Taking Your Brand On The Road: Choosing The Right Event Space

There are innumerable benefits to active, geographically targeted events over their passive and static counterparts. When it comes to reaching your audience, convenience is king – and taking your brand to your target customer’s doorstep can be the key to tapping a wider market.

Brand-Roadtrip

Many businesses, both large and small, are now opting to taking their message on the road to generate new leads – and it’s clear this poses a number of business benefits.

Choosing the venue can be half the battle – as each event space inevitably has its own pros and cons. This is especially true when businesses are committing to a road show or exhibition requiring a mobile event space – which comes with its own limitations.

In order to make maximum brand impact, it’s essential that the mobile event space you’re committing to not only meets your needs but has the flexibility and capacity to go the extra mile.

The Budget Options

Event venues can seriously cut into a marketing budget and, as such, smaller mobile venues are becoming increasingly prevalent. These smaller trucks and event vans offer SMEs a chance to get their name out there at exhibitions and events around the country.

Used for everything from product demonstrations to free giveaways, the promotion vans offer a compact solution, ideal for smaller events or businesses operating on a tight budget. They are often available in a self-drive format and can be kitted out with branded goods by the supplier – or left to you to adorn with your own branding and graphics.

The Branded Big Guns

Big brands and major players on the events circuit are seeking the ultimate event space on the go. Exhibition trailers are the solution to large scale roadshow marketing, with these mammoth vehicles capable of expanding to two or three times their size – but, handily, collapsable to a standard trailer size for transportation.

The large scale venues offer businesses the chance to host outdoor or remote events, rather than being confined to static indoor venues. Many medium and large businesses are harnessing the versatility offered by these event trailers and offering attendees new ways to engage with their brand – with everything from mobile showrooms, taster lessons, conferences, lectures and training classes possible in these portable spaces.

Pop-up Venues

Although less versatile than their wheeled counterparts, pop-up venues remain increasingly popular event spaces – offering an unparalleled ‘cool’ factor and remaining somewhat easily transportable. Many businesses are using pop-up venues – including inflatable marquees and graffitied shipping containers – to offer their attendees everything from standard product displays to offbeat retail spaces.

The Digital Roadtrip

With such rapid advancements in mobile technology, it’s only natural that marketers are integrating smart phones with their events. From live event tweeting to geotagging, allowing attendees to check in, there are a number of ways marketers can take advantage of their audience’s mobile internet access to drive engagement and capture data at an event.

Many businesses are looking at integrated technology within the event space, which easily accessible by attendees. In the past, this has ranged from mobile workstations – where attendees can receive taster training sessions on new software – to interactive multi-media interfaces, allowing visitors to explore the benefits of the particular product or service on offer from a touchscreen display.

Other crowd pleasers – aimed at encouraging attendees to stay within the event space and engage with the message on offer – include free mobile phone charging stations and free Wi-Fi access. The possibilities for integrating technology with mobile event spaces is practically limitless, meaning businesses no longer have to sacrifice this communication channel at road shows and outdoor events.

The synergy between event and digital marketing is only set to increase as smartphone usage around the world continues to grow.

In Conclusion

The benefits of road shows and brand events in multiple geographic locations are clear – taking your event (and therefore your product) directly to your customer and allowing businesses to cast a wider geographical net on potential buyers. With a wide range of mobile event venues on offer, there’s no excuse for businesses looking for impact not to hit the road.



Adam-Hope picAdam Hope is an event marketer and blogger for The Events Structure – a specialist provider of event marketing vehicles. Keep on top of event marketing news by following The Event Structure on Twitter.

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  • Jasmien De Keyzer

    It was a very intresting article about what you need to do to take their message on the road. The most intresting for me were the pop-up venues because I didn’t know that did exist and that many company’s use it. Also the digital roadtrip was intresting, maybe because we live in a world where digital things are must these day, and if you can give your visitors free wi-fi they will check-in and maybe they create more visitors for your event.

  • Guest

    If your event space is big enough you can add different stands with which you can attract more visitors. The 3D Street Art is very beautiful and it is always very impressing to see. If I would organise a big event, I would like to add some 3D Street Art, or maybe an Ice Sculpture. It’s in these things that you do that the visitors remember your event.

  • Guest

    It was a very interesting article, because I didn’t know that this kind of event spaces is booming. I’ve already seen it on events, that the booth of the company is a truck. It’s very handy for the companies because they’ve got all the materiel that they need for an event in one area. It is a new and original transport and location and that’s why I like to work with it sometimes. It’s very useful if you use new technology and internet access into your event space, because people need it. That’s all they do nowadays so you have to pay attention to it. I find that the pop venues are overrated because everyone uses it, but it’s still a nice concept and you can attract people with it.

  • Audrey Callant

    For big events it is possible to organise several editions at different places, such as festivals, exhibitions, fairs, … They offer tangible benefits for the people who live in the area, because they get the chance to participate. It is prevalent that they cooperate with smaller brands who don’t have the energy and money to organise their own event. These brands can have a small pop-up venue or trailer at the event. I am a proponent of the versatility of these event trailers.
    In other cases there are sponsors who have a pop-up trailer at an event to gain brand awareness.

  • Michiel Van Der Stuyf

    The benefits of road shows and brand events in multiple geographic
    locations are clear, taking your event to the customers doorstep is a huge
    advantage in order to link people to your brand. As stated in the article,
    there are possibilities for every budget and business, small or big. With some creativity you can give the visitors an experience they will not easy forget, and that is the purpose of an event.

    In a world were almost everyone is social active on the internet, it is
    very important to have free Wi-Fi on your event. It will create online
    awareness of your event or brand and it is an easy way to collect data of your customers. Give a special surprise for everyone who tweets, posts, likes, pins, checks-in,… They will be happy to do it and so you can give them a tangible memory of the event.

  • Kadidia Sanou

    Great article !

    I defintly agree that choosing the venue is a harsh battle, There are innumerable venues that have indeed their pro’s and con’s. I also agree with the fact that venues can cut into a marketing budget, so I strongly believe that it’s op to the event-or projectmanager to make that kind of decision.

    The idea of these smaller mobile venues are venues that I would use If I was planning a small event, but I like the idea though . It’s totally different, and it’s perfect for working with a tight budget , also the fact that you can adorn these venues is very cute and fun !The Exhibition trailers are trailers that I would definitly use if I was planning to organise an event outdoor. I believe it would give the attendees a kind of festival/summer feeling.Pop-up venues are totally my thing, but the digital roadtrip venue’s are not totally my style.

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