With curfews and restrictions on contact and travel, many planned events have been moved into the digital realm. The change of circumstances, however, has also seen a number of new events appear. Whether it is a video call with colleagues, online games evenings with friends or a training course delivered by video – an increasing number of offerings have been sprouting up, not just for business but also in the personal sphere. There is no need to see video communication as just a stopgap solution for a global pandemic, though. Digital events also offer opportunities and added value for the relationship between retailers and customers going forward.
More time for communication
Shop closures mean that there are currently very few points of contact remaining between retailers and customers. In the stress of daily routine too, though, there is often not enough time to engage with customers intensively. In order to counteract this problem, digital events can serve as a means of communication. Retailers can use them to represent their business and the products they carry in an authentic way, convey genuine enthusiasm and recount their own experiences, including after shop closing time. This allows your business to win points, while customers will feel like they are being well looked after as far as advice is concerned. Especially small round tables adapt well to the online sphere, where they can be used to kick-start a conversation and thereby make a significant contribution to creating and keeping customer loyalty.
Independence and flexibility
Compared with physical events, virtual events are much more time efficient and can be implemented entirely independent of location. As the organiser, this allows you not only greater flexibility in scheduling, you can also reach a broader target group, since people interested in attending a virtual event are freed from both having to undertake long journeys and the expense of travel. The number of participants is also practically unlimited. If a participant is still not able to make it at the given time in spite of this, there is always the option of recording events and making them available to interested parties afterwards.
Interaction and feedback
Even digital events can be set up to be interactive. What is important here is to have the right concept. Questions are rare during plenary sessions if there is a large audience. Participants often do not want to attract attention or they are afraid of making a fool of themselves. In the digital realm, there are fewer hurdles to participation from the outset because of anonymity and features like chats. Further options, such as surveys or reacting through emojis, allow you to easily obtain feedback in a playful way and to ask for opinions. Your interest in feedback not only shows customers that you value them, it also provides an important basis for optimising future events or fine-tuning the store concept.
Positioning as an expert
Digital events can be integrated superbly into your existing content marketing strategy. The aim should be to establish your shop as the contact point for all questions and concerns relating to your products. Devise different content around this that you can transpose into event form. Some examples include:
creative evenings with selected products
live testing of new products
info days on specialist topics, such as ergonomic set-up of the workplace
info sessions on practical topics, such as setting up a plotter
If you would like to increase the reach of your event, participation should be free and a recording of the event or workshop should be made available afterwards. That way, appointments and recordings can be forwarded on to friends and colleagues without any problem, allowing potential new customers to be reached. If your aim is to address particularly loyal customers, you should make your event more exclusive. You can then send personal invitations and keep the numbers down to a small circle of participants.
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Post time: Jun-06-2021