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12 Modern Event Marketing Examples to Inspire Your Strategy in 2023

Published on January 4, 2023 • Updated on January 25, 2023 • About 10 min. read

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Event marketing trends have shifted pretty dramatically in recent years. First everything went online. Then, people were desperate for in-person events. Now, the market seems to have landed somewhere in between.

According to a study by Bizzabo, 68% of event organizers are planning to include a virtual component at their next event. And 53% are “focused” or “very focused” on a fully online event strategy for 2023. And that’s without getting into the rise of the latest trend: experiential marketing.

In this article, we dissect different event marketing examples and explain how they can be modernized for 2023 with recent case studies. Check out our event marketing guide for more.

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Is event marketing the same as experiential marketing?

No, event marketing isn’t quite the same as experiential marketing. Event marketing is a way to promote your products or services by organizing in-person or online engagement at a specific time or date. For example, this could be any five-day in-person conference or webinar marketing event.

Experiential marketing is a type of event marketing that connects you to your consumers by stimulating the five senses to create memorable experiences. It can be used as part of an overall event marketing strategy to launch products, build brand awareness, and move prospects through the engagement funnel.

12 Examples of event marketing to give you ideas

From trade shows to thought leadership events, there are many different event types and event marketing tools to consider for your next event marketing strategy. Here are some of the most successful, with 12 real-life examples.

Experiential marketing examples

The objective of experiential marketing is to immerse consumers in a live experience. You want to inspire attendees to share this experience with others and spread positive word of mouth.

29 Rooms with Refinery29

A room from the 29 Rooms experiential marketing event that is decorated with tinsel and neon lighting that says “Live it!” and other slogans.

Refinery29 is a digital media and entertainment website for young women that has seen huge success with its 29 Rooms events. Self-described as a “funhouse of style, culture, and creativity” 29 Rooms is a festival structured around a series of interactive spaces with different themes that people can explore.

Each room has unique activities and designs that draw huge crowds and get people (especially influencers) to create user-generated content. In an interview, Refinery29 said the experience had “become a physical manifestation of the Refinery29 brand”. It’s branded, but in a subtle way, using the themes of each room to reflect the interests of the target audience.

Cheetos Hands Free House

People queuing up outside the experiential pop-up marketing event Cheetos Hands Free House

The Hands Free House at SXSW 2020 is a fun example of an experiential pop-up, which is a type of marketing event that’s made exciting by the fact that it’s temporary. This super interactive event got plenty of media coverage and social media engagement.

Playing off the fact that Cheetos leave your hands covered in orange dust (aka Cheetle), the brand jokingly suggested it was responsible for the rise in hands-free technology. The House was dubbed ‘Cheetle-on-the-fingers-friendly’, and each element was creatively designed with hands-free entry, smudge-free remote controls, and virtual assistant technology.

Virtual summit examples

A virtual summit is an online gathering of business leaders, industry experts, and speakers discussing a specific topic. Virtual event marketing through summits, webinars, and trade shows can be highly effective for reaching a wide, global audience. Attendees aren’t required to travel, so they can join from any convenient location with an internet connection. Making events more accessible can drive attendance rates and boost attendee satisfaction.

Agorapulse Agency Summit

Landing page for the Agency Summit with text explaining the online format of the event

Agorapulse is a social media management tool that hosts the online-only marketing event, Agency Summit. Aimed at digital marketing agencies, the event included live keynote speakers, workshops, and table talks.

What makes this example so successful is that it embraced the online event format while working hard to provide a human touch. The organizers placed a strong emphasis on interactivity and networking - two elements that can be forgotten at virtual events. The event emphasized:

  • Meeting and chatting with peers
  • Live Q&As
  • Virtual vendor booths
  • 1:1 speed networking

Pro tip: if you’re thinking about entering the world of virtual event marketing, make sure you’ve got an online event platform like Livestorm that enables interactivity through live polling, question upvoting, and breakout rooms.

Adobe Summit

A promotional image for the virtual event Adobe Summit 2022, featuring a colorful, abstract design

Adobe, the creators of the PDF format and popular software such as Photoshop, went fully virtual for its 2022 edition of the Adobe Summit. Catered towards digital businesses, the summit went the extra mile to include interactive elements in over 200 sessions with training workshops and virtual learning opportunities.

