Is experiential marketing (XM) dead? We’ve heard this question since the start of this pandemic. From suppliers, vendors and even clients. Admittedly, it’s a fair question. There are no events and people need to stay at least six feet away from each other, so why would they want to be in a crowded public space, let alone get close to strangers. Is this truly the end of experiential marketing?
The Need for Interaction
The answer is a resounding NO! The truth is we have a natural chemical—Oxytocin—hard-wired into our DNA, which makes us crave social contact on many levels. It’s released in our brain during social interaction and contact, increasing happiness and reducing stress. So on a very base level, we need social engagement and, when we’re deprived of it, we begin to crave it.
Now, the challenge is that COVID-19 has made mass attendance at places like malls and music festivals impossible. However…Read More
One-fifth of the Canadian population is foreign-born…
Chinese and South Asian consumers have high purchasing power — but they have different buyer behaviours and attitudes than the general population…
These are points you may have heard before and it’s no different during COVID-19. Yet little has been said or researched about the ethnic consumer as a “recovery” opportunity post COVID-19. We surveyed 900 Canadians — including South Asian and Chinese respondents — to understand their behaviours during COVID-19 and beyond.Read More
In 2020, finding a marketer who isn’t using some form of Marketing Technology (MarTech) stack would be nearly impossible. In fact, chiefmartec.com says that in 2011 there were about 150 marketing solutions – today they are tracking over 7,000 technology solutions. These martech solutions support all aspects of marketing functions, from content development to marketing […]Read More
Peter Field, marketing and advertising effectiveness expert, recently joined thinktv for an insightful webinar, during which he made a compelling argument for continuing to advertise during the current crisis.
As part of his ongoing research into advertising effectiveness, Field analyzed the effectiveness of various advertising approaches during the global financial crisis of 2008-09 and shared critical lessons for marketers in the seminal work, Advertising in a Downturn. His most recent paper, Advertising in Recession, Long, Short or Dark? builds on that work to conclude that, although the current crisis is unique, the lessons for marketers from previous downturns still apply. The first lesson: Keep advertising (if you can).Read More
The entertainment industry has been deeply affected by the disruptions cause by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and its repercussions will continue to be felt in the short to medium term.
Thankfully, sponsorship agreements often have cancellation and postponement clauses, but they are rarely used and some could benefit from a little clarification.
Within this context, how can partners agree on the best course of action to minimize the negative consequences of this global crisis? What follows are some topics of discussion to help you analyze your legal obligations and think beyond the contract so you can find solutions that are favourable for all parties involved…Read More
The leadership team at Hotspex has been carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and after thoughtful consideration of the context, research respondents and client needs, has prepared the following guidance on conducting market research during the crisis. These are guidelines only and are not necessarily absolute truths.
Our field partners are informing us that survey demand (clients fielding projects) and supply (respondents participating) are holding steady, with no loss of response quality. Our own experiences fielding online research remains unaffected – including fielding in China at the peak of the crisis, which likely bodes well for fielding in the coming weeks elsewhere in the world…Read More