B2B Event Marketing Ideas
Business-to-business (B2B) marketing helps businesses become familiar with your brand, see its value, and convert into customers. B2B marketing is essential to the success of events and must cater to the needs, interests, and desires of those making decisions on behalf of a business. In this guide, we share some preferred B2B event marketing ideas.
Choose an Exciting Venue
The venue of your event sets the stage for the experience. The site must meet all logistical criteria while also being memorable and reflecting your brand. If you have the flexibility to choose the location of your event, consider selecting a venue that delivers an impressive “wow” factor. An unforgettable venue could be an iconic museum, a restaurant that just won a significant award, or somewhere that is a bucket list destination for many. To learn more about selecting the perfect venue, read our blog, The Importance of Venue Selection for Business Events. If your event is outside, check out Finding the Best Outdoor Corporate Venue: A Guide.
Create a Memorable Design
If you are unable to control the location of the event, turn it into an iconic destination. Leverage creative design and build to transform the environment into an unforgettable experience. To discover the power of design, take a look at our blog, Designing a Trade Show Exhibit: A Guide for Entrepreneurs.
Leverage Email Marketing and Social Media
Social media marketing is a top channel for digital marketing, and email marketing remains a classic. By leveraging email and social media marketing, brands can connect with business leaders and engage in dynamic conversations. Social media and email marketing allow brands to reach a wide variety of customers. To learn more about these strategies, read our blogs, A Guide to Developing a Social Media Event Marketing Strategy and All You Need to Know About Email Event Marketing Strategy.
Invest in Desirable Swag
Everyone loves free merch. However, you must make sure that your swag will not inevitably be forgotten once the event is over. Investing in unique branded swag is crucial for stimulating fans and increasing brand awareness. Choose a practical but innovative item to brand and distribute among B2B event attendees. Take your branded swag to the next level by offering a DIY experience for guests to make their own customized swag. For example, at EXHIBITORLIVE 2023, we orchestrated a hands-on engagement activity where attendees got to use stamps to personalize their own branded tote bags. This create-your-own-bag activity provided a tactile element to our digital-forward experience, allowing guests to take home a meaningful and functional keepsake.
Leverage Partnerships and Sponsorships
Teaming up with big-name brands and influencers for partnership and sponsorship opportunities can serve a variety of objectives. Brands may form partnerships to expand their market reach or enhance their reputation. Sponsorships can help you meet your event goals and provide financial support. To gain knowledge on securing sponsors for an event, read our blog, Sponsorship Prospectus: Template, Example, and How to Write.
Feature Interesting Speakers
At events, speakers are often invited to educate attendees about the brand and its products. It is beneficial to advertise recognizable speakers in event promotional materials. To create a buzz and increase attendance, feature captivating speakers who can engage the audience and effectively communicate the brand message. Consider inviting a celebrity, well-known industry leader, or local star to cultivate excitement and create an unforgettable experience for attendees.
Level-Up with Experiential Marketing
Experiential marketing is an innovative approach that creates dynamic connections with customers through engaging, surprising, and delightful experiences. It is crucial to have a deep understanding of your audience and be willing to think outside the box to implement an experiential marketing approach. To learn more about experiential marketing, read our blogs: Why is Experiential Marketing So Powerful? 7 Reasons You Need It, The Difference Between Experiential Marketing and Event Marketing, and 3 Creative Experiential Marketing Examples to Transform Your Next Event.
Use Innovative Tools
Event marketing technology can help you captivate your audience and tell your brand’s story, whether the event is in-person, online, or hybrid. At Hamilton, we offer multiple proprietary digital solutions designed to help support our clients’ event marketing program – including Hamilton EXTEND® (our award-winning digital facility tour solution) and Hamilton inSIGHT® (our lead capture solution). Explore our products to learn more!
Partner with an Event Marketing Expert
Are you looking to optimize your approach to B2B marketing? Hamilton is here to help! We are a full-service event marketing agency with a 75-year legacy creating immersive brand experiences for companies throughout North America and worldwide. We design, produce, and execute integrated experiences that drive meaningful connections between your brand and audience. Our team of engagement experts expands event experiences with creative, immersive strategies that exemplify your brand. Our solutions include exhibits, events, environments, and digital experiences.
To elevate your brand, contact Hamilton today!