The event was a huge success with over 100,000 people in attendance. The Adobe team used a smart mixture of quality speakers from high-profile brands and ‘Sneaks’ - sessions that tease future Adobe products and features. Throughout the event, Adobe provided clear takeaways and value for the attendees but also got to promote its brand.

Webinar examples

Webinars are the Swiss Army knives of the modern event marketing world, providing an easy and flexible way to reach customers with valuable content. Typically, a webinar involves a live or on-demand online video presentation with some supporting resources. Live webinars should also answer audience questions (that is, if you’re following webinar best practices!).

Livestorm & Mention

The registration page for Livestorm and Mention’s webinar about using social media and online events, with an email field form, call to action, and general event information.

Livestorm is a video conferencing platform that hosts regular webinars to help marketing teams improve their online events. We joined forces with Mention, a social listening web app, to offer a webinar on engaging your audience with social media pre, during, and post-event.

Partnering with another brand is a great way to increase your audience reach and double up on the value provided. This webinar was packed full of useful tips and advice for promoting your events and capturing your attendees' attention. We practiced what we preached too, making sure the audience had a chance to interact during the Q&A session and that the recording was available on-demand after the live event was over.

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Deminar examples

Deminars are a new event marketing trend that combine a webinar format with a product demonstration. They offer an advantage over traditional in-person product demos because they’re less time-consuming and expensive to set up and run.

SurveyMonkey

The registration page for SurveyMonkey’s deminar marketing strategy with a photo of a purple Fitbit and text explaining the giveaway.

SurveyMonkey is an experience management company that provides businesses with survey data about customers and employees. Its various marketing efforts have attracted 17.5 million active users. The enterprise-level subscription plan involves online product demos which, for a limited time, included free Fitbits for attendees.

This was a great incentive for potential customers and a smart way to boost attendance. Plus the registration page is clear about what attendees will learn during the deminar, while the demo format allows face-to-face interaction between sales teams and prospects.

Notion

The Notion website highlighting their interactive product demo online sessions titled ‘Demo: How teams connect in Notion.

Notion is a note-taking platform that helps teams manage their knowledge and data. It runs regular deminar events that show off the platform and provide tips on best practices. The organizers highlight the Q&A section of the demo, so potential attendees know they’ll be able to interact with the presenters and ask follow-up questions during the session.

Since each deminar only lasts 30 minutes, they’re cost-effective for the company and less demanding for busy attendees. The use of a countdown timer on the registration page helps to create a sense of urgency and attendance is made easier with the ability to register with your Google account.

Workshop examples

Workshops allow attendees to gain hands-on experience with a niche or industry-specific subject matter. They’re a highly attractive marketing channel because people are always looking for ways to improve their skills and learn ways to work more efficiently.

Asana Boot Camp

The registration page for the Asana Boot Camp with a large image of a bear, representing their partnership with the company Branding Bear.

Asana is a project management tool that offers workshop ‘boot camps’ via its partnership with Branding Bear. These online workshops consist of interactive events that help users get the most out of the software.

The workshop has a super clear value proposition, to improve the user experience and increase work efficiency, and offers a great way for Asana to directly engage with its customers. The registration page also does a good job of digging into customer pain points to drive attendance and tailor the content of the events themselves.

Hubspot New Sales Enablement Office Hour

The Hubspot workshop event registration page with an illustration of formless colors and basic information.

Hubspot is a customer relationship management (CRM) platform that offers regular workshop events for sales leaders. The ‘New Sales Enablement Office Hour’ event is specifically centered around answering users’ questions about both the sector and the platform.

But it also covers HubSpot platform updates and news. This means Hubspot is providing a high-value, interactive experience for attendees and heightening brand engagement at the same time. Hubspot prioritizes audience interests and emphasizes the interactive element of the event by asking attendees to post their questions in the discussion group before it starts.

Conference examples

Conferences are planned meetings of people with a shared interest or agenda and normally take place over several days. Because the event will appeal to a wide range of people within your sector you can draw high attendee numbers and position yourself as a thought leader in the industry.

Google I/O

Character avatars navigating a virtual version of the Google I/O conference in real time.

