on fan social content, you can relax while staying in control and ahead of any crises.

Goal: Amplify the activity at your conference

Typical conferences: Post about event day to brand assets and ask media to promote your live stream

Fan-based marketers: Use your app to interact with fans via push notifications and connect them with speakers

Result: Tons of brand mentions in press and social from genuinely happy fans who had a great experience

AMPLIFY

After your conference, keep the brand buzz going for longer. Don’t start from scratch again next year - use previous years’ data, audiences and insights to make your next conference bigger and better so you’ll sell out even faster.

Goal: Keep engagement going beyond event day

Typical conferences: Repost live stream and brand content to your own website and social profiles

Fan-based marketers: Put fan experiences (user-generated content) on your website and socials, inviting fans to share

Result: Enjoy year-long engagement; use past fan data to personalise future campaigns, increasing ROI

SUMMARY

When event marketers are overwhelmed with disjunct data on social, e-commerce and ticketing platforms, they must connect with their individual fans.

Profiles on social media are more than just follower numbers - they’re digital representations of the everyday identities of your attendees. Connecting with them through social login campaigns and social aggregation provides an unprecedented opportunity for your event to reach the humans behind your online sales.

Successful marketing starts with identifying who your fans are, ensuring they have excellent experiences and then using their influence to generate awareness, engagement and sales.

For a complete breakdown of fan-based marketing tactics for sales, marketing, organisers and sponsorship within each stage, download the complete Tradable Bits Fan-Based Marketing for Events white paper here.


Tradable Bits helps events know their fans and market smarter. Their marketing platform is your all-inclusive solution for sponsorship activations, social aggregation and ecommerce-integrated Fan CRM. These tools combine fan data across networks, giving you a complete understanding of your audience so you can provide awesome experiences while optimizing spend.



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