5 Simple Tips on How to Use Street Teams to Maximize your Experiential Marketing Reach

Street Teams can be an extremely effective way to market your product, brand or service.

Street teams are generally made up of a group of locally connected ‘brand ambassadors’ that specialize in making customer connections, conveying a brand’s talking points, and communicating effectively.

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Lucky Marketing’s street teams generally perform a variety of services that include (but are certainly not limited to…)

  1. Flyer drops at local businesses
  2. Guerrilla marketing/hitting the street in high foot traffic areas
  3. Wild postering in a variety of large cities/near large events
  4. Mobile backpacks and LED equipt mobile backpacks at large festivals and other events
  5. Costume Characters and character enhanced events – accompanying street teams
  6. Flyering
  7. Premium distribution
  8. Sampling (food, beauty and otherwise!)

 

  1. Who you hire matters. A trusted street team partner is an important part of your marketing plan. Your ambassadors are the face of your brand! You only want the best for your brand, product or messaging!
  2. Find the best events possible in your demographic! Plan, plan and plan before your execution. Send your street teams to areas that you know are relevant to your end goals. For example, do you want to sell more event tickets to your targeted demographic customer? Do a little digging or reach out to a trusted agency for advice! Your event will be more effective in the end and you’ll be glad you did!
  3. Use well thought-out and engaging printed materials and premiums! Think of your end customer. What will make an impression on them? What will grab their attention? College students for example often prefer to receive a premium over a flyer. Often times, an ink pen, bottle opener, Koozie, or cheap t-shirt can be the beginning of a beautiful long-term relationship with your brand and a college student. If your demographic is in the older range, be sure to make your content straight forward and relevant! Proofread printed materials multiple times prior to printing to build your brand’s reliability. Most of all, listen to your customers. Your best indication of how to gain new customers is often by looking at the customers that you already have!
  4. Use social media with your campaign! A Social Media campaign tie-in is a great way to enhance engagement for your street team. Lucky’s street teams are able to include facebook campaigns or contests, Instagram tags and/or promote a company’s social media presence during an activation. Make the most of your event by keeping the conversation going by flipping your interactions from the real-world to online!
  5. Collect feedback and data to use in your next campaign! Reports and data can often be underappreciated. Though it may seem boring or unimportant, collecting data from the field can be one of the most important aspects of street team marketing. Be sure to brainstorm relevant details about your campaign so that all of the information the team collects can be helpful for understanding how the event went and what you’d like to change or repeat for the next activation!

 

There is no doubt about it, including a street team in your marketing mix can seem like an overwhelming process. Though with careful planning and execution, your plan can yield an incredible return on investment that you will want to repeat time after time.

For a no-risk quote for street team services, please reach out any time to info@lucky415.com or give us a ring at 415-365-0041 x1!

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Looking for a street team, brand ambassadors or event staff  in the Los Angeles and southern California area to assist on a temporary or semi-temporary basis? We’ve got you covered! We’ve been activating street teams and promoting products and services in Los Angeles for over 16 years! We have the experienced staff that you need in order to make a lasting connection with your customers.

From door tagging, guerrilla marketing, wild-postering, street teams, and flyer drops (and more), we do it all!

In addition to the convenience and efficientness of hiring an agency to handle your experiential marketing needs, you can also rest assured that your staff will be hired in accordance with California labor laws and compliance. All of our brand ambassadors and staff in California are employees, not independent contractors and therefore are covered by general liability insurance and workers compensation. Please reach out today for a free quote so we can start working on a plan to promote your business, product and/or service in the southern California market!

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How to use street teams and guerrilla marketing as part of your marketing mix

Many times putting together a marketing plan can seem so daunting. Where do you start and what should you include? What if you don’t have a large budget but you really need to make a big impact?

One of the most common complaints that we hear from clients is that their timeframe is short and their budget is restrictive and they need to reach a large audience, quickly. When I hear of these issues, my mind automatically goes to one place. STREET TEAMS!

So why do we feel so passionately about street teams? Brands are able to make a large and meaningful impact on their customers while avoiding those other budget-busting techniques that are often included in a marketing mix. Street teams are one of the most efficient types of advertising for the simple fact that they can make the most of your budget and have a quick turn around.

Street teams generally consist of a team of trained, brand ambassadors, that work together with a common goal of communicating your brand’s key talking points to prospective customers. This can look different for every brand, but the commonality amongst brands are usually:

  • A Promotional strategy in mind that the team will clearly articulate (i.e. promoting a limited time sale, promoting the use of a coupon, etc)
  • Getting the customer to ‘try out’ the product or service, usually via sampling (either prepackaged or onsite)
  • Simply educating the customer on the product (or making them aware of an event in some cases) in an effort to clear up any preconceived notions, misconceptions, etc.

There are, of course, hundreds of other goals and valid reasons to utilize street teams for your brand, however, the ones mentioned above are the most common.

Realistic outcomes for a Street Team Activation

So what are some realistic outcomes for a street team activation? What can you expect as a result of using this method in your marketing mix? Great question! The answer is not always clear…

  • Street teams often create challenges for marketers to judge the effectiveness of. One misconception is that there will always be immediate results of the effort. This is not always the case! For example, a street team sampling a beverage product on a hot day, nearby to the sales source may produce immediate sales, while a protein bar sample may only produce a greater interest in the product, in general, and increase sales in a more periodical method in the future.
  • Planning really does have a great influence on the potential results of the effort! Street teams that have a well thought out and meaningful plan and purpose nearly always have a better outcome than those that do not.

 

How to be successful with your Guerrilla Marketing efforts

As mentioned earlier, street teams and guerrilla marketing should not be overlooked in the marketing mix! They create a very effective opportunity for tight budgets and add additional value to a larger marketing mix as well. To reiterate the points previously mentioned, here are a few tips to making the MOST out of your planning and budgeting for Guerrilla Marketing!

  • DO Plan, plan, PLAN! (We can not stress this part enough!)
  • DO Layout the goals and framework for your guerrilla marketing project and discuss these with an industry professional to determine if your goals are reasonable and attainable.
  • DO Write 1-3 objectives for your guerrilla marketing project and clearly communicate those with your brand ambassadors to be sure they’re aware of what the purpose of the project is.
  • DO enhance the street team with valuable materials such as branded merch to wear, key talking points, and other information that may be needed!
  • DO reach out to a professional event staffing agency to help with the planning, structuring, staffing and evaluation processes of your project! They can be an invaluable resource for you!
  • DON’T set unrealistic goals for your team! Be sure that what you WANT to gain from the experience is obtainable! Talk to your professional event staffing agent about this to be sure!
  • DO take time to learn what to expect in terms of timeframes for expectations!

If you need additional advice on how to use a street team or other guerrilla marketing in your marketing mix, please reach out to us! We have over 16 years of experience with event marketing execution and we love hearing about new projects and helping make events fun and successful!

Lindsay Merlin

Chief Operations Officer

lmerlin@lucky415.com

415-365-0041 Ext 3