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Pushing the envelope of marketing means giving customers a unique experience. Instead of handing customers a flier, brands have evolved to provide customers with memorable moments that leave them with a lasting impression of their brand. This is experiential marketing—one of the best ways to connect with customers and teach them about your brand and what you offer.

However, how can we measure the effectiveness of experiential marketing, and how do we analyze the ROI? Let’s dig deeper into this relatively new marketing method and how it can help your company.

Key Principles of Experiential Marketing

Experiential marketing event designed to produce immersive experiences, inspire emotional connections, and increase consumer engagement

When planning an experiential marketing campaign, you’ll want to remember the three major principles: immersive experiences, emotional connections, and consumer engagement. Let’s discuss more about these principles.

A. Immersive experiences

Creating immersive experiences is a surefire way to capture the attention of any potential customer. Immersive experiences provide opportunities to appeal to all senses; this keeps the customer interested and more immersed in the brand. With experiential marketing, customers are part of the story instead of being told a story.

B. Emotional connections

Over the years, we’ve learned that to influence consumer decision-making, we’ve got to provide them with a solid emotional connection. Because our emotions often guide our choices more than rational thinking, giving an emotional connection frequently plays a significant role in changing a customer’s perception of the brand.

C. Consumer engagement

After the emotional connection has been made, establishing a relationship between the customer and the brand begins. By cultivating this vital relationship, brands create excitement and loyalty among customers, which can be challenging. This is your chance to wow the customer. Treat them right, and they’ll be loyal in return.

The Role of ROI in Experiential Marketing

Experiential marketing often requires much more effort than other traditional methods. How do you know if it’s worth the extra time, effort, and money for your company? Calculating ROI for consumer experience marketing can be a little tricky. Instead of simply taking the sales growth from the business, subtracting the marketing costs, and dividing by the marketing costs, you’ll need to look at several factors. Keeping track of metrics on social media engagement, measuring foot traffic at events, analyzing brand awareness, and tracking sales data are all ways to measure ROI in experiential marketing.

Tracking event attendance and participation rates - How to analyze ROI & effectiveness of successful experiential marketing campaigns

Essential Metrics for Analysis

While tracking the success of this type of campaign isn’t straightforward, keeping track of these specific metrics will allow you to learn more about your customers and create more effective campaign optimization. Because each event is unique and out-of-the-box, you’ll need to apply the right metrics for analysis. Here are some that are commonly used:

A. Attendance and participation rates

While planning an event, set a target goal for attendance. No one wants to plan an event to have mediocre attendance from potential customers. Attendance is a key performance indicator that tells how many people participate in an event. Placing a counter at the event’s entry will help you collect the number of attendees, as well as collect social media handles and email addresses. Collecting this data allows you to continue the conversation with the customer well after the event.

B. Lead generation and conversion rates

Providing customers with a personalized experience not only gives your company a better understanding of their likes and dislikes but also makes it easier for them to match the demands of each individual. Providing them with personalized encounters results in more quality leads for your company, which equals higher conversion rates.

C. Customer feedback and sentiment analysis

How do you know if your campaign was successful? Here’s your chance to hear from your customer base. Experiential marketing allows for more face-to-face contact, which, in turn, can give you better customer feedback. Utilizing sentiment analysis can help determine customer trends and feelings that you can use to influence digital marketing decisions. By keeping track of the customer’s attitudes toward your product, you can refine what you offer and provide better experiences in the future.

Case Studies: Successful Experiential Marketing Campaigns

We consider ourselves experiential marketing experts at Southport Marketing. And the numbers speak for themselves. Here are just a few of our successful campaigns.

Chevrolet Street Team engages with customers by setting up Chevrolet branding in multiple markets nationwide

1. Chevrolet Street Teams

Our Chevrolet Street Team engages with customers by setting up Chevrolet branding in multiple markets nationwide, including music festivals and weekends at the zoo. We aim to support a Chevrolet dealer in a Designated Marketing Area, giving them brand activation days to educate customers on their vehicles. We perform 300 activation days yearly, have generated over 500,000 customer interactions, and delivered over 7,000,000 impressions across all markets.

National Womens Soccer League Championship Fan Fest at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, CA

2. National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Championship Fan Fest

The NWSL hired Southport Marketing to organize a pre-game Fan Fest before the 2023 Championship Game at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego. We also executed a CarMax skills challenge for customers to showcase their skills. The Fan Fest drew a crowd of over 7,500 fans, and the skills challenge was featured on the CBS halftime of the Championship game.

Product launch for TaylorMade Carbonwood golf clubs uses immersive experiential marketing technology to engage audience

3. TaylorMade Golf Stealth Carbonwood Product Launch

Southport Marketing was the team that helped introduce the world to Carbonwood, a composite material golf club that turned the golf market upside down. We did activations at two PGA tour events the Farmers Insurance Open and Genesis Invitational to introduce these innovative clubs. We implemented a trial hitting bay, an outdoor golf lounge, and a lounge for consumers to view the MyTaylorMade+ App. More than 4,000 consumers were engaged, and more than 200,000 impressions were earned on social media.

Engaged audience lines up for Southport Marketing experiential marketing event

Take Your Event to the Next Level with Southport Marketing

When you need to take your business to the next level, it’s time to hire Southport Marketing. We have what it takes to effectively plan and analyze ROI on your next experiential marketing campaign. Instead of settling for less, we go above and beyond to deliver strategic, cost-effective solutions for our partners. With brand activation, event production, marketing fulfillment, sponsorship marketing, sports marketing, event technology, event staffing, design fabrication, VIP services, and large-scale printing, we have the services you need to take your company to the next level. Contact us today!