Google I/O is a virtual conference for developers held by web giant Google. In 2021, it created an entirely new digital experience by gamifying the event with the I/O Adventure.

Attendees could enter an entirely virtual world to talk with Google and other developers, watch Google product demos, and earn badges. There were also:

  • Keynote speakers
  • New product announcements
  • Technical sessions
  • Q&A sessions
  • Meetups and networking opportunities

Google streamed all of the sessions live and made sure to keep things interactive for attendees.

Product launch examples

A product launch event is the big unveiling of your new product to the market and the media. It offers a massive opportunity to build interest and sales and increase brand awareness.

HTC Vive XR Suite

A virtual meeting space in HTC Vive with various avatars sitting in a semicircle watching an online event on a screen.

HTC is a cell phone company that also creates virtual reality (VR) headsets. In 2020 they held a virtual event to launch Vive XR Suite - a VR software program designed to increase office productivity for remote work.

The clever twist here is that they used VR technology to launch the product. The event was held on its Vive Sessions app, a VR app used for virtual meetings in a VR space, and attendees joined in from around the world as avatars. This event is an example of the perfect synergy between product and platform and couldn’t be more immersive.

According to Grand View Research, the metaverse industry is expected to grow to $679 billion by 2030, meaning more events could take place in virtual worlds like these.

VanMoof

The Q&A section of the S3 live event, with an image of the bicycle and a chat widget.

VanMoof is a Dutch electric bicycle company that had been working on the launch of their new range, the S3 series of e-bikes, when the pandemic hit. With such a physical product this put the company in a tight spot but they decided to press ahead and launch the product online.

Instead of trying to replicate an in-person event they leaned on the high-tech nature of the product and created a virtual, interactive live event. The launch included audiovisual material, interactive 3D experiences, and a live online audience.

VanMoof also made sure to include a section before the launch proper so that attendees could chat and get to know each other, and a Q&A section at the end. And the results paid off with:

  • More than 6000 people tuning in
  • Over 2000 questions asked
  • More than 4400 bikes bought within 24 hours
  • A 20% increase in sales

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Event marketing in 2023 and beyond: key takeaways

As more and more brands switch to hybrid or fully online events the hi-tech future of event marketing cannot be denied. Every type of event marketing can be adapted to, and in some cases improved by, moving attendance online. To ensure success, follow these virtual event best practices:

  • Choose an online event platform like Livestorm that has features such as marketing automation integrations and custom branding.
  • Focus on providing a standout experience.
  • Offer a strong value proposition for potential attendees and make the key takeaways clear.
  • Include as many interactive elements as possible to keep attendees engaged.
  • Create a visually attractive, informative, and buzz-generating registration page.
  • Secure knowledgeable speakers from well-known brands.
  • Don’t skip your social media event promotion.

Frequently asked questions about event marketing examples

What are the five essential features of event marketing?

The five essential features of event marketing are:

  1. Reaching out to the right exhibitors and presenters that match your target audience.
  2. Choosing the location and venue (online or offline) that fits your scope and needs.
  3. Gaining the highest number of attendees possible.
  4. Building interest in the event with promotion via email marketing, social media, and a strong registration page.
  5. Using the event as an opportunity to build relationships with potential customers, both during and after.

How do you create an event marketing strategy?

You create an event marketing strategy with the following steps:

  1. Establish achievable goals and a realistic budget
  2. Plan out your content schedule and speakers
  3. Create an attractive, informative registration page
  4. Promote your event in the right places
  5. Choose an online event platform like Livestorm to offer attendees online access
  6. Decide on your performance evaluation metrics

What are the three components of event marketing?

The three components of event marketing are:

  1. Stimulating attendees’ senses to create an unforgettable experience.
  2. Creating an attractive environment that communicates your brand.
  3. Opening up dialogue with attendees to build relationships and increase sales.

What’s the difference between event marketing and event management?

The difference between event marketing and event management is that one is about increasing product awareness and the other is about organizing gatherings. Event marketing is creating a meeting where you promote your products and services. Event management is the process of producing and overseeing these gatherings.

What is the purpose of event marketing?

The purpose of event marketing is to promote your brand, products, and services. By putting on an event you draw attention to what your business offers with the goal of raising awareness and sales.

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