Finding your target market can be difficult in this age of so many industries and sub-industries but turning that target market into your customer-base is even harder. A fantastic product isn’t always enough to capture consumer interest because there are hundreds of other companies offering the same thing. Sometimes a great advert isn’t always enough because people overlook or entirely miss your small brand logo on the side of website pages or bus stops.
Of course, sometimes it’s also a matter of what you’re advertising. Perhaps it’s time you stopped pushing your products and your company and thought about offering something enticing to draw people in: a business event. Obviously, that term doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s the event itself which is going to be the exciting part of this venture. It’s a larger-scale marketing campaign, but it’s one that offers clients and other organizations the chance to see the human beings behind your company. It’s a chance for networking but also a chance to just relax on the heavy business jargon for once. Here are some tips for using a business gathering to improve your brand awareness.
Plan and make a budget.
Before you jump into inviting local businesses and consumers to an event that your business is putting on, you need to think about just what it is that you’re advertising. You also want to make sure that your business can afford it because events require money in order to be put together. That means you need to think about every single cost involved; drinks, food, technical aspects if there will be presentations, and the cost of hiring staff for the day or evening. You also need to think about the purpose of the event. If you’re advertising a new product then you need to think about presentations or other businesses that might be able to help with that venture. If you’re simply aiming to build up your client-base then you might simply want to spend the day or evening showcasing what a great company you are.
You might even want to consider an outdoor event if you’re organizing it for a good time of year (weather-wise). Of course, this brings new organizational challenges. You need to hire an outdoor space that you can use for an allotted time. You need to think about how many people you’ve invited to the event and where they’ll all park. You might also need to think about whether you’ll create a marquee tent to shelter people in the event of bad weather, and you might want to look into a contract welding manufacturer to help create such a large-scale structure on short notice. Going back to members of staff, you’ll probably need to hire technicians to help keep all the electrics running and other experts to help with health and safety. Don’t go into this project close-minded; it’ll take a lot of planning, whether it’s an event for a hundred or a thousand people.
The means through which businesses market anything has changed in the modern age, and that’s a great thing. It means your company can utilize social media to really generate interest from your event. People will share the post with the date and time of your gathering if it’s something that sounds like a lot of fun for the day; good entertainment, food, and drinks are all things that will definitely encourage people to market your event through word of mouth (you won’t even need to ask them to do so).
The internet provides an opportunity to advertise your gathering for free, and you should definitely take it if everything else involved with the event cost a lot. You should also engage with people on social media throughout the event, asking them to share the tweet or post if they’re having a good time. The internet is a great place for instantaneous feedback.