How Vanguard Advertising will take your events to dizzying heights during Covid times
September 13, 2021
How you choose to promote events can have a direct impact on how successful that event is.
For brands with an established place in the online hierarchy, their event promotion efforts don’t have to be particularly intense or creative.
but if this is your first event, or your brand has yet to be seen as an online authority, you’re going to need every trick in the book to stand out.
That’s why I put together this guide to event promotion for online and in-person events.
Armed with this, your online promotion efforts are going to help drive meaningful engagement and, ideally, increase event attendance.
We’ll create Content to Promote Your Event
No matter what kind of event you’re promoting online, letting it exist in a vacuum is never a good Idea,
What I mean by that is your content marketing efforts should overlap with the event you’re promoting.
Let’s say that your brand or business has a weekly podcast. It’s crucial that you take time during that podcast to plug your event.
Don’t miss an opportunity to promote an event on a platform you control particularly when you’re dealing with a targeted audience.
But, beyond that, it’s important to recognize the practicality of this approach.
To put it frankly, even the most dedicated audiences get busy.
They may have wanted to keep up with all your content but simply missed your official announcement of the event. Or, they planned to sign up for your digital event, but forgot.
If you want, you can create blog posts that discuss information relevant to the event.
You can go one step beyond that and create unique videos for the event
Whether it’s a collage of previous attendees at old events or a video of past speakers, what matters is that your content is making people aware of your event.
If you want to keep people interested and make sure they actually show up, we’ll need to create compelling promotional content.
We’ll Add Your Event to Your Email Signature
Okay, I know what you’re thinking.
“Neil, this is corny/excessive/unnecessary.”
These complaints usually come from people who have been on the receiving end of lame email signatures
Trust me; I get it.
And make no mistake, email signature event promotions can look downright cringe-worthy when done poorly.
But if done tastefully, an email signature can pique your audience’s interest and compel them to click through to your site.
The go-to rule here is to avoid an email signature that’s too long or tedious.
An email signature can be a simple yet professional way to promote an event every time you send an email.
We’ll Use Email Lists to Your Advantage
I’m a huge believer in the power of leverage.
One of the main reasons that I encourage businesses and brands to offer value is that it helps you gain an interested audience.
Let’s say that you’ve taken a page out of my book and created content so valuable that your competitors would have made people pay for it.
If you gave that away for free, with the only expectation being that they sign up for your newsletter, you’ll
Not only will you get plenty of email signups, but the vast majority are probably going to be active emails as opposed to dead links.
Simple. When you offer major value, people take notice.
If your content is valuable, people will care. And when people are receiving value, they’re more likely to keep following your newsletter.
Of course, all this is great, but it doesn’t answer why email lists are so important to your marketing strategy.
Let’s face facts. Having your own list of targeted leads can be a pretty powerful marketing tool.
And promoting your event via that email list is the perfect chance to offer your followers even more meaningful value.
Promoting your event via email is actually pretty straightforward.
Two to three months before your event, you can send out your official invitation to your email list.
Note: If you are promoting a digital event, send invites a month or two in advance.
An effective invitation has three major components.
- It covers the major event details (important speakers, location, etc.).
- It shows what the attendees will gain from going to your event.
- It is brief, personal, and to the point.
From there, you should periodically remind people about the event, but don’t overdo it. A clear reminder in your weekly newsletter should get the job done.
When you provide people with valuable information by letting them know you have a relevant event coming up, you’ll only reinforce the validity of your email list.
We’ll Create a Unique Event Page
Whether you are hosting an in-person or digital event, a unique event page on your website is a massively important. It helps people take you seriously, and it becomes a hub for event information.You should also have a list of any important guests and speakers that’ll be presenting during your event.
My favorite aspect of creating a unique page for an event is that you can create trackable URLs for your website and landing pages.
Why does this matter?
Simple. With trackable URLs, you can collect data on which methods of event promotion are working the best, and you’ll be able to determine which method has the highest ROI.
We’ll Promote Events on Facebook
You can’t talk about online event promotion without addressing the importance of your social media accounts.
If you’re looking for a place to get started, Facebook is your best bet.
With nearly three Billion active weekly users Facebook has the biggest overall reach available.
But how do you actually go about promoting an event with it?
Well, first, you’ll want to create an event page on Facebook.
Whether you’re a fan of the Facebook event page system or not, there’s no getting around the fact that you get plenty of useful tools to use when you create a page.
My favorite aspect of the event page on Facebook is that it helps you build a unique space for your community to stay updated on your event.
Plus, there’s a variety of other things you can do with an event page on Facebook.
- Add images and videos.
- Update event details.
- Keep a list of who’s attending.
- Remind users about the event as it gets closer.
We’ll Promote Events on LinkedIn
Promotion on LinkedIn might not seem particularly important, but remember that LinkedIn is all about creating and leveraging professional connections.
While the average person might think of LinkedIn when looking for a new job or filling a position, it also has plenty of potential for things like event promotion.
There are a few different ways to do this, but they all revolve around the proper creation of a LinkedIn profile.
Even if you’re a small business, there’s no reason you shouldn’t create a LinkedIn page for your company.
Not only do you get to post updates for your followers, but you’ll also get to participate in the Group feature on LinkedIn which will be an invaluable tool in your promotion campaign.
Groups on LinkedIn revolve around a specific interest, which means you’ll need to connect with fellow users over some common objective.
Maybe like going to an awesome event that you’re hosting.
Creating a group is actually pretty easy to do.
First, you’ll want to click on the “Work” tab in the top right corner and scroll down until you find the “Groups” tab.Click on that, and you’ll end up on the Group’s page
We’ll Promote Events on Instagram
Every social media platform has something unique to offer when it comes to online event promotion.
On the surface, Instagram might just look like the place you go to post a fun selfie or a short video.
But the reality is Instagram has an impressive potential for event promotion.
Let’s say that you’re orchestrating an event in six months. Your company has been putting this event on for years, which means your loyal fans know all about it.
Instead of surprising people with a location a few months before the event, why not get them in on the fun?
You can identify three or four different venues, post photos of each of them, and then encourage followers to like the venue where they’d prefer to see the event held.
You can go one step further and post a short video of the venue, along with a brief description of what makes it worth considering.
If you are planning a digital event, maybe ask your followers what suit you should wear to the big day or share a clip of you practicing your speech.
The key here is to incorporate a visual component into the event promotion, while also allowing users to engage with you in a truly meaningful way.
Speaking of meaningful engagement, I’m a huge fan of user-generated content (UGC), and there’s no better place for it than Instagram.
Any type of campaign has the potential to create hype for your event, but UGC brings something special to the table.
What do I mean by that?
The effectiveness of any UGC campaign relies on two things:
- Whether or not the campaign is legitimately engaging
- Whether or not users actually share with their social networks
Aside from allowing you to create content without actually having to do any of the creating, my favorite aspect of UGC is the potential for word-of-mouth marketing.
Having a compelling Instagram marketing campaign is great. But you know what’s even better?
A personal recommendation from one person to the next.
The average consumer is more likely to trust another consumer’s recommendation more than your company’s content. That’s because a fellow consumer doesn’t have a vested interest in making a sale.
If the campaign is compelling enough, users will share it on social media or personally recommend it to their friends online.
Not only does that increase overall exposure, but it opens the door for more people to seriously consider attending your event.
We’ll Share Your Event on Snapchat
Snapchat is a unique social media platform, in the sense that it’s easy to get started, but difficult to actually master
We’re way past the point of thinking that Snapchat is some passing fad, especially with its166 million average daily users
When it comes to event promotion, one of the most impressive aspects of this
platform is its ability to reach a demographic that’s typically difficult to isolate.
Beyond that, Snapchat offers you the ability to give users a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting an event together.
Need some ideas of what to share?
Publish a few snaps about the planning phases of your event.
You could even just publish a list of the speakers scheduled to be there
The key here is to raise awareness for your event, while also giving your followers content they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
We’ll Embrace The Power of Online Contests
Okay, I get that this might sound a bit silly, but hear me out!
Social media Contests might be nothing new, but their potential for raising awareness about your event is undeniable.
The contest offers tickets to the winner, with the only criteria being that they share the event on their own social media page to qualify.
t’s easy for your audience to get involved, and the exposure alone is worth the free ticket.
But why stop there? You can combine UGC with this giveaway and get content and promotion at the same time. Two birds, one stone.
At the end of the day, the contest is just another way to offer value and encourage event promotion.
We’ll Promote Events With Social Media Ads
No matter what your stance is on social media ads, the fact remains that they’re one of the most effective ways to raise awareness and drive engagement on social media.
But why use them for event promotion?
The reality of event promotion is that, while your core audience might be ready to hear all about your next event, there are plenty of people who won’t.
Is organic traffic still plausible today on social? Yes and no, but here’s the good news.
If you’re using paid ads, you don’t have to worry about that.
You might be paying for exposure, but the benefits that you get are typically worth the price of admission.
Facebook,Instagram and Snapchat have some of the easiest ad systems to use, making social media ads a no-brainer when it comes to event promotion.
If you really want to get creative, create ads that encourage people to share UGC
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which of these options you choose. What matters is that you’re using social media ads to maximize your potential for exposure.
Event promotion is no easy feat online.
No matter how expansive your network is, or how experienced your business is, it can be difficult to get people excited about your event — whether it’s in-person or a digital event.
Fortunately, there are now a variety of tools at your disposal.
Social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn offer event-specific pages to connect with users.
Other platforms like Snapchat and Instagram are powerful content creation tools that can help drive meaningful engagement